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The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) enhances San Diegans' quality of life by protecting public health and safeguarding environmental quality, educating the public to increase environmental awareness, and implementing and enforcing local, state, and federal environmental laws. DEH regulates the following: retail food safety; public housing; public swimming pools; small drinking water systems; mobile-home parks; onsite wastewater systems; recreational water; aboveground and underground storage tanks and cleanup oversight; and medical and hazardous materials and waste. In addition, DEH serves as the Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency, prevents disease carried by rats and mosquitoes and helps to ensure safe workplaces for County employees.

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Got Rats? 

Watch a quick video how to get rid of rats and keep unwelcome critters out of your house. More information also found at


Haz Mat Crew  Find out how DEH protects public health and safeguards our environment with everything from restaurant inspections to testing water at our beaches and from underground storage tanks to HazMat response in this brief video




On November 26, 2012, the Land Use and Environment Group (LUEG) consisting of the Department of Environmental Health (DEH), Agriculture, Weights and Measures (AWM), Air Pollution Control District (APCD), Planning and Development Services (PDS), and Public Works (DPW)) launched a new integrated permitting system.  The new system allows DEH to consolidate business operations with improved information technology.  Use of mobile technology, geographic information systems, and document management are key components of the new system.  Additionally, a Citizen Access web portal provides online services including online payments.  Online payments may be made by Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) and by credit cards.  In-person payments may be made at our offices.  For DEH office locations and counter hours please select "Locations and Directions" available under "About Us".  For any online service please call us at (858) 505-6700 or e-mail   Thank you for your continued business with the County of San Diego and for your patience and understanding as we enhance our computer systems to better serve you. 

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