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Pasadena Public Health Department

  • Environmental Health Services

    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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    Pets in Outdoor Dining Areas Effective January 1, 2015
    Informational Bulletin - Retail Location with Food Sales 


    Food Protection

    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.

    Search for retail permanent food facility inspection results.

    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:


    Small Inspection Placards - Sample  

    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.



  • Environmental Health Applications

    Plan Check Guidelines:

    Click on the link below to download a PDF version of plan review applications:

    Health Permit applications:

    Click on the link below to download a PDF version of health permit applications:


  • Community Events

    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:


    Cottage Food Operations

    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.


  •  Environmental Health Programs and Services

    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:

    • Food Protection: Through the permitting and inspection of retail food business, we ensure compliance with the State and Pasadena Municipal Code pertaining to food safety and sanitation. Environmental Health Specialists conduct foodborne illness investigations, register and permit Cottage Food Facilities, permit and inspect Community Events, and address illegal vending activity.
    • Food Plan Review: We conduct plan reviews for all new facility construction or remodeling of existing facilities.
    • Recreational Facilities: we inspect public swimming pools and spas for possible health/safety hazards, and review plans and inspect construction of public pools and spas.
    • Lodging: Motels, hotels, day camps, and boarding schools are inspected for possible environmental health hazards.
    • Housing: We investigate childhood lead poisoning incidents.
    • Household Trash, Garbage and Sewage Complaints: We respond to complaints concerning improper disposal or storage of household trash and overflowing sewage complaints.
    • Vector Control: We protect the public by controlling mosquitoes and other vectors that spread disease through surveillance and complaint response.
    • Body Art: We register practitioners and inspect tattoo, permanent cosmetics, and body piercing facilities to minimize the spread of disease.
    • Massage Facilities: We conduct annual inspections of massage facilities and conduct complaint investigations.

    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.


  • Report Issues to the City OnLine

    You may report needed repairs and other issues online through the Pasadena Citizen Service Center.   Get information about or submit a service request for:

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    • Animal Control Issues
    • Code Compliance
    • Garbage & Graffiti
    • Park & Tree Maintenance
    • Public Transportation Issues
    • Street & Sidewalk Issues
    • Food Safety & Parking
    • General Comments  & more ...

    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. 

    Looking for general information?  Search our list of FAQs.

  • Downloadable Brochures

    Download the following tri-fold brochures to learn how you can protect yourself from various infectious diseases:

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