Kristie Priest
Environmental Health Supervisor
kpriest@columbusco.org

308 Jefferson St . Whiteville, NC 28472
(PO Box 810)
910-640-6617
910-640-0766

Environmental Health is responsible for ensuring the following programs comply with regulations established by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health.

Environmental Health provides the following services:

Septic permits for new installations, existing systems, and repair for a failing septic system
Well permits for new wells 
Water samples for private wells
Food and Lodging permits and inspections
Permits and inspection for tattoo facilities
Permits and inspection for public swimming pools
Lead poisoning investigations
Mosquito spraying
Inspection of Childcare facilities
Limited food service permits
Temporary food establishment permits
Complaint investigations

 Septic Permit Requirements:

Fees:

Septic Permit-                        $215.00
Re-inspection-                        $75.00
Re-inspection no record -     $80.00
Repair -                                   $75.00
Permit revision-                   $140.00
Revisit-                                     $40.00

Water Sampling

Environmental Health samples well water ONLY. The Environmental Health Specialist will take the sample from your well, please keep in mind water samples can only be taken on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each week. 
                       Fees:
  • Bacteria sample-    $50.00
  • Chemical sample-   $80.00
  • Pesticide sample-    $95.00
  • Petroleum Sample- $95.00

Food and Lodging Plan Review Requirements:

  • All new food and lodging facilities must complete a plan review before obtaining a permit to sell food in the State of North Carolina, this includes any remodels as well.
  • Completed plan review packet click here for packet
  • Menu and explanation of any specialized processes
  • 911 address
  • Scaled drawings of proposal
  • Fee:  $100.00

Temporary Food Establishments

Temporary Food Establishments are required by North Carolina state law to obtain permits from this department before selling any food.  A temporary food establishment is an individual or organization that serves food or drink in connection with a fair, carnival, circus, public exhibition, festival, or other similar gathering.  If your group is tax exempt and has a 501-C3 form from the IRS please submit with your application you will not receive a permit.  Click here for TFE application.
Fee - $75.00

Mobile Food Unit/Pushcart Application

Click here for application
Fee - $100.00

Complaint Investigations

Environmental Health is responsible for investigating complaints received from the public against food and lodging establishments.  We are also required to investigate sewage complaints from the public. However, North Carolina does not regulate mold and the identification or inspection of mold complaints. If you have questions about mold please call 919-707-5950.

Swimming Pools

Each swimming season a new permit for the pool and wading pool is required.  

Required documentation for a permit:

 

  • Copy of certified pool operator certificate
  • Pool Drain Safety Compliance Data form click here
  • Drain cover information if drain covers have been replaced since last season
  • Fee- $100.00 per permit