Environmental Health Unit (EHU)

Pursuant to Governor Inslee’s Safe Start-Stay Healthy proclamation

  • The EHU will be closed to the public for the duration of the Order
  • Applications will be accepted by the following methods:
  • No work will commence until payment (check or money order) has been made in full
  • Inspections will be performed in accordance with the Governor’s Proclamation and subsequent addenda (if applicable)
  • Inspection Services Update 6/1/2020 - Cowlitz County has entered Phase 2: all construction, including new work, is allowed under this phase. Please refer to Phase 2 Construction COVID-19 Job Site Requirements for more details. Social distancing of 6 feet or greater will be required at all times. Failure to do so may impact the inspector’s ability to complete your inspection.

For more information regarding the Governor’s response, please click the links below:


The Environmental Health Unit of the Health Department engages the public in discussion of environmental factors that may have an effect on their health Bays Waterand safety. The services offered by the Unit are provided in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Health and Washington State Department of Ecology . Through regulation, enforcement, and education activities, the Environmental Health Unit strives to reduce the level of risk posed by environmental health hazards and to protect and preserve Cowlitz County’s environment and public health.

Rules for Hearings

The Environmental Health Unit is responsible for regulating the following programs: