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Sanitary Nuisances

Environmental Public Health

Physical Address:

Environmental Public Health
5505 Stewart St.
Milton, FL, 32570

8 a.m.–1 p.m.
2 p.m.–4 p.m.

Closed for lunch
1 p.m.-2 p.m.

What are Sanitary Nuisances? 

A nuisance injurious to health is generally defined as:
  • Untreated or improperly treated human waste, garbage, offal, dead animals, or dangerous waste materials from manufacturing processes, air pollutants, gasses, and noisome odors which are harmful to human or animal life.
  • Improperly built or maintained septic tanks, water closets, or privies.
  • Keeping diseased animals dangerous to human health.
  • Unclean or filthy places where animals are slaughtered.
  • Any condition capable of breeding flies, mosquitoes, or other arthropods capable of transmitting diseases to humans.
  • Any act or condition which may cause disease.

When a nuisance is found to exist, a sanitary nuisance notice is issued giving a reasonable time for correction, based on the severity of the condition, and if correction is not completed, legal action is taken.


The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County Environmental Public Health division (EH) receives and investigates complaints associated with sewage and septic issues and all permitted facilities including tanning, pools, mobile home parks, and group care.  If suspected health or sanitation violations are present, please contact EH at 850-983-5275.

Other agencies who receive complaints:

Lodging Complaint: DBPR (Department of Business and Professional Regulation) - 1-850-488-1122

Landlord Tenant Complaint: DACS (Division of Agricultural and Consumer Services) - 1-800-352-9832

Santa Rosa County Mosquito Control

Santa Rosa County Code Enforcement

Santa Rosa County Public Works