Environmental Health Office
1395 Eisenhower Dr.
Savannah, GA 31406
Hours of operation:
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (appointments can be scheduled after 2 p.m.)
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:
Verification of Lawful U.S. Residency for License Application
Food Service Rules (511-6-1) (Effective 11/01/15)
Normas y regulaciones Servicio de alimentos, Capítulo 511-6-1
Rule Changes & Additions Summary Brochure:
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 Organizer
*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
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:
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 2020:
Janurary 21 & 22
March 23 & 24
May 11 & 12
July 20 & 21
September 21 & 22
Click here to download the registration form: CPO Registration Form
Tattoo and Body Art Regulations
Download Chatham County’s Tattoo and Body Art Regulations
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.
2020 ServSafe® Manager’s Certification Course Dates in Chatham County:
Click here to download the registration form:
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.