About CEHA

Since 1993, Somerset County Department of Health’s environmental compliance unit has operated under a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection  through the “County Environmental Health Act” (CEHA).  In this role, County inspectors are delegated certain investigative responsibilities by NJDEP and can provide more effective and immediate response at a local level.


Somerset County CEHA inspectors are charged with ensuring compliance with the State’s regulations in matters of solid waste management and air, water and noise pollution.  The CEHA unit conducts routine inspections of permitted facilities, responds to citizen complaints, and works in conjunction with Local & State environmental and public health professionals to ensure a safe & healthy quality of life in Somerset County.


An inspector is available 24 hours a day to respond to complaints regarding air, water, commercial/industrial noise or solid waste concerns.  General public health concerns such as issues involving restaurants, private septic systems, residential housing or animal control should be directed to your local health department.


For non-emergency concerns, please contact SCDH during normal business hours at (908) 231-7155.  For emergency situations, please call 911.  The Somerset County Communication Center will contact an inspector to respond as needed.  You may also report environmental complaints, concerns or abuses at any time to the NJDEP’s hotline: 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337).


NOV Compliance Response Form


CEHA Annual Report Summary

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