FAQ: All

Q: What should I do if I find a bat in my house?

A: Call the Health Department immediately.  During business hours call (845) 340-3010 and after hours call (845) 334-2145.  Bats may carry rabies.  Do not release the bat before speaking to someone at the Health Department. 

Q: I am building a house, how do I apply for a septic permit?

A: Applications can be obtained by calling the Environmental Health Services Division (845) 340-3010.  A design for the proposed septic system created by a NYS licensed Professional Engineer, a registered architect or land surveyor with an N exemption to evaluate your lot is required.   

Q: Does my landlord have to supply heat?

A: The landlord must supply heating facilities capable of safely and adequately heating all habitable rooms at not less than 68 degrees.  Your rental agreement may specify who pays for the heat. 

Q: Do I need a permit to operate a hot dog truck and where can I park it?

A: Yes, a hot dog truck or “mobile food service facility” requires a permit from the Health Department.  Contact the Environmental Health Services Division at (845) 340-3010 and speak with a Public Health Sanitarian for the specific permit requirements.  Contact the municipality where you intend to park the truck to determine where you are allowed to park it.

Q: How do I apply for a permit to open a new restaurant?

A: You must notify the Department of your intent to open the restaurant, submit a drawing of the kitchen and ensure that it meets all of the requirements for a commercial kitchen.  The permits, fees and inspections required to open a new food service facility will depend upon the type and size of the facility.  For specific requirements, call the Environmental Health Services Division of the Health Department at (845) 340-3010.

Q: How do I obtain a copy of a Death Certificate?

A: Death Certificates are filed in the town in which the death occurred.  Contact your Town Clerk’s office for the Certficate.

Q: How long does it take to get a copy of the autopsy report?

A: On average it takes 90 to 120 days to receive a final autopsy report. It may take longer if extensive tests are needed due to extenuating circumstances.

Q: How do I obtain a copy of an autopsy report?

A: Next of kin can obtain a copy of an autopsy report by providing a written request to the Medical Examiner’s Office at 300 Flatbush Ave, Kingston NY 12401
with the following information and a copy of a valid photo ID: Requestor Name Decedent NameDate of Birth Date of Death Relationship to the Decedent

Q: When can I expect to receive a response to my FOIL request?

A: The Health Department acknowledges the request, grants access to records, and/or denies access in writing, or within five business days of receipt of a request. The acknowledgement of the request includes an approximate date within twenty business days when it can be anticipated that a request will be granted or denied. However, if it is known that circumstances prevent the Health Department from granting access within twenty business days, or if the Health Department cannot grant access by the approximate date given and needs more than twenty business days to grant access, it will provide a written explanation of its inability to do so and a specific date by which it will grant access. That date must be reasonable in consideration of the circumstances of the request.

Q: How do I request information from the Health Department, other than from the Medical Examiner?

A: Requests should be mailed or hand-delivered to the Ulster County Department of Health FOIL Compliance Officer at 300 Flatbush Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401. If you wish to send a request via fax or email, please contact the FOIL Compliance Officer at (845)340-3009.

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