Environmental Health Programs


Campground Program

Campgrounds include resident camps, recreational vehicle (RV) parks, combined park-camps, and temporary campgrounds. LCHD licenses camps, and inspects the operation and maintenance of these facilities in order to protect the public from injury, minimize the potential for disease transmission, and provide a safe and healthy recreational environment. Ohio Campground Rules can be found here: Ohio Administrative Code 3701-26. Visit our data page to view inspection reports. 


Campground Forms
Temporary Campground Application
Temporary Campground Plan Review Form
Temporary Campground Factsheet




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Food Protection Program

LCHD sanitarians are responsible for conducting plan reviews, complaint investigations and food safety assessments of food service establishments such as restaurants, grocery stores, school kitchens and caterers to assure food safety and prevent foodborne illness. The Food Protection Program promotes healthy people and healthy communities through education and regulation of food service establishments. In Licking County, there are over 650 licensed food establishments, including restaurants, convenience stores, coffee shops, concession trailers, food vending machines, temporary food sales at events, delis and grocery stores. Each of these establishments has owners, managers and employees who are expected to handle food safely to prevent disease and comply with state regulations. Our sanitarians inspect these establishments an average of twice a year -- more if needed. They also offer educational sessions for food handlers.

 Food Safety Page Inspection Reports


Ohio Healthy Homes

Ohio Healthy Homes

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. Indoor hazards include mold, lead, radon, carbon monoxide, tobacco smoke, and pests.  As Americans spend so much of their time indoors, these hazards can have negative effects on health, including lead poisoning.

Licking County residents can take simple steps to ensure their home is a lead-safe and healthy home. Talk to your child’s doctor about a simple blood test. If you live in a home built before 1978, test the paint in your home for lead. Lead-based paint is not harmful when on the walls, but becomes harmful when it begins to peel, chip, and come off. Also, LCHD reminds homeowners to renovate safely. Hazardous lead dust can be created by sanding, cutting, replacing windows and more.

To determine if your home is a Healthy Home you can conduct a quick assessment. There are seven keys to a Healthy Home.

CDC Info. Newark City Info. 7 Keys Mold Factsheet



Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Program

The LCHD protects our steams, rivers and lakes from pollution resulting from the discharge of inadequately treated sewage, wash water or other wastes. The illicit discharge elimination program identifies collector tiles and storm drains that carry pollutants to the streams. These tiles are monitored to make sure no sewage or other pollution is discharging. If a problem is found, the sanitarian will try to follow the tile to the source of the pollution and get corrective action taken. If you know of a drainage tile, stream or ditch you think we should add to our monitoring list please call (740) 349-6535.

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Manufactured Home Parks

Assuring compliance with Ohio's Manufactured Home regulations.

Effective Dec. 1, 2012, the authority for licensing and inspection of manufactured home parks in Ohio transferred to the Ohio Manufactured Home Commission (OMHC). LCHD will continue to inspect the parks under a contract agreement with OMHC; however, all complaints must be submitted to OMHC who may then elect to direct LCHD to perform an inspection. 

Complaint Form
Manufactured Home Installation Inspection
Manufactured Home Park Rules


Mosquito/Vector-Borne Disease Control

Mosquitoes can carry diseases that are spread to man and animals. These diseases are sometimes fatal. In Ohio mosquitoes may be infected with the virus that causes one of these diseases: Lacrosse Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Encephalitis.

The LCHD practices an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to mosquito control. This includes trapping for adults, dipping for larvae, treating standing water with larvicide, draining breeding sites when possible, and spraying to kill adults when needed.

Go to Mosquito Control/Vector-Borne Disease page

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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a public health pest. While bed bugs have not been shown to transmit disease, they do cause a variety of negative physical health, mental health and economic consequences.

Bed bugs are small insects that feed on human blood. They are usually active at night when people are sleeping. Adult bed bugs have flat rusty-red-colored oval bodies. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, they are big enough to be easily seen, but often hide in cracks in furniture, floors or walls. When bed bugs feed, their bodies swell and become brighter red. They can live for several months without feeding on a host.

Most bed bug bites are initially painless, but later turn into large, itchy skin welts. These welts do not have a red spot in the center as do the bites from fleas.

Go to Mosquito Control/Vector-Borne Disease page


Plumbing Program

Enforce plumbing laws and regulations the protect health, protect property and ensure safety.

Plumbing is an important part of the sanitary waste disposal system in any building. Plumbing installed improperly can result in back-ups, leaks, environmental pollution, explosion and other hazards. To protect the health and safety of the residents of Licking County, a plumbing permit is required for all new residential and commercial plumbing installed. Plumbers must be registered with the Health Department before conducting business in the county.

For information about plumbing permits, to check the registration status of a plumber, schedule an inspection, or to get other information about our plumbing program contact our inspectors between 8 and 10 a.m. at (740) 349-6475. Our fax number is (740) 349-6935. Inspection requests may also be left on the voicemail after hours.

List of Plumbing Contractors(Updated Monthly)
Plumbing Registration Application: Registration Application
Plumbing Permit Application: Permit Application
Plumbing Code Regulations


Private Water Systems

Access to safe drinking water is a fundamental public health need for communities to prevent water-borne disease and illness.

Private water systems, including wells, cisterns, hauled water storage tanks, and ponds used for drinking water are regulated by the Ohio Private Water Systems Regulations (Ohio Administrative Code 3701-28). A permit must be issued by the health department prior to installing or altering a private water system. A private water system provides water to less than 25 people a day. This usually includes all homes and some small businesses. Systems that regularly serve an average of at least 25 individuals daily at least 60 days each year are regulated by the Ohio EPA.

Properly constructed private water supply systems require little routine maintenance. These simple steps will help protect your system and investment:

  • Always use licensed or certified water well drillers and pump installers when a well is constructed, a pump is installed, or the system is serviced.
  • An annual well maintenance check, including a bacterial test, is recommended. Any source of drinking water should be checked any time there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or anytime a water supply system is serviced.
  • Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides and motor oil far away from your well.
  • Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing (well) to ensure it is in good repair.
  • Always maintain proper separation between your well and buildings, waste systems or chemical storage facilities.
  • Don't allow back-siphonage. When mixing pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals don't put the hose inside the tank or container.
  • When landscaping, keep the top of your well at least one foot above the ground. Slope the ground away from your well for proper drainage.
  • Take care in working or mowing around your well. A damaged casing could jeopardize the sanitary protection of your well.
  • Be aware of changes in your well, the area around your well, or the water it provides.
  • Don't pile snow, leaves or other materials around your well.
  • When your well has come to the end of its serviceable life, have a qualified water well contractor properly abandon your old well to prevent groundwater contamination.


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Public Bathing Areas - Pools, Spas, Spraygrounds, Water Parks, and Beaches

The Licking County Health Department licenses and inspects public swimming pools, spas, spraygrounds and bathing beaches to ensure safe and sanitary conditions at these facilities.

Swimming pools are tested for chlorine or other disinfectant levels, pH, total alkalinity, cyanuric acid, water clarity and other parameters. Facilities are also checked to make sure all equipment is operating properly, required safety equipment is present, life guards (if required) are certified, and that there enough guards on duty. Summer pools are usually checked every two weeks during the operating season. Indoor pools are checked less often, but throughout the entire year. View our Pool Inspection Database

Bathing beaches are inspected for safety compliance and water samples are collected and analyzed for bacteria to determine if the water quality is acceptable for swimming.

State Park beaches are monitored by the Oho Department of Health . 

Rabies Awareness

Rabies Control - Animal Bites

Ohio law requires that all animal bites be reported to the health department so that rabies testing or vaccination can be conducted if needed.

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes.

Ohio law requires all dogs that bite someone be quarantined for 10 days after the bite; if they are healthy at the end of the 10 days they must have a current rabies vaccination prior to release from quarantine.  Animal bites should be reported to LCHD at (740) 349-6535.

When should you seek medical attention?
Animal Bite Regulations
Ohio Dept. of Health Rabies Information

Radon House


Licking County has historically the highest radon levels in Ohio. Radon test results performed by Licking County homeowners indicated nearly three out of four homes have radon levels above the EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L. For this reason, the Health Department has obtained a federal matching grant to provide radon education and free test kits to county residents. The grant, through The Ohio Department of Health, also serves Morrow, Knox, Delaware, Fairfield, Perry, Muskingum, Coshocton, Holmes, Tuscarawas, Guernsey, Stark, Carroll, Harrison, Belmont, Jefferson, and Columbiana counties. LCHD has two Certified Radon Testers on staff.

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless gas that is harmlessly dispersed in outdoor air; but when trapped in buildings, can be harmful at elevated levels. The USEPA has determined that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., second to smoking. However, because you can’t see or smell radon, people tend to minimize the health effects and ignore the possibility it might exist in elevated levels in their homes. Testing is the only way to know if radon exists in your home. 

The threat of radon is preventable. The installation of a radon-reduction system during the construction process of a new home is a simple and efficient process that will provide homeowners with a safer indoor environment. The installation of a radon-reduction system during construction is much more cost effective than retrofitting an existing home with a radon mitigation system.

Here are some resources regarding Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC):

Building Radon Out – A Step-by-step Guide to Building Radon-Resistant Homes


Passive Radon Control System for New Construction



Helpful radon links:


Environmental Health Rules, Regulations and Laws

Health departments have an important role in the enforcement of public health related regulations, orders, rules and other types of public health laws. Public health laws are key tools for health departments as they work to promote and protect the health of the population. The Licking County Prosecutor's Office serves as the LCHD's Legal Counsel.

Campgrounds OAC 3701-26
Food Service Operations OAC 3701-21; Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code OAC 3717-1; Retail Food Establishments OAC 901:3
Household Sewage Treatment Systems
Tattoo and Body Piercing OAC 3701-9
Manufactured Home Parks OAC 3701-27
Private Water Systems (Wells) OAC 3701-28
Public Swimming Pools OAC 3701-31
Smoke-Free Ohio OAC 3701-52
Solid Waste Disposal
Searchable Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), Searchable Ohio Revised Code (ORC)

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Sewage Treatment

The LCHD works to prevent disease transmission and protect the quality of surface and ground water by performing inspections, enforcing sewage regulations, and providing education to homeowners.

Anyone purchasing a lot, or building on a lot, should have the site evaluated early in the process. Sewage system designs are based on site specific soil characteristics to protect ground and surface water resources, protect residents from exposure to sewage-borne disease, and reduce system failure in the future. The size, design and cost of installing a sewage treatment system vary depending on depth to seasonal water table or bedrock, slope, soil texture and permeability. Not all lots can be developed and served by an on-lot sewage treatment system. Limiting factors, like flood plains, saturated soils and excessive slopes, can make system design impossible or impractical.

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Ohio's Smoke-Free Workplace Act

The LCHD investigates indoor smoking complaints received through the Ohio Department of Health.

Chapter 3794. of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) prohibits all forms of tobacco smoke in all public places and places of employment and in areas immediately adjacent to the ingress or egress of the public place or place of employment. While immediately adjacent is not yet defined, proprietors must assure smoke does not enter the area where smoking is prohibited through entrances, windows, ventilation systems or other means.

Smoke Free Worklace Regulations

Report Violations: 1-866-559-OHIO, or NoSmoke@odh.ohio.gov

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Solid Waste Disposal

Licking County and the State of Ohio have regulations which require that solid waste, including garbage, appliances, furniture, yard waste, construction and demolition materials and tires be disposed of properly.

The LCHD works with the CFLP Solid Waste District and the Licking County Litter Prevention and Recycling Office to enforce solid waste regulations, prosecute violators and clean-up properties when necessary.  Complaints may be filed by calling (740) 349-6475, or by submitting an on-line complaint form.

Solid Waste Regulations
Solid Waste Haulers
Recycling Options
Open Burning
Disposal of "Sharps"

Lot Splits

Lot Splits

New lots created in areas of the county that are not served by public water and sewer are evaluated by the Health Department to determine if a household sewage treatment system can be placed on the lots. This evaluation provided by the department is preliminary. Then, a separate, more in depth, evaluation is required to ensure a proper Home Sewage Treatment System can be designed for the specific home that will be built on the lot. Additionally, the department reviews all subdivisions in the county developed in areas not served by public water and sewer. For more information review the forms below, or call (740) 349-6535.


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Tattoo and Body Piercing (Body Art)

The LCHD regulates the operation and maintenance of body art facilities in order to protect the public from injury, minimize the potential for disease transmission, and provide a safe and healthy environment.

Tattoo and Body Art Regulations

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