A human’s first line of defense against disease is environmental management.
Environmental Health is responsible for the promotion and enhancement of public health as it relates to the environmental needs of our community. We strive to work with individuals, businesses, and the community through education, regulation, permitting, and when necessary, enforcement to promote a healthy and safe environment for all.
Environmental Health’s Core Functions
- Prevent epidemics and the spread of disease
- Protect against environmental hazards
- Prevent injuries
- Promote and encourage healthy behaviors
- Respond to disasters and assist communities in recovery
Please visit each county Environmental Health page for specific county applications and requirements.
Verification of Residency For License Application
In order to comply with the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) 50-36-1, a Verification of Residency for Public Benefits Application must be completed by all new applicants for Food Service Permits, Swimming Pool Permits, Tourist Accommodation Permits, Waste Removal and Disposal Permits, Body Art/Tattoo Establishment Permits, and Body Artist/Tattoo Artist Permits.
- Columbus Body ARTIST Permit Checklist and Application 1.27.2021
- Columbus Body Art STUDIO Permit Checklist and Application 1.27.2021
- Permit Application for Food Service Establishments and Mobile/Extended Food Service Base of Operations – With Health District Cover Sheet
- Temporary Food Service Establishment Application
- Temporary Food Service Event Organizer Application
- Permit Application for Mobile Food Unit
- Georgia Mobile Food Service Unit Location Listing
- Mobile Food Service Unit Property Use Agreement
- Toilet Use Agreement For Mobile Food Service Unit
- Permit Application for Extended Unit
- Permit Application for Mobile Food Truck, Trailer or Pushcart (Additional Counties)
- Water Interruption Brochure
- Emergency Operations Plan Information
ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification Course
The Columbus Department of Public Health sponsors a 2-Day ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification Course. Check this page again to find the date of our next class.
The National Restaurant Association allows an examinee to take the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Exam twice within a 30-day period, if necessary. If three or more attempts are required, the examinee must wait at least 60 days from their last attempt. No more than four attempts are allowed in a 12-month period.
Check this page again to see the date of the next re-test.
Please contact the Environmental Health Office at the Columbus Department of Public Health at 706-321-6170 if you have questions regarding the ServSafe® Program. ServSafe® is a registered trademark of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, and used under license by National Restaurant Association Solutions, LLC.
Note: American National Standards Institute (ANSI) food safety certification approved exams can also be found on the ANSI website.
For additional information, visit GDPH Food Service Rules and Regulations.
- Cover Sheet – Tourist Accommodation
- Application for Tourist Accommodation
- Tourist Accommodation Plan Review Checklist
ON-SITE / LAND USE
PRIVATE WATER SUPPLIES
- Water Well Placement Permit Cover Sheet and Application and Permit
- Well Water Bacterial Sample Cover Sheet and Application
- Public Swimming Pool Spa RWP Fact Sheet
- Public Swimming Pool Hydraulic Analysis Worksheet
- Application for Swimming Pool, Spa, and Recreational Water Park Construction Permit
- Pool Construction Plan Review – Chapter 511-3-5
NOTICE: Fee Proration will be discontinued for Muscogee (Columbus) and Crisp Counties effective January 1, 2022