Environmental Health


The Bureau of Environmental Health is comprised of two programs: Environmental Inspection Services and Animal Services.

Environmental Inspection Services

Services are provided to regulate facilities and to enforce the Baltimore City Health Code and applicable state and federal rules and regulations as they relate to environmental health. 

Plan Review:  The Plan Review section is the first stop for most facilities looking to obtain a license. New food service facilities or facilities under new ownership, including swimming pools and tattoo establishments, must submit plans and undergo an initial Plan Review inspection prior to license approval.

Food Control: This section conducts routine inspections for food service facilities and temporary food service facilities. In addition, complaint investigations for food service facilities and food borne outbreak investigations are conducted by the Food Control staff.

Ecology: This section conducts routine inspections of tattoo establishments, swimming pools and spas, and school cafeterias. The Ecology staff also conducts complaint investigations for nuisances such as mosquitoes, odors, noise, early morning trash collection and indoor smoking in public buildings.