San Diego County Board of Supervisors policy B-29 requires DEH to be full cost recovery. During the year, the department has continued to focus on offsetting rising costs by gaining operational efficiencies and by leveraging technology to streamline work.  However, DEH needs to increase fees for FY 2019-20, and took a cost recovery proposal forward for Board consideration on April 10, 2019.  The Board will make a final decision on the cost recovery proposal on May 1, 2019, which if approved, would take effect July 1, 2019.  A list of proposed fees is available here.  If you have questions about DEH programs, services provided by the department, or recent mandated changes, please contact the following DEH divisional staff:

  • Food and Housing programs (food facilities, pools, body art) - Joann Fang (858) 505-6792 or
  • Hazardous Materials programs (Certified Unified Program Agency, underground storage tanks) - Breyanna Lyles (858) 694-2242 or or Grissel Garcia (619) 454-9676 or
  • Land and Water Quality programs (small water systems, land use, septic systems, Local Enforcement Agency programs) - Lars Seifert (858) 495-5572 or
  • Community Health programs (radiation shielding, vector diagnostic disease laboratory) - Nikos Gurfield (858) 694-8973 or

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) enhances San Diegans' quality of life by protecting public health and safeguarding environmental quality, educating the public to increase environmental awareness, and implementing and enforcing local, state, and federal environmental laws. DEH regulates the following: retail food safety; public housing; public swimming pools; small drinking water systems; mobile-home parks; onsite wastewater systems; recreational water; aboveground and underground storage tanks and cleanup oversight; and medical and hazardous materials and waste. In addition, DEH serves as the Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency, prevents disease carried by rats and mosquitoes and helps to ensure safe workplaces for County employees.

Our Mission: Protecting the environment and enhancing public health by preventing disease, promoting envionmental responsibility and, when necessary, enforcing environmental and public health laws. 

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Help "Fight the Bite" and stay safe from mosquito borne diseases like Zika, West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever by Protecting yourself from getting bitten and Preventing mosquitoes from breeding in your homes. Check out this short video to learn how! (Spanish version)
Watch this video to learn how DEH inspects restaurants to make sure the food you're served is cooked, prepared, and stored safely.
And find out how DEH protects public health and safeguards our environment with everything from restaurant inspections to testing water at our beaches and from underground storage tanks to HazMat response in this brief video.