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Division of Health 

199 Summit Avenue
Unit F
Jersey City, NJ 07304
Tel:  (201) 547-6800
Health Complaints: (201) 547-5285
Fax: (201) 547-5168

Vera Smith, Health Officer 


The Division of Health consists of two bureaus which investigate various threats to public health:

  • Bureau of Food and Drug
  • Bureau of Public Health Investigation 

In addition the Health Division also follows up on information involving:

  • Illegal solid waste transfer stations
  • Abandoned industrial barrels
  • Improper disposal of medical waste
  • Crimes against the environment

As a public health agency, the Division of Health is required to collect, maintain, and report community surveillance statistics to both the NJ State Department of Health and the Federal Centers for Disease Control for the purpose of planning initiatives to prevent and control disease on a larger scale.

Bureau of Food and Drug
This bureau inspects all establishments licensed by the Division of Health, including:

  • Retail food establishments
  • Itinerant food vendors
  • Laundries
  • Beauty salons
  • Tanning salons
  • Nail salons
  • Day care centers

The Bureau of Food and Drug also investigates outbreaks and assists and advises other municipal health agencies when the food establishment in question is located outside Jersey City.

Bureau of Public Health Investigation 
The Bureau of Public Health investigates all citizen complaints relative to potential or actual public health nuisances.  Public health nuisances are conditions which contain disease organisms and cause illness or foster and aid the vectors which transport and spread disease.  Disease vectors are the means by which diseases travel (e.g., rats, mice, fleas, and ticks). 

The following is a list of the most common health nuisances reported to the Division’s Bureau of Public Health Investigations:

  • Rodent/Roach infestation
  • Hoarding
  • Bedbug Infestation
  • Improper garbage storage
  • Sewer backup in basement
  • Accumulated rubbish and debris on premises
  • High weeds/overgrown grass in rear yard
  • Unsanitary conditions in apartment or house (odor)
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