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County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Public Health Investigation
5555 Ferguson Drive, Suite 120-04
Commerce, CA.  90022
Phone: (323) 659-6148
Fax: (323) 728-0217
Commercial Sex Venue Enforcement

Los Angeles County adopted an ordinance on October 14, 2004, that redefined bathhouses or similar establishments as commercial sex venues (CSVs).  Regulations governing the inspection process were issued November 10, 2005.  The ordinance, Bathhouses and Similar Commercial Establishments, requires the Health Officer to establish and enforce regulations to eliminate unacceptable public health risks associated with the operation of CSVs and minimize high-risk sexual practices associated with the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.  Further, upon review and verification by the Health Officer that a CSV has met the requirements of the regulations, the Health Officer is required to issue a permit to the owner per Los Angeles County Code, Title 11, Chapter 11.04, Part 3. 

Public Health Investigation (PHI) Administration has been designated to conduct the inspection process.  As such, the County Health Officer may enter and inspect any CSV, or enter and inspect any location suspected of being a CSV, for purposes of enforcing the regulations.  Such inspections may be conducted as often as necessary to ensure compliance.  PHI Administration will enforce the ordinance and regulations, and will also respond to all Public Health Permit inquiries.

For questions, complaints or to apply for a permit, call (323) 659-6144 or email us at


Los Angeles County Health and Safety Code, Title 11, Chapter 11.04, Part 3

Commercial Sex Venue Regulation, Issued November 10, 2005


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