The mission the Environmental Health Division is to improve the environmental quality of life and the health of Pasadena residents and visitors by preventing the transmission of disease through biological, physical, or chemical hazards in collaboration with all stakeholders. Environmental Health staff are responsible for enforcing California Health and Safety Codes and Pasadena Municipal Code.
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Through the permitting and inspection of food businesses, we ensure compliance with all applicable food safety and sanitation requirements. Environmental Health Specialists conduct foodborne illness investigations, register and permit Cottage Food Facilities, permit and inspect Community Events, and address illegal vending activity.
Click here for food facilities that have been closed within the last 60 days.
For inspections conducted after July 1, 2014, Environmental Health Specialists will post inspection summary reports, which indicate results of the most recent inspection. For more information on these new placards, click on the photo below:
Download a PDF of the Retail Food Field Inspection Guide. It has been developed to provide guidance to food service operators in matters related to retail food inspections and the placard system.
Click on the link below to download a PDF version of plan review applications:
Click on the link below to download a PDF version of health permit applications:
The Environmental Health Division at the Pasadena Public Health Department is committed to ensuring that all community events held in the City of Pasadena are operated so that we provide our residents and visitors with safe, wholesome food. We accomplish this by partnering with each Event Organizer and Temporary Food Facility Operator (also referred to as "Food Booth Operator") to help them understand the basic food safety requirements. Download the requirement guidelines and applications below for organizing a community event and/or setting up a temporary food booth at a community event:
The California Homemade Food Act was signed into law by Governor Brown on September 21, 2012 and went into effect on January 1, 2013. This new law will allow certain foods, known as Cottage Foods, to be made in private homes and sold to the public. These home-based businesses will be known as Cottage Food Operations (CFO). For individuals interested in starting a CFO, approval must be obtained from the Environmental Health Division at the Pasadena Public Health Department. Review the CFO Guidelines and submit the following documents to the Environmental Health Division:
Note: for Class B, a permit to operate will only be granted after an initial inspection has been conducted and approval to operate is received.
The State of California mandates that only a qualified, trained professional, often referred to as "health inspector" (official title "Environmental Health Specialist"), may perform the duties within the scope of this field. Individual programs include:
Beginning July 1, 2014, the City of Pasadena Department of Planning and Community Development, Code Compliance Unit will respond to Noise Complaints. Please report complaints to (626) 744-4633.
You may report needed repairs and other issues online through the Pasadena Citizen Service Center. Get information about or submit a service request for:
To use the service, go to the Citizen Service Center and click on "Submit a Request." Once you have submitted the request you will be contacted by the appropriate department.
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Download the following tri-fold brochures to learn how you can protect yourself from various infectious diseases: