The Howard County Sanitarian is responsible for public health issues within the county including permits for septic and well projects.

  Howard County, Iowa - Environmental Health

The Howard County Environmental Health Department protects you and your environment through enforcement of regulations and standards for minimizing, controlling or eliminating sources of human disease and environmental pollution.

The programs include:
Permitting and inspection of the construction of on-site sewage treatment systems, and investigations of failed systems
Permitting and inspection of the construction of private wells
Well testing, well abandonment & well plugging
Onsite Wastewater System Assistance Program (OSWAP)

The vision of the Howard County Environmental health Department is to have the lowest risk of environmentally caused illness and injury for the citizens of Howard County.

The mission of the Howard County Environmental Health department is to protect health, prevent disease, and promote health for all persons in Howard County through assurances of physical environments that minimize exposure to harmful pathogens and other environmental toxins.

Food Safety Inspection Link (Click here)

Food License Applications and Requirements Link (Click here)

Here is contact information to obtain additional information about Food Safety inspections and licensing:

Merri Cross, REHS, CP-FS
Food Safety Specialist
Dept. of Inspections & Appeals
Food & Consumer Safety Bureau
Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0083

Phone: 515-250-3973
Fax: 515-281-3291
Howard County Courthouse
137 N Elm Street
Cresco IA 52136
Lower Level

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am -  4:00pm
Please make an appointment!

Phone Number:

FAX Number:

Office Holder Name:
Marshall Rogne

Environmental Health Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Environmental Health office

Iowa Department of Public Health - Bureau of Environmental Health Services

Iowa Environmental Health Association (IEHA)

Iowa Onsite Waste Water Association (IOWWA)

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Holy Trinity Cemetery - Protivin, IA

First Congregational Church / United Church of Christ - Riceville, IA

Welcome to Schley - unincorporated city in Howard County

Wildlife Area