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Environmental Health

The Environmental Health section includes permits for private sewage disposal systems and inspects new construction of private sewage ecologodispoal systems. They also  provide consultation for private water supplies. The environmentalists investigate complaints of septic system failures that contribute to land pollution. The Environmental Health section also provides information on health hazards such as improper solid and hazardous waste disposal. Our department works closely with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Indiana State Department of Health.

The Decatur County Environmentalists inspect all residential septic system sites in the county prior to construction and after installation. If a commercial site needs inspected, the State must approve before proceeding. You may call the Decatur County Health Department for more information. The phone number is (812) 663-8301, Ext. 7715.

For more information, click on the links below:

Existing or New Septic System Inspection Application

Document of Local Soil Scientists and Engineers

Document of Local Installers

Application for repair of private sewage disposal system

Septic Permits - $600.00 (Cash, Money Order, or Credit Card)

Septic Repair/Expansion - $250.00 (Cash, Money Order, or Credit Card)

Septic Installer Registration - $50.00 (Cash, Money Order, or Credit Card)

Make a Payment Online


*These fees are subject to modification by appropriate action of the Decatur County Department of Health.*

The Decatur County Health Department Environmentalists handle all the environmental complaints. Any complaints involving illegal dumping, illegal burning, or leaking septic systems can be directed to them. Complaints can be made by calling (812) 663-8301, Ext. 7715. You can submit your complaint by email at environmental@decaturcounty.in.gov or wherd@decaturcounty.in.gov


Food Establishment Complaint Form

Environmental Complaint Form

The Indiana State Department of Health Department has provided funding to allow the Local Health Departments to purchase Mosquito Dunks, a larvicidal product. The active ingredient is Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, a bacterial spore that is safe for animals and fish. It kills mosquitoes by scratching up their stomach and intestinal linings, making them unable to ingest food. Mosquito Dunks are free to the public as long as our supply lasts. You can call the Health Department at (812) 663-8301, Ext. 7715, and let us known how large your area of standing water is. A calculation can be made as to how many Dunks you will need.

Ticks are small, insect-like animals that live in woodland, mixed shrub, and grassland environments. They have two body segments and eight legs while insects have three body segments and six legs. The life cycle of ticks involve the following three stages: Egg, Larva, Nymph, and Adult.

About fifteen different species of ticks occur in Indiana. Only four species are normally encountered by people and their pets. These are the American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis; the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum; the blacklegged tick (also known as the deer tick or the Lyme disease tick), lxodes scapularis, and the brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus. In Indiana, ticks are responsible for transmitting several diseases. The three most common are Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and ehrlichiosis. For more information on ticks, diseases, and prevention, see the CDC website.

CDC Website - https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/removing_a_tick.html

If you are a victim of an animal bite, you should seek medical attention. If you are the owner of the animal that has bitten someone, file an animal bite report immediately. Any adult may report an animal bite. Physicians are required by state law to report animal bites to people. Information from the report will be evaluated for the risk of rabies.

Animal Bite Report Form

The Decatur County Health Department Food Specialist inspects all food service establishments in the county. Including restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, caterers, jails, mobile food trucks, and many more. Food Services also provides consultation for remodeling and new construction of food establishments. In addition, a Food Services Specialist will investigate consumer complaints of food products and food poisoning. As a Specialist, all food establishments get inspected during the fair and other events. All current and previous inspections are available for viewing at the Decatur County Health Department any time during regular business hours. If you have a concern or complaint about any food service establishment, call (812) 663-8301, Ext. 7714.

ServSafe is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program accredited by the National Restaurant Association and the Conference for Food Protection. ServSafe certification is required for at least one certified food manager to be on staff.

The Food Specialist can be contacted Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am - 4:00pm at (812) 663-8301, Ext. 7714, or at times outside of this period by leaving a message at that extension.

Food Service Facility Permit (# of employees):

  • (1-9 employees) - $200.00; (10-20 employees) - $300.00; (21+ employees) - $600.00 (Cash, Money Order, or Credit Card)

Retail Food Store Permit (Square Footage):

  • (1-1,000 sq ft) - $200.00; (1,001-8,000 sq ft) - $300.00; (over 8,000 sq ft) - $600.00 (Cash, Money Order, or Credit Card)

1/2 year fee applied for Food Service Facility/Retail Food Store per above guidelines.

Temporary/Booth Fee - Food: $50.00 (Cash, Money Order, or Credit Card)

Annual Food Permit Late Fee - $50.00 per 45 days (Cash, Money Order, or Credit Card)

Copying - $1.00/copy (Cash, Money Order, or Credit Card)

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*These fees are subject to modification by appropriate action of the Decatur County Department of Health.*

Environmental Health



Angie Raisch

Email: araisch@decaturcounty.in.gov

Decatur County Health Department

315 S Ireland St
Greensburg, IN 47240

Office: (812) 560-4859

Fax: (812) 663-4174

Food Protection



Whitney Herd

Email: wherd@decaturcounty.in.gov

Decatur County Health Department

315 S Ireland St
Greensburg, IN 47240

Office: (812) 560-4861

Fax: (812) 663-4174