The Coastal Health District of Georgia serves the counties of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long & McIntosh

Chatham County Environmental Health Office

Effective immediately, Verification of Residency for Public Benefits affidavits must be collected from operators/owners of all new facilities that require permits from the state of Georgia or a specific county. This includes Food Service, Tourist Accommodations, Body Art, and Public Swimming Pools that operate for a fee. These forms must be submitted with the respective permit application and notarized. The affidavit can be downloaded here: GC09008B Public Benefits Affidavit

Food Service Rules (511-6-1) (Effective 11/01/15)

Rule Changes & Additions Summary Brochure:

Food Service Applications

Mobile-Extended Food Service
*(Permit application for mobile/extended food service units)*
Mobile and Extended FS Unit Permit Application

Food Service Establishment/Mobile Food Service Operations
*(Permit application for food service establishments and mobile/extended food service base of operations)*
Food Service Application_New

Temporary Food Service Establishment*
Temp FS Vendor Application
* $60 fee

Temporary Food Service Establishment Organizer
Temp Food Service Organizer Application

*Please note: The organizer application should be submitted at least 30 days prior to the  event and the vendor application should be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the event date

Make sure food safety standards are being met to ensure the health and safety of patrons attending temporary events:

City of Savannah’s Business Approval Process

For more information on the city of Savannah’s business approval process, check out these links on the city of Savannah’s website:
Business Approval Page

Starting a New Business

Rules and Regulations
Chatham Co. Board of Health Rules for Swimming Pools, Spas, and Water Parks
To download the Chatham County Board of Health’s rules regarding public and semi-public swimming pools, public and semi-public spas, and recreational water parks, click here:
Chatham Co. Swimming Pool, Spa, Water Park Rules

Certified Pool Operator Course
The Certified Pool Operator (CPO) course is available for the public and environmentalists. The CPO certification program requires participation in a two-day class taught by a certified instructor. The program includes pool and spa chemistry, testing, filtration automatic feeding equipment, and government requirements. CPO certification is valid for five years. CPO certification courses will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Chatham County Health Department located at 1395 Eisenhower Drive in Savannah. There may also be CPO courses offered in other counties. Please check with your county’s Environmental Health office for more information.        

Certified Pool Operator courses will be offered in Chatham County on the following dates in 2018:
January 29 & 30
March 19 & 20
May 14 & 15
July 16 & 17
Sept. 17 & 18
Nov. 19 & 20

Click here to download the registration form: ServSafe Registration

Tattoo and Body Art Regulations
Download Chatham County’s Tattoo and Body Art Regulations

Training Opportunities
ServSafe® Manager’s Certification Course – This 2-day course is primarily offered to certify managers. An exam is administered at the conclusion of the second day of instruction. Upon satisfactory completion, a certificate will be issued. The cost is $200 per person for the Manager’s Certification Course.

2018 ServSafe® Manager’s Certification Course Dates in Chatham County:
February 21-22
April 17-18
June 20-21
August 15-16
October 24-25
December 12-13

Click here to download the registration form:
ServSafe Registration 2017

ServSafe® Overview Class – This 3-hour class covers basic food safety. A certificate of participation will be given upon completion. All individuals affiliated with the food industry will benefit from the safe food handling information this class provides. The cost is $25 per person for the ServSafe® Overview class. In Chatham County, call 912-356-2160 for more information.