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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.

Flood Recovery

Health and safety guidelines to consider as flood waters recede and residents return home and businesses re-open.

From our health system partners:

Please call 9-1-1 to report emergencies. Use phone numbers and website information listed in the County Storm Update for all other information and reporting needs.

You can also sign up for press release updates from Public Safety.

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
  • Environmental Health & Safety

    Published on March 29, 2017

    The Department of Health Services, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), employs several strategies to prevent foodborne illness and promote health and quality of life in Sonoma County. Through education, permitting, inspection protocols, and complaint investigations, EHS collaborates with businesses to prevent diseases that result from interactions between people and the places they live, work, play and eat.

  • Published on January 12, 2017

    Health and safety tips to consider as flood waters recede and residents return home.

  • 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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