Knox County Tennessee

Environmental Health Division

Environmental Health

Welcome to the Environmental Health Division of the Knox County Health Department. Our mission is to protect public health and prevent disease by enforcing regulations of permitted facilities and by educating the citizens of Knox County about good public health practices. We work every day to ensure that all Knox County residents have safer, healthier places to live, work, learn and play.

Our staff is available to answer any questions or assist as we educate about and enforce the State of Tennessee laws and regulations and Knox County ordinances.

Contact Information:

Knox County Health Department
Environmental Health Division
140 Dameron Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917
Phone: 865-215-5200
Hours: Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Services & Programs

Food Protection

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Food Safety Class Schedule
  • Tour a Mock Food Inspection
  • Search Restaurant Scores
  • See a Sample Inspection Form
  • Submit a Complaint
  • Print Fact Sheets for Your Establishment
  • Food Code Updates and Changes
  • Residential Food Safety Tips
  • Plans Review
  • KCHD Food Safety Videos
  • Online Food Safety Training (English) (Spanish) (Mandarin)

Rules & Regulations

  • Food Establishment Laws
  • Food Establishment Rules
  • Bed and Breakfast Rules
  • Tattoo Laws
  • Hotels Rules
  • Public Swimming Pool Rules
  • Body Piercing Rules
  • Bedding Materials Rules
  • TDA Domestic Kitchen
  • Groundwater Laws/Regulations
  • KCHD Food Safety Videos

Public Swimming Pools

Groundwater Protection

Mosquito-transmitted Disease Prevention and Vector Control

  • Mosquito Control and Insect Bite Prevention
  • West Nile Virus Prevention Program (VIDEO)

Rabies Control

  • Annual Rabies Vaccination Clinics (Canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
  • Rabies information

Environmental Health Division Director:
Kevin Clark

For information on Air Quality Management, including open burn permits, air monitoring and industry permitting, please click here.

Have Questions?
Call: 865-215-5555

Need to report a public
health emergency?

Call 865-215-5093

On the first Wednesday of every month, all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

Clinics will also open at 10:30 a.m. (Main location) and 11 a.m. (West Clinic) on the following Wednesdays: April 17 and July 17. All other offices will open at 8 a.m.