What We Do

  1. Environmental Health
  2. Prevention Services
  3. Administration


The Environmental Health division helps ensure the food, water and environment of Snohomish County are safe from health threats such as disease, pollution, pests, and other hazards. Environmental Health issues permits, responds to complaints, and ensures that health regulations such as local sanitary codes are followed.

Environmental Health charges fees for most of its services and is largely self-supporting. Septic system owners and restaurants pay for their permits, as do food handlers. Some programs also receive funding through interlocal agreements, grants and contracts with the state departments of Ecology and Health.

Current Environmental Health work includes:

  • Food safety
  • Drinking water and wells
  • Safe environments (schools, water recreation facilities, shellfish harvesting, camps, etc.)
  • On-site sewage (septic)
  • Solid, business and hazardous waste
  • Vital records (birth and death certificates)