Environmental Health Overview

We are responsible for permitting and inspecting all on-site wastewater treatment systems installed in Shelby County. We require and conduct percolation tests on all systems.

All new private water wells, heat pump wells and monitoring wells are permitted and inspected. Prior to drilling, a site assessment is conducted. Another inspection is made upon completion of drilling. Water samples are collected from private wells and tested for coliform & ecoli bacteria and nitrates. There is no charge to the well owner for this service.

We administer the Department of Natural Resources water/well grant each year to Shelby County. This grant assists property owners with cost share monies to properly plug abandoned wells. Property owners are reimbursed 75% of the cost of materials up to a set amount per well.

Our department investigates all environmental-related complaints, which may include: illegal dumping, illegal burning, improper dead animal disposal, burning of solid waste, and illegal discharge of sewage.

We are responsible for licensing and inspecting restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, bars, hotels, motels, vending machines, temporary events, and mobile food units. We conduct these inspections in 15 counties including Adair, Adams, Audubon, Cass, Fremont, Guthrie, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Shelby, Union, and Taylor County. Approximately 1600 establishments are based on risk inspections.

Shelby County conducts time of transfer inspections or the sale or transfer of property. We have a small backhoe to uncover the septic tank and distribution box if needed when inspecting the septic system. All wells are identified, sampled, and inspected and old solid waste dumping sites are identified.

Our department inspects municipal swimming pools, motel pools, spas, tanning beds and tattoo parlors in Shelby Monona, Pottawattamie and Harrison Counties.

In 2005, Shelby County adopted a radon ordinance that requires all newly constructed homes to include radon resistance features. Our office has radon kits available year round for a minimal fee and offers handouts and technical advice concerning radon.


Check out the 2014 New Food Safety Programs (PDF).

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Environmental Health's Office staff includes:

Terri Daringer - Interim Director

Julie Goeser - Food Inspector

Environmental Health

Contact Information

Terri Daringer
Shelby County
Interim Director
1411 Industrial Parkway
Harlan, Iowa 51537
Phone: 712.755.2609
Fax: 712.755.2519
Hours: 8am - 4:30pm 
Email: tdaringer@shco.org

Shelby County Courthouse

612 Court Street
Harlan, Iowa 51537
Monday - Friday
8 am - 4:30 pm