WHAT'S NEW IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Important message for services provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Division:
County Offices Remain Closed
On May 29th, Governor Newsom approved the County of Los Angeles to move into Stage 3 of the Recovery Roadmap. In keeping with this directive, all Environmental Health Division service locations are still closed to members of the public, including at its headquarters located at 5050 Commerce Drive, Baldwin Park, and the following locations:
Environmental Health District Offices
For questions on how to obtain services related to plan check or health permit applications, please contact the Customer Call Center at
to be directed to the applicable program.
20-21 Public Health Permits/Licenses – Update
The Department of Public Health’s Environmental Health Division hopes you are staying safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that so many have experienced devastating losses and hardship during these unprecedented times and appreciate all you are doing to slow the spread of COVID-19 among your employees, customers and families. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to support businesses impacted by this pandemic, the Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to extend the due date for this year’s invoice and to extend the validity of your current Public Health Permit/License until September 30, 2020.
If you have any additional questions, please call our Permits and Licensing Unit at
UPDATED - Health Officer Orders and Protocols
As we have transitioned into Stage 3, this has resulted in the conditional reopening of businesses that are regulated by Environmental Health. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Public swimming pools
- Body art facilities
- Massage establishments
On July 1, 2020, due to the continued rapid spread of COVID-19, and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, the Governor has required to limit restaurants and other food facilities that prepare and serve food to outdoor dining, delivery, drive thru or carry out only. Brewpubs, bars, brewery and winery tasting rooms, and craft distilleries are to remain closed.
Please refer to the County of Los Angeles Health Officer regarding the County’s Reopening Safer At Work And In the Community for the Control of COVID-19 (Order) and reopening protocols, which are available at
Los Angeles County Public Health COVID-19 page.
It is important to note that the County Health Officer Order and applicable Protocols are requirements and not simply guidance. They are required as a measure to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure to both employees and customers. Failure to implement and ensure compliance may result in enforcement.
Environmental Health will be responding to complaints of an emergency nature along with monitoring for compliance of the Health Officer Orders which can be found at
Los Angeles County Public Health COVID-19 page.
, if you should have any questions, or contact the following District offices or programs directly by visiting
Environmental Health District Offices page
Public Services & Contact Numbers
Due to the closure of Los Angeles County offices, please mail all food facility plans for Plan Check Program to Environmental Health Division headquarters:
5050 Commerce Dr. Baldwin Park, CA 91706
For questions please call:
Creating a Safe Garment Workplace
Learn how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 in the garment workplace. Download and post this factsheet in your workplace. Available in
HAND SANITIZER WARNING:
Check your hand sanitizer!
Some hand sanitizers that are made in Mexico have been found to contain methanol (wood alcohol). Methanol can cause serious health problems such as blindness, and even death.
BEWARE: HEALTH INSPECTOR IMPOSTERS
Scam artists posing as health inspectors are targeting restaurants across Los Angeles County trying to gain financial advantage by manipulating food facility owners.
While owners of food businesses, such as a restaurant or market, are normally aware of local agencies and personnel who routinely conduct inspections, food facility owners should be on alert for signs of a scam. Food facility owners are reminded:
- Under no circumstances will a genuine Environmental Health Specialist (“Health Inspector”) ask for payments, either for letter grades, other signs, or equipment.
- Scheduling appointments for routine inspections for restaurants and markets is not consistent with the current operating practices of Environmental Health Specialists.
- To require a health inspector or anyone visiting to show appropriate photo identification.
If there are any doubts about the identity of any inspector, the facility owner can contact their local Environmental Health Office to confirm that they are a current employee. If the office is unable to confirm the “health inspector’s” identity, the facility owner should contact their local law enforcement agency.
The impersonation of a public officer is a criminal offense. Anyone found impersonating a health inspector or any government employee is committing a misdemeanor.
For any questions and/or information regarding fraudulent activity contact Environmental Health at (888) 700-9995.
Businesses - Support the 2020 Census
We understand this may be a time of transition for you, your employees, and your customers. However, one of the most important actions you can take from now until August is to encourage those around you to complete their 2020 Census. Here’s why:
Unemployment Insurance Funds:
In FY 2016, census data directly informed the allocation of
in California to help cover unemployment insurance claims. For thousands of workers who have been laid off across the state, income claimed from their unemployment insurance is the only monetary source keeping their families afloat. Families are using these funds to continue purchasing the essential goods and services they need to survive.
When you leverage your business platform to ensure everyone gets counted in the 2020 Census, you are ensuring that the fair share of funds are allocated to critical programs like unemployment insurance.
Workforce Development Funds:
When your small-business may have seen a sudden growth in demand for your goods and services, it’s programs from the Wagner-Peyser Act or the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act that help your business recruit workers and provide job training to help meet your specific needs. California received over
to cover these services using our last census count as a reference.
How can you help? Take these three action steps today!
Census Toolkit for Business Owners in LA County
The toolkit provides easy access to
social media graphics,
language for employee communications, and talking points.
Post on your social media platforms. Need ideas? Use this
that showcases real businesses in LA County, like
Pacific Plaza Premier
in Alhambra, sharing information on the census. These
Business Census Champions
are great examples of how you can get involved. Already engaged? Let us know
and you can be featured as the next Business Census Champion!
Send the message below to your employees via email, text, or include it in your next teleconference meeting:
You haven’t missed your chance to participate in the 2020 Census! If your home hasn’t responded, a paper form is on the way. Check your mailbox this week for your opportunity to bring education, health care, housing, and political power to your community. If a paper form doesn’t work for you, you can respond online or by phone. There are so many ways to count yourself in the 2020 Census -- don’t wait! Go to
for more information.
Massage Establishment Inspection Information (updated: 02/12/2020)
On February 4, 2020, the Board of Supervisors approved the Massage Ordinance from the County of Los Angeles, Office of County Counsel that requires massage establishments to obtain a public health permit and comply with new health and safety requirements. Environmental Health (EH) will issue permits to massage establishments that meet the new requirements and are located within the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County or in cities that adopt the ordinance.
Please visit our
Massage Establishment Information page
for more information such as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Vietnamese and a list of entities or individuals that are exempt from the requirements of the ordinance.
|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.