Environmental Health Unit (EHU)

Pursuant to Governor Inslee’s Stay Home - Stay Healthy proclamation

  • The EHU will be closed to the public for the duration of the Order
  • No permits to construct or approvals will be issued*
  • Applications will be accepted and processed to the extent work is allowed, then placed On Hold*
  • No work will commence until payment (check or money order) has been made in full
  • Submissions can be made by the following:

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

*Does not apply to tank replacements and septic repairs


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: