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A Special Note

Our Environmental Health Department has moved to a new location and is now located inside the Government Building at

3600 W Sovereign Path

Lecanto, Fl 33461

Environmental Health Inspections

The services and programs established and offered by the Citrus County Health Department Environmental Health Section is as follows:

Available information on the Health Tracking website includes:
Risks from environmental hazards such as poor outdoor air quality, chemicals in drinking water and hazardous waste sites. Adverse health effects from environmental hazards, such as asthma hospitalizations, heart attacks, selected birth defects, carbon monoxide poisoning and childhood lead poisoning

Department of Health promotes, protects and improves the health of all people in Florida. For more information, visit FL Tracking Portal or National Tracking Portal. To learn more about the Department of Health Division of Environmental Health, visit our Department of Health/Environmental Web Page.

OSTDS (Onsite Sewage Treatment Disposal)           Woman gardening

The objective of the onsite sewage treatment and disposal program is to provide safe and sanitary treatment and disposal of domestic and commercial sewage waste in areas not served by public sewerage systems. The goal of the program is to protect the public from the spread of infectious disease. Improperly built or maintained onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems pollute ground and surface water degrades water quality and spread disease. For more information please visit: Bureau of Onsite Sewage Programs Index

You can print out the Septic Application and Checklist. Both the application and checklist are required for the application process. You can research historic permit information by clicking on the link below:


NEW! Environment Health Septic Permits



Storage Tanks -  By contract with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (FDEP) inspectors here at the Citrus County Health Department perform annual compliance inspections on above ground and below ground fuel storage tanks. As of January 2004, approximately 400,000 inspections have been completed state wide, and compliance rates have improved significantly from their former ratings. For more information please visit: Storage Tank Regulation - Petroleum Storage Systems

Group Care Facilities - This program involves facility homes for the aged, childcare facilities, dwelling units licensed to serve clients of the Department of Children and Family Services, and schools both public and private. The Department of Health coordinates state-level requirements for physical plant, food service, limited use commercial public water system, and on onsite sewage treatment and disposal system (OSTDS) inspections for these types of facilities. Onsite inspections of these facilities also help to assure that the physical as well as the emotional needs of the citizens served by these facilities.

Food - The objective of this program is to minimize the occurrence of food-related illnesses. Not all food establishments are regulated by our department.


Hand washing


Most Grocery stores and convenience stores in our state are regulated by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) You can contact them at 850-245-5520 or visit the website at Fresh from Florida


Most Restaurants in our state are regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)  Division of Hotels and Restaurants at (850) 487-1395 or visit the website at My Florida License/consumers.


File a Complaint about a Restaurant

Personnel Hygiene (hand washing) often the number one prevention of food borne outbreaks.

More information on Florida Department of Health Regulated Facilities can be found at: Florida Department of Health Regulated Facilities Website


Healthy Beaches- Florida Healthy Beaches Program (View beach water samples collected by the FL Health Department and Beach Closures)

Dangerous Parasite in Lakes and Ponds English Fact Sheet 

also in Spanish Fact Sheet


Pools - When most people think about concerns related to swimming during summertime, drowning, diving injuries, and sunburns come to mind. However, few people think about getting sick from germs found in contaminated water. Rules governing swimming pool construction and operation, which County Health Departments have been delegated the authority to review plans and issue permits. For more information please visit Public Swimming Pools and Bathing Places


Migrant Labor Camps - The objective of this program is to reduce the risk of communicable disease transmission and injury among migrant farm workers by establishing comprehensive and uniform procedures for permitting and inspecting migrant housing. Brochures providing an overview of the program have been produced in English Version and Spanish Version. The text from the Spanish language version is also available as a html page. For more information please visit: Migrant Farmworker Housing

Piercing - Body piercing is an invasive procedure that presents the potential for infection. For more information please visit: About Body Piercing


Tattoo Establishments: http://www.myfloridaeh.com/community/Tattoo/index.html

Tanning Facilities - There are risks associated with overexposure to ultraviolet light from tanning beds and booths as there are with overexposure to sunlight. Tanning facility staff will advise you about the maximum exposure time for the particular device you will use, the operation of emergency shutoff controls, the requirement for protective eyewear, and the location of personal hygiene facilities. Tanning bed surfaces and protective eyewear must be sanitized between uses. We inspect tanning facilities twice per year to verify their safe and sanitary operation. In addition, the department developed an Indoor tanning facts brochure to better educate the public. For more information please visit: Tanning Facilities

Limited Use Public Water Systems - This program regulates (public water systems which are not covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act), multi-family water systems, and private water systems. Definitions for these systems and statutory authorization to regulate them are found in section 381.0062 of the Florida Statutes. Chapter 64E-8 of the Florida Administrative Codeglass of ice water establishes the rules to implement the statutes. It includes setback standards for private water systems, construction standards for multi-family water systems, and construction and operation standards for limited use public water systems. The program is implemented at the local level by the county health departments.

Drinking Water Toxics - The Drinking Water Toxics Program is responsible for coordinating state-wide groundwater sampling for chemical contamination of private drinking water supplies. Contamination monitoring helps protect the public from agricultural chemicals, industrial solvents and heavy metals. The program provides technical consultation to county health officials, state agencies and federal entities regarding human exposures from waterborne contaminants. For more information please visit: Drinking Water Toxics Program

Super Act - The Florida Legislature created the State Underground Petroleum Environmental Response Act (SUPER Act) (Chapter 376.3071, Florida Statutes ) in response to ground water contamination resulting from leaking underground petroleum storage tanks. The SUPER Act Program is responsible for identifying areas in the state having drinking water contaminated as a result of leaking underground storage tanks, surface spills and other discharges to the environment. This program conducts well surveillance in potentially impacted areas, notifies the public of potential adverse health effects and provides assistance in obtaining alternative sources of drinking water. For more information please visit: Petroleum Surveillance (Super Act) Program

Biomedical Waste http://www.myfloridaeh.com/community/biomedical/index.html

Report Animal Bites


Report animal bites:
Phone: (352) 527-0068 Press 1 then extension 232
Secure Fax: (352) 527-0393

All information collected on these reports is confidential, exempt from the provisions of s.119.07 (1), F.S (381.0031, F.S.).

Rabies Surveillance: When human exposure has occurred we monitor possible rabies exposure through the quarantine period of animals and sometimes the collection of laboratory specimens for testing. In order to prevent the spread of rabies we work cooperatively with Citrus County Animal Control (352)746-8400 and local veterinarians to promote public education and encourage our citizens to have there animals vaccinated and to avoid contact. For more information please visit: Florida Zoonotic Disease Surveillance Program - Rabies Surveillance 

Arbovirus Surveillance Monitoring of sentinel chicken flocks of increases in St. Louis encephalitis in wild animals so that populations may be protected, arthropod-borne diseases such as yellow fever, malaria, and dengue fever were reduced through mosquito control programs and quarantines. Florida Arthropod-borne Disease Surveillance Program  

"Reporting Dead Birds" The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission is cooperatively working with the Florida Department of Health on a wild bird mortality database. This project was initiated to support surveillance for bird die-offs and aids in monitoring for Avian Influenza (AI) and West Nile Virus (WNV).

Mobile Home Parks This program includes mobile home parks, lodgingcampers taking a walk on a trail and recreational vehicle parks, and recreational camps. The objective of this program is to minimize the risk of injury and illness in this residential environment. Of primary concern and importance are safe drinking water supply, proper sewage disposal, a safe and disease free swimming pool (where provided), and assurances that the establishment is free from garbage, harmful insects, and rodent infestations. All of these establishments are licensed annually by the department. County health departments provide direct services in the operational aspect of the program through routine inspections, plan reviews, educational programs, and enforcement actions. County health departments also investigate environmental health complaints. For more information please visit: Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Parks

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