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Environmental Health Services

Environmental Health Services

Restaurant Complaints

To file a Foodborne Illness or General Complaint about a restaurant, please visit DBPR – Division of Hotels and Restaurants.

To request mosquito prevention call 321-264-5032



OPERATIONAL UPDATE: EFFECTIVE MAY 18, 2020

The Brevard County Government facilities are now open to the public.

The top priority of the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County is the health and safety of our residents and staff. We are taking every precautionary measure to protect everyone from exposure to COVID-19 as well as other respiratory viruses.

We still encourage you to submit Permit Applications electronically as described below for each program:

PAYMENTS:  No applications will be processed prior to receipt of payment. Payments can be submitted by phone with a credit card or by check/money order by mail to this department.  

Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal System (OSTDS) program:

  • To submit any septic documents for Request of Additional Information, OSTDS Construction Permit Applications, to schedule an OSTDS Construction Inspection or Final Inspection e-mail: Brevard.SepticApplication@flhealth.gov
  • For general septic questions, please call 321-633-2100, option #3
  • Also, we will not be accepting the septic plan reviews for accessory structures (sheds, pools, fences, etc.) via electronic submittal after May 22, 2020. Please let your clients know to bring their documents for approval to the EH Office or send them via USPS or other mailing service. They can visit http://brevard.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/environmental-health/onsite-sewage/construction-permits/_documents/site-plan-review-request.pdf for the plan review request form. As a reminder, plan reviews must include a site plan or survey drawn to scale which includes the location of the existing septic tank(s) and drainfield(s) along with the proposed structure. All items on the site plan must be drawn to scale. The fee for a plan review is $30.

Water Program (Well Construction, Limited Use Water Permitting, and Pools/Spas):

  • To submit any documents for the water program, applications and well construction completion reports email: Brevard.WellApp@flhealth.gov
  • For general water program questions, please call 321-633-2100, option #4

Facilities Program (Animal Care Facilities, Biomedical Waste, Body Piercing, Food Safety and Sanitation, Group Care, Mobile Home and RV Parks, Tanning, and Tattooing):

  • To submit applications, documents, or any correspondences for pending permits email:  BrevardEH.Facilities@flhealth.gov
  • For general facility program questions, please call 321-633-2100, option #6

For General Environmental Health questions, Healthy Beaches Program, and Sanitary Nuisance Complaints email: Brevard.EHS@flhealth.gov

For information regarding restaurants please go to: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/eo-complaints/

Best Practices for Re-Opening a DOH permitted Food Service or Bar Establishment

Links to documents for Tattoos, Body Piercing, and Tanning Facilities:

A safe and healthy environment is one form of preventive medicine that you cannot buy at the drug store or get from your doctor's office, yet it is crucial to the well being of you, your family and the community where you live.

Environmental Health programs are an essential part of Florida’s public health system. These services are administered by the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County Environmental Health Services and are aimed at preventing or reducing health risks that may occur in your daily surroundings.

Detecting and correcting environmental dangers that can cause disease or injury is the job of Environmental Health Specialists. They are an important part of a public health team.

You may not be aware of the wide range of services provided by these specialists through Environmental Health Services (EHS).  Almost every day you and your family receive benefits directly or indirectly from work performed by Environmental Health Professionals.

Through public education, routine inspections, investigation of complaints and enforcement of laws relating to safety and sanitation, your EHS staff help to make your neighborhood and community a healthier place to live. 

For emergency notifications of public health hazards, please visit the Emergency Management website.

Water Transmission and COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Can the COVID-19 virus spread through drinking water?  The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those in most municipal drinking water systems, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Is the COVID-19 virus found in feces?  The virus that causes COVID-19 has been detected in the feces of some patients diagnosed with COVID-19. The amount of virus released from the body (shed) in stool, how long the virus is shed, and whether the virus in stool is infectious are not known.  The risk of transmission of COVID-19 from the feces of an infected person is also unknown. However, the risk is expected to be low based on data from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). There have been no reports of fecal-oral transmission of COVID-19 to date.
  • Can the COVID-19 virus spread through pools and hot tubs? There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Can the COVID-19 virus spread through sewerage systems?  CDC is reviewing all data on COVID-19 transmission as information becomes available. At this time, the risk of transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 through sewerage systems is thought to be low. Although transmission of COVID-19 through sewage may be possible, there is no evidence to date that this has occurred. This guidance will be updated as necessary as new evidence is assessed.  SARS, a similar coronavirus, has been detected in untreated sewage for up to 2 to 14 days. In the 2003 SARS outbreak, there was documented transmission associated with sewage aerosols. Data suggest that standard municipal wastewater system chlorination practices may be sufficient to inactivate coronaviruses, as long as utilities monitor free available chlorine during treatment to ensure it has not been depleted.  Wastewater and sewage workers should use standard practices, practice basic hygiene precautions, and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as prescribed for current work tasks.
  • Should wastewater workers take extra precautions to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus?  Wastewater treatment plant operations should ensure workers follow routine practices to prevent exposure to wastewater. These include using engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, and PPE normally required for work tasks when handling untreated wastewater. No additional COVID-19–specific protections are recommended for employees involved in wastewater management operations, including those at wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Guidance for Reducing Health Risks to Workers Handling Human Waste or Sewagehttps://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/sanitation/workers_handlingwaste.html
  • Drinking Water, Recreational Water and Wastewater: What You Need to Know – please visit:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html

HABs: Harmful Algae Blooms 

For more information on Red Tide and Blue-Green algae visit FDOH site for HABs (http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/aquatic-toxins/harmful-algae-blooms/index.html).

For more information on where Red Tide is located, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Commission’s Research Institute at 866-300-9399 or visit the FWC website (https://myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/).

For more information on where blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is located, contact The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) at 1-855-305-3903 or visit the DEP website (https://floridadep.gov/algalbloom).

Mosquito Information 

Not all mosquitoes are the same. Different mosquitoes spread different diseases and bite at different times of the day. Some mosquito species bite during the day, such as those mosquitoes that can spread chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses. Other species of mosquitoes bite most often at dawn and dusk, including those that can transmit West Nile virus. Please review the Florida Department of Health Mosquito Bite Protection Flyer. For more information and tips to stop the breeding of mosquitoes visit:  http://www.cdc.gov/features/StopMosquitoes/.

Boil Water Notice Information 

A Boil Water Notice is issued when bacteriological analysis of samples obtained from a water distribution system have shown possible contamination of the water, or a water main break has occurred, or a loss of water pressure has been experienced.  When a Boil Water Notice is issued, as a precaution it is advised that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes be boiled.  A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient.  As an alternative bottled water may be used.