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.



  • The Well and Septic Program ensures 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.
    • Please note that many of our Well and Septic records are now available on our Public File Search website athttp://hcenvhealthinfo.org/hcenvapp. *
      (* Note: For best results, put in ONLY the numbers of the street address, then choose the corresponding address requested.)
  • 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 other activities.

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Food-borne Illnesses

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Important: If you think you are sick due to eating bad food or food product, contact the Bureau of Environmental Health at 410-313-1772.  After business hours, leave a message with your call back information and we will return your call first thing the morning of the following day.



Tanning Facility Program
    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.
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