County Directory of Information & Services | Public Alerts | Public Information | County Contact Information




Environmental Health

   

How to Find Us
County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Environmental Health
5050 Commerce Drive
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
(888) 700-9995
ehmail@ph.lacounty.gov



FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. How often are restaurants and markets inspected?
    A facility can be inspected from 1 to 4 times a year. The frequency is based on the public health risk associated with the food products served, the methods of food preparation, and the operational history of the food facility.

  2. How can I obtain a copy of the Retail Food Inspection Marking Guide?
    The Retail Food Inspection Marking Guide, links to agencies involved in various aspects of food safety, as well as a summary of changes of the new California Retail Food Code, can be obtained by visiting our website at publichealth.lacounty.gov/eh.

  3. How can I obtain a copy of California Retail Food Code (Cal Code)?
    A copy of the California Retail Food Code can be downloaded here: California Retail Food Code(Cal-Code) .

  4. Where does it say that inspectors have the authority to inspect?
    Authority is granted under California Retail Food Code, Article 2 Enforcement Section 114390.

  5. Where do I report that I got sick from restaurant food?
    You may report a suspected food borne illness to the County of Los Angeles Morbidity Unit of Acute Communicable Disease Control at (888) 397-3993.

  6. What options are available if permit holders are unhappy with their grades / scores?
    • An owner initiated inspection, which provides for a new routine inspection and the opportunity for a facility to improve their grades, may be requested once in a twelve month period
    • Permit holders may request that their inspection reports be reviewed by a supervisor at the local Environmental Health office
    • The office of the Ombudsman is available to assist in resolving disputes involving issuance of grades / scores or with inspection process concerns. The office of the Ombudsman may be contacted at (626) 430-5141

What's New?
Proposed Change in Fiscal Year 2014-2015
Backflow Prevention Device Proposed Fee Change  

Effective Now: AB2130
No Bare Hand Contact with Ready-to-Eat Foods REPEALED  

Permit and License Billing

Taking care of your Public Health Permit or License just got easier! Read more here.

Choose Health LA
Restaurants
Healthy Kids Eat Here


New Official Inspection Report
[Guide | New Form | Video]

"Mercury In Face Cream" Fact Sheets
[English | Spanish]

Popular Links
2013-2014 License/Permit Fees

Beware: Health Inspector Imposters

Body Art

Booklets/Guides:
Certified Food Handler & Manager:
Community Events

Cottage Food Operation

Drinking Water Report

Food Facility (Restaurant/Market) Rating

Food Facility Closures

Food Recalls  

All Recalls for 2014:


Guidelines for Safe Food Donation

Inspect Your Home Kitchen

Mobile Food Facility Route Sheet

Motion Picture Catering Operation Permit
Pet Dogs in Outdoor Dining Areas

Plan Check Guides:
Radiation:
Swimming Pool Inspection Details

Swimming Pool Closure List

What to Expect as a Food Operator
Director of Environmental Health
Angelo J. Bellomo
Director's Biography
Home  |
Environmental Health
Public Health
LA County
  Careers  |   DPH Programs  |   Email: Webmaster  | Notice of Privacy Practices | 
English
Spanish
  Website Privacy Policy  |   Language  |   Accessibility  |   Disclaimer |   Employee  |
Admin Use
Outlook E-mail
DPH Intranet (At Work)
 
Los Angeles County Seal: Enriching lives through effective and caring services