Environmental Health

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The Environmental Health division works closely with the State Department of Public Health for the protection of food, water, air and lead poisoning prevention. It is the regulatory enforcement function of the Health Department. Environmental health is responsible for inspection of all restaurants, schools and institutional kitchen facilities, day care facilities, public pools for safety and sanitation, and nuisance complaints.

Types of Permits and Licenses we issue:

Septic Permit

To install a new septic system, or to repair a system already installed, a septic permit application must be filled out, the fee paid, and the plan left for review and approval before the permit is issued. Field inspection of the work by Environmental Health staff is required before the final approval is given.

**Septic Permits and B100A Applications are available on the Forms page.

Private Wells

A well permit application must be filled out, the fee paid , and the plan left for review and approval before the permit is issued. Field inspection by Environmental Health staff of the work is required before teh final approval is given. The Health Department approves the water quality before the well is approved for drinking.

Well Drilling reports by year of construction (CT-DCP)

Food Service

Anyone opening a new food service establishment in Manchester must submit a plan and menu for review. A food service application must also be completed and the fee paid. (**Food License Packets can be printed from the Forms page.) Upon approval of the plan and the submittal of the application and payment, an inspection of the establishment will be conducted. A food service license will be issued if the inspection is satisfactory. Food service licenses are renewed annually.

**Food license packets are available on the Forms page.


The Connecticut General Statutes require local health departments to inspect, on an annual basis, all cosmetology establishments within their jurisdiction regarding their sanitary condition. Currently, the health department has been visiting establishments on a complaint basis but will be formalizing the process to comply with the statutorily required annual inspections. As of July 1, 2019, we began inspecting and permitting each establishment.

Our definition of cosmetology establishments is as follows:
For the purpose of the inspection program, cosmetology establishments include all barbershops, hairdressing shops, cosmetology shops, nail salons, and other service providers including but not limited to facials, hair waxing, braiding hair, and eyebrow arching or “threading.”

Presentation from March 11, 2019(PDF, 2MB)

Please call the Health Department at 647-3173 if you have any questions.