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.

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.

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 | Español
Imperial Beach (619) 628-1358 English
National City
(619) 336-4287 English
Oceanside (760) 435-4500 English
San Diego (619) 236-5500 English | Español
All Others (858) 505-6903 See below

To report a housing complaint (All Others)

Main: (858) 505-6903
Fax: (858) 999-8920

Department of Environmental Health and Quality
Food and Housing Division
Attn: Complaints Desk
P.O. Box 129261
San Diego, CA 92112-9261


  (858) 505-6900

  (858) 999-8920