Inspections & Licenses

The goal of the Environmental Health Division is to provide a safe and healthy environment. Environmental Health’s responsibilities include inspecting restaurants and food service establishments, residential housing, septic systems, pools, salons, and daycare and nursery school facilities. In addition, the Division investigates food-borne illnesses and complaints, conducts comprehensive lead investigations, monitors recreational and commercial shellfishing areas, provides beach and other water quality monitoring, and offers a weights and measures program. 

Food Establishments

Certified food inspectors are responsible for inspecting and licensing all food service operations within the City of Norwalk. Learn more here.

Housing Code Enforcement

The primary goals of Housing Code Enforcement are to ensure safe and sanitary housing and maintain the existing housing stock for all of Norwalk’s residents. Learn more here.

Septic Systems

Sanitarians issue permits and supervise the installation of sewage disposal systems on new lots or existing properties. Learn more here.


Public swimming pools are inspected and tested for bacterial quality and compliance with safety guidelines and regulations.


Sanitarians inspect, license, and investigate complaints to ensure all salons and massage establishments follow the Connecticut Public Health Code and local ordinance requirements for public health and safety.


Public beaches are all inspected and tested for bacterial quality in order to determine if it is safe to swim. To check the swimming status of the beaches, click here.

Lead Investigations

When a child is found with blood lead levels greater than fifteen micrograms per deciliter, the Norwalk Health Department conducts a comprehensive lead investigation. This includes assessing the soil, water, dust, and all painted surfaces in a child’s residence and places where the child spends part of his/her day.

Weights and Measures

Environmental Health inspects and registers all gasoline pumps, scales, oil trucks, and taxi meters to meet consumer protection requirements. Learn more here.

Daycare & Nursery School Facilities

In conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, annual inspections are conducted at all child daycare centers, nursery schools, and group daycare homes to ensure compliance with health and safety guidelines and to ensure these facilities meet the health, educational, and social needs of children.

Hours of Operation

The Environmental Health Division is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. Sanitarians and Housing Inspectors work out in the field, so it is best to call ahead before coming to the Health Department. Sanitarians are available to meet with clients during the following times:

  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am
  • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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