Environmental Health
The Union County Environmental Health Division is a part of Union County Public Health. The Environmental Health Division strives to promote a healthy environment by conducting daily activities designed to prevent disease, educate the public, and enforce regulations. We achieve this goal through the development and implementation of programs, including, but not limited to, Drinking Water, Solid Waste, Food and Lodging, On-site Wastewater, and Vectors.

All health department services are provided without regard to race, color, national origin, disability or handicap.

November 4, 2014 - Union County Environmental Health is offering a Certified Food  Manager Training Course in Febuary 2015. Registration is limited to classroom size. Complete the Registration Form and return with payment to Union County Environmental Health.



July 24, 2013 - We are pleased to announce that the Environmental Health Department accepts debit and credit card payments (Visa and Mastercard). 


New Lead Information Effective January 1, 2010.

For homeowners, property managers of child occupied facilities, and contractors performing renovation activities in facilities built prior to 1978. Lead-Requirements for Renovation, Repair, and Painting:  Renovation, repair, and painting activities create hazardous lead dust and chips.  The North Carolina Lead Based Paint Hazard Management Program for Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rules, adopted the federal regulations relating to lead-based paint renovation activities in child-occupied facilities and target (pre-1978) housing.

The RRP program mandates that contractors, property managers, and others working for compensation, in houses and child-occupied facilities built before 1978, must be trained and use lead-safe work practices.

For more information concerning rules and registration for training, go to: www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/lead/lhmp.html.

The purpose of the Children’s Environmental Health Program is to protect and improve the health of children by the implementation of programs involved in reducing the environmental health risks in child care facilities, schools, camps, and childhood lead poisoning prevention. Children's Environmental Health also provides educational materials and referrals to community resources related to asthma, mold and other indoor air quality concerns.

Environmental Health is involved in these facilities from the planning and construction phase to the daily operation, by offering instruction and training to personnel and routine sanitation inspections. In order to stay in touch with the community Environmental Health partners with other agencies and associations such as; Union County Public Schools, Union County Child Care Directors Association, Union County Family Child Care Association, Child Care Resources Inc., and Thompson’s Child and Family Focus.

Education is a valuable tool in keeping these facilities as well as homes safe. Environmental Health offers educational classes to child care personnel. We also provide educational information, links to pertinent web sites, and are also available for general questions by direct contact. 

Environmental Health is mandated by the State to provide for the public’s health of Union County. The Food, Lodging and Institutions Program regulates establishments such as restaurants, convenience stores, motels, nursing homes, residential cares, mobile food service operations, school and institutional cafeterias, temporary food events, festivals, public swimming pools, the jail, and hospital.  

Our main purpose is to ensure that food service operators are following proper procedures to minimize the risk of dining patrons becoming ill and to keep permitted facilities aware and in compliance with the North Carolina Rules.

Things to Know

Some of the functions of Environmental Health regarding food service involve training food service personnel, review of plans prior to construction, permitting establishments, and conducting inspections to ensure compliance.  Our staff conducts risk-based inspections, which means we focus on items that strongly affect food safety and foodborne illness.  The video “Keeping an Eye on Food Safety” shows some of the things we look for during a restaurant inspection.

Regulations, Food Service Applications, etc.

Use the links below to find the documentation you need.

    - NC Food Code Manual

    - 15A NCAC 18A .2600

    - Food Establishment Plan Review Application

    - Event Organizer Application

    - Application for Food Establishment Associated with Special Event 

    - Mobile Food Unit & Pushcart Application

    - Employee Health and Personal Hygiene Handbook

    - Employee Health Policy (also available in Chinese, Hindi, Korean, RussianSpanish and Vietnamese)


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The On-Site Water Protection Section of the Division of Environmental Health is committed to protecting the environment and promoting public health. This is accomplished by having a dedicated staff of environmental health specialists who carry out the following responsibilities:

  • Performing soil and site evaluations
  • Issuing / denying on-site wastewater system permits
  • Inspecting new and existing septic tank systems
  • Responding to complaints
  • Issuing / denying well permits
  • Water sampling of wells, including: Bacteria Inorganic Nitrates/Nitrites Pesticides Petroleum

The overall goal for the On-Site Water Protection Section is to provide a resource for the citizens of Union County for education and consultation, regarding public health issues.

  • Methamphetamine Laboratories
  • Septic System
  • Wells
  • Vector:  Union County currently does not have any vector control ordinances. However, we do offer assistance through educational materials and on-site visits, as needed.

    West Nile Virus:  North Carolina and Union County has had positive cases of West Nile Virus. At this time, the State Laboratory has discontinued the testing of dead birds for West Nile Virus. As a resident of Union County, you should assume the West Nile Virus is present and all necessary precautions should be taken. If a dead bird is found, proper disposal methods should

All public swimming pools, including neighborhood and apartment complex pools, are regulated and inspected by Environmental Health. 

The purpose of our program is to ensure the safe and sanitary operation of public swimming facilities, as well as to prevent the possible transmission of diseases and illnesses.

Swimming pools have a mix of both potential health and safety dangers. Inspections are conducted to ensure that chemical levels are sufficient to protect bathers from most harmful organisms, and physical hazards as well as ensure adequate safety equipment is present.

Things to Know

Swimming pools can be the source of many diseases and injuries, such as Giardia, Cryptosporidia, and E. coli as well as slips, falls, and accidental entrapment.

 Please remember that NO Public Swimming Pool shall operate unless the owner or operator has an Operation Permit issued yearly by this department. 

Plans and specification for Public Swimming Pools shall be prepared by a registered design professional, and shall be approved by Environmental Health prior to construction.

Public Swimming Pools shall be constructed by swimming pool contractors licensed by the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors.

Regulations, Public Swimming Pool Applications, etc.

Use the links below to find the documentation you need.

     - Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act on North Carolina Public Swimming Pools 

    - 15A NCAC 18A .2500

    - Operation Permit Application

    - Public Swimming Pool Plan Review Application

Union County enforces 15A NCAC 18A.3200 which regulates tattoo and permanent makeup facilities. Our goal is to ensure that anyone receiving tattoo or permanent makeup services, does so in a safe and sanitary environment.

To obtain a tattooing permit, a person must return a completed Tattoo Application to Union County Environmental Health Department. Upon receipt of the application, the Department shall inspect the premises, instruments, utensils, equipment and procedures of the applicant to determine whether the applicant meets the requirements for a tattooing permit. If the applicant meets these requirements, the Department shall issue a permit to the applicant. A permit is valid for one year and must be renewed annually by applying to Union County Environment Health Department for a permit renewal.

For Rules Governing Tattoos click "Rules & Guidelines" located to the right of the screen.

Environmental Health is mandated by the State to provide for the public’s health of Union County. The Food, Lodging and Institutions Program regulates establishments such as restaurants, convenience stores, motels, nursing homes, residential cares, mobile food service operations, school and institutional cafeterias, temporary food events, festivals, public swimming pools, the jail, and hospital. 

Things to Know

The number of inspections per facility varies by type. Lodging establishments are required to be inspected annually and institutional facilities are required to be inspected twice a year. Verifications and complaint visits are also completed as necessary.

The information in the video "How to prevent the spread of bed bugs" can help you protect yourself, your family and your home from becoming infested with bed bugs.

Lodging establishments are required to have an operation permit from the local health department before opening their doors to the public.

Regulations, Applications, etc.

Use the links below to find the documentation you need.

    −  Lodging Establishments (Hotels, Motels)

    −  Bed and Breakfast Home

    −  Bed and Breakfast Inn   

    −  Application for Lodging, Bed and Breakfast Homes or Inns

    −  Institutions (Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Assisted Living Facilities)

    −  Residential Care Facility (Group Homes)

    −  Application for inspection of Residential Care Facility

    −  Local Confinement Facilities (Local Jails)

   −  Adult Day Service

   −  Norovirus NC Public Health Recommendations

   −  Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required in Lodging Establishments


Jeff Knight, Environmental Health Manager
500 N. Main St. Suite 47
Monroe, NC 28112
Phone: 704-283-3553 Fax: 704-283-3825

Office Support Staff:
Meridith Elliott  704-283-3842

Ellen Reynolds, Supervisor

Christy Ford


David Huneycutt

Charlotte Keziah

Monica Kiker

Stacy Hatley

Laura Baker



Traci Colley
Septic Systems

Chris Whittaker, Supervisor

Ramona Dunphy

Gina Long

Drew Walker


Well Program: 
David Womack, Supervisor

 Ed Eason

 David Finley


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