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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.

Environmental Health & Safety Office Change in Hours

The Environmental Health & Safety Office will be changing its business hours effective January 14, 2019.  The new hours will be Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Recovery Information for Sonoma County Fires

RecoversWe are dedicated to ensuring a safe and healthy environment, and keeping the public apprised of the county’s air quality in the aftermath of the October wildfires.

Air Quality in Sonoma County
Includes air quality monitoring data from 6 monitoring sites in Sonoma County. Updated daily.

Debris Removal
Includes information about private debris clean-up, guidelines for minor burn debris removal and cleanup, exemptions from alternative program requirements, and our Health Screening Level Guidance report.

Visit SonomaCountyRecovers.org for official recovery information for Sonoma County fires.

Cannabis Permits and Inspections

Sonoma County Cannabis Program

Sonoma County has implemented a permitting process for medical cannabis dispensaries and edible medical cannabis product manufacturing.

Learn more about these permits and the Sonoma County Cannabis Program.

Cannabis Permits and Inspections
  • Published on March 15, 2018

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Sonoma County. Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from this area. The naturally occurring PSP toxins can cause illness or death in humans. Cooking does not destroy the toxin.

  • Environmental Health & Safety

    Published on February 23, 2018

    PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, in compliance with AB1497 and California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 27 Section 21660.3, that the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) is processing a Registration Permit for Pacific Recycling Solutions, Inc.

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  • Health Services
    Published on July 12, 2017

    The Department of Health Services (DHS) is re-opening Monte Rio Beach after follow-up testing of samples taken showed diminished levels of coliform bacteria. DHS will remove the closure signs placed at the beach. The beach is open and safe to swim in.

  • Environmental Health & Safety

    Published on July 7, 2017

    Follow-up testing of samples taken from Monte Rio Beach continue to show elevated levels of coliform bacteria. The beach remains closed and signs advising the public to avoid swimming, wading or water contact remain posted in accordance with state guidelines.

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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.
color-coded-placards-75.png 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.
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
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Office Location
625 5th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
38.44178, -122.7158781

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Public Records Requests

Public Records Requests
Most Environmental Health records are available electronically and you may search our database via the Public Access Viewer.