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Environmental Health Programs

Listed below are the main program areas covered by Environmental Health Services.  The various program areas are arranged in alphabetical order so that you can easily scroll down the page to find the program you are looking for.

ATUPA (Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act)  New York State has established regulations that prohibit the sale of tobacco to minors.  For more information on this program, click HERE.

Bed Bugs - Bed bugs are not a public health threat, but they certainly can be a nuisance.  We have compiled some useful information and links regarding bed bugs.  To view our "bed bug" page, click HERE.

Campgrounds - This Department has responsibility for the regulation of these facilities in Chemung County.  For more information on these programs, click HERE.

Children's Camps - Overnight and day camp operations are regulated under Subpart 7-2 of the State Sanitary Code.  For more information click HERE.  

Clean Indoor Air Act - This is the law passed by New York State to regulate smoking in public places.  For more information on the law, click HERE.

Drinking Water - This program covers both public water systems and private water supplies.  Federal and State requirements are enforced with regard to public water systems.  Guidance is provided to private well owners related to the quality of their drinking water.  Click HERE for more information on our drinking water program.

Food Service Establishments - As a general rule, anytime food is being provided to the public, a permit will be needed.  State regulations dictate the requirements that each food service establishment must follow.  This Department enforces those regulations in Chemung County.  For more information related to food service, click HERE.

Hotels & Motels - These facilities are required to follow some minimal requirements as directed by State regulations.  For more information on temporary residences or mass gatherings, click HERE.

Indoor Air Pollutants - For more information on factors that could influence the air you breathe inside, click HERE.

Lead Poisoning Prevention - EHS conducts environmental site assessments at locations where children residents have been identified as having elevated blood lead levels.  For more information on this program, click HERE.

LYME Disease - Lyme Disease has been found in Chemung County.  For more information click HERE.

Mass Gatherings - Large accumulations of people can present problems if not planned for accordingly.  For more information on things to consider with mass gatherings of people, click HERE.

Mobile Home Parks - Mobile home parks with 5 or more lots are required to have a permit issued by this Department.  EHS conducts annual inspections and responds to complaints.  For more information, click HERE.

Nuisances - Generally speaking, many nuisances can be addressed by the local code enforcement officer.  On some occasions, when the local code officer is not available, EHS can respond to a nuisance complaint.  Also, if a condition exists that is a public health hazard, EHS should be notified.  For more information on our nuisance program, click HERE.

Rabies - The NYS Commissioner of Health has declared a rabies alert for Chemung County due to the presence of the rabies virus in wild animals.  For more information related to rabies and how you can protect yourself from this deadly disease, click HERE.

Radon - Tests have shown that radon is prevalent in Chemung County.  Exposure to radon can lead to an increased chance of getting lung cancer.  The only way to know for sure if you have radon in your home is by testing.  For more information on radon, click HERE.

Realty Subdivisions - The NYS Realty Subdivision Law applies to the the subdivision of a tract of land into 5 or more parcels of 5 acres or less within any consecutive 3-year period.  For more information, click HERE.

Sewage Treatment - This Department regulates the construction of sewage treatment systems when not under a permit from the State.  For more information related to sewage treatment, click HERE.

Swimming Pools & Bathing Beaches - These recreational areas open to the public are regulated by this Department. Private backyard pools for use by the owner and their family are exempt from these requirements.  For more information on the regulation of swimming pools and bathing beaches, click HERE.

Tanning Facilities - New York State began regulating tanning facilities.  For more information on this program, click HERE.

Tattooing & Body Piercing - While these two activities are not curently regulated in NYS, you can get some information on these programs by clicking HERE.

Tick-borne Diseases - Educational literature is available about the various diseases that can be transmitted via a tick.  Identification of tick species is available through this Department.  For more information relative to tick-borne diseases, click HERE.

West Nile Virus - The West Nile Virus was first discovered in NYS in 1999.  Since then, a concerted effort has been made to study the disease, track its presence, and to provide education to the public on how the disease can be prevented.  For more information on West Nile Virus, click HERE.


The Chemung County Sanitary Code covers environmental health topics of local interest that are not already addressed in the State Sanitary Code.  To download a copy of the Chemung County Sanitary Code, click here.

 The Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL) was created to allow the public access to the workings of the government.  Certain official documents are available from this Department.  To download the application form needed to request to review public records, click here.



Electrical Inspections - All new electrical work at regulated facilities must be done in accordance with the Building Code of New York State.  All electrical work must also be inspected by an approved certified electrical inspector before the electrical equipment can be put into service.  For a list of approved certified electrical inspectors, click here.

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