Citizens seeking new septic and well permits in Polk County should now turn to the County’s Building Inspections Dept.

Citizens seeking only new septic and well permits in Polk County should now turn to the County’s Building Inspections Dept. at 35 Walker St. in Columbus.

All other environmental health services including repairs, emergencies, food and lodging concerns should be directed to the Rutherford Polk McDowell Health District until June 30, 2019. Effective July 1, 2019, these remaining services will transition to the Polk County Health and Human Services Agency’s Environmental Health Unit at 35 Walker St. in Columbus.

The Polk County Board of Commissioners recently approved Polk County Health Department’s fee schedule to enable that department to begin accepting fees for environmental health permits on June 10, allowing the department to begin performing field work on July 1.

To better serve the health and wellness needs of Polk County residents, the Polk County Board of Commissioners in March approved Polk County’s Public Health Services being administered effective July 1 by the Polk County Consolidated Human Services Agency (Polk County Health and Human Services Agency as of July 1). This shift in administration is resulting in the clinic and environmental health needs being delivered in Polk County rather than as part of the three-county RPM Health District.

For more information, call the County’s Building Inspections Dept. at (828) 894-3739.