What Is New In Food and Housing

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The person in charge of a food facility is required to report to the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health when a food employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, Salmonella, Shigella, Enterohemorrhagic, or Shiga-toxin producing E. Coli, Hepatitis A, Norovirus or Entamoeba Histolytica.

Call (858) 505-6814 or email fhdepi@sdcounty.ca.gov. 



Effective March 19, 2020:
To slow the transmission of COVID-19, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) will be temporarily closing all public lobby spaces effective Friday, March 20th. To ensure our customer’s needs are being met, DEH will be going to a virtual business process until further notice. 



For guidance on Cleaning and Disinfection, as well as Food Safety during Transport and Delivery visit our Food Publications page.



On March 24, 2020, the County Board of Supervisors approved unanimously to defer payment of fees collected by the Department of Environmental Health from March 1, 2020 through August 30, 2020, for food facilities impacted by the March 16, 2020 Amended Order of the Health Officer in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. While some food operations such as grocery stores and markets are allowed to continue operating under the Order, other food and beverage industry operations such as restaurants, bars, breweries, caterers, mobile food facilities and schools need support to recover after this time of unprecedented closures, limited services, and financial loss. Annual food facility health permit renewals, late fees, and plan check correction fees associated with plans submitted prior to March 1, 2020, will not be due until September 1, 2020. For those food facilities that may have already received their March and April annual permit renewal invoices, payment can be deferred until September 1, 2020.

In summary, invoicing for annual food facility permit renewals that occur between March 1, 2020 through August 30, 2020 will be deferred to September 1, 2020 for the following facility types:

  • Annual Temporary Event Organizers
  • Annual Temporary Event Vendors
  • Bars
  • Breweries with Food Service
  • Caterers
  • Cottage Food Operators
  • Host Facilities
  • Licensed Health Care Facilities
  • Mobile Food Commissaries
  • Mobile Food Facilities
  • Restaurants
  • Schools