Environmental Health Services
Sr. Health Environmentalist: J. Paul Lawson  
Email: JerryP.Lawson@ky.gov
Sr. Health Environmentalist: Bryan Angel      
Email: Bryan.Angel@ky.gov

Phone: (606)549-3380

The Environmental program is designed to protect the health and well being of our citizens.  Environmentalists are in the Williamsburg office each day from 8:00-9:30 A.M.  The state plumbing inspector is in the Williamsburg office on Friday 8:00-9:30 A.M.

On-site Sewage Disposal

Approval of permits to owners for approved sewage installations.  Also approves on-site sewage disposal systems for public buildings and private homes and inspects on-site sewage disposal systems.

Public Food Services

Approves operating permits for food-serving establishments.  Environmentalists conduct sanitation inspections of restaurants, school cafeterias, retail grocery stores, food transportation vehicles, vending machines or vehicles which sell food to the public.

Public Facilities

The WCHD provides permits and/or inspection services for public facilities, including mobile home and recreations vehicle parks, hotels, motels, public buildings and recreational areas, youth camps, schools, public swimming pools, spas and beaches.

Nuisance Control

The WCHD may investigate into all sources of nuisances that are injurious to the health of the people of Whitley County.  Whenever any nuisance related to health of the people in this county is found to exist, the Board of Health may order, in writing, that the owner correct the problem.

Rabies Control

WCHD acts in an advisory capacity when an animal is suspected of being rabid, and assists the community in any way possible in the event of a rabies epidemic.

Private Water Supplies

Residential water supply located on private property will be tested upon the owner's request.  The sample results are made available to the owner with the recommendations made for correcting the problem.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases

To learn more about diseases spread by mosquitoes and how you can help prevent them, contact:

Kentucky's New Retail Food Regulations

On May 1, 2010 Kentucky's food code and retail food regulations will be changing.  These changes
represent the first substantial revision to the Kentucky Food Establishment Act and State Retail Code
since 1976.  The new version of the regulatiion adopts the standards outlined in the 2005 federal food code and puts Kentucky in line with national standards for retail food safety.

The Whitley County Health Department strongly urges business owners and food service managers to
familarize themselves with the new code and assure that they are in compliance by the May 1, 2010
implementation date. 

The new version of the Kentucky Food Code adopts by reference the FDA 2005 model food code
but makes a limited number of insertions and modifications.  It is important for managers and
business owners to familiarize themselves with both the Kentucky regulation and the FDA Food Code.
Links to both documents are provided below.  Continue to check this website for updates as they become available. 

Kentucky's Food Code:

FDA 2005 Food Code:

Kentucky Food Code Policy Statements

Kentucky Department of Public Health's summary of differences between old and new food code.

Checkout Kentucky's New Retail Food Regulations and The Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance Information on the bottom of this webpage!

On May 18, 2006, the Whitley County Fiscal Court adopted a Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, which requires a Stream Construction Permit from the Kentucky Division of Water (KYDOW) and a Local Floodplain Permit from Whitley County before any development activities start in a designated floodplain.  Copies of the flood maps can be obtained from the Local Floodplain Administrator, Kentucky Revised Statutes, KRS 151, requires a "Stream Construction Permit" from the KYDOW's Floodplain Managment Section for any kind of development along or across a stream, including those streams not mapped on the community's flood maps or Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).  Development means "any man-made change to improved or unimproved real estate".   This includes, but is not limited to: construction of new structures, modifications or improvements to existing structures, placement of manufactured homes, exacavation, filling, paving, drilling, driving of piling, mining, dredging, land clearing, grading, construction of bridges, culverts, or any type of work in or along the stream or its bank.  Without a Local Floodplain Permit that conforms to the Local Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, the State's permit is not valid.  In addition to the State and Local permits, an Elevation Certificate may also be required for some structures.
Any person who violates the Flood Damage Prevention ordinance or fails to comply with any of its requirements shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined no less than $100 or imprisoned for not more than 5 days or both, and in addition, shall pay all costs and expenses involved in the case.  Each day such violation continues, shall be considered a separate offense. 

For more information, please contact the Whitley County Floodplain Administrator. 

Bryan Angel/Paul Lawson
368 Penny Lane, Williamsburg KY  40769
Food Handlers Online Course instructions below

Instructions for Online Food Handlers Course

The certificate is not your food handler's card.  To receive your food handlers card, bring the print out of your food handler certificate and $5.00 to the Environmental office of the Whitley County Health Department.  If you have any questions call 606-549-3380 and talk to one of our environmentalist preferably early morning.

Food Handler Classes

Food Handler classes are scheduled monthly at the Whitley County Health Department.  The fee for this course is $5.00.  To register for the class or obtain more information on scheduled class dates and time, 606-549-3380.
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Online Food Handlers Course Instructions below!