Regulations, Services & Permits
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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:
- Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers – BCAL PUB-08
- Licensing Rules for Family and Group Child Care Homes - BCAL PUB-724
- Licensing Rules for Adult Foster Care Family Homes - BCAL PUB-332
- Licensing Rules for Adult Foster Care Small Group Homes (12 or less) - BCAL PUB-333
- Licensing Rules for Adult Foster Care Large Group Homes (13-20) - BCAL PUB-334
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
- Condominium Act – Act 59 of 1978
- Land Division Act - Act 288 of 1967
- On-Site Water Supply and Sewage Disposal Rules for Land Divisions and Subdivisions
- Subdivision Application
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.
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.
- Sanitary Facility Evaluation Guidelines
- Guidelines Concerning “Pump and Haul' Sewage Disposal Facilities
- Michigan Criteria for Subsurface Sewage Disposal
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.
Clandestine Drug Manufacturing
Michigan Public Act 260 (MCL 33312103) and 258 (MCL 125.485a) of 2006 regulates 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.