Darien Health Department

Room 109,Town Hall
Phone: 203 656-7320
Open Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm

closed Holidays

A Message From David Knauf, Director of Health

Welcome to the Darien Health Department website.  It is our intention to use this space to provide you with up-to-the minute health information as well as provide conveniently available application forms for your use.  Please e-mail me if you have any questions or comments.  Good Health to you!

Watch the Channel 79 Interview with David Knauf, Darien Director of Health

Mission of the Health Department is to:  Prevent disease, by promoting a safe community and healthy environment to all residents and visitors, while upholding public health based regulations, which protect the quality of life.

  • David A. Knauf, MPH, MS, RS
    Director of Health
  • Mindy Chambrelli, RS
  • Stephen Brueski
  • Molly Larson, RN
    Public Health Nurse
  • Elaine D. Kilbourn
    Office Administrator, Notary
  • Caleb Moore, M.D.
    Medical Adviser



    What Services Do the Health Department Provide?

    Health Department Annual Report: 2013-2014

    October 2015 - Quarterly Report to the Board of Selectmen


    Forms, Applications & Regulations: Click here

    • Board of Selectmen has approved revisions to regulations pertaining to Food Service Establishments, Salons and Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems.  Effective July 1, 2015 


    Breaking News

    •  Be healthty!  Come experience, observe and learn from many health and wellness booths at the upcoming Health Fair.  Click for here details 
    • Head Lice:  What Parents Need to Know / It's That Time of Year Again 
    • Why You Should Thank Twice about Drinking Raw Milk
    • Pollution Prevention Summer 2015 Newsletter from the Connecticut Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection
    • The next scheduled Food Handler Course is Thursday, September 17, 2015.    Schedule for the 2015 Food Handler Course




    Preparing for Emergencies

    Emergencies can happen.  When they do, the best strategy is to already have a plan in placeGet quick tips on:

    • What Should I Do About a Sewer Line (or Septic System) Back-up into My HouseRemember, if you lose electricity and your home is connected to a pressurized sewer system or you have a septic system utilizing a pump, you have limited storage capacity for waste water. Until power is restored, you must minimize the use of water or sewage could back up into your house, especially if you are on public water.  If you have a generator, we advise you to make sure it powers the pumps. 


    Flu Prevention Program

    Flu Vaccine is NOW AVAILABLE!

    Click here  for the flu clinic schedule or use the "Schedule Now" button to make an appointment with our nurse.     

    Schedule online now

    •  Need Immunization for Travel? Click here to find out where to go.



    Food Protection Program


    Indoor Air Quality and Healthy Homes

         Radon Test Kits are available at Health Department offices - Test Your Home Today!


    Public Beaches



     Lyme Disease

     West Nile Virus

    FREE - Tick Removal Kits available at the Darien Health Dept. in Town Hall.


    Pool Safety (includes Condo Assoc. & Private Clubs)

    Swimmer Safety


    Private Wells

    Homes served by private wells get water from the ground. Water quality may change over time. It is recommended that homeowners have their water tested periodically.


    Recreational  Fishing and Shellfishing in Darien


    2015 Guide to Recreational Shellfishing in Connecticut

    For more information, view the interactive Connecticut Aquaculture Mapping Atlas

    Winter Kill of Blue Crabs - 2015

    Go to Fee Schedule, Applications & Regulations for Shellfish Application   


    Fish Consumption Advisory from the CT Department of Public Health


    Septic Systems

    If your home has a septic system, all the wastewater from your home is being discharged into the ground on your property.  A properly installed and maintained septic system should give you many years of service but there are some things homeowners need to be aware of in order to maximize the useful length of time such systems work.  Costs of repairs and replacement systems can be well into the five figure range, so a little preventative maintenance can go a long way. 

    If you plan to remodel, add an addition, add a pool or outbuilding, Health Department approval is necessary. More information is available here. 


    Useful Links


    General Information - FAQ


    Consumer Advisories and Recalls

    • Food Safety (US Department of Agriculture)

      "FSIS - Food Recalls and Advisoriescontains a summary of data on active recall cases.  After a recall is completed, it will be removed from this listing but will be included in the "FSIS - Archives". 

    • Product Safety

      The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products.  Use the links below to the CPSC website where you can find information on over 4,000 product recalls and recall alerts, report a product, or search past recalls dating back as far as 1974.

      Consumer Product Recalls

       Toy Safety and Recalls