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Housing complex

The purpose of the housing program is to ensure safe housing such as rental units in regulated areas of the County. To accomplish this the Food and Housing Division enforces state laws pertaining to sanitation, maintenance, ventilation, and occupancy. This program does not serve the following cities: Chula Vista, El Cajon, Escondido, Imperial Beach, National City, Oceanside, or San Diego.

MunicipalityPhone NumberReport a Violation
Chula Vista(619) 691-5280English
El Cajon(619) 441-1710 
Escondido(760) 839-4650English  en Español
Imperial Beach(619) 628-1358English
National City(619) 336-4287English  en Español
Oceanside(760) 435-3360 
San Diego(619) 236-5500English
All Others(858) 505-6903English


Under this program element 2,500 housing sites are regulated, including 77,000 apartment and hotel units. In addition, there are 30 jails and detention facilities such as the downtown jail, juvenile hall, and medium security camps in the mountains that do fire prevention work with the Forestry Department. County staff conduct yearly inspections of all of these housing establishments and detention facilities, including inspections conducted in accordance with complaint investigation. To promote health families, we recently updated the inspection program to incorporate the Healthy Homes Principles.

NEW:  Find out more how the Department of Environmental Health Food and Housing Division protects public health and improves our quality of life in this brief video clip.

Housing Disputes

The California Department of Consumer Affairs has published a handbook called "California Tenants: a guide to residential tenants' and landlords' rights and responsibilities" that is available on their website.


Vermin Control

Lead Poisoning

The County of San Diego Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides information regarding protecting children from the dangers associated with environmental exposure to lead. Their telephone number is (619) 692-8499. The following web sites also have lead-related information:

CA Dept of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch

Environmental Protection Agency Lead Program   (English)   (Spanish)

Housing and Urban Development Office of Health Homes and Lead Hazard Control


If you have any questions, please call (858) 505-6900 or fax (858) 505-6998 or e-mail:

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