Environmental Health

Community Sanitation

Facilities in this program area are inspected for general sanitation and safety, and include Children’s Camps, Hotels & Motels, Campgrounds, Swimming Pools, Bathing Beaches, Mobile Home Parks, Tattoo/Body Piercing Shops, and Tanning Bed Salons.  Facilities are inspected annually with the exception of Tanning Bed Salons, which are inspected once every two years.  Owners, Operators and Users can click on the forms above for more information.

Important Documents

Tanning Law Subpart 72-1

Workers Comp Disabilities Requirements

Permit to Operate

Tanning Fee Determination Schedule

Tanning Injury and Illness Report Form

Tanning Statement of Acknowledgement

Tanning Hazards Information

Tanning Parental Consent Form

Tanning Warning Sign

Get Ahead of Lead

Body Piercing Minor Consent

Tattoo_Body Piercing Packet

Food Protection

Food service establishments are inspected to ensure compliance with regulations aimed at reducing the possibility of food-borne illnesses, and include state and local institutions, restaurants, seasonal, temporary and mobile food service facilities, OFA facilities/feeding sites, school cafeterias, school sponsored summer feeding sites.

*All temporary food service operations that do not secure a permit to operate at least 10 days prior to the start of the event will be charged an additional $25.00 late fee.

*If a permit is issued on-site due to not properly submitting paperwork at least 10 days prior to the start of the event, a $25.00 late fee will be charged.

Important Documents

Permit to Operate

Workers Comp Disabilities Requirements

Plan Review Checklist Updates Sep 2017

Rabies Control

Watch for information about the next FREE Rabies Vaccination Clinic

Allegany County Department of Health wants to remind all county residents with possible contact or exposure to a bat to make every attempt to “Catch the Bat!”

Catch the Bat
Catch the Bat video

What is rabies?
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Infected mammals can transmit rabies virus to humans and other mammals. Rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms appear. Fortunately, only a few human cases are reported each year in the United States.

What animals can get rabies?
Rabies is most often seen among wild animals such as raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes, but any mammal can be infected with rabies. Pets and livestock can get rabies if they are not vaccinated to protect them against infection. Among domestic animals, cats are most frequently diagnosed with rabies in New York State.

Some animals almost never get rabies. These include rabbits and small rodents such as squirrels, chipmunks, rats, mice, guinea pigs, gerbils and hamsters. It is possible for these animals to get rabies, but only in rare circumstances, such as if they are attacked but not killed by a rabid animal.

Reptiles (such as lizards and snakes), amphibians (like frogs), birds, fish and insects do not get or carry rabies.

What are the signs of rabies in animals?
The first sign of rabies is usually a change in an animal’s behavior. It may become unusually aggressive or tame. The animal may lose its fear of people and natural enemies. A wild animal may appear affectionate and friendly. It may become excited or irritable and attack anything in its path. Staggering, convulsions, choking, frothing at the mouth and paralysis are sometimes seen. Many animals will make very unusual sounds. Infected animals usually die within one week after showing signs of rabies.

How do people become exposed to rabies?
People usually get exposed to the rabies virus when an infected animal bites them. Exposure may also occur if saliva from a rabid animal enters an open cut or mucous membrane (eyes, nose or mouth).

Important Documents

Animal Bite Report

Individual Sewage Treatment Systems

Permits are issued for the installation of new or replacement systems, through which department staff design, oversee, and approve the final construction of systems to ensure they meet state sanitary code requirements.  Loan surveys are conducted as part of residential real estate transfers in order to check on the functioning of existing septic systems as part of the sales process.

Important Documents

Septic Permit Application

Sanitary Loan Surveys

Public Health Sanitarians from the Allegany County Department of Health can conduct sanitary loan surveys to assess the functionality of septic systems and potability of water in real property transactions. Real Estate Agents, Attorneys and Sellers may find the forms above helpful.

Important Documents

Policies and Procedures for conducting sanitary surveys

Allegany County Sanitary Codes

Agent Attorney Seller Info

Sanitary Loan Survey Application fillable form November 2016

Public Water Supply

There were 106 regulated public water supplies in Allegany County in 2013, including 20 municipal systems, 14 community systems, 8 non-transient/non-community systems, and 64 non-community systems. With funding from New York State’s Drinking Water Enhancement Program, the Health Department provides comprehensive oversight and assistance to public and private water systems in Allegany County.

Important Documents

Seasonal Public Water Systems Start-Up Procedures

Seasonal Start-Up Certification Form

Sample Site Plan for Total Coliform Bacteria

Public Health Complaints

The Environmental Health Division investigates complaints received to determine if a possible public health hazard or threat exists that could negatively impact county residents. Complaints include everything from public health nuisances (garbage, insects, vermin, etc.), to problems with sewage systems, food service facilities, community sanitation program-related facilities, indoor and outdoor air quality, smoking in prohibited areas, private and public water supplies, etc.

Important Documents

Click here for Fillable Complaint Form