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Environmental Health Services 

EH provides an array of services to residents, businesses, vistors, and employees of the City of Alexandria through programs designed to prevent infectious and non-infectious foodborne and waterborne diseases and disabilities.  It also strives to promote health, protect the environment, and eliminate unsanitary and unsafe conditions and public nuisances.  

Permit Section      
 Obtain & Renewing Health Permits,
      Code & Regulations, Plan Reviews, 
      Temporary Events, Farmers' Markets 

Concerns & Complaints 

Inspections & Evaluations 

Report an Animal Bite Rabies  

Food Safety Program
    Recalls, Forms, Resources, Training,
    Food Manager Cards, Employee Health

Aquatic Health Program
     Pool Operators, Forms, Resources,
     Virginia Graeme Baker Act
Vector-Borne Illness Program
    Animals, Bed Bugs, Ticks
    Mosquitoes, West Nile virus (WNV)

Publications, Reports, Etc.
     Community Assessment, FAQ,
     Public Records (FOIA), Newsletters  

Water Quality Information  

Concerns & Complaints

The Division of Environmental Health only investigates complaints of poor sanitation at establishments it permits.  This can include restaurants, groceries, pools, hotel/motels, childcare centers food service, etc.  The EH Division can provide guidance on certain vector or indoor air quality problems such as bed bugs, mosquitoes, mold or mildew growth in a home/apartment, smoking in public facilities, etc.  

For concerns in other counties, contact the local health department in that jurisdiction.  You can use the US Postal Service's webpage ( to assist you determining what county an address resides. 

Food-Borne Illness Complaints

If you believe you became ill after eating food from a food service establishment located within the city, call 703.746.4910 and be able to provide the following information:

  • Name and address of the establishment (if an unpermitted mobile unit, provide a detailed description of the vehicle)
  • Date and time of visit
  • All food eaten at the establishment (this includes drinks, appetizers, main course, side dishes, and deserts); indicate which of those items you believe made you sick and why.
  • The number of individuals in your party, and how many of your party are sick. 
  • Time each of your symptoms began, and in what order they appeared.  If applicable, indicate if you vomitted, experienced diarrhea, or had a fever.
  • If you were hospitalized due to your illness
  • what you had eaten 72 hours before the appearance of your first symptom

How to Register a Complaint

To register a general complaint regarding a permitted establishment within the city, call 703.746.4910 and provide the information below: 

  • Name and address of the establishment (if an unpermitted mobile unit, provide a detailed description of the vehicle)
  • Date and time of visit
  • Observed deficiency
  • The name of the community or building name, where applicable. 

To register a complaint about rodents (rats or mice) not at a restaurant, hotel, or grocery store, the City's Rodent Control Program at can help. 

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Food Safety Advisory Council

Meeting calendar, agenda, minutes, etc. are available from the web-page. Call 703.746.4910 for more information.  

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Inspections & Evaluations

The Division of Environmental Health conducts inspections and evaluations at the facilities it regulates.  Routine inspections for restaurants and mobile food vendors are available electronically at  Virginia residents can obtain inspections not available electronically through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  Visit for more information.  

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Publications, Reports, Etc.

Request a Public Record 

Public records are available through the City Attorney's Office by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request at  The public records frequently requested from our office are available below in PDF format.

Aquatic Facilities 

Food Facilities 

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Vector-Borne Illness Program

The Vector Borne Illness Program addresses, mitigates and responds to complaints about a variety of vectors, insects or other pests.  This program also helps coordinate the Health Department response to any possible rabies exposure due to animal bites.



Animal Bites / Rabies

Do no approach sick or aggressive animals. Instead, call Animal Control at 703.746.4774 or the Police's non-emergency number at 703.838.4444. If you were bitten or scratch by an animal, seek medical attention and then contact the Health Department for your next steps. If you find a bat in your home and you did not see it enter, do not release it. Contact Animal Control. For more information, visit or 

Bed Bugs

Learn more about bedbugs at For bedbug complaints at a hotel in the City of Alexandria, call 703.746.4910.


Learn more about mosquitoes at The Health Department also provides services to identify mosquito breeding sites. Call us at 703-746.4910 for more information. 

Rodents (Rats/Mice)

To submit a complaint about rats or mice at restaruants, hotels, grocery stores or pools, call 703.746.4910. Rodent complaints at homes or other businesses can be directed to the City's Rodent Control Program at 


Learn more about ticks, the diseases they can carry and how to prevent tick bites at 

West Nile Virus (WNV)

The following agencies offer general information about WNV, including what it is, how you can contract the virus, and what steps we are taking to prevent the spread of WNV. 

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Water Quality Information

Drinking Water



For water quality reports for the City of Alexandria's drinking water,  view both the Fairfax Water and American Water websites.

Surface Water Streams & Ponds


Sewage / Waste Water


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About Us

The Division of Environmental Health Services is located on the third floor of the Health Department's main facility, located at 4480 King Street, Alexandria, VA, 22302.  Our normal business hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursday, 12:45 to 4:30 pm, excluding all state holidays.  Our phone number is 703.746.4910, and our fax number is 703.746.4919.


The mission of the Environmental Health Division is to prevent disease and promote healthy environments for the Alexandria community by consistently providing professional, timely, and technically excellent environmental health services and by educating and empowering others to improve our city's health and environment.

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