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Environmental Health & Safety

Our programs promote health and quality of life by preventing or controlling those diseases or deaths that result from interactions between people and the places they live, work and play. Our programs employ several strategies to prevent health hazards including education, surveillance, routine inspections, sampling, posting, and enforcement where necessary.

Food Facility Color-Coded Placarding Program


Sonoma County has implemented a color-coded placard system for the disclosure of food facility inspection results.

Learn more about this new system and other aspects of food facility inspection.

Food facility inspections
  • Health Services
    Published on June 2, 2016

    Public Notice is hereby given, in compliance with AB1497 and California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 27, Section 21660.3, that the Sonoma County Environmental Health and Safety Section, Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) will be holding an informational meeting to review the change made to the Solid Waste Facility Permit for the Central Disposal Site SWIS #49-AA-0001.

  • Published on May 17, 2016
    California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced that the annual quarantine on sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast will begin May 1, 2016. This quarantine applies to all species of mussels sport-harvested along the California coast, as well as all bays and estuaries.
  • More News
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on March 2, 2016

    Today, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted an ordinance to establish a new grading system for food facilities using a color-coded placard program.

  • Health Services
    Published on September 4, 2015

    On Friday, September 4, 2015, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services issued a health warning to the public to keep animals away from the Russian River.

  • More Press Releases

Featured Services

cottagefood-75.png California Health & Safety Code (Cal Code) allows you to prepare certain non-perishable foods in your home and sell to the public with a cottage food registration or permit.
food-safety-mgr-75.png Most food facilities are required to have at least one person, an owner or designated employee, who has passed an approved food safety certification exam.
fresh-water-quality-sampling-75.png We monitor bacterial levels in the water at beaches along the Russian River and Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon. Sampling is conducted once a week each summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
ocean-water-monitoring-75.png Ocean water samples are collected weekly between April 1 and October 31 at the seven beaches that are visited by 50,000 people per year and are adjacent to storm drains, creek or rivers.

Contact Information

Public Health Division
County of Sonoma
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Contact us by Phone
Office Location
625 5th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
38.44178, -122.7158781

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