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

As part of the County’s Land Use & Environment Group, we are here to help you.

The Department of Environmental Health and Quality (DEHQ) enhances San Diegans' quality of life. We take care of public health and protect environmental quality, promote environmental awareness, and ensure compliance with local, state, and federal environmental laws.

DEHQ oversees:

  • Retail food safety
  • Public housing
  • Public swimming pools
  • Small state drinking water systems
  • Mobile-home parks
  • Onsite wastewater systems
  • Recreational water
  • Aboveground and underground storage tanks and cleanup oversight
  • Medical and hazardous materials and waste.

Additionally, DEHQ acts as the Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency, working to prevent the spread of diseases caused by rats and mosquitoes. And also makes sure that County employees have safe workplaces.

For information about the Class Action Settlement regarding annual restaurant permit fees.

Annual Cost Recovery Proposal

The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health and Quality (DEHQ) will be conducting stakeholder engagement sessions and workshops between March 25, 2024 through April 5, 2024 to share program updates and to provide an opportunity to comment on the fiscal year 2024-2025 cost recovery proposal.

DEHQ will be presenting the fiscal year 2024-2025 cost recovery proposal to the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors in May 2024. The list of proposed fees will be posted soon. 


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