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Riverside County Department of Environmental Health is dedicated to protecting the health of people and the environment in Riverside County. To learn more about programs that the Department oversees please visit the Our Services page.

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Microenterprise Home Kitchen

 AB 626 has allowed local governing bodies the ability to implement a program for permitting Microenterprise Home Kitchens.  On December 4, 2018, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors directed the Department of Environmental Health to prepare a new ordinance for consideration.  It is anticipated that the Board will consider the new ordinance for adoption in February.

 

Healthy Drinks in Children's Meals

Effective January 1, 2019, restaurants which serve meals primarily targeted and marketed to children, must make the default drink a healthy option.  Drink may be: water, sparkling water, flavored water with no added sweeteners, or milk.  Customers can still ask for a sugary drink at no additional cost. Click here for more information on healthy eating.
 

Catering Operations & Host Facilities

 On January 1, 2019, new laws allow for Catering Operations to operate at both private events and now also Host Facilities.  Check back here often as we will be adding information and forms as they become available!

Catering Operation Permitting Form 
Host Facility Requirements 
Host Facility Permitting Form  

 

SINGLE-USE PLASTIC STRAWS

 On January 1, 2019, a new law goes into effect prohibiting full-service restaurants from providing single-use plastic straws to customers unless the customer requests one.  Click here for more details.

 
 

Food & Water Safety at Home During Power Outages

 Click here for detailed safety information on how to properly handle food and water before, during, and after a power outage. 

 

 CBD Not Approved in Food or Drinks

Click here for information from the California Department of Public Health on Industrial Hemp and Cannabidiol (CBD) in Food Products

 

COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH EARNS NATIONAL AWARDS

Environmental Health officials have earned two national awards for their efforts to educate residents about food safety, swimming pools safety and mosquito-borne diseases, and for developing an online system that helps businesses file hazardous-materials plans online. Click here to view full press release. 

 

   

Hazardous Materials Business Plan (Disclosure Program) Informational Videos


Are you a new business that handles hazardous materials and needs help understanding the disclosure program?

If this is you, click on a topic below.
Part I: Are you a handler of hazardous materials?
Part II: Chemical Identification
Part III: EHS & SDS
Part IV: Business Plan Requirements
Part V: Common Violations  
  

 


RIVERSIDE COUNTY HAZARDOUS MATERIALS BRANCH EARNS DISTINGUISHED STATEWIDE AWARD

An alliance of agencies that protects Californians from hazardous waste has named Riverside County’s Hazardous Materials Branch as its outstanding agency for 2018.  Click here to view full press release.

 

 

New Testing Times for Backflow Written Exam


We now offer our backflow written exam, Monday through Friday, in our downtown Riverside office located at 3880 Lemon St., Suite 200. 

Testing times are 8:30am or 1:30pm. Please visit our Water Program page for more information. 

 

Commercial Cannabis in Riverside County

Please visit the Cannabis webpage to learn more.

For cities which allow cannabis businesses, a permit with Riverside County Department of Environmental Health may be required.  Click here for more information or email us with your questions.

 

Submit Your Construction Plans Online

The Department of Environmental Health will accept electronic plan submittals for food, mobile food and pool facilities.  Click here for more details.

 

Business Plan Updates Are Due Annually

If your facility stores hazardous materials above threshold quantities, then you are required to submit a new Business Plan in CERS on a annual basis. Please click here to submit an updated plan. 
 

Food Donation

Any food facility may donate food to a food bank or another non-profit charitable organization for distribution to persons free of charge.  Click here for more information. 

  


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