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Pools & Environmental Health Services

 The Mecklenburg County Pools & Environmental Health Services (PEHS) section, is a program within the Environmental Health division of the Mecklenburg County Health Department. The PEHS section enforces state rules and local rules governing the operation of public swimming pools, the practice of tattooing, the control of mosquito populations, the control and prevention of Norway rat infestations and the demolition or relocation​ of structures.
Swimming Pool with checklist over it.Each year, public swimming pools must renew their permits to operate and be inspected by Environmental Health staff. For information and resources regarding local and state public swimming pool requirements please visit the public swimming pool section of our site. The Mecklenburg County Health Ordinance also requires approval to construct a residential swimming pool.
tattoo artist ink wells
PEHS locally enforces the North Carolina state rules (15NCAC 18A.3200) for the practice of tattooing.  Tattooing is defined as "the inserting of permanent markings or coloration, or the producing of scars, upon or under human skin through puncturing by use of a needle or any other method." Obtaining a tattooing permit and the related rules & requirements​.​
mosquito on human skin
Mecklenburg County has a comprehensive mosquito control program which includes education, surveillance, complaint investigation, pest identification, regulation enforcement and control & treatment of mosquito populations. For more information, visit our mosquito control page.
ratPEHS assesses possible rodent incidence for structures to be demolished or relocated, and responds to citizens' request for services regarding Norway rat incidence or conditions that support rats. Rodent and vector infestation can be destructive, a nuisance, and a public health hazard. PEHS helps control and prevent these public health nuisances. Visit our rodent control page ​for information on rodent control.
wrecking ballThe demolition or relocation (also known as moving) of any structure in Mecklenburg County requires the approval of one or more local or State agencies and a building demolition or move-​off permit from the County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency (LUESA). Under the County rat control ordinance, the County's Public Health Pest Management (PHPM) program is one of the agencies required to approve such activities. For more information and the issuance of a demolition or move permit please visit our demolition page.


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Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 8000
Charlotte, NC 28208

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Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 8000
Charlotte, NC 28208


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