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Region 7 Public Health Office

Environmental Health

Region 7's Bureau of Environmental Health promotes and protects the public's health through environmental regulation, investigation and education. Environmental Health personnel are available in each county to provide direct service to the public in the following areas:

 

Food Protection

All food service facilities must have a valid permit from the department prior toserving food to the public. In addition to restaurants this includes schools, special event vendors, grocery stores, bakeries and delicatessens. We inspect all food service facilities; we issue permits to new businesses and offer training for both new and existing facilities.

Please follow this link for additional Food Protection information.

On-Site Sewage Disposal

All buildings occupied more than two hours per day must be served by an approved means of sewage disposal. Environmental Health permits and inspects septic tank systems to ensure proper sewage disposal. All proposed lots to be subdivided must have an approved means of sewage disposal.

Please follow this link for additional On-Site Sewage Disposal information.

Rabies

Reports of animal bites can be FAXED 24 hours a day. For assistance during business hours reports can be submitted by fax or phone:

 
Phone
Fax
After Hours Emergency
Berkeley County (843) 719-4649 (843) 719-4321 553-5084 or 873-5300
Charleston County (843) 202-7020 (843) 202-7050 219-2359 (pgr) or
219-2349(pgr)
Dorchester County (843) 821-9524 (843) 832-0765 553-1405 or 572-0945

Please follow this link for additional Rabies information.

Vector Borne Illness

We encourage residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties to notify us if you find a dead crow or blue jay that appears to have recently died for no obvious reason. Also, if you should find a substantial number of dead birds in a cluster together that appear to have recently died for no obvious reason, please notify us. We will then evaluate if the bird needs to be sent to our lab in Columbia for testing.

 
Phone
Fax
After Hours Emergency
Berkeley County (843) 719-4649 (843) 719-4321 553-5084 or 873-5300
Charleston County (843) 202-7020 (843) 202-7050 219-2359 (pgr) or
219-2349(pgr)
Dorchester County (843) 821-9524 (843) 832-0765 553-1405 or 572-0945

Click here for more information about West Nile Virus.

Other Services

We do inspections of schools, daycares, and foster homes to make sure the overall sanitation levels, lead levels and safety are within acceptable health standards. Hotel / motel, mobile home park, and vector complaints that are related to a public health risk are also investigated upon request. For more information on any of these concerns, please call us at (843) 202-7020.