Department of Environmental Health and Quality

Department of Environmental Health and Quality
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.


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