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Environmental Health


The Bureau of Environmental Health protects the health of the citizens of Howard County from diseases and hazards found in the environment. Our role is to identify hazards in the environment that may cause disease, and to develop plans and partnerships to reduce or eliminate those hazards.

Our Mission 

To promote and protect the health of all Howard County residents by: providing information about basic sanitation practices and environmental awareness to residents; protecting air, water, and soil from contaminants, thereby preserving the environmental health of all County residents. 

Bureau of Environmental Health Programs

  • The  Well and Septic Programensures that all drinking water wells and septic systems installed as part of new construction or renovations are built to function properly and prevent the spread of disease. 
  • The Food Protection Program ensures that restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, school cafeterias, temporary and mobile food vendors serve safe food. 
  • The  Community Hygiene Program is primarily responsible for ensuring that reported animal incidents are evaluated for the risk of rabies, complaints received from citizens are investigated, children that are adopted or under foster care live in healthy homes, aquatic facilities are operated in a safe and sanitary manner. In addition, this Program is also involved in sampling of private drinking water wells, and various other activities.
    •  Each month in conjunction with Howard County Animal Control, the Community Hygiene Program holds a Rabies Clinic. Vaccincations for cats, dogs and ferrets are only $5.00 each. Click here for more information.
    • The Tanning Facility Program ensures that all county tanning facilities operate in a sanitary manner, properly warn their customers about the dangers of tanning bed use, have trained staff on duty at all times, do not allow minors to use tanning facilities without a doctor's prescription and are properly registered with the Health Department to protect the public health.  

General Forms and Fees

For more information please call: 410-313-2640 or toll free at 1-866-313-6300.