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COVID-19 Updates: Get the latest public information related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at ReadySLO.org.

The Public Health Department is actively responding to COVID-19. At the same time, we continue to provide essential services in the safest way possible, including telephone or remote appointments (through your mobile phone or computer) and in-person visits when needed. 

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Public Health

The Public Health Department is a division within the Health Agency and is responsible for protecting and improving the health of all San Luis Obispo County residents.

Visit ReadySLO.org for COVID-19 updates for SLO County. Health Care Providers, see provider advisories and other detail below.

Latest news about SLO Public Health Response to COVID-19 

Guidance for Health Care Providers

Public Health Services

Many Public Health services are deemed essential services and are open for limited services. Our first priority is for clients and our community to stay safe. We will continue to provide you with services in the safest way possible, including offering telephone appointments or remote appointments (through your mobile phone or computer) where possible instead of in-person visits. We ask all clients to call if they need urgent services.  

Following public health screening guidelines, all walk-in visitors will be asked to wait outside the doors of the clinic until they are screened by a staff member for symptoms.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.

For updates on COVID-19 in SLO County: Visit ReadySLO.org or call the recorded Public Health Information Line at (805) 788-2903. A staffed phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 is available five (5) days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for questions related to COVID-19.

Are your clinics still open?

Public Health Clinics:  Public Health Clinics are open and offering limited services.  We will be contacting all clients with scheduled appointments to offer telephone or remote appointments instead of in-person visits where possible.  

Medical Therapy Units: The Medical Therapy Units housed in schools in Oceano, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, and Atascadero are open and offering in-person services to their clients. Telephone and remote visits through your mobile phone or computer can be scheduled where possible.

Nurse Home Visiting:  Nurse Home Visiting is open and offering limited services.  The staff will be contacting all clients with scheduled appointments to offer telephone or remote appointments through your mobile phone or computer instead of in-person home visits.   

Are your clinics safe to visit?

Following Public Health safety and screening guidelines, all walk-in visitors are being asked to wait outside the doors of the clinic until they are screened by a staff member for symptoms.

If you need to make a physical visit for services, be assured that enhanced cleaning is happening at all our facilities following public health guidelines.  All staff are following public health guidelines for maintaining a clean workspace.  Staff are sanitizing phones, computer keyboards, door handles, desks, and other commonly-touched surfaces regularly, and especially after in-person visits.  We also request clients stay a few feet away from the front counter to allow for a six foot distance from receptionists. Handing in forms, signing in, and other such tasks are fine and should not be considered a risk.
 

Services

Campus Map

Having a hard time finding where you need to go at the Health Agency campus?  Check the map below for a list of popular spots or call (805) 781-5500 for help.  For a print-quality version, click here (1.9 MB).

Communications to Providers

The Public Health Department communicates with local health care providers in several ways:

Provider Notices are issued as needed to communicate important news;  the Public Health Bulletin is a quarterly newsletter with topical information for both providers and consumers, including quarterly statistics of reported cases of select communicable diseases; and the Laboratory Messenger is a monthly newsletter providing containing current news of interest for clinicians and laboratorians. 

Community Health Assessment

Looking for data on health in San Luis Obispo County? The community health assessment paints a point-in-time picture of the health status of the county and highlights the important social, economic, and health conditions that face our community. For those interested in specific issues, the report offers details on our local context, as well as state and national comparisons. 

Community Health Improvement

San Luis Obispo County is home to a vast and diverse range of dedicated individuals and organizations working to create a healthy and vibrant future for our community. More than 95 community partners—including service providers, advocates and subject matter experts—came together to identify health priorities and plans for action over the next five years. Check out the community health improvement plan to learn more about each priority area and the goals, objectives and activities underway.

Customer Satisfaction Survey

How did we do?  Take the survey below and let us know.

Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care

The Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care (HCPCFC) is a state-administered, locally operated program. Public health nurses provide expertise in meeting the medical, dental, mental and developmental needs of children and youth in foster care. In collaboration and consultation with social workers and probation officers, public health nurses provide medical and health care case planning; support in obtaining timely health and dental assessments; expedited referrals for medical, dental, mental health and developmental services; education and more. Public health nurses also participate in creating and updating the Health and Education Passport for every child, and provide psychotropic medication monitoring and oversight. See FAQs and the program brochure (also in Spanish) for more detail. 

Epidemiology Data & Reports

The Public Health Department epidemiology team investigates individual cases and outbreaks of reported communicable disease. The team monitors disease trends, conducts data analysis and often provides current statistics and other information to health care providers, hospitals, the public and news media.

Health Care Access / Health Care Navigation

Health Care Navigation is a service that helps SLO County residents get access to the health care they need. This is a personal service that is different for every individual. It may mean connecting you with insurance, helping find a doctor who accepts your insurance, answering questions about a medical bill, or helping you navigate the health care system in other ways. 

If you do not currently have health insurance: Health Care Access and Navigation staff can help you find insurance so you can get the care you need. Our nurse navigator and eligibility worker gather information to determine if you may be eligible for Medi-Cal, the Medically Indigent Services Program (MISP) or Covered California. They can also help you apply for these programs. 

If you do have health insurance: Our knowledgeable staff also answer questions and help find solutions for people who have insurance but are not sure how or where to access care or how to find affordable health care solutions to their problems. 

If you have not been successful meeting your medical needs and aren’t sure what to do next, contact the Health Care Access and Navigation staff for a free, confidential evaluation of your needs at 805-781-4838 or by email.

Health Commission

The Health Commission was formed in 1994 to serve as an advisory board to the County Board of Supervisors and the Public Health Department on health matters in the county.

Healthcare Coalition Exercises

Every year, the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department coordinates and conducts exercises to test the medical and health system’s ability to respond to disasters.

Statewide Medical and Health Exercise (SWMHE)

The Statewide Medical and Health Exercise takes place on the 3rd Thursday in November every year. This exercise is designed to test participating agencies’ ability to respond to an emergency specifically:

  • Test and validate policies, plans, procedures, training, equipment, and agreements
  • Clarify and train personnel in roles and responsibilities in emergency response and recovery
  • Improve interagency coordination
  • Identify gaps in resources and response plans
  • Strengthen relationships among all participating agencies
  • Meet various requirements from regulatory and accreditation agencies

Click here to view and download the 2019 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Documents

Click here to go to the California Statewide & Health Exercise Website

Coalition Surge Test (CST)

The Coalition Surge Test is designed to help healthcare coalitions identify gaps in their surge planning through a no-notice exercise. The CST tests the coalition’s ability to evacuate and transfer at least 20 percent of the coalition’s staffed bed capacity.

  • A low – to – no notice exercise. Exercise participants will receive a 2-week notice.
  • Challenging by design.
  • Intended to improve health care system readiness and response.
  • Designed to test the overall health care system response

Medical and Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC)

The Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC) Program is authorized by the California Health and Safety Code Section 1797.153.  The MHOAC position represents the single point of contact for the MHOAC program and is responsible for monitoring and ensuring adequate medical and health resources are in place during a local emergency.  The MHOAC is authorized to make and respond to requests for mutual aid from out of San Luis Obispo County.

During non-emergency operations and the initial phases of an emergency, the MHOAC Program operates in a duty officer mode and is on-call 24/7. Once the County Health Agency Department Operations Center (CHADOC) is activated, the MHOAC Program functions are distributed to various CHADOC positions. The MHOAC may also be at the County EOC as the Medical Health Branch Director.

If you are a first responder or medical/health organization representative and need to talk to a public health representative regarding an emergency situation, such as multi-casualty incidents (MCIs), MHOAC requests, threats to the medical and public health system or medical and mutual aid requests, call 1-805-380-3411.

This is a 24/7 phone number for the EMS Duty Officer which functions as the MHOAC Program until the County Health Agency Department Operations Center (CHADOC) is activated.

For all other public health emergency calls, such as communicable disease, call 1-805-781-5500 during regular business hours.

Medical Therapy Program

The Medical Therapy Program (MTP) is a special program within California Children's Services that provides physical, occupational, and medical therapy services for children who are handicapped due to neurological or musculoskeletal disorders. A team of licensed therapists provides eligible children with physical therapy, occupational therapy and specialized equipment, such as orthotics/braces, wheelchairs and other assistive devices.

This video shares one participant's story: 

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

Public Health provides lead testing for children, as well as education about where lead exposure might occur, including in your home, at your work, or in products you may use.

Child Health and Disability Prevention

This program coordinates free health and dental check-ups, head-to-toe physical exams, growth and development checks, vision and hearing tests, immunizations, TB tests, lab tests, nutrition information and health education for eligible children. It also provides dental and medical referrals, transportation information, and assistance in making appointments.

Child Health and Disability Prevention Program: Audiometric Screening Training

This training will provide participants with the necessary knowledge to conduct an audiometric screening using the play audiometry technique with children ages three to six years old.

Child Health and Disability Prevention Program: Vision Screening Training

This is a certifying course that will provide participants with the necessary knowledge to conduct vision screenings of children ages three through 21 in a CHDP provider’s office.

California Children's Services

California Children's Services (CCS) is a statewide program that arranges, directs, and pays for medical care, equipment, and rehabilitation for children and young adults less than 21 years of age who have eligible medical conditions and whose families are unable to pay for all or part of their care. The Public Health Department connects eligible children with doctors, therapists and other trained specialists who know how to care for their special health needs.

This video shares one participant's story: 

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Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health

Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) promotes the health and well-being of women of childbearing age, infants, children and adolescents who are at increased risk of adverse health outcomes.  By virtue of financial, language or cultural barriers, or mental or physical disabilities by assuring access to health promotion and health care services. These activities include community assessment, planning, evaluation, outreach, advocacy, education, training, and policy development.

Nurse Home Visiting

Home visits are provided by a Public Health Nurse to low-income pregnant women, and families parenting a child under five years of age who has medical and/or social risk factors. The program promotes improved pregnancy outcomes, nurturing parenting skills, positive child health and development, and family self-sufficiency.

Perinatal Substance Use Prevention

This Perinatal Substance Use Prevention Program offers education, training, and technical assistance for prenatal care providers in identifying women at risk for substance use, depression, and domestic violence. For those identified as high-risk, we provide comprehensive assessments, education and links to community resources.

Comprehensive Perinatal Services

The Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) is a statewide program based on the understanding that pregnancy and birth outcomes improve when routine obstetric care (prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care) is integrated with nutrition, health education, and mental health services. Public Health provides technical assistance and support to CPSP providers, and acts as a resource for program requirements and implementation. 

Bike & Pedestrian Safety

The Injury Prevention Team provides education and support for bicycle and pedestrian safety throughout the county. In collaboration with community partners, the team provides bike and pedestrian safety education, hosts bike rodeos, helps coordinate Walk to School and Bike to School Days, and conducts walking audits in local communities.

Laboratory Non-Diagnostic General Health Assessment Certification

Qualified firms employing licensed medical staff may apply for a certificate on an annual basis to host public inon-diagnostic general health assessment testing.

Laboratory Courier Services

If the number and frequency of your test requests require the assistance of a courier, contact the Laboratory Director by phone (805) 781-5512 or email [email protected] for any additional information regarding your approval for courier services.

Laboratory Phone Numbers

This service provides contact phone numbers for the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Laboratory.

Laboratory Messenger

The Laboratory Messenger is a monthly newsletter published by the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Laboratory containing current news of interest for clinicians and laboratorians.  
 

Laboratory Web Portal

Laboratory testing results that have been submitted to the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Laboratory, can be viewed online at any time.

Laboratory Hot Topics

This service provides specimen collection information for specific cases.

Laboratory Tests and Fees

Laboratory Testing Services and Fees July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. For additional information, please call the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Laboratory (805) 781-5507 Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (closed weekends and holidays).

Unless otherwise noted, specimens may only be collected by authorized medical professionals at any clinical practice or clinical location in the County. Specimens must be transported by courier or other means to the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Laboratory at 2191 Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo, for testing.

Click on the test name for the Fact Sheet (please note that not all tests have an associated fact sheet)

 

Laboratory Services Overview

The Public Health Laboratory provides clinical and environmental testing to support programs of the Health Agency as well as hospitals, clinics, physicians, private businesses, citizens, and local, state, and federal authorities.

For additional information, please call the Public Health Laboratory (805) 781-5507 Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (closed weekends and holidays).

The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health is no longer accepting applications for a Public Health Microbiologist trainee for 2019.

SDI Claim Form

This form is for San Luis Obispo County residents who do not have a medical provider and have been directed by Public Health to quarantine.  Once you have submitted Form DE2501 to the EDD, you will receive your claimant's statement.  Complete and submit this form to request an official SDI statement from the Public Health Department.

Shots for School

Parents must show proof of their child's immunizations prior to school admission. The Public Health Department offers a variety of vaccines, including those required by California schools.

SLO Health Counts

Looking for data on health in San Luis Obispo County? The new SLO Health Counts data hub provides just that—in an easy-to-understand format that residents, community leaders, hospital staff, researchers, service providers and many others can use to inform discussion and action.

Tobacco Control Program

The Tobacco Control Program provides community education, prevention services, and technical assistance to government agencies, community-based organizations, law enforcement, businesses, and residents of San Luis Obispo County. Our goal is working to keep tobacco out of the hands of youth, helping tobacco users quit, and ensuring that all community members can live, work, play, and learn in tobacco-free environments.

Travel Shots

The Public Health Department offers a variety of vaccines for your foreign travel. Make an appointment, ideally 4-6 weeks before your trip, to get vaccines or medicines you may need.

Valley Fever

Valley Fever (or Coccidioidomycosis) is an infection caused by inhalation of spores of the fungus, Coccidioides, which lives naturally in the soil. It is highly endemic in Arizona and some areas of California, including San Luis Obispo County, Monterey County and the Central Valley region.

Valley Fever

Valley Fever (or Coccidioidomycosis) is an infection caused by inhalation of spores of the fungus, Coccidioides, which lives naturally in the soil. It is highly endemic in Arizona and some areas of California, including San Luis Obispo County, Monterey County and the Central Valley region.

Zika Information

The Public Health Department continues to closely monitor the evolving Zika virus situation and recommends residents be aware of risks associated with travel to areas with Zika virus transmission and what precautions they should take.

Health care providers may find information about Zika virus testing services available at our County Public Health Laboratory in this Specimen collection and transport fact sheet or by calling (805) 781-5507.

Report a Public Health Emergency

This service provides contact information to reach Public Health in an Emergency. This information is updated and maintained by the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule requires healthcare providers to participate in emergency preparedness activities. The rule applies to 17 different provider and supplier types, including outpatient surgery, home health agencies, physical therapy offices, and others. The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program coordinates information to healthcare providers.

Potassium Iodide (KI) Pre-Distribution

This service provides information on how to obtain a personal supply of Potassium Iodide (KI). The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program manages the pre-distribution of Potassium Iodide (KI).

Potassium Iodide should only be taken when directed by the Health Officer.

Potassium iodide protects the thyroid gland against exposure to radioactive iodine in the unlikely event of a radiological release from a nuclear power plant emergency at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Our supply is NOT intended to be given out for any radiological emergency around the world.

Potassium iodide is not an "anti-radiation" pill. It is a supplemental protective measure, secondary to evacuation or sheltering in place. Evacuation and sheltering in place remain the primary protective actions during a radiological emergency. If taken in an appropriate and timely dosage, potassium iodide can block exposure of the thyroid gland to radioactive iodine. However, potassium iodide does not protect other parts of the body from exposure to other contaminants released during the emergency.

Potassium Iodide should only be taken when directed by the Health Officer.

 

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

Instructions on how to sign-up for COVID-19 response click here.

The San Luis Obispo County Medical Reserve Corps (SLOMRC) is a group of trained volunteers who assist public health efforts during times of special need or disaster, such as during a major communicable disease outbreak, earthquake, flood, tsunami, or act of terrorism. The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program administers the SLO MRC.

Emergency Planning-Access and Functional Needs

All individuals, with or without disabilities, can decrease the impact of a disaster by taking steps to prepare before an event occurs. The resources below will help individuals with access and functional needs prepare for disasters. The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program manages information shown below.

Disaster Healthcare Coalition

The San Luis Obispo County Disaster Healthcare Coalition (SLO-DHCC - formerly the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee-PHEPAC) is a group of healthcare partners that collaboratively work together during emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Organizations benefit from information and resource sharing as well as local training and exercises for staff education. The DHCC is managed by the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program.

DHCC Governance-Structure

Vaccines & Immunizations

The Public Health Department offers a wide range of vaccinations, including shots for school or for foreign travel. Vaccinations are available by appointment at three clinic locations.

To find out which vaccination you need, check out the CDC's recommended vaccine schedule.  You can also check out the CDC recommendations for your age group, health status, pregnancy, and foreign travel.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening

Every Woman Counts is a statewide program that arranges, directs, and pays for screenings for uninsured and underinsured women in an effort to reduce breast and cervical cancer mortality rates in California. This includes free clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams, and pap tests.

Sexual and Reproductive Health

The Public Health Department provides friendly, confidential, free or low-cost reproductive and sexual health services and birth control for women, men and teens. This program seeks to reduce unintended pregnancy by providing access to the information, clinical preventive services and resources necessary to ensure that all pregnancies are healthy, well-timed and intended. The Department works to prevent the spread of STDs by providing STD testing, treatment and education. This includes:

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Disease Reporting for Healthcare Providers and Laboratories

The Public Health Department responds to reports of communicable diseases in San Luis Obispo County. Physicians and health care providers are legally required to report suspected, lab-confirmed, and clinical diagnoses of specific diseases and conditions within specified time frames to the client’s county of residence.

STD Testing and Treatment

Public Health provides friendly, low-cost, and confidential (private) STD testing, treatment, and education. You can get an STD test, get treatment if needed, and learn how to protect yourself and your partners from sexually transmitted infections (STIs)—sometimes referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)—such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and others. 

Tuberculosis (TB) Testing

The Public Health Department provides tuberculosis clearance testing -- also known as a TB test -- for work, school or volunteer activities. The Department also provides consultation to medical providers and community members about the diagnosis and treatment of both TB infection and TB disease. 

Emergency Medical Services

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division is made up of both the Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMSA) and the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP).

The EMS Agency is the local Agency having the primary responsibility for the administration of emergency medical services in the County. As defined in California H&S Code 1797.204, the EMS Agency shall plan, implement and evaluate an emergency medical services system. This is accomplished through public and private partnerships, agreements and regulatory mechanisms. EMS Division Website 

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP) carries out the day to day activities as defined in California H&S Code 1797.153 to ensure a well-coordinated medical and health response to disasters, emergencies and communicable disease outbreaks affecting the public’s health. PHEP Website.

 

HIV/AIDS Testing

The Public Health Department works to minimize the number of new HIV infections and maximize the number of people with HIV who have access to appropriate care, treatment, support, and prevention services. We provide confidential and anonymous testing as well as pre-exposure (PrEP) and post-exposure treatment (PEP) and referrals as needed.

Suspected Abuse Response Team (SART)

The Suspected Abuse Response Team (SART) is a victim-sensitive program providing immediate and compassionate forensic medical examinations for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. SART examinations are available with or without law enforcement involvement.

Valley Fever

Valley Fever (or Coccidioidomycosis) is an infection caused by inhalation of spores of the fungus, Coccidioides, which lives naturally in the soil. It is highly endemic in Arizona and some areas of California, including San Luis Obispo County, Monterey County and the Central Valley region.

Birth and Death Certificates

Public Health is able to provide certified copies of certificates for births and deaths occurring within the last two years within San Luis Obispo County. Births and deaths that occurred prior to that may be obtained from the Clerk-Recorder's Office.

Medical Marijuana ID Card (MMIC)

Qualified patients and their primary caregivers may apply for and be issued a medical marijuana ID card (MMIC) for State authorization to possess, grow, and/or transport medical marijuana in California. A MMIC identifies the cardholder as authorized to legally possess certain amounts of medical marijuana in California and under specific conditions. For more information on the state’s program, visit their website.

Medically Indigent Services Program (MISP)

Medically Indigent Services Program (MISP) assists qualified low-income residents who have an immediate medical need but have no source of health coverage available and no other way to pay for necessary medical care.

Mold Clean-Up and Prevention

Public Health does not offer mold abatement services, but we do recognize that it impacts the health of our county residents. Because of that, we've developed a list of resources to help with mold clean-up and abatement below.

Injury Prevention

Injuries are the leading cause of early death in San Luis Obispo County.  The Public Health Department works to help prevent these injuries by providing education and resources for parents, community groups and partners.

Healthy Community Design

The Public Health Department works to improve the health and wellness of current and future San Luis Obispo County residents through collaboration, education and policy guidance as it relates to health and the built environment.

Nutrition Education - CalFresh Healthy Living

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CalFresh Healthy Living supports healthy, active and nourished lifestyles by teaching about good nutrition and how to stretch food dollars, while also building partnerships in the community to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Quit Tobacco

** In response to COVID-19 we are now offering quit tobacco classes via Zoom. Those who smoke or vape e-cigarettes, may be especially at risk of developing serious complications due to the coronavirus which causes COVID-19. COVID-19 is known to attack the lungs and could be a particularly serious threat to tobacco users. Please see current classes (below) for more details on the new classes **

 

Quitting tobacco improves your health and reduces your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and many other illnesses. Whether you smoke cigarettes, cigars, pipes, use chewing tobacco, or e-cigarettes (vapes), our services can help you quit.

If you have tried to quit before and have not been successful, don't give up! Tobacco dependence is a chronic disease, with most smokers making multiple quit attempts before succeeding, and many of these smokers requiring repeated intervention. Our Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists will be able to work with you to explore which services will meet your needs to support you quit attempt.

For FREE telephone counseling, self-help materials, or questions about our group Zoom counseling sessions, call the Tobacco Control Program at (805) 781-4945.

Fall Prevention

Each year, millions of older Americans fall, leading to serious injury and even death. Preventing falls is an important part of protecting the health of our community and extending the quality of our seniors' older years. For this reason, the Public Heath Department offers home visits for at-risk seniors, as well as fall prevention classes that promote strength and balance.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

*** COVID Update: All WIC services are available to families during the COVID-19 shelter at home orders.   To protect families and WIC staff all services are provided by telephone. Even new applications for WIC services can be processed by telephone.   Starting in February WIC transitioned to an electronic benefits card so there are no paper checks to use in the grocery stores. Enrolling in WIC and shopping at the grocery stores has never been easier.***

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a nutrition education program that helps families eat well and stay healthy. WIC provides healthy foods, nutrition counseling and education, breastfeeding support, referrals to health care and other helpful services.

Oral Health

Oral Health guidelines for COVID-19.

The Public Health Department works with numerous community partners on policy development, oral health education, increasing access to dental care, and ensuring every child has a primary or 'home base' dentist. Since preventing cavities in early childhood reduces the risk of dental disease for a lifetime, the program also provides limited preventive services for children enrolled in the WIC program and home-based Head Start programs. The Oral Health Coalition meets regularly at the Public Health Department. Coalition members help set direction and establish a strategic plan every three years.

Car Seat Inspections

Did you know only about 20% of American parents install and use their car seat correctly? That’s why our certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are here to help. They provide free car seat education and inspections to individuals and groups to make sure children are the safest they can be.

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 Permitting

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 Listing for Food Facility Inspections

Beginning January 1, 2012 San Luis Obispo County Environmental Health Services started issuing an "Award of Excellence" for retail food facilities which had outstanding health inspection results. This service is to allow the public to recognize those Food Facilities operating within San Luis Obispo County which received the award.

Beach Water Quality Monitoring

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

Biosolids Land Application Oversight 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 Permitting

This service is to assist Body Art Event Sponsors in obtaining a Health Permit to conduct a Body Art Community Event within San Luis Obispo County.

Body Art Facility Construction Permitting

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.

Body Art Facility Health Permitting

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) No Public Comment Period Open at this Time

The objective of the California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP) program is to prevent accidental releases of those substances determined to potentially pose the greatest risk of immediate harm to the public and the environment. Stationary sources (facilities) that handle regulated substances in industrial processes above threshold quantity levels are subject to the CalARP program requirements.  The CalARP program encompasses both the federal “Risk Management Program”, established in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Part 68, and the State of California program, in accordance with the California Health and Safety Code (HSC), Chapter 6.95, Article 2 and California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 19, Division 2, Chapter 4.5.

View a list of San Luis Obispo County Cal ARP regulated facilities and substances here.

A 45-day public review and comment period is required for all Risk Management Plans (RMPs) that have been deemed complete. Businesses eligible for public review and comment are below.

Catering and Other General Food Service Operations Health Permitting

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 Permitting

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 Permitting

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 Annual Self-Certification Review

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 Tester Certification Information

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 Information

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

Environmental Health Fee Schedule

Environmental Health fee schedule

Environmental Health Public Records Act Request

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

Food Facility Construction Permitting

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 Permitting

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. Food facilities include restaurants, bars, retail food markets, public and private school cafeterias, farm stands, bed and breakfast establishments, or other food service locations where food intended for human consumption is provided to the general public. 

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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 - Ownership Transfer - Authorization/Permitting

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 Annual Business Plan Submission/Certification Review

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

 

Hazardous Waste Generator - Contingency Plan Submission Review

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 Annual Self-Certification Review

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

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Information

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 Inspection (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 Permitting

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 Monthly Report of Disposal Statement Review

This service is to provide assistance to owners or operators of Liquid Waste Collection Vehicles operated within San Luis Obispo County regarding the submission of their monthly required Liquid Waste Collection Vehicle Monthly Report of Disposal Statement.

Mobile Body Art Facility Construction Permitting

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 Permitting

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 Permitting

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 Permitting

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 Permitting

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

Monitoring Well Destruction Permitting

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 Permitting

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 - Information and Preventive Measures

This page provides guidance documents and resourceful links on preventative measures people can take to prevent the spread of vector borne disease.

The County of San Luis Obispo currently does not provide mosquito surveillance or abatement services.

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 Permitting

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 Permitting

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.

Public Swimming Pool and Spa Facility Inspection Results

This service allows you to view Public Swimming Pool and Spa Facility inspection results online. Inspected Pool and Spa Facilities include but are not limited to public resorts, hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts; apartment and housing complexes; sports facilities; public and private schools; swim/spa therapy facilities; water parks and spray grounds; and swimming instruction sites.

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Residential Housing Information

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

Small Public Drinking Water System Health Permitting

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 Annual Statement of Ownership Review

This service is to provide assistance to owners or operators of Solid Waste Collection Facilities operated within San Luis Obispo County regarding the annually required submission of the Annual Statement of Ownership for Solid Waste Permittee form.

Email your completed form to our office ([email protected]).

Solid Waste Vehicle Health Permitting

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 Permitting

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 Permitting

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 Permitting

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 Permitting

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 Permitting

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 Permitting

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.

Water Well Construction Permitting

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

Water Well Destruction Permitting

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.

Information On Wildfires and Your Health

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

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