Environmental Health Services

Services

Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank Facility Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank system operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank System Installation

This service allow you to provide a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC) prior to construction or modification of an Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank system.  Required segments of the SPCC plan specify system design, construction and code requirements. Approval of the plan is necessary to ensure proper equipment and installation in addition to building and fire code requirements.

Award of Excellence for Food Facility Inspections

Beginning January 1, 2012 San Luis Obispo County Environmental Health Services started issuing the "Award of Excellence" for retail food facilities. 

Beach Water Quality

This service provides beach water quality test results online in order to provide the public with information on health risks so they can make an informed choice on where they swim.

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Get beach water quality results by calling the Beach Water Quality Status Hotline (805) 788-3411

View Beach Water Quality Results for the Last 30 days Report

Biosolids Land Application Information

The purpose for Biosolids Land Application oversight is to prevent negative impacts to public health and the environment from land applied biosolids.

Body Art Event Sponsor Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for a permit to conduct a Body Art Community Event within San Luis Obispo County.

Body Art Facility Construction

This service allows you to apply for a permit to construct or modify a Body Art Facility within San Luis Obispo County. Body Art facility operations include application of tattoos, body piercing, and permanent cosmetics performed by registered body art practitioners. 

Please note, additional permitting may be required by the local city or county jurisdiction Planning and Building Department.

Body Art Facility Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Body Art Facility within San Luis Obispo County. Body Art Facility operations include application of tattoos, body piercing, and permanent cosmetics performed by registered body art practitioners.

Body Art Facility Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Body Art Facility operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Body Art Practitioner Registration

This service provides instruction to individuals wishing to become a Registered Body Art Practitioner.

This service also allows for Registered Body Art Practitioners to submit their registration documents required annually in order to maintain current Body Art Practitioner registration each year.

California Accidental Release Prevention (Cal ARP) Program

This service provides regulatory oversight to reduce risks posed by facilities that handle acutely hazardous over threshold planning quantities.

Catering and Other General Food Service Operations Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to conduct a Food Service/Catering Operation within San Luis Obispo County.

Catering and Other General Food Service Operations Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Food Service/Catering Operation conducted within San Luis Obispo County.

Community Event and Swap Meet Organizer Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for a permit to conduct a Community Event or Swap Meet Event including food service to the general public within San Luis Obispo County.

Cottage Food Operation Class B Inspection

Request an inspection of your home located within San Luis Obispo County where Cottage Food Operation Class B operations are performed.

A Cottage Food Operation is an enterprise at a private home where specific low-risk food products that do not require refrigeration are made or prepackaged for sale to consumers.

View a list of approved Cottage Food Operators. (List updated April 2017)

Cottage Food Operation Registration or Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a Cottage Food Operation Class A Registration (direct sales) or Class B Permit (indirect sales) occurring within San Luis Obispo County.

A Cottage Food Operation is an enterprise at a private home where specific low-risk food products that do not require refrigeration are made or repackaged for sale to consumers.

Cottage Food Operation Submit Annual Self-Certification

This service allows you to submit your annual Cottage Food Operation Class A Registration Annual Self-Certification documents.

A Cottage Food Operation is an enterprise at a private home where specific low-risk food products that do not require refrigeration are made or repackaged for sale to consumers.

Cross-Connection Apply to Become Certified Tester

This service allows you to become a Certified Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester.

A certified backflow assembly tester is a person who has successfully completed a 40-hour State of California approved backflow assembly tester course and has demonstrated their ability to field test these assemblies to the satisfaction of the approved certifying agency. The certification allows the testers’ name to be placed on the County of San Luis Obispo List of Certified Testers for the public to choose from. The backflow tester certification must be renewed every 3 years.

Cross-Connection Frequently Asked Questions

This service provides answers to common questions regarding the Cross-Connection Prevention Program. You can view answers to Frequently Asked Questions in the FAQ section below. 

Cross-Connection Test Form Request

This service allows you to request a copy of a Cross-Connection assembly test form.

Cross-Connection Visual Inspection

This service allows you to request a visual inspection of a Cross-Connection prevention assembly.

Disaster Preparedness and Response

This service provides guidelines for preparation and response to an emergency.

Environmental Health Fee Schedule

This service provides the Fee Schedule for Fiscal Year 2017/2018.

Environmental Health Public Records Act Request

This service allows you to submit a Public Records Act request for information.

Food Facility Construction

This service allows you to apply for a permit to construct or modify a food facility located within San Luis Obispo County.

Please note, additional permitting may be required by the local city or county jurisdiction Planning and Building Department.

Food Facility Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a food facility located within San Luis Obispo County.

Food Facility Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your regulated food facility located within San Luis Obispo County.

Food Facility Inspection Results

This service allows you to view food facility inspection results online.

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Food Program Frequently Asked Questions

This service provides answers to common questions regarding food preparation and food facility operation.

Foodborne Illness Information

This service provides information regarding Foodborne Illness. 

Hazardous Materials Business Plan Facility Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your facility located within San Luis Obispo County where hazardous materials are handled and stored. Routine inspections are required at facilities that store or handle hazardous materials greater than threshold quantities to verify proper handling and storage.

Hazardous Materials Facility - Transferring Ownership

This service provides information on requirements for prospective new owners of existing or former Hazardous Materials or Hazardous Waste Facilities.

Agency Program District Inspectors and Supervisors are available to answer questions on requirements. All of the programs have pre-operation requirements to be met prior to operating a hazardous materials facility. Some of the programs, such as Underground Storage Tanks, Tiered Permitting (hazardous waste treatment), and California Accidental Release Prevention (Cal ARP) require a permit or authorization to be issued to the new owner and/or operator before the system can be operated. Permitting can be completed within 30 days if all completed required documents and training records are submitted.

Hazardous Materials Handler Submit/Certify Annual Business Plan

This service allows you to submit/certify a Hazardous Materials Handler Annual Business Plan.

 

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Hazardous Waste Generator - Submit Contingency Plan

This service allows you to submit a Hazardous Waste Generator Contingency Plan.

Hazardous Waste Generator Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your facility located within San Luis Obispo County where hazardous waste is generated and stored. Routine inspections are required at facilities that generate hazardous wastes to verify proper handling, storage, and disposal.

Hazardous Waste Small Quantity Generator Submit Annual Self-Certification Form

This service allows you to submit a Hazardous Waste Small Quantity Generator Annual Self-Certification form.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

This service provides residents of San Luis Obispo County with 5 locations to properly dispose of their Household Hazardous Waste for free.

This program is implemented by the San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority.

Housing (Detention Facilities, Organized Camps)

Housing services include:

Information & Guidelines for Small Public Water Systems

This service provides information and guidance for small public water system operation.

Land Use

This service is a required review of any Environmental Health Service related items pertaining to land development projects based on referral from the County of San Luis Obispo Planning and Building Department with focus on the ability to have a decent and potable water supply and the ability to remove waste streams from the property in a safe and sanitary manner.

Forms and Reference Materials

Liquid Waste Disposal Vehicle Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Liquid Waste Disposal vehicle within San Luis Obispo County.

Liquid Waste Disposal Vehicle Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Liquid Waste Collection Vehicle operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Liquid Waste Submit Monthly Report of Disposal Statement

This service allows owners or operators of Liquid Waste Collection Vehicles operated within San Luis Obispo County to submit a Liquid Waste Collection Vehicle Monthly Report of Disposal Statement.

Mobile Body Art Facility Construction

This service allows you to apply for a permit to construct or modify a Mobile Body Art Facility to be operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Mobile Body Art Facility Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Mobile Body Art Facility to be operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Mobile Body Art Facility Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Mobile Body Art Facility to be operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Mobile Food Facility Construction

This service allows you to apply for a permit to construct or modify a Mobile Food facility to be operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Mobile Food Facility Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Mobile Food facility within San Luis Obispo County.

Mobile Food Facility Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Mobile Food facility operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Monitoring Well Construction Permit Application

This service allows you to apply for a permit to construct a new Monitoring Well within San Luis Obispo County.

Monitoring Well Destruction Permit Application

This service allows you to apply for a permit to destroy an existing Monitoring Well located within San Luis Obispo County.

Organized and Temporary Camps Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Organized Camp or Temporary Camp located within San Luis Obispo County.

Organized camp (California Health and Safety Code, Division 13, Part 2.3, Sections 18897 – 18897.7 )
(a) "Organized camp" means a site with program and facilities established for the primary purposes of providing an outdoor group living experience with social, spiritual, educational, or recreational objectives, for five days or more during one or more seasons of the year.
(b) The term "organized camp" does not include a motel, tourist camp, trailer park, resort, hunting camp, auto court, labor camp, penal or correctional camp nor does it include a child care institution or home-finding agency.
(c) The term "organized camp" also does not include any charitable or recreational organization which complies with the rules and regulations for recreational trailer parks provided for by subdivision (b) of Section 18301 of the California Health and Safety Code.

Temporary Camp (County of San Luis Obispo County Code Title 8 Chapter 8.64)
"Temporary camp" means a site where camping activity occurs for more than forty-eight (48) consecutive hours and less than thirteen consecutive days, and where said camping activity involves one hundred or more people at any time. The terms "temporary camp" does not include "labor camp," "organized camp" "mobilehome park," "travel trailer park," "recreational trailer park," "temporary trailer park," "incidental camping areas," or "tent camp" all as described and regulated by the California Health and Safety Code and other laws enacted pursuant thereto. The term "temporary camp" also does not include a penal or correctional camp or any camping activity on publicly owned or controlled land.

Organized and Temporary Camps Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate an Organized Camp or Temporary Camp within San Luis Obispo County.

Organized camp (California Health and Safety Code, Division 13, Part 2.3, Sections 18897 – 18897.7 )
(a) "Organized camp" means a site with program and facilities established for the primary purposes of providing an outdoor group living experience with social, spiritual, educational, or recreational objectives, for five days or more during one or more seasons of the year.
(b) The term "organized camp" does not include a motel, tourist camp, trailer park, resort, hunting camp, auto court, labor camp, penal or correctional camp nor does it include a child care institution or home-finding agency.
(c) The term "organized camp" also does not include any charitable or recreational organization which complies with the rules and regulations for recreational trailer parks provided for by subdivision (b) of Section 18301 of the California Health and Safety Code.

Temporary Camp (County of San Luis Obispo County Code Title 8 Chapter 8.64)
"Temporary camp" means a site where camping activity occurs for more than forty-eight consecutive hours and less than thirteen consecutive days, and where said camping activity involves one hundred or more people at any time. The terms "temporary camp" does not include "labor camp," "organized camp" "mobilehome park," "travel trailer park," "recreational trailer park," "temporary trailer park," "incidental camping areas," or "tent camp" all as described and regulated by the California Health and Safety Code and other laws enacted pursuant thereto. The term "temporary camp" also does not include a penal or correctional camp or any camping activity on publicly owned or controlled land.

Pests

This service provides information on preventive measures people can take to prevent the spread of vector borne disease.

Please note that the County of San Luis Obispo does not provide mosquito abatement services.

If you do not find the information you are looking for in the documents available on this page, Contact Us for further assistance.

Pollution Prevention and Response

The County of San Luis Obispo takes an active role in preventing pollution, and responding to reports of pollution or spills. There are various types of spills and discharges, and several County Departments collaborate to provide appropriately trained staff in response. Depending on the type of spill or discharge, the County may reach out to State or Federal agencies to coordinate the appropriate response.
 

Private Well Owner Resources

The information on this page is intended to assist private well owners in San Luis Obispo County with routine maintenance of well systems and to help make sure well water is safe to use.

The water quality from private (non-commercial) wells is not regulated or monitored by any outside agency or company. It is the responsibility of the private well owner to ensure that their well water is safe.

Public Pool / Public Spa Construction

This service allows you to apply for a permit to construct or modify a Public Pool or Spa within San Luis Obispo County.

Please note, additional permitting may be required by the local city or county jurisdiction Planning and Building Department.

Public Pool / Public Spa Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Public Pool and/or Spa Facility within San Luis Obispo County.

Public Pool / Public Spa Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your public pool and/or spa facility operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Residential Housing Information

This service provides information for common complaints regarding residential rental housing.

Small Public Drinking Water System Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Small Public Drinking Water System within San Luis Obispo County.

Small Public Drinking Water System Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Small Public Drinking Water System located within San Luis Obispo County.

Solid Waste Submit Annual Statement of Ownership

This service allows you to submit an Annual Statement of Ownership for Solid Waste Permittee form.

Email your completed form to our office (ehs@co.slo.ca.us).

Solid Waste Vehicle Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Solid waste Collection Vehicle within San Luis Obispo County.

Solid Waste Vehicle Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Solid Waste Collection Vehicle operated within San Luis Obispo County.

Swap Meet Food Facility Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Swap Meet booth with food service within San Luis Obispo County.

Temporary Body Art Event Practitioner Registration

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Temporary Body Art Facility within San Luis Obispo County.

Temporary Food Facility Health Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate a Temporary Food Facility within San Luis Obispo County.

Tiered Permitting Hazardous Materials/Waste Program Permit

This service allows you to apply for a permit to install a treatment system for facilities located within San Luis Obispo County where hazardous waste materials are generated onsite. Treatment systems are needed by facilities who want to reduce the volume of waste.

Underground Storage Tank Facility Inspection

This service allows you to request an inspection of your Underground Storage Tank site located within San Luis Obispo County. Annual inspections are required to verify compliance with leak detection, leak prevention, spill response, and permit requirements. Triennial inspections are required to verify tightness of secondary containment systems.

Underground Storage Tank Facility Permit

This service allows you to apply for or renew a permit to operate an Underground Storage Tank site within San Luis Obispo County.

Underground Storage Tank System Installation/Modification

This service allows you to apply for a permit to construct or modify an Underground Storage Tank system within San Luis Obispo County.

Underground Storage Tank System Removal

This service allows you to apply for a permit to remove an Underground Storage Tank system within San Luis Obispo County. Permits are required to remove Underground Storage Tank systems and inspections are required to verify compliance with issued permits.

Underground Storage Tanks Program Forms and References

This service allows you to submit required Underground Storage Tank Program forms.

Waste Tires

The purpose of this program is to protect public health and the environment from the effects of improper disposal of waste tires including potential threats to the public health, safety, and environment, particularly when they are improperly maintained or catch fire. These negative environmental effects include habitat for pests and vectors, toxic smoke and residues, and contaminated air, water, and soil. The goals of this program are accomplished through a program of inspection, permitting, complaint investigation, public education, and assistance to industry.

Water Well Construction Permit Application

This service allows you to apply for a permit to construct a new Drinking Water Well within San Luis Obispo County.

Water Well Destruction Permit Application

This service allows you to apply for a permit to destroy an existing Drinking Water Well located within San Luis Obispo County.

Well Drillers Resources

This service provides information and instructions for Well Drillers.

Wildfires and Your Health

This service provides you with information on how to protect your health from the harmful effects of wildfires.