Environmental Health Program
The Jefferson County Health Department works in partnership with the City of Watertown
Department of Public Health for Environmental Health Services through the
Jefferson County Environmental Health Consortium.
Environmental Health Specialists provide community outreach and
education on environmental health problems.
As agents for the State Division of Public Health and the Department of Agriculture, Sanitarians and Environmental Health Specialists from the Consortium inspect and issue a license for all retail food establishments, including restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, public swimming pools, hotels, motels, campgrounds and tattoo establishments.
Facilities must be inspected and licensed before operating.
Codes for Licensed Establishments
Carbon Monoxide Information
I belong to a nonprofit organization and we are planning on selling hot dogs at a band concert.
Does the nonprofit organization need a license/permit?
Nonprofit organizations that prepare, serve, or sell meals up to 3 days,
or retail foods up to 12 days
during any 12 – month period are exempt from licensing.
Any questions or complaints should be directed to:
Jefferson County Environmental Health Consortium
Environmental Health Specialists respond to problems affecting the general public such as:
- Human health hazards
- Lead poisoning
- Radon and asbestos in buildings
- Trash, garbage and junk
- Rats and other vermin
- Rabies control & animal bites
- Solid waste
- Water pollution
- Indoor and outdoor air pollution
- Housing issues
- Fires in Licensed Establishments
- Concerns regarding Licensed Establishments such a Fires or Flooding
- Chemical spills
- Natural disasters