Housing Program

Housing Program

The purpose of the housing program is to ensure safe housing, such as rental units, in regulated areas of the County, which includes: Carlsbad, Coronado, Del Mar, Encinitas, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Poway, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, Vista, and the unincorporated areas of the County.  To accomplish this, the Food and Housing Division enforces state laws pertaining to sanitation, maintenance, ventilation, and occupancy.

This program does not serve the following cities: Chula Vista, El Cajon, Escondido, Imperial Beach, National City, Oceanside, or San Diego.

Municipality Phone Number Report a Violation
Chula Vista (619) 691-5280 English
Incorporated El Cajon (619) 441-1742 English
Escondido (760) 839-4650 English  en Español
Imperial Beach (619) 628-1358 English
National City (619) 336-4287  
Oceanside (760) 435-4500 English
San Diego (619) 236-5500 English  en Español
All Others (858) 505-6903 English


Under this program element 2,500 housing sites are regulated, including 77,000 apartment and hotel units. In addition, there are 30 jails and detention facilities such as the downtown jail, juvenile hall, and medium security camps in the mountains that do fire prevention work with the Forestry Department. County staff conduct inspections of all of these housing establishments and detention facilities, including inspections conducted in accordance with complaint investigation. To promote health families, we recently updated the inspection program to incorporate the Healthy Homes Principles.

NEW:   Find out more how the Department of Environmental Health and Quality Food and Housing Division protects public health and improves our quality of life in this brief video clip.

Housing Disputes

The California Department of Real Estate has updated the "California Tenants: a guide to residential tenants' and landlords' rights and responsibilities" as of 2020. PDF Versions are available in English and Spanish.


Vermin Control

Lead Poisoning

The County of San Diego Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides information regarding protecting children from the dangers associated with environmental exposure to lead. Their telephone number is (619) 692-8487. The following web sites also have lead-related information:

CDC - Learn How to Prevent Childrens' Exposure to Lead

CA Dept of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch

Environmental Protection Agency Lead Program   (English)   (Spanish)

Housing and Urban Development Office of Health Homes and Lead Hazard Control


If you have any questions, please call (858) 505-6900 or fax (858) 999-8920 or e-mail: fhdutyeh@sdcounty.ca.gov

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