Environmental Health

COVID-19 UPDATES 4/2/2020: 

Burn Permits - We are unable to process burn permits for first time applicants. Those who have received burn permits in the past must include their check for payment with a completed application and all documents must be dropped in the drop box at Entrance A (blue flag) at the Health Department. There may be a delay in processing burning permits due to limited staff availability at this time.  The permit and receipt will be returned to the applicant via email.

Food Service Facilities

COVID-19 Touchpoint Disinfection for Retail Food Service Customer Areas

Food Service Recommendations for Carry Out and Delivery

COVID-19 Information for Food Service Facilities

FDA Food Safety and COVID-19

COVID -19 Food Safety FAQ’s

COVID - 19 Resource List

Temporary Food Permits - Due to the Executive Order 20-03-30-01 issued by the Governor of the State of Maryland, the processing of Temporary Food Permits is suspended for events that take place through June 1, 2020 (or until the State of Emergency and the Proclamation of the Catastrophic Health Emergency has been rescinded).  Other events further out will be processed on a limited basis, however applicants must allow for an extended processing time.

Well & Septic Information Requests - Due to limited availability of staff and services, until further notice, please be advised that information request processing will be delayed and may take up to 30 business days or longer to complete and return. Please do not contact our office regarding your information request until this timeframe has passed.

Wet Season Suspension - Effective March 19, 2020 The Frederick County Environmental Health Services Division has suspended wet season soil evaluations and percolation testing. Precipitation and water table observations will be monitored to determine when testing may resume. No new applications for testing are being accepted for this wet season. If you have questions please call the FCHD Environmental Health Services Division at 301-600-1715.


Environmental Health Services provides investigation and enforcement for a variety of environmental health concerns and supplies the public with preventative information through media releases, pamphlets, training sessions, and public speakers.

"Healthy Citizens in a Healthy Environment through Education and Enforcement."

Fee collections and permit application processing within Environmental Health Services will end at 4:30 p.m.  

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • burning permits
  • temporary food permits
  • pool operator permits
  • well and septic permits

 Permits can be applied and paid for between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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