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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.


Campground collectively means:

  • Recreation camp

  • Recreational vehicle (RV) park

  • Combined park-camp

  • Temporary campground


Services provided by the ODH Campground program:

  • Technical assistance and training on the construction, operation, maintenance, and evaluation of campgrounds

  • Review and approval of engineered plans that have been designed to meet all of the requirements found within 3701-26 of the OAC 

  • Inspections performed to ensure that the campground is constructed per the rules and approved plans

  • Guidance to local health district staff for the implementation of the campground regulatory program

  • Periodic surveys of local health district licensing programs to assess their compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements

  • Resource for the general public relative to recreation issues, protection from disease transmission, personal safety, and complaint investigations


To report a public health emergency, please contact:

Kevin Aston, Health Commissioner

During Business Hours:

740-286-5094 ext 2824

24/7 Contact & After Hours:

740-835-6698 | Primary

740-352-3245 | Secondary

For information about Campground Licensing, contact:

David Ramby, REHS

E.H. Director

740-286-5094 ext. 2836



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