Environmental Health

COVID-19 UPDATES 5/28/2020: 

*Facilities requesting to add or expand outdoor seating areas should apply with the permit/ inspections office of their local jurisdiction.

Face Covering Order for all business employees and clients takes effect April 18, 2020.


The Frederick County Health Department has begun outdoor pool pre-opening inspections.  Please keep in mind that pools will need to follow Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s orders and therefore while pre-opening inspections maybe scheduled/completed, permitting will not occur until Governor Hogan has approved pools to open.   In addition, all pools must demonstrate that any additional requirements set forth by Governor Hogan or the Department of Health can be met.  Once the approval has been given to open pools, any additional criteria has been satisfied and the Health Department has all required paperwork and fees then the pool will be permitted to open.   If you have not been contacted for scheduling please contact us at LPfeiffer@FrederickCountyMD.gov


EFFECTIVE ON MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2020 - The Well and Septic Office will have limited staffing, hours and services available until further notice.  Please be advised that services may be limited to emergencies only.

WELL AND 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.

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 Control Office – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance and Resources (Updated 5/22/2020)

Face Covering Order for all business employees and clients takes effect April 18, 2020.

 Executive Order20-04-05-02 requires all businesses that are operating to do so safely,
 in compliance with CDC and MDH recommendations.  This includes Foodservice
Establishments with ‘Back of the House’ staff not in direct contact with the public to also
wear face coverings in an effort to reduce spread of infection amongst other staff.

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.

General Guidance for Consumers and Businesses:

·       Coronavirus Fact Sheet (CDC)

·       Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (CDC)

·       Information for Consumers — Shopping for Food (FDA)

·       COVID-19 Food Safety FAQs (MDH)

·       Guidance for Essential Errands (CDC)

·       Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting / Flowchart(CDC)

·       EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

·       Maryland Farmers Markets Operations During COVID-19 State of Emergency FAQs (MDA)


Guidance for Retail Food Service Industry:

Preparing to Re-Open After Closure or Partial Closure:

       ·       Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic (FDA)

        ·       Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Food Safety Checklist(FDA)

        ·       COVID-19 Reopening Guidance (NRA)

        ·       Planning for Reopening Food Service Establishments As COVID-19 Impacts Best Practices and Protocol (AFDO)

       ·       Restaurant and Bar Re-Opening Decision Tree (CDC)

Employee COVID-19 Exposure or Confirmed Positive Test:

        ·       What to Do If You Have COVID-19 Confirmed Positive or Exposed Workers in Your Food Production, Storage, or Distribution Operations (FDA)

         ·       Updated Interim Guidance For Employers and Businesses on Management of Critical Infrastructure Workers with Possible Exposure to COVID-19 (MDH)

         ·       Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19(CDC)

         ·       Food Industry Recommended Protocols When Employee/Visitor/Customer Tests Positive for COVID-19 (IFBA)

         ·       Screening Food Industry Employees for COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure (IFBA)

Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance:

         ·       Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting / Flowchart(CDC)

          ·       COVID-19 Touch Point Disinfection Recommendations for Retail Foodservice Customer Areas(FCHD)

Best Practices and Guidance:

         ·       Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic / Summary Infographic (FDA)

          ·       COVID-19 Foodservice Recommendations – Customer Pick-up and Delivery (FCHD)   

          ·       Use of Respirators, Facemasks, and Cloth Face Coverings in the Food and Agriculture Sector During Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic (FDA)

          ·       Information for Retail Foodservice Facilities (FCHD)

          ·       Food Establishments: Making Safe Food Donations During COVID-19 Pandemic (MDH)

          ·       COVID-19 Grocery Store Posters:  Staff Safety / Shopper Safety

BestPractices and Guidance for Flushing of Water After a Shutdown

Other Agency Sites and Resources:

               Maryland Department of Health – Food Safety and COVID-19

               Food & Drug Administration – Food Safety and COVID-19

               CDC – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Page

               University of MD Extension Service– Food Safety and COVID-19

               Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University – COVID-19 Food Industry Resources

               Food Industry Association –COVID-19 Resources




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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