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|
|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
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.
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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: