What We Do


Administrative Services

Environmental Health

The Environmental Health division helps ensure the food, water and environment of Snohomish County are safe from health threats such as disease, pollution, pests, and other hazards. The division issues permits, responds to complaints, and ensures that environmental health regulations, the local Sanitary Codes, are followed.

Environmental Health charges fees for most of its services and is largely self-supporting. Septic system owners and restaurants pay for their permits, as do food handlers. The Division also receives funding through an interlocal agreement with the Snohomish County Solid Waste Division, as well as through grants and contracts with the State Department of Ecology, State Department of Health, and Snohomish County Surface Water Management.

The Environmental Health division of Snohomish Health District has three primary programs:

Food Safety

Water & Wastewater

Solid Waste & Toxics

Other Environmental Health Programs

  • Child Care Outreach
  • Camp Safety Program
    Snohomish Health District inspections of youth and group camps assure that kitchens, swimming equipment, housing facilities and shower facilities meet health and safety requirements. Camps are permitted annually by Snohomish Health District.

Prevention Services

The Prevention Services division focuses on preventive programs for families and communities. We also collect and share public health data.

The division also focuses on the prevention and control of communicable disease through education, monitoring, outbreak response, preparedness activities, and vaccination.

Under state law, health care providers, hospitals, and laboratories are required to report certain diseases to local public health agencies. Snohomish Health District is charged to receive disease reports, conduct investigations into the cause and possible spread of illness, and initiate disease control measures.

Parent & Child Health

Communicable Disease