Environmental Health

Regulations, Services & Permits

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General Sanitation

Campground Sanitation

Inspection and licensing program to ensure that campgrounds are maintained in a safe and sanitary manner. Concerns regarding sanitation at a particular campground can be reported by calling (616) 632-6900.

Child Care & Adult Foster Care

Inspection program to ensure sanitary conditions at child care and adult foster care facilities, conducted in cooperation with the Michigan Family Independence Agency. These facilities are required by law to be licensed. Concerns regarding sanitation at a particular child or adult foster care center can be reported by calling (616) 632-6900.

Department of Human Services Program - Inspection of Childcare & Adult Foster Care Facilities:

Public Swimming Pool Sanitation

Inspection and licensing program to ensure public swimming pools are maintained in safe and sanitary conditions. Public swimming pools are required by law to be licensed. Concerns regarding the sanitation of a particular public swimming pool can be reported by calling (616) 632-6900.

Housing Regulations & Sanitation

Enforcement of Kent County Housing regulations to ensure that households are in proper sanitary condition to prevent illness or injury. Concerns regarding the sanitary condition of a particular household can be reported by calling (616) 632-6900.

Subdivision Program Laws

Public Health Nuisances

Investigation of environmental concerns related to community health and safety. Concerns regarding community environmental sanitation or hazards can be reported by calling (616) 632-6900.

Water Quality Protection

Ground Water Protection

Programs to provide technical assistance in the design, construction, and abandonment of on-site well and septic systems. Resource for groundwater data. Call (616) 632-6900 for more information.

Public Water Supplies

Inspection and permit program for non-municipal water supply systems which provide water to 25 or more people at least 60 days per year (i.e. motels, factories, schools which are not on municipal water systems). Concerns regarding the maintenance of a particular public water system can be reported by calling (616) 632-6900.

Sewage Disposal

The Kent County Health Department offers Sanitary Facility Evaluations as public services to individuals requesting assistance in determining legal compliance and the operational adequacy of on-site water supply and sewage disposal systems. These evaluations are usually performed at the request of a building owner, realtor, a buyer and realtor or a lending institution. Call (616) 632-6900 for more information.

Well Water Testing

Program to evaluate drinking water quality through laboratory analysis to detect chemical and/or bacteriological contamination. Cost: $16.00 bacteriological, $20.00 partial chemical (Payable at Health Department Laboratory when samples are submitted). Sample collection kits available at the Kent County Health Department, Environmental Health Division or Public Health Laboratory, 700 Fuller N.E. Call (616) 632-6900 for more information.

Hazard Control

Clandestine Drug Manufacturing

Michigan Public Act 260 (MCL 33312103) and 258 (MCL 125.485a) of 2006 regulate the assessment and cleanup of indoor environments used as clandestine drug laboratories (CDLs).

Lead Poisoning Control

Enforcement of Housing Regulations regarding lead in cases where lead poisoning has occurred or a lead hazard has been identified. Consultation on abatement and other corrective action. Call (616) 632-7063 for more information.

Lead Test Kits

Specially-designed swabs to test your home surfaces for lead. Available at the Kent County Health Department, Environmental Health Division, 700 Fuller N.E. Lead Swab Cost: $2.25 each. Call (616) 632-6900 for more information.

Radon Test Kits

Home test kits for radon gas. Available at the Kent County Health Department, Environmental health Division, 700 Fuller N.E. Cost: $5.00. Call (616) 632-6900 for more information.