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Environmental Health Programs

Florida Department of Health in DeSoto County

Biomedical Waste

Issues operating permits and conducts annual (note: some facilities are bi-annual) inspections for all biomedical waste generators, storage facilities and transporters. Operates Sharps Container Exchange Program.

Body Piercing, Tattoo and Tanning Salons

Issues annual operating licenses to and conducts biannual sanitation and safety inspections for these facilities. Ensures minors are not tanned or pierced without parental consent.

Drinking Water

Provides plan review and permitting services for new drinking water systems serving the public. Performs annual permitting and inspection services and ensures drinking water systems comply with quarterly bacteriological testing requirements.

Environmental Complaints

Investigates complaints of sanitary nuisances, animal bites, and all food and waterborne disease outbreaks.

Food Hygiene

Provides plan review services, conducts quarterly inspections, and issues annual sanitation certificates to , bars/lounges, civic/fraternal organizations, schools, residential facilities, detention facilities & theaters.

Group Care

Conducts annual sanitation and safety inspections on all schools (public and private). Conducts annual sanitation and safety inspections on community-based residential facilities.

Mobile Home/Recreational Vehicle Park

Provides plan review services, conducts biannual sanitation and safety inspections and issues annual operating permits to all mobile home and RV parks in the county.

On-Site Sewage Treatment and Disposal System (OSTDS)

Ensures proper installation, permitting and operation of OSTDS (septic tanks). Issues annual operating permits to businesses on septic systems and conducts annual sanitation and safety inspections.

SUPER Act/Well Surveillance 

Tests drinking water wells within a 1/4 mile of petroleum storage tanks and dry cleaning facilities for possible contamination.

Swimming Pools & Spas

Ensures public pools and spas are constructed to conform to health codes, issues annual operating permits and conducts biannual inspections.

For more information, please call 993-4601 X 120