Campgrounds in Ohio are regulated under the authority of Chapter 3729 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and Chapter 3701-26 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). These rules were created to establish minimum standards, applicable throughout Ohio, for the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of these facilities in order to protect the public from injury, minimize the potential for disease transmission and provide a safe and healthy recreational environment.

Clermont County Public Health (CCPH) licenses and inspects all campgrounds within Clermont County. Campgrounds collectively mean:

  •  Recreational Vehicle Park (RV)
  •  Recreation camp
  •  Combined park-camp
  •  Temporary campground

CCPH inspectors will routinely inspect all Campgrounds paying particular attention to potential health and safety threats, wastewater and sewage water discharge, capacity limitations, sanitation, and the maintenance of the overall facility.

In addition to the routine inspection, CCPH also performs weekly water sampling at the three public bathing beaches at Stonelick and East Fork State Parks, the Ohio River at New Richmond, and two sites along the Little Miami River in Clermont County from May through September. Please visit the link below to view test results: Beach Sample Test Results.

What should I do to open a new permanent campground?
Operators willing to open a new campground or alter an existing campground should contact Ohio Department of Health for review and approval of engineered plans.

What is a temporary Campground?
A temporary park-camp is when a tract of land is used for camping by placing RV’s, or portable camping units e.g. pull-along pop-up tents for no more than 7 consecutive days and not more than a total of 21 days per year.

What should I do to obtain a temporary Campground license?
1.  Operators willing to open a temporary campground should complete Temporary Campground Plan Review Application and send it to CCPH at least 15 days prior to the opening date.
2. When the complete plans are received, it will be reviewed by a CCPH Sanitarian.
3. Once the plans are approved, the operator may apply for a license to CCPH no later than 7 days prior to operating the camp using the Temporary Campground Application and paying the license fee as listed in the Fee Schedule.