Environmental Services

The Environmental Services department works to assure the health of the community by enforcing laws, regulations and ordinances. The work is required by law and is considered one of the ten essential public health services.  Environmental Health personnel use education and inspection authority to assure compliance with public health law. Environmental Health personnel inspect regular and temporary food service facilities, public swimming pools, schools, hotels/motels and mobile home and recreational vehicle parks. It is also their responsibility to inspect any tattoo and/or body/ear piercing studios. They serve as a quarantine officer for the rabies control program in any cases involving animal bites to humans. The staff also inspects the installation and repair of residential and commercial septic systems to protect surface and ground waters. 

Additional duties involve the investigation of food borne, water borne and other communicable diseases in partnership with the Epidemiology and nurses from the Communicable Disease Team. Environmental Health staff work with representatives of local and state agencies, government officials and others when necessary to assure the health of the community.

Programs regulated by JCHD Environmental

  • Hotels/motels
  • Mobile home parks
  • Public swimming pools
  • Schools
  • Septic systems
  • Restaurants
  • School cafeterias
  • Grocery stores
  • Rabies
  • Tattoo, body and ear piercing studios
  • Public tanning beds
  • Septic pumper trucks
  • Sewage disposal sites

Current Staff

Environmental: David Sellards
606.789.2590 davidt.sellards@ky.gov
Office Hours Monday -Friday 8:00AM-9:30AM
(after 9:30AM often doing inspections)

Plumbing Inspector
Office Hours Friday 8:00AM-9:30AM

Helpful Links:

How to open grocery store or restaurant

Boil water 

Bed bugs 

Bed Bugs 2

Rental complaints

What to do with food during power outage




EPA Mold Information

Temporary food booths

Food Establishment Guidelines

Temporary Food Service Guidelines