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Food, Lodging and Institution Sanitation

Food, lodging and institution sanitation ensure that establishments
operating in Henderson County meet the minimum sanitation standards
as required by the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Henderson County Environmental Health Specialists routinely
inspect the following establishments:

  • hotels, motels, inns
  • restaurants, food & drink stands
  • summer camps
  • meat markets
  • schools and educational institutions, hospitals,
    day care centers, jail
  • nursing and rest homes, residential care
  • hot dog carts, mobile food units

Inspections include the establishment's level of cleanliness, food handling practices and proper food protection during preparation, storage and transportation. After inspection, the establishment receives a certified
card with a Grade of A, B or C. Each establishment is required to display their Grade Card in a prominent location for the public to see. Visit Restaurant Grades for the current grades of dining establishments in Henderson County.

Permit for a New Restaurant

Permit for a Temporary Food Service License

For more information, visit the following NC Public Health links:

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On-site Wastewater (Septic) Program

On-site Waste Water (Septic) Program North Carolina general statutes state that a person owning or controlling a residence, place of business, or place of public assembly shall provide an approved sanitary sewage system. As a result, the Commission for Health Services has compiled rules and regulations addressing the placement, design, installation, and maintenance of subsurface ground absorption sewage disposal systems. The Environmental Health Section of the Department of Public Health acts as authorized agents of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and ensures that these rules and regulations are enforced and the public's health is protected. 

Applications for Permits for Sewage Disposal Systems and Wells

For more information about on-site wastewater (septic) program, visit the following NC Public Health links.

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Water and Well Program

Applications for a well installation, repair or abandonment may be made Monday through Friday between 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. An application fee is required. Once the site has been evaluated and approved the permit is issued.

An inspection is required during different stages of construction, repair or abandonment. When all the inspections are completed and approved a Well Completion Permit is issued.

For more information about the water and well program, visit the following NC Public Health links.

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Mosquito and Vector Control

Vector infestation can be destructive, a nuisance, and a public health hazard. The Environmental Health sections maintain a program to advise and consult with citizens about these public health problems.

Aerosol fogging for mosquitoes

Regularly established routes will be treated every two weeks, weather permitting. To request a site visit for a mosquito-related problem or to inquire further, please call 828-694-6042.

Fact Sheets

Help control mosquitoes in Henderson County English | Spanish
Mosquito spraying and bat boxes English | Spanish

Learn more about preventing mosquito bites at http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/arbo/prevent.html.

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Lead Investigation

Lead poisoning occurs when too much lead is in the body. Even small amounts of lead from old paint chips or leaded dust can harm the body, especially in children younger than 6. A blood test is the only way to detect lead poisoning and is recommended in children ages 1 through 5. If you suspect lead exposure, contact your health care provider about obtaining a blood test for lead. If an individual is found to have an abnormal level of lead in their blood, an Environmental Health Specialist at the Department of Public Health will help coordinate investigative services with the State.

The Henderson County Department of Public Health does not conduct environmental lead testing (paint chips, dust, soil, water, etc.) but can refer the public to local resources.

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Pool Sanitation Program

Local inspectors work to ensure all public swimming pools in Henderson County operate in accordance to the regulations set by the Department of Environmental Health and Natural Resources. Frequent inspections are conducted to ensure proper water quality, construction, and safety standards are maintained. No pool can be open to the public unless an Operations Permit is obtained from an inspector.

For more information about the Pool Sanitation Program, visit the following links.

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Tattoo Parlor Permits

The Department of Public Health issues permits for any establishment and/or individual that offers tattoo services. The establishment and/or individual is inspected yearly by an Environmental Health Inspector. Please refer to the fee schedule for tattoo permit fees.

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Last updated October 16, 2017