Public Health Nuisances

Nuisances must be of “public health significance” for the Williams County Health Department to have the authority to investigate the complaint.  This means that the nuisance conditions have the potential to spread diseases to people within the community. 

Typical nuisances that are reported to our office include:

  • Improperly stored trash and garbage outside the home
  • Raw sewage
  • Rats and other rodents
  • Mosquitoes and/or standing water that mosquitoes use for breeding


Other Conditions/Issues

We may be able to provide information and/or referrals for other types of issues that are not considered public health nuisance conditions.  When complaints relate to individual living conditions or contamination inside of homes, or general solid waste accumulating on a property, we do not have the authority to issue orders for corrections or cleanup to be made.  

Examples of these issues include:

  • Mold, lead paint, radon, and other contaminants
  • No water, heat, or electric service to a home
  • Bed bug infestations
  • Hoarding/trash accumulation inside of a home
  • Failure to mow grass or weeds
  • Dilapidated and abandoned homes and buildings
  • Junk cars, boats, campers, etc.
  • Old appliances, lawn mowers, ATVs, etc.
  • Scrap metal or construction debris

In some cases, we may be able to assist other county agencies who may have the legal authority to investigate these problems.


Request for Investigation

For WCHD to officially investigate a complaint, an Investigation Request Form must be completed and submitted to our office.

Please call our office at 419-485-3141 or email Environmental Health with any questions or to obtain a copy of the Investigation Request Form.


Zoned Townships

There are three zoned townships in Williams County: Center, Pulaski, and Springfield.  If you live in one of these townships, you may contact the township office to see if they can provide assistance.

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