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Environmental Health Division - "Our mission as the Division of Environmental Health, is to promote and protect the health and wellbeing of all persons in the City of Berkeley by administering state and local regulations. We believe in the importance of disease prevention through education and enforcement as a means of safeguarding public health." [more...]

 Directory to Environmental Health Programs & Services -

  • Abandoned Vehicles Program
  • Arthropod Control & Identifications
  • Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Related to Environmental Health  
  • Community Noise Program
  • Community Outreach
  • Construction Guide for Food Facilities (HTML)
  • Cottage Food
  • Emergency Response
  • Environmental Health Newsletters
  • Fees and Permits
  • Fish Advisory Information
  • Food Booths at Temporary Events
  • Food Facility Program Overview
  • Food Handler Training Program
  • Food Illness Information
  • Food Safety Information
  • Health & Safety Hazards
  • Links to Other Related Sites  
  • Pest Management Policy
  • Plan Check
  • Press Releases or Recalls
  • Public Pool Program
  • Request for Service On-Line Form
  • Rodent Inspection & Control
  • Sewage Discharge
  • Smoking Pollution Program
  • Stormwater Program
  • Styrofoam (Polystyrene Foam Food Packaging)
  • Tattoo, Body Piercing and Permanent Cosmetics Inspection
  • Vector Control Program Overview
  • Waste Management
  • Waste Tire Enforcement Program
  • Wildlife Management
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    Food Facility Program - Food ProgramThis State-mandated program emphasizes illness prevention by providing three to four annual inspections of all retail food facilities in the City.  Follow-up inspections also occur when a facility does not meet the minimum standards of the California Retail Food Code (Cal Code).  Retail food facilities inspected include restaurants, bars, markets, food carts, coffee shops, bakeries, meat markets, farmer's markets, flea market (swap meet), boarding houses (fraternities and sororities), vending machines, food vending vehicles, licensed health care facilities, and schools (public and private).  [more...]

    Vector Control Program - Division of Environmental Health: Vector Control Logo [more...]

    Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Pertaining to Environmental Health - Title 11   Environmental Health [more...]

    Certified Food Handler Training Program - A one-day intensive training and certification class in food safety is being offered by the City of Berkeley Environmental Health Division. [more...]

    Community Noise Program - Division of Environmental Health: NoiseThis program is mandated by the Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) and sets forth standards by which noise is measured.  The program is driven by requests for service from the public.  Inspectors respond to complaints and enforce, interpret, and educate citizens about  the noise ordinance.  After-hours complaints are handled by the Berkeley Police Department on a priority basis. [more...]

    Community Outreach - Division of Environmental Health: OutreachHealth inspectors in the Division of Environmental Health are active in community outreach such as staffing informational booths for the annual Health and Safety Fair held during Public Health Week.  They inform neighborhood associations during the evening of available services.  Health inspectors meet with representatives from the business community and with the Chamber of Commerce to discuss issues.  They discuss rabies warnings with citizens and the Animal Control Division.  [more...]

    Control & Preventions of Rodents - [more...]

     Emergency Response - Environmental Health staff respond to emergencies related to food facilities, such as the outbreak of foodborne illnesses, sewage overflows, water line breaks and electrical power outages.  Staff make site inspections and conduct thorough food facility inspections to determine the level of damage and contamination sustained due to an emergency.  The staff may take food and water samples that are analyzed to identify foodborne illness-related contaminations.  Based on their determination, they advise the operator to remove or discard any contaminated and damaged food and food-related items that are not fit for human consumption.  The facility will be closed until violations are satisfactorily corrected if there is sufficient danger to the public.  In addition, employees of the facility may be required to complete food safety and sanitation training sessions. [more...]

     Environmental Health Fees by Service Category  - Annual Health Permit Fees:  [more...]

    Environmental Health Newsletters - Division of Environmental Health: EH Newsletter 
    The following newsletters can be viewed from this page in PDF format only.  If you are unable to view these documents, contact the Environmental Health office at (510) 981-5310, or TDD (510) 981-6903, to receive a copy of our newsletter. [more...]

    Food Safety - Minimum Safe Cooking Temperatures [more...]

    Health and Safety Hazards - [more...]

    Links to Other Related Websites -   [more...]

    City of Berkeley Pest Management Policy - This pest management policy shall apply to all pest control and pesticide use within Berkeley City, by the City.  Berkeley seeks to implement effective and appropriate pest management programs throughout the community, which minimize and/or eliminates the use of pesticides.  City contractors, community agencies receiving funding from the City, and all persons are encouraged to voluntarily follow the City's Pesticide Management Policy when engaged in pest control and pesticide use within the City. [more...]

     Press Release and Recall Links -   [more...]

    Smoking Pollution Program - Division of Environmental Health: SmokingThe Smoking Program is mandated by State law and the Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC).  Monitoring of food facilities occurs as a proactive measure to ensure compliance.  Requests for service are also investigated to help control smoking violations.  All findings are reported back to the concerned citizen.  [more...]

    Waste Management - [more...]

    Abandoned Vehicle Program - Division of Environmental Health: Abandoned VehiclesThe Abandoned Vehicle Program, supported by a grant from Alameda County, is complaint driven and eliminates blight and potential rodent harborage.  Close cooperation with the Berkeley Police Department occurs since accurate Department of Motor Vehicle registration information is necessary.  Property and vehicle owners are legally notified, time frames for removal are mutually agreed upon, and the property is brought into compliance with the Berkeley Municipal Code (Chapter 12.98). [more...]

    Arthropod Control and Identification - Arthropods [more...]

    Construction Guide for Food Facilities - [more...]

     Demolition Inspection - Owners or contractors request demolition inspections for construction and remodeling, and before removing dilapidated structures that pose a health and safety hazard.  Upon receipt of an application, Environmental Health inspectors make site inspections of structures.  They look for wood, debris, rubble, abandoned vehicles, appliances, obvious hazardous materials, rodent problems, and safety hazards such as refrigerators with intact doors. [more...]

    Fish Advisory Information -   [more...]

    Food Booths at Temporary Events - Division of Enviromental Health: Temporary Food EventsPermits are required for food booths at special events in Berkeley.  Event coordinators also receive information about food booth construction, monitoring requirements and safety standards.  Environmental Health coordinates these services with other City departments such as Public Works, Parks and the Berkeley Police. [more...]

    Food Illness - Division of Environmental Health: MicrobesCurrently featured are two common agents of bacteria illness.  Other bacteria and agents of disease will be featured in the future. [more...]

    Online  Food Facility Inspection Results - The Division of Environmental Health conducts annual routine inspections of  all food establishments in the city that includes: restaurants, markets, deli's and liquor stores. This website was designed to educate and inform the public of the current health status of your favorite eating establishment.  You can also follow these methods to protect food you prepare at home for your family. [more...]

    Plan Check - Division of Environmental Health: PlancheckThe Health and Safety Code (H&SC) requires that plans are reviewed for new or remodeled food and pool facilities by a Registered Environmental Health Specialist.  Consultation occurs as part of the process to check the facility for code compliance.  Many plan checks are conducted each year with the resulting construction inspection completed by Environmental Health staff prior to opening. [more...]

    Public Pool Program - Division of Environmental Health: Pool InspectionThe Public Pool Program provides inspections of Berkeley's public pools to ensure adherence with appropriate health and safety standards.  Public pools in the City are inspected twice each year.  Year-round facilities, such as the YMCA, are monitored three or more times for compliance with the State Pool Code.  Follow-up inspections are performed if a pool does not meet the minimum standards.  All new and remodeled public pools are required to submit plans for review and compliance with the State H&SC and the State Building Standards Code.  They must also pass a pregunite and equipment inspection prior to opening. [more...]

    Rodent Inspection & Control - Sewer BaitingDead RatRodent BurrowRat by PlantNeighborhood Survey [more...]

    Sewage Discharge - Division of Environemental Health: Sewage LeakLarge sewage discharges are a violation of Federal, State, and local laws.  When City of Berkeley's Public Works activates Sewage Discharge Protocols formulated by the Division of Environmental Health, the team reacts by notifying numerous agencies and officials (such as the State Office of Emergency Services, State Department of Fish and Game, San Francisco Water Board, the City's Health Officer), assessing the situation, and by taking water samples. [more...]

    Stormwater Inspection Program - Storm DrainAs mandated by State requirements, the City of Berkeley, along with the County of Alameda are required to implement a stormwater compliance programs as of July 1, 2005. [more...]

    Styrofoam (Polystyrene Foam Food Packaging) - Division of Environmental Health: Food in Styrofoam Containers

    The Berkeley Municipal Code, Chapter 11.60. prohibits the use of styrofoam in restaurants in the City of Berkeley.  The Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) responds to complaints, takes enforcement action, and interprets and clarifies polystyrene foam food packaging guidelines. [more...]

    Tattooing, Body Piercing and Permanent Cosmetics - AB 300 the Safe Body Art Act was enacted on January 1, 2012 and takes full effect on July 1, 2012.  The Safe Body Art Act requires the registration of body art practitioners and the permitting and inspection of both permanent and temporary body art facilities, and the notification of operation of mechanical ear piercing businesess.  This law applies to all body art facilities which includes tattoos, branding, permanent cosmetics and piercing. [more...]

    Waste Tire Enforcement Program - Waste TiresWith funding from the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), the City of Berkeley's Waste Tire Enforcement Program (WTEP) informs Berkeley businesses about laws that affect them and helps monitor and ensure compliance with State waste tire regulations. By working with businesses, property owners and other agencies, the City hopes to reduce illegal dumping of waste tires, and improve the quality of life in Berkeley. [more...]

    West Nile Virus - Transmission Cycle of WNV  [more...]

    Wildlife Management - Wildlife [more...]

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