Environmental Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.


Environmental services help promote community hygiene.  We act in an advisory capacity regarding community health standards and assist with regulations concerning public health.


  • Public Food Services: To protect food sold to the public, by sanitation inspections of restaurants, school cafeterias, retail groceries and other places, which sell or serve food to the public.  By approving permits for food establishments, offering food service classes for ALL food handlers and responding to food borne illness outbreaks.
  • On-Site Sewage Disposal: To help prevent health hazards and pollution, by providing assistance to prospective land buyers as to the suitability of the site for an on-site sewage system and system design.  We approve on-site sewage disposal systems for public and private buildings.  We issue permits to owners for approved sewage disposal installations and inspections of installed on-site sewage disposal systems.
  • Plumbing Inspections: A state plumbing inspector has an office in the health department.  He provides permits and inspections for inside plumbing for residential and commercial housing/buildings.  His office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays only.
  • Rodent & Vector Control:  To control potential breeding sites, we will investigate and provide information for the removing of rodents and vectors from an area.
  • Rabies Control: To protect people and their pets from rabies, by acting in an advisory capacity when an animal is suspected of being rabid.  We require the owner to quarantine any biting animal suspected of being rabid.  With the cooperation of local veterinarians, we provide low cost clinics for the inoculation of dogs and cats against rabies.  Administered by a private physician, we provide rabies vaccine at cost for persons bitten by suspected rabid animals (Physician order required).
  • Public Facilities: We provide permits and inspection services, review building plans for various public facilities including: mobile home parks, recreational vehicle parks, hotels, motels, public buildings, recreation areas, youth camps, schools, public swimming pools, spas, and boarding homes.
  • Nuisance: Residents may consult with our staff on any nuisance control problem that affects the health of community.
  • Radiation Control: We offer consumer assistance and protection by providing consultation, assistance and referral for Radon gas.  We provide free radon test kits, if available, to residents of Garrard County.  We provide presentations on radon to community groups, schools, etc. as requested.
  • Septic Tank Cleaners: We regulate businesses and vehicles that clean septic tanks and monitor disposal waste.
  • Private Water Supplies:  We will collect and test samples from any non-public water supply and offer consulting assistance to the owner if the supply is not pure.