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Allegany County Health Department  
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Community Health Programs

The Community Health programs are to regulate and enforce laws in the following areas:

Recreational Beach Sampling and Monitoring

Recreational Beaches are beach known to be used by the public for swimming. Recreational Beaches are sampled and monitored from May to September for bacteriological levels. In Allegany County, we have two beaches that are sampled and monitored for levels.

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Public Swimming Pool Inspections

Public pools and Spas are required to have a permit. Current fee and Worker's Compensation Insurance Certificate must accompany application before inspection can be scheduled. Renewal applications are sent out in April. Seasonal pools will require "PRE-OPENING" inspections. Also, all pools permited are subject to a monthly inspection in order to retain the operating permit.

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Campground Inspections

Campgrounds are required to have a permit for operation. Campground inspections are required to ensure proper sewage disposal, potable water supply, general safety and sanitation.

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Mobile Home Park Inspections

Mobile Home Parks are required to have a permit for opeation. Mobile Home parks are inspected for proper sewage disposal, potable water supply, and general sanitation.

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Outdoor Air Quality

Outdoor Air Quality includes the issuing of open burning permits, compliant investigation for commerical and residential projects. At this time, open burning permits are issue to county residents and are free of charge. This Office requires a phone call or an in person visit to obtain a buring permit. If you are a City Of Cumberland, you will have to take the permit that you obtain from this Office and recieve another permit from the City of Cumberland's Fire Department. It is a violation of the agreement that you enter when you accept a burning permit from this Office to burn any of the following:

  • Domestic waste materials such as paper, cans, plastic, etc.
  • Materials which create dense smoke such as tires, roofing, oil, etc

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Rabies Prevention

In the State of Maryland, dogs, cats, and ferrets four months of age and older must be vaccinated against rabies. A second shot must be given one year later. After the first two vaccinations, booster doses of vaccine are needed every one to three years, depending on the particular vaccine used. There are also rabies vaccines that are approved for use in horses, cattle, and sheep. Please see our Rabies page for further information of reporting a bite, prevention, and who to contact if you have questions.

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Sewage Sludge Land Applications

This Office is involved the planning and inspections for sewage sludge applications. For a copy of the application for submitting to this Office, please see the application here.

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Public Health Nuisance Compliants

Click here for instructions on submitting a compliant and to download the compliant form.

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