Jefferson County, WV Health Department Services

Permits and Regulations

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Body Piercing & Tattoo
Body Piercing Studios must obtain an operational permit in their respective county from the Local Health Departments.

To establish a new or remodel an existing Body Piercing Studio the owner/operator is required to submit a Plan Review Application to the Jefferson County Health Department.

Tattoo studios are not required to submit a plan review application, however, they must meet the legislative requirements for Tattoo Studios and must obtain an operational permit from our office prior to operating.

Permits & Regulations

Body Piercing Regulations

Body Piercing State Registration

Body Piercing Studio Permit Application

Body Piercing Studio Plan Review Application

Client Information and Notification Form

Public Notice: Body Piercing Disclosure Statement

Tattoo Studio Legislative Rule

2010 Amendment to Tattoo Studio Rule

Tattoo Studio Permit Application

Childcare Centers

Child Care Centers in West Virginia are regulated by the local health department if they are providing nonresidential care for 7 or more children for all or part of the day. This includes day care centers, family day cares, nursery schools, and preschools. Child care centers that provide care to 13 or more children are also subject to the Bureau for Children and Families regulations on child care licensing. You can find more information on their site here.

Farmers Market Vendors

Our office only issues permits to vendors that are preparing foods at the farmer’s market and to consignment farmers markets. Consignment farmers markets is when two or more vendors deliver their own farm and food products to a common location maintained by a third party that markets the vendor’s products and receives a percentage share of the profits from sales, with the individual vendor retaining ownership of the farm and food product until it is sold. If you are preparing foods on-site at a Farmer’s Market, you will need to apply for a temporary food establishment permit or a mobile food establishment permit (food trucks). All other vendors should contact the WV Department of Agriculture for permitting information.

Food Establishments

West Virginia’s Food Establishment Rule, effective July 1, 2019 governs retail food establishments such as restaurants, retail food stores, school lunch programs, temporary food stands, mobile food units, and food vending machines. The rule incorporates, by reference, the majority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 2013 Model Food Code.

  • Food Handler’s Card Requirements
    • Per the Jefferson County Board of Health, every employee serving, storing, or selling potentially hazardous foods or working with unpackaged food, food equipment, or utensils, or food contact surfaces in an establishment that is required to have a food establishment permit, including temporary food vendors, must have a food handler’s card, issued by the Jefferson County Health Department or a WV State food handler’s card.
    • Cards must be obtained within the first 30 days of hiring. Click here for instructions on how to obtain your food handler’s card
  • Food Safety Information
  • Managing Food Allergens in Retail Food Establishments 
Lodging (Hotels, B&Bs, Short-Term Rentals)

Jefferson County Health Department Inspects several different types of lodging facilities under the General Sanitation Rule (64 CSR 18). Lodging facilities include Bed & Breakfast Inns, Hotels and Motels, Labor Camps, Tourist Cabins, Short-Term Rentals, AirBnbs, and other lodging facilities.

 

Mass Gatherings

A mass gathering is any group of 250 or more persons assembled together for a meeting, festival, social gathering, concert, or other similar purpose. It does not include assembly in any permanent buildings or structures designed, equipped (with adequate sanitary facilities for the intended use), and intended for use by large numbers of people. If your event meets the above definition, then you must obtain a permit from our office prior to your event.

Mobile Food Establishments

Mobile Food Establishments, more commonly known as food trucks must be permitted in Jefferson County in order to serve or sell food in Jefferson County. Plan Reviews should be submitted at least 45 days prior to the date you need your permit to operate.

  • Certified Food Protection Manager Requirements
    • Jefferson County requires at least one CFPM to be on site during all hours of operation at all food establishments except for temporary food establishments (at temporary events). This person(s) must have a Certified Food Protection Manager through one of the ANSI accredited Food Protection Manager Certification Programs.
    • Individuals who hold an ANSI/Certified Food Protection Manager certificate are not required to obtain county food handler’s cards.
    • ANSI CFPM courses

Food Handler’s Card Requirements

  • Per the Jefferson County Board of Health, every employee serving, storing, or selling potentially hazardous foods or working with unpackaged food, food equipment, or utensils, or food contact surfaces in an establishment that is required to have a food establishment permit, including temporary food vendors, must have a food handler’s card, issued by the Jefferson County Health Department or a WV State food handler’s card.
  • Cards must be obtained within the first 30 days of hiring. Click here for instructions on how to obtain your food handler’s card
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Mobile Home Parks/Manufactured Home Communities

A manufactured home community is defined as any individual site, area, tract or parcel of land upon which 4 or more manufactured (mobile) homes are used or occupied for dwelling purposes are parked either free of charge or for monetary consideration. If your community meets this definition, it must be permitted.

Prior to constructing or installing a manufactured home community, you must obtain a permit from our office. In order to obtain a permit, you must submit an application for a construction or installation permit and detailed plans and specifications of the manufactured home community to the state department of health and the local health department for review and approval. The application must be submitted at least 45 days prior to the date on which such action by that agency is desired.

 

Private Water Wells

Our office issues permits for water wells, pumps, and pumping equipment instillations other than those used to supply public water systems. Prior to drilling a well, you must apply for and obtain a permit. Permits must also be obtained prior to abandoning a water well. Individual (private) water wells must be drilled by a WV certified well driller.

Schools

Public and private schools in Jefferson county are required to be permitted through our office. School premises are permitted under the general sanitation regulations and school kitchens are permitted under the food establishment regulations. School facilities are inspected once every two years while school kitchens are inspected twice a year.

Septic Tank Cleaners

All businesses that collect, remove, transport, or dispose of the contents of a sewage tank in West Virginia must obtain a statewide permit to operate from the county where most of their business is located. All sewage tank cleaners permitted in Jefferson County must keep a written log of all jobs accomplished and submit it quarterly to our office.

Subdivisions

Anytime a tract of land is divided into two or more lots, tracts, parcels, sites, areas, units, interests, or other division for the purpose of dwelling or establishments development including the division of land by deed, metes and bounds description, lease, map, plat or other instrument, or by act of construction this constitutes a subdivision in our regulations. If you are subdividing land that is not served by public sewer, you must apply for a subdivision through our office. New subdivisions require a 10,000 square foot septic reserve area.

Swimming Pools (Recreational Water Facilities)

In West Virginia, all community and public recreational water facilities must be permitted in the county where they are located. This includes beaches, swimming pools, wading pools, water slides, lazy rivers, splash pools, therapy pools, hot tubs, and whirlpools. This does not include a private residential swimming pool. Recreational Water Facilities, except bathing beaches, must have a Certified Pool Operator available for consultation at all times the facility is open for use.

Temporary Event Vendors

All vendors wishing to prepare food at any fairs, festivals, or events in Jefferson County must apply for and obtain a permit to operate a food establishment from our office. The only exceptions are for nonprofit organizations and for temporary establishments that only prepare and sell non-potentially hazardous foods and have a valid permit to operate in a neighboring West Virginia County. All individuals handling unpackaged foods and food contact surfaces at Temporary Food Establishments permitted in Jefferson County must obtain a food handler’s card.

  • Food Handler’s Card Requirements
  • Per the Jefferson County Board of Health, every employee serving, storing, or selling potentially hazardous foods or working with unpackaged food, food equipment, or utensils, or food contact surfaces in an establishment that is required to have a food establishment permit, including temporary food vendors, must have a food handler’s card  issued by the Jefferson County Health Department or a WV State food handler’s card.

 

Other Environmental Health Programs and Information

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Animal Bites and Rabies
Clean Indoor Air Regulations
Complaints

If you have a complaint regarding an establishment that we permit you can call our office at 304-728-8416, submit your complaint online here, or via email at JeffersonENV@wv.gov.

For nuisance complaints (failing septic systems, possible well contamination, etc.) related to an individual’s property or an establishment that is not covered under our regulations, you must complete a nuisance complaint investigation form and return it to our office. Your name will not be released, however, we need the complainant name and signature in order to investigate any complaints on properties not covered under our regulations.

Cottage Foods

WV allows non-potentially hazardous foods, canned acidified foods, and certain other foods as determined by WV Department of Agriculture to be prepared in a home kitchen. Homemade food items must be sold by the producer to the consumer, whether in person or remotely (e.g., by telephone or Internet); or by an agent of the producer or a third-party vendor, such as a retail shop or grocery store, to the consumer.  “Non-potentially hazardous” means food that does not require time/temperature control for safety to limit pathogenic microorganism growth or toxin formation. These foods include, but are not limited to, baked goods without cream, custard, cheese or meat fillings; standardized jams and jellies; dehydrated fruits and vegetables; candy; fudge; honey; tree syrup; apple butter; molasses; nut mixes; granola; dry soup mixes; tea; roasted coffee beans; dried herbs; dry pasta; and popcorn. Please see the legislation for labeling, sales, and delivery requirements if you would like to make and sell cottage foods.

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Food Handler's Card Requirements

Per the Jefferson County Board of Health, every employee serving, storing, or selling potentially hazardous foods or working with unpackaged food, food equipment, or utensils, or food contact surfaces in an establishment that is required to have a food establishment permit, including temporary food vendors, must have a food handler’s card, issued by the Jefferson County Health Department or a WV State food handler’s card.

Cards must be obtained within the first 30 days of hiring. Click here for instructions on how to obtain your food handler’s card 

Food Safety Resources

Click the link for monthly posts about food safety issues on our Bite Size Food Safetypage

 

Home Loan Evaluation

If your mortgage lender or the Jefferson County Building Department are requiring evaluations of your well water and/or septic systems before refinancing, purchasing, remodeling, or building our office conducts home loan evaluations. We also conduct water evaluations for foster care when it is required as part of your application. 

Radon

Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and our area has a high potential of exposure. For more information on radon and to request a free radon test kit click here 

Renter's Rights

Our office does not get involved in landlord-tenant issues unless it involves private wells or septic systems. For more information on tenant rights please call 800-642-8279 or see one of the resources below.

A guide to landlord-tenant law in West Virginia 

Landlord and Tenant Act (WV Code) 

Mold

Our staff is not trained to identify mold and we can not investigate complaints related to mold in private homes or rentals.

Reinspection Fees

Our office charges a reinspection fee of $75 when Sanitarians need to come out to reinspect an establishment that has violations that need to be corrected and when they have to make repeat site visits for a well or septic evaluation or for a septic final.

Well and Septic Information Requests

If you are a realtor, homeowner, potential buyer, or septic installer and need information on well and septic systems or prior permits on a lot please complete this form and return it with payment to our office.