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The Environmental Health Division (EH) is an educational and regulatory agency dedicated to protect, preserve, and promote the health of the residents of Tompkins County through the natural and man-made environments.

Some activities are partly funded by user fees; Click here to download a fee schedule, call the Environmental Health office at (607) 274-6688, or inquire by email.

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Save Time! Understand the process before you submit your permit for the following services:
> Food Service Permits
> Temporary Food Service Permits
> Public Water System Payments
> Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (Septic, etc.) Permitting process, regs
> Children’s Camps
> Swimming Pool & Bathing Beach Permits

EH Administration

  • Contact us by phone (607) 274-6688, or Email.
  • Fee Schedule (PDF)
       » operating permit, plan review, development, and other fees
  • Annual Reports (PDF downloads): 2014 | 2015 | 2016 |

Air Quality:

Children's Camps

Communicable Disease Control:

  • Investigate and analyze all food and water-borne illnesses.

Environmental Health Emergencies:

  • Investigate situations which may cause public health problems.

Food Program:

Issues permits, inspects facilities and reviews and approves plans. Provides educational information (handouts, posters, stickers, etc.), seminars and training.

New! Renew your FSE Permit online: CLICK HERE

Mobile Home Parks:

  • Inspect for safety, sanitation, and drinking water quality.

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS):

  • Ensure systems are designed and constructed to protect neighborhoods and county water resources. Previously referred to as "Sewage Systems".
    NEW: Effective 1/1/2012, a permit is required for replacing a septic tank. Details here...

Rabies Control

Investigates potential rabies exposures, coordinates post exposure treatment for members of the community, and organizes free rabies clinics. Provides educational information, alerts, and monthly reports.

Recreation Facilities:

  • Inspect for adequate staffing, fire safety, drinking and swimming water quality.
  • Children's Camps

Residential Development:

  • Approve residential developments, sewer and water extensions, and treatment plants to ensure safe and healthy communities.

Sewage: See OWTS

Swimming Facilities

  • Permits and inspects annually all public swimming pools and beaches.

Tobacco Regulations:


Monitor public water systems to ensure safe drinking water quality and to aid homeowners with water problems.

West Nile Virus:

  • For information regarding West Nile Virus click here.

Some activities are partly funded by user fees. Download a fee schedule (PDF) or contact the Environmental Health office.