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Environmental Health Inspections & Permits
Beginning May 22, 2023, and until further notice, our office hours for phone and walk-in service are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding.
Please also consider these no-contact services:
- Inspection requests - Email [email protected] or call 734-222-3800.
- Application submissions - Mail, fax 734-222-3930, email [email protected], or use the brown drop box located outside.
- Payments - Call 734-222-3800, fax 734-222-3930 (use this credit card payment form), or use the brown drop box located outside.
- Pick up - Permits, water sample bottles, and radon test kits will be labeled and placed on the pick up table in our lobby. We will call you to tell you they are ready. Lobby pick-up is available from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.
- Request radon test kits - Call 734-222-3800 or fax 734-222-3930 (use this credit card payment form). After payment processing, pick up radon kit in lobby. Lobby pick-up is available from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.
- Request water sample bottles - Call 734-222-3800 or fax 734-222-3930. Use our water bottle request form, which is available in our lobby or online. Once payment is processed, the bottle(s) will be labeled and placed on the pick up table in our lobby. We will call you to tell you they are ready. Lobby pick-up is available from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.
- Return water samples - Attach completed forms to bottle and place in the small white refrigerator in our lobby. Do not put water samples in the drop box located outside! Be sure to return water samples by 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday (the same day you collect the sample) so they will be picked up by our lab that same day.
For Environmental Health questions or concerns, please contact 734-222-3800 or email [email protected].
Applications, Forms & Fees
View applications, forms, and fees for programs associated with the Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division.
Body Art (Tattoo, Body Piercing & PMU)
Facilities in Washtenaw County that perform tattooing (including permanent cosmetics), body piercing (except for just piercing the ear), or branding must have a license from the State of Michigan and must be inspected annually by the Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division.
Child & Adult Care Facility Inspections
Day care centers, children’s camps, and foster care homes are licensed through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Drinking Water Testing
If you have municipal or "city" water, please contact your municipal water provider first if you have questions, concerns or problems with your water.
Filing a Housing or Sanitation Complaint
The Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division responds to housing complaints, food service establishment complaints, and other issues involving unsanitary conditions.
Coalition for Action on Remediation of Dioxane
The Coalition for Action on Remediation of Dioxane (CARD) is a partnership of local governments and citizens that look at strategies to address the groundwater contamination from the industrial solvent 1,4-dioxane, released by Gelman Sciences, Inc.
There is an area in Washtenaw County where a 1,4-dioxane plume is underground. A plume is a volume of contaminated groundwater that extends downward and outward from a source. The 1,4-dioxane plume is moving through groundwater; the direction and speed of the contamination plume is affected by the local geology. The plume area includes parts of Scio Township and western Ann Arbor. This contamination is a concern because wells near the area draw groundwater for use in homes and businesses.
Food Safety & Food Licensing
Over 48 million Americans get sick from foodborne illness each year. The Environmental Health Division works to keep Washtenaw County residents and visitors safe and healthy by inspecting restaurants and other food service establishments.
The Washtenaw County Pollution Prevention Program is responsible for inspecting facilities that store, manufacture, or use hazardous, toxic, or polluting materials.
Pools & Beaches
The Environmental Health Division is responsible for monitoring public recreational waters in Washtenaw County.
Restaurant Inspection Reports
View restaurant inspection reports for Washtenaw County, University of Michigan and the State of Michigan.
In areas where municipal water and sewer services are not available, homeowners must rely on well and sewage (septic) systems to meet their needs.
Time of Sale Program (TOS)
Find information about regulations requiring the inspection of on-site well and septic systems before a home can be sold.
In areas where public water supply is not available, homeowners must install a well to pump groundwater to their home. In addition, wells are installed for monitoring contamination sites and for providing geothermal energy.
Search Permit Records
Our OnBase program allows you to search for Washtenaw County well, septic, building inspection, and soil erosion records and permits. These records also typically contain existing site plans.