Permits and Licensing

The St. Mary’s County Health Department processes and assists with a number of permits and licenses. Below is a list of the most common permits and licenses the health department oversees.

Food Facility Licensing

The health department’s Food Safety Program works to protect St. Mary’s County residents and visitors from foodborne illnesses by working with local food service facilities to ensure safe food handling and preparation practices. . The health department is responsible for issuing licenses to all permanent, seasonal, and temporary food service facilities in the county. To learn how to apply for a food license, click here. 

Sewage Sludge Land Program

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is responsible for the permitting of sewage sludge land applications. The health department assists the MDE by performing supplemental, but not exclusive, inspections of sludge use. For more information, click here.

Campground Inspection

The Environmental Health Division is responsible for completing annual inspections, issuing permits, and investigating complaints for all campgrounds in St. Mary’s County. For more information, click here. 

Daycare Inspection

This program supports the agencies that regulate and permit licensed and family day care facilities, foster care homes, alternatives for youth homes, adoption applicants, and adult foster care homes. For more information, click here.

Public Swimming Pools Program

Public pools and spas must submit an application for a permit every year, request a pre-opening inspection, and then receive routine inspections and water chemistry testing. New pool and spa facilities or facilities undergoing remodeling must have their plans reviewed and approved by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Division of Community Services before they may construct or remodel. For more information, click here. 

Building Permit Process

The health department approves building permit site plan requests for new construction only. This is mainly associated with the on-site sewage disposal system, perc testing, and the well inspection. For more information, click here.

Well Certification Program

The Well Certification Program certifies the potability of all residential drinking water wells, both for new construction and for the replacement of existing wells. For more information, click here.

On-Site Septic System

The Environmental Health Division receives applications for the construction or expansion of individual septic systems. When a septic system fails, the staff also reviews applications for repairs. For more information, click here.

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