The Environmental Health (EH) Division 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.
Guidance & Information for COVID-19 restrictions
Please consult our EH COVID-19 page for current guidance and information gatherings and business operations in Tompkins County.
PERMITS & PAYMENTS:
Save Time! Understand the process before you submit your permit for the following services:
- 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 |
- Indoor Mold Concerns
- Indoor Carbon Monoxide
- Exterior Paint Removal Guidelines
- Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) compliance
Communicable Disease Control:
- Investigate and analyze all food and water-borne illnesses.
- Investigate situations which may cause public health problems.
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
- Temporary Food Service Permits for serving food to the public at events
- ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Course information.
- Food Handler Course for Food Service Employees and Volunteers.
- Inspection data for all permitted food service facilities.
- Restaurant Owner's Manual
- For more information on our food program, plus additional links, click here.
- Inspect for safety, sanitation, and drinking water quality.
Ensure systems are designed and constructed to protect neighborhoods and county water resources. Previously referred to as "Sewage Systems".
- Procedure for obtaining a permit to construct a sewage treatment system
- Apply for a sewage system construction permit
- Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Details and Specifications
- Sewage system maintenance for homeowners
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.
- Rabies Program Services
- Rabies Vaccination Clinics - All pets must be vaccinated against rabies. EH sponsors free rabies vaccination clinics at locations throughout the county 3 times a year; spring, fall, and winter.
- Reporting Dog or Cat Bites
- Rabies Vaccination Law in New York State
- Reporting Possible Cases of Rabies in Wildlife
- Bats in the Home
- Rabies for Medical Providers
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Inspect for adequate staffing, fire safety, drinking and swimming water quality.
- Children's Camps
- Approve residential developments, sewer and water extensions, and treatment plants to ensure safe and healthy communities.
Sewage: See Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS)
- Permits and inspects annually all public swimming pools and beaches.
Enforce laws in worksites, public places, and retail sales to minors (ATUPA.) Investigate complaints and educate.
- Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) compliance.
- Use of Electronic Cigarettes or other ENDS in public places.
- ATUPA information and violations.
- Tobacco-21 Information. Effective July 1, 2017, the minimum legal age for tobacco sales is 21 years in Tompkins County.
Monitor public water systems to ensure safe drinking water quality and to aid homeowners with water problems.
- Your Private Water Well
- Coliform Bacteria and Your Drilled Well
- Shock Disinfection of Water Supply Systems
- Blue-green Algae (HABs, Harmful Algal Blooms)
- Annual Water Week activities
West Nile Virus:
- For information regarding West Nile Virus click here.