Environmental Health Services
9100 Franklin Square Drive, Suite 230
Baltimore, Maryland 21237-3903
Phone: 410-887-FOOD (3663)
TTY users call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1
The Department provides language assistance services free of charge to persons with limited English proficiency.
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Environmental Health Services (EHS) is a multidisciplinary group that monitors and enforces various laws, regulations and policies enacted to safeguard the general health and well being of the public. We also provide information, guidance and consultative services on all programs regulated by this division to county, state and federal agencies, private industry personnel and the general public.
Food and Related Resources—Any person interested in operating a business that serves food should contact EHS to receive the steps necessary to open and operate their unique business.
Plans Review—Food and Swimming Pools
Water Sampling Results—Bathing Beach, Coastline, and Recreational Water
EHS reviews, inspects, and processes permits for hotels, motels and mobile home parks.
Outbreaks are reportable to the local health department. Baltimore County facilities should call the Baltimore County Department of Health, Division of Communicable Diseases at 410-887-6011. View general guidelines provided by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
EHS regulates the construction of food service facilities and public swimming pools and supports the building permit review process. All construction plans, whether new construction or renovation, must be submitted for approval. The food plans review staff also examines Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Risk Assessments and the HACCP Manual.
- View or download the guidelines (PDF) for retail food establishment plans review submittal.
- View or download the plans review application (PDF) and fee schedule.
EHS investigates complaints and enforces regulations related to mosquitoes and other insects, improper handling and disposal of wastes, the release of hazardous chemicals or petroleum products, nuisance dust from construction sites, open burning of trash, problems with private water and septic systems and other miscellaneous nuisances.
EHS enforces the Safe Drinking Water Act for commercial and institutional private water supplies. Responsibilities include the review of quarterly bacteriological monitoring reports and yearly nitrate monitoring reports, enforcement activities and consultative services.