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Environmental Health


The Environmental Health Division is tasked with protecting Calvert County against environmental hazards. Our goals in this function include:

  • Preventing environmental pollution from sewage disposal systems of residential, industrial, and commercial sources.

  • Promoting the public health of residents and visitors by permitting, testing, and certifying the potability of individual water supplies.

  • Protecting the public by ensuring all of the foods produced, stored, and sold are safe, sanitary, and meet regulatory requirements.

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Food Services

The Environmental Health Division protects the public’s heath by ensuring all foods produced, stored, and sold are safe, sanitary, and meet required Maryland laws and regulations.

Major activities include:

  • Food Service Facility Inspections

  • Plan Review

  • HACCP Review

  • Complaint Inspections

  • Outbreak Investigations

Food service facilities operating in Calvert County are required to have a Food Facility permit. The fee for the permit is based on the type of facility.  Concerns or complaints about a food facility, contact Environmental Health at 410-535-3922.


Septic Systems

The Health Department prevents environmental pollution from the sewage disposal systems at residential, industrial, and commercial sources within Calvert County.

Major activities include:

  • Subdivision of Land

  • New Septic Applications

  • Reconstruction Applications

  • Public Sewer

  • Scavengers

  • Refuse Haulers

  • Sewage Applications

  • Septic Installers


Right to Appeal

You have appeal rights for certain water and sewage decisions by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and Calvert County Health Department (CCHD).

The Administrative Procedure Act (Title 10, Subtitle 2 of the State Government Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland) sets forth the procedures for appealing a final decision issued by MDE or an Approving Authority regarding the grant, denial, renewal suspension or amendment of a license, certificate, charter, permit or registration that is required by statute. The appeal is in the form of a contested case hearing with the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). In addition to the Administrative Procedure Act, both MDE and OAH have regulations that govern rules of procedure for contested case hearings (COMAR 26.01.01 et seq and COMAR 28.02.01 et seq).

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