Environmental Health

The Environmental Health Division protects public health by preventing the transmission of disease through food, water, and sewage, and works closely with other agencies to protect the environment.  Please select a link below to learn more about environmental health topics.



World Rabies Week (https://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day) will be held from September 28 – October 4. VDH will partner with the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) to sponsor our statewide campaign.  Thanks to the VVMA for developing a great promotional tool that can be shared and posted electronically as well as printed out to help us raise awareness about rabies prevention and control.

2020 Rabies Awareness Week Flyer


To file an online complaint regarding Executive Order 63 (Face Covering Violations) and Executive Order 67 (Phase 3 Easing of restrictions) please see the links below:

https://redcap.vdh.virginia.gov/redcap/surveys/?s=Y4P9H7DTWA or online complaint portal.

Executive Order 67 and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven is available here.

Sector-specific guidelines for Phase Three can be found here. View this document in Spanish here.

Visit virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.

If you should have any questions about compliance, please contact the Prince William Health District Environmental Health division at 703-792-6310

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Phase 2 can be found here 2 FAQ page

Executive Order 63:  Requirement to Wear Face Coverings While Inside Buildings

We Are COVID Conscious:  Face Mask or Covering is Required Upon Entry

Please Wear a Face Covering English

Please Wear a Face Covering Spanish

Forward Virginia: Phase One: Frequently Asked Questions

 Executive Order 61

The Business Sector webpage is now live!

American Red Cross provides safety information specific to lakes and rivers swimming

Some key safety tips:

  • Knowing how to swim is necessary! This is not the kind of environment to be learning how to swim. The basics like entering the water safely, floating, and treading water should be skills every person in the water has mastered. Anyone without these skills, especially children, should be wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • “Don’t just pack it, wear your life jacket.” This includes boaters! Always be prepared with life jackets, a first aid kit, a flotation device, and a phone to call 911 when boating.
  •  Never swim alone. Always swim with a buddy.
  •  Keep small children under close supervision (never more than 10 feet away)
  •  Always enter the water feet first, whether it is deep or shallow! It may not be the depth you expect in an unknown body of water.
  •  Make sure you and the people you are with know what to do in a water emergency. This includes calling 911 and CPR.
  •  Do not swim or enter a body of water under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
  •  Be cautious of currents, waves, any under-water obstructions, which do not only occur in the ocean.

It is also never too late to learn how to swim and get certified in CPR. Both of these are available through the American Red Cross and are encouraged prior to swimming in lakes, creeks, and large bodies of water!

Please see additional information and safety tips in the links below:


To learn more about staying safe in pools and natural waters, visit swimhealthyva.com

Consumer Services (Food and General Environmental Services)

Animal Bites and Rabies

Day Care Facilities

Hotels, Motels, Bed and Breakfasts and Campgrounds

Landlord Tenant Act

Massage Establishments and Therapists


Restaurant and Food Services

Swimming Pools and Spas

VA Food Regulations

Forms and Documents

View Food Service Facilities Inspection Records Food Service Facilities Inspection Records
Application for Food Establishment Permit Restaurant Application
Temporary Food Permit Applications and Requirements (with Spanish translation) Temporary Food Application
Prince William County Code – Itinerant Vendors License Regulations Prince William County Code
Guidance for Food Establishments Following a Power Outage/Flood Guidance for Food Establishments
Resources for Foodservice Certification Resources for Foodservice Certification
IMPORTANT NEW Food Protection Manager Certification REQUIREMENT
Mobile Units/Food Trucks Mobile Unit Requirements
Plan Review Plan Review Information

On-Site Sewage and Water Services

Water and Wells

Sewage and Septic