Environmental health is the status of our physical surroundings, including the air we breathe, the land we use, and the water we drink. The Environmental Health Section protects us from contamination of our food and water, ensures safety where we live, work and play and obtains “Right to Know” data about the potential harm of products used in the community and work place. Inspection, investigation, environmental response and enforcement of environmental health regulations are key to safeguarding the public’s health.
Get Past Plastics
New Jersey government implements plastic bag ban, starting May 2022
U.S. Department of Environmental Protection, Get past plastic FAQs website, click here.
Questions about Bags?
Where do I need to bring one? Click here to see an easy to read chart (PDF).
Consumer Health Program
- Retail Food Program
- Food Safety Information
- New Jersey Department of Health
- Campground / Youth Camp Program
- Public Campground Sanitary Code (NJAC 8:22) (PDF)
- Public Campground Code (PDF)
- New Jersey Youth Camp Standards (PDF)
- Youth Camp Checklist for Camp Operators (PDF)
- Camp First Aid Supply List (PDF)
- Camp Requirements for Criminal History and Sex Offender Checks (PDF)
- Inspection Results
- Summer Camp Security Measures - NJDOH (PDF)
- Prevention and Control of outbreaks in camp settings - NJDOH (PDF)
- Letter to Youth Camp Operators - NJDOH (PDF)
- Body Art Program (Tattoos / Piercings)
Public Recreational Bathing
- Public Recreational Bathing Code (PDF)
- Public Recreational Bathing Facilities Pre Operational Checklist (PDF)
- Pre-Operational Assessment / Sanitary Survey with HAB (PDF)
- Public Recreational Bathing Facility Application (PDF)
- Drain Cover Replacement Form (CB20) (PDF)
- Fecal Accident Response (PDF)
- Healthy Swimming Poster (PDF)
- Hot Tub Safety (PDF)
- Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety (HR6 Title XIV) (PDF)
- VGBA Compliance Brochure
- Inspection Results
Kennels, Pet Shops, Pounds & Shelter Programs
Public Health Nuisance Program
The Burlington County Health Department is delegated by the Health Officer to enforce the NJ Public Health Nuisance Code (1953). Activities include complaint investigations and re-inspections until all violations are abated of alleged nuisance conditions such as, but not limited to: poison ivy, stagnant water, mosquitoes, animal feces, rats, garbage, unsanitary conditions, etc. Other activities include hearings, violation notices and/or court complaints, with possible fines administered by municipal court.
Smoke Free Air Act
On April 15, 2006, the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act” (Act), N.J.S.A. 26:3D-55 et seq., took effect.The Act prohibits smoking in an indoor public place or workplace and prohibits smoking in any building or on the grounds of a public or nonpublic elementary or secondary school, regardless of whether the area is indoors or outdoors.
The Act and the Smoke-Free Air Rules of the Department of Health and Senior Services at N.J.A.C. 8:6 implementing the Act require this establishment to direct a person smoking in violation of the Act to stop smoking.In January, 2010, an amendment was passed, which banned the use of electronic smoking devices - "e-cigarettes" - in indoor public places and workplaces and the sale to people 19 years and younger. The amended law became effective March 13, 2010.
Environmental Health Programs
Environmental Health is a branch of Public Health that focuses on the relationships between people and their environment, promoting community health and well-being.
Our staff strives to prevent illness and foster healthy communities through inspections of various types of facilities, investigations of complaints and monitoring of our air and water supply.
Enforcement of regulations under many different program areas helps us, to keep our environment in Burlington County healthy and safe.
More information about the following programs can be found at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection website.
- Air Pollution
• Odor, Idling, Dry Cleaners, Emergency Generators, and Boilers
- Burlington County Hazardous Materials (Haz-Mat) Program
• 1 800 WARN DEP (927-6557)
- Noise Complaints
• Commercial noise impact to residential properties
• School IPM, Landscapers, and Bedbugs
- Safe Drinking Water
• Public Non community Well inspections
- Wells and the Private Well Testing Act
- Solid Waste
• Recycling Compliance, Illegal Dumping, Facility/truck check/container inspections
- Subdivision Review
Septic and Well Program
- Application for Approval to Repair or Replace Components to Existing Septic System (PDF)
- Application For Permit to Construct / Alter an Individual Subsurface Sewage Disposal System (PDF)
- Septic Abandonment Application (PDF)
- Certificate of Compliance (PDF)
- Septic and Well Fees (PDF)
- Well Application (PDF)
- No Interest Letter
The Burlington County Health Department is contracted to investigate housing complaints under the NJ State Housing Code (NJAC58:28-1.1) in all municipalities, except the following: Bass River Township, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Medford Lakes, Mt. Holly Township, Pemberton Township and Willingboro Township. These municipalities have their own housing inspectors. For further information visit these links.
- Tenant Rights click here: https://proxy.lsnj.org/rcenter/GetPublicDocument/Sites/LAW/Documents/Publications/Manuals/TenantsRights.pdf
- Tenant and Landlord Responsibilities click here: https://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/codes/codreg/pdf_regs/njac_5_28.pdf
The Burlington County Health Department Lead Inspectors / Risk Assessors conduct childhood lead poisoning investigations alongside public health nurses to determine contributing factors to the lead poisoning in children ages 0-72 months within and around residential properties. If you are concerned over your child’s exposure to lead, contact your local pediatrician and have him or her tested.
Please see the links below for additional, valuable information.
- Lead Hazard Evaluation and Abatement Code New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC) 5:17
- Consumer Tool - Identifying Drinking Water Filters Certified to Reduce Lead (PDF)
Community Right-to-Know Program
The Burlington County Health Department (BCHD) partners with the New Jersey Department of Health, through a grant to implement a County Right-To-Know program.
The Community Right to Know Act requires public and private employers covered under the law to provide information about hazardous substances at their workplaces.
Employers must submit Right-To-Know surveys to various state, county and municipal agencies indicating the type and amount of hazardous substances that are stored at their facility.
These surveys not only provide employees with important information about their workplace but also provide response personnel critical information in the event of a fire or other emergency.
The BCHD maintains a central file of Right-To-Know surveys from these workplaces. Outreaches to public and private employers are made by staff either in person or by phone. Legal References: N.J.S.A. 34:5A-1 et seq. N.J.A.C. 7:1G-1 et seq. (Private employers) N.J.A.C. 8:59-1 et seq. (Public employers) For further information visit the following links:
- Click here for: Frequently Asked Questions
- Click here for: Compliance and Enforcement