WHAT'S NEW IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
New Regulations: Single-Use Plastic Straws/Stirrers
Single-Use Plastic Straws/Stirrers FAQ
for information regarding new regulations pertaining to single-use plastic straws/stirrers provided by food service businesses.
HOLIDAY FOOD SAFETY TIPS
For tips on keeping your food safe this holiday, please visit Avoid Foodborne Illness This Thanksgiving
Community Resources for Environmental Health
We all deserve clean and healthy places to live, work, and play. Los Angeles County and other local agencies have a behind-the-scenes crew working to keep our communities safe from conditions that can harm health. We permit and regularly inspect apartment buildings, restaurants, industrial sites, and many other places to make sure they are safe. But it can be hard for us to know about new problems as they happen. You can help by reporting problems as soon as you notice them.
Please visit our Community Resources page for more information.
Changes to FY 2018-2019 Public Health/License and Service Fees
The proposed Public Health Permit/License and Service Fees for FY 2018-2019, item No.3 on 4/24/2018 Board Agenda, was continued to the June 26, 2018 Board Agenda. On June 26, 2018, the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance to increase public health permit/license and service fees by 15%.
Please visit our Increase to Public Health Fees page for more information.
Industrial Hemp Derived Products and Cannabidiol (CBD) in Food Products
On July 6, 2018, the California Department of Public Health-Food and Drug Branch (CDPH-FDB) published new guidelines which clarified the approved use of industrial hemp derived products and the prohibited use of Cannabidiol (CBD) in foods. To learn more about industrial hemp derived products and when food operators need to comply with these new guidelines, please visit
Helpful Information for Existing Food Businesses.
Donate Your Surplus Food to the Needy
Learn what you can do to alleviate hunger in Los Angeles County. Donate your surplus food to local shelters, food pantries, and soup kitchens.
The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act
protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization in good faith. Visit our
Los Angeles County Food Redistribution Initiative (LACFRI) page
to learn more!
Massage Establishment Inspection Information (NEW)
On February 26, 2019, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hear recommendations by the Department of Public Health (DPH) to adopt an Ordinance for Environmental Health (EH) to permit and inspect massage establishments. If the Ordinance is approved, EH would conduct annual inspections of massage establishments for compliance with health and safety requirements to protect the public's health and issue permits to massage establishments located in unincorporated Los Angeles County and cities that adopt the ordinance.
Please visit our Massage Establishment Information Page
|Potholes, graffiti, bad
swimming pools? Give 'em The Works.
Los Angeles County Department of Public
Health joined the Department of Public
Works recently in launching an update to “The Works”
LA County residents can now take
advantage of this award-winning
app to report potential swimming pool
violations at hotels, motels, and
apartments like unclear or cloudy
pool water, broken pool gates or fences,
and missing pool lights or drain covers.
In addition, residents can also report
potholes, graffiti, illegal dumping,
facility maintenance for County parks,
and other issues.
The Works app will also help users stay
up-to-date on road closures and upcoming
You can read more about
the app in the recent
press release, or visit Public
website for more!
Available for download
for iPhone or Android.
The Environmental Health Division strives to promote
health and quality of life by identifying, preventing,
and controlling harmful environmental factors in Los
The mission of Environmental Health is to assess
environmental conditions and reduce exposure to health
risks, and to educate the public on sources of
environmental risk so they are empowered to protect
themselves, their families, and their communities.