Environmental Health


Environmental Health

Pasadena Environmental Health is an enforcement agency operating as part of the Pasadena Public Health Department. Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment in the City of Pasadena and our work is accomplished by performing routine inspections of permitted facilities and investigating complaints. Our technically trained staff is commonly known as “Health Inspectors” but their official title is “Environmental Health Specialist”.

Food Protection

The Food Program permits and inspects facilities such as restaurants, markets, food trucks and carts, temporary food booths and community events, cottage food locations, shared kitchens, food demonstrators, and vending machines.

Learn more

Recreational Health

The Recreational Health Program conducts inspections of public pools at sites including recreational centers, gyms, hotels, motels, schools, and apartment and condominium complexes.

Learn more

Body Art

The Body Art Program conducts annual inspections of body art facilities to determine compliance with the California Safe Body Art Act.

Learn more

Inspection Reports

Search for all retail permanent food facility inspection results and a list of food facilities that have been closed within the last 60 days.

View Reports

Cross Connections

The Cross Connection Program identifies cross connections through the inspection and evaluation of a consumer’s water supply to determine whether solid, liquid or gaseous pollutants or contaminants are allowed to enter the potable water system.

Learn more

Other Programs

Environmental Health permits and inspects lodging facilities, tobacco retailers, and massage facilities, registers leaf blowing machines, and investigates complaints related to tobacco use, lead hazards, mosquito breeding, bed bugs, and general sanitation.

Learn more

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.

Download a PDF of the Pasadena 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:

View Inspection Reports

Plan Review

Plan Check Guidelines:

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

Regulations

Content coming soon…

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:

  • CFO Registration Permitting Form
  • Cottage Food Self Certification Checklist
  • A copy of all proposed cottage food product labels;
  • If the potable water source is from a private well, a laboratory analysis from within the prior 3 months verifying that the water meets State water quality standards for bacteriological and primary inorganic chemicals; AND
  • Payment of the applicable fee

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.

Recreational Health

The Recreational Health Program conducts inspections of public pools at sites including recreational centers, gyms, hotels, motels, schools, and apartment and condominium complexes.

More details coming soon…

Body Art

About the Safe Body Art Act

Assembly Bill (AB) 300, the Safe Body Art Act, became effective throughout California on July 1, 2012.  The ordinance regulates tattooing, branding, body piercing, and permanent makeup, and requires all body art practitioners to annually register with the City, obtain annual blood-borne pathogen training, provide documentation of Hepatitis B vaccination status, obtain specific health information from clients, and obtain “informed consent” from clients.

The Safe Body Art Act also requires the owner of a body art facility to obtain a Health Permit, operate the facility in a safe and clean manner, maintain written procedures for the operation of the facility, and maintain records of training and equipment sterilization.  AB 300 also regulates the performance of body art at body art events, in temporary demonstration booths, and in vehicles.

The Body Art Program’s inspectors conduct annual inspections of body art facilities to determine compliance with the Safe Body Art Act and may suspend or revoke permits and registrations under specified conditions.

Regulations

Practitioner Registration

Each artist tattooing, body piercing, or conducting permanent makeup, whether at a permanent location or at a temporary event, must submit all required documents and register as a Body Art Practitioner.

Body Art Facility

A Health Permit is required for the body art facility.  Additionally each artist must submit a Practitioner Registration Form.  Both must be renewed annually.

Body Art Temporary Event

Each booth must obtain a health permit and each artist must submit a Practitioner Registration Form.

  • Body Art Event Frequently Asked Questions
  • Body Art Booth Health Permit Application
  • Body Art Event Sponsor Application (to be completed by the event organizer)

Cross Connections

The Cross Connection Program identifies cross connections through the inspection and evaluation of a consumer’s water supply to determine whether solid, liquid or gaseous pollutants or contaminants are allowed to enter the potable water system.

More details coming soon…

Other Programs

Bulletins

Retail Location with Food Sales Informational Bulletin

Pets in Outdoor Dining Areas Effective Jan 1

Vector Control

The PPHD plans to join forces with the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District to improve customer service against mosquito-borne diseases. The process of merging with the District is already underway and will take about one year to complete. The goal is to better protect the public from life-threatening diseases such as West Nile Virus and Zika Virus. At a cost of less than $1 per parcel to all residential property owners, the enhanced services to protect the public by merging with the District includes:

    • Increased disease surveillance and mosquito control
    • Expanded services during an outbreak
    • Community outreach and youth education
    • Enhanced complaint response
    • A highly specialized laboratory facility
    • Staff trained to also investigate murine typhus and plague
    • New programs for underground mosquito control and free mosquito fish

There are several steps to joining the District and the PPHD will provide additional periodic updates. For more information, call the Environmental Health Division at (626) 744-6004. For more information about the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District, visit http://www.sgvmosquito.org/.

View health advisories related to mosquito-borne diseases:

Zika Virus Frequently Asked Questions

Infectious Diseases

Zika Pregnancy Poster

West Nile Virus

Salmonellosis Brochure

Rabies Brochure

Prevent mosquito bites that transmit Zika

Lyme Disease Brochure

Endemic Typhus (Murine Typhus) Brochure