Our County’s Environmental Health Purpose
Brunswick County Environmental Health’s primary functions include:
- Issuing on-site wastewater treatment (septic) system permits as part of the permitting process.
- Issuing well permits.
- Conducting sanitation inspections and overseeing sanitation rules for restaurants, school lunchrooms, meat markets, and other food-handling establishments; public swimming pools, childcare centers, school buildings, tattoo establishments, lodging establishments, bed & breakfast homes, bed & breakfast inns, hospitals, nursing and rest homes, summer camps, local confinement facilities, and residential care facilities.
- Monitoring and enforcing drinking water quality for well water.
Environmental Health does NOT:
- Manage stray animals, wild animals or household pests. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services picks up stray or unwanted domestic animals and livestock and investigates animal cruelty and animal bite reports. Animal Protective Services does not handle wild animals; for help with wild animals, please contact Southeastern Wildlife Management (910-398-3784), Sly Fox Wildlife (910-470-1906), the N.C. Wildlife Commission (1-800-662-7137 or 919-733-7191), Wildlife Solutions (910-443-1978), Rabon’s Wildlife Solutions (910-231-4542, 910-523-1036), or U.S. Department of Agriculture (1-866-487-3297). View more questions about mosquitoes.
- Manage or enforce air quality issues. The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Division of Air Quality, oversees all matters related to air quality.
- Manage or enforce water quality issues. The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Division of Water Quality, oversees all matters related to water quality. However, Brunswick County Environmental Health does test household drinking water from a private well.
- Regulate the use of wetlands. Brunswick County Planning and Community Development and the Division of Environmental Management (district office in Wilmington, NC) enforce local policies and regulations about land disturbance, which includes the draining and use of wetlands. Greater protection and enforcement is conducted by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Water Quality.
- Monitor or test recreational water and shellfish. This testing is done by the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, Recreational Coastal Water Testing Office.
- Manage or enforce solid waste issues. Brunswick County Solid Waste and Recycling manages solid waste (landfills, garbage collection and recycling) for the county.
- Manage or enforce hazardous waste issues. Brunswick County Solid Waste and Recycling manages some household hazardous waste for the county. The majority of hazardous waste issues are handled through state and federal legislation. (See the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency.)
- Oversee certain municipal and package wastewater treatment plants. For complaints or concerns, please contact the North Carolina Division of Water Quality, Wilmington Regional Office, at 910-395-3900.