On Monday, November 16, 2020, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners voted to implement an ordinance mirroring a Health and Human Services Board rule prohibiting the use of combustible tobacco and e-cigarette in New Hanover County, effective February 1, 2021.
The ordinance aligns the expectations of vaping with traditional cigarette smoking in most public places, and protects residents from unwanted inhalation of second hand smoke and e-cigarette vapors. Areas where smoking and vaping will be prohibited include county, town and city buildings, vehicles and grounds, and public places like restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.
View the full ordinance here and a detailed list of where smoking and vaping is prohibited below.
Visit our Smoke & Vaping Ordinance page here for educational materials, cessation resources and printable signage to assist with implementation of the new ordinance.
Smoking/Vaping Permitted as of February 1, 2021
Smoking/Vaping Prohibited as of February 1, 2021
*This rule would not apply to any property owned, leased or maintained by the State of North Carolina
The New Hanover County Health and Human Services Board will consider revisions to the New Hanover County rules governing body art, including tattoos and piercings, at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 8 a.m.
The revised rules are a result of combining and condensing the 1999 Rules Governing Body Piercing Establishments and Practitioners and the 2018 Rules Governing Piercing and Tattoo Establishments. Revisions include updated definitions reflecting language used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, updated record retention schedules for establishments and a more streamlined process for permitting.
The Health and Human Services Board will review the proposed rules and public comments submitted by March 12 at the March 16 meeting before voting.
The New Hanover County Board of Health rule governing the fencing and operation of private swimming pools in the county (adopted October 4, 2000, and amended March 7, 2018) was repealed effective April 20, 2021, and is no longer in effect.
Application forms required for a lot/soil evaluation to determine if a Septic System Improvement Permit can be issued. This is the 1st step before a Septic Construction Authorization Permit can be obtained (applies to New, Relocation, or an Expansion of a septic system).
Application forms required for a Septic Construction Authorization Permit to install a new septic system. A Septic Improvement Permit is required first before this can be applied for.
Application forms required to determine if an existing septic system or private water supply well is compliant and can be re-used before a building permit can be issued. If compliant, a Reuse of Septic or Well Permit can be issued.
Application forms required for a Septic System Repair Permit. This is required when an existing septic system is malfunctioning and part or all of the septic system needs to be replaced.
Application forms required to determine if a private water supply Well Permit can be issued or to abandon a private water supply well.
Application for water sample from a private water supply well
Fee schedule for Environmental Health as of July 2017
Frequently Asked Questions
Additional information can be found on the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) website.
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*Fees are subject to change. Listings are a general representation of application costs. As each project is different, please call (910) 798-6667 for the most accurate cost assessment and a complete list of applications.