EMD Latest News and Information

​​​Retail Food Fee Waiver Relief Program

Local retail food establishments have been especially hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. On January 11, 2022, in response to this hardship, the County of Sacramento Board of Supervisors approved the Retail Food Permit Fee Waiver program. Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), this program seeks to provide relief to businesses throughout the County by waiving the food facility health permit fee in calendar year 2022. 

The Environmental Management Department (EMD) is implementing this program by automatically applying the waiver to the retail food program portion of invoices generated beginning January 2022.

For more information visit, our Retail Food Fee Waiver Relief Pro​​gram page.​​

Environmental Protection Agency

30-day Public Notice and Comment Period Unified Program State Surcharge Increase

​​Notice is hereby given that the Secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) proposes to adjust the Unified Program state surcharge according to the California Health and Safety Code, Division 20, Chapter 6.11, section 25404.5(b), and the California Code of Regulations, Title 27, Division 1, Subdivision 4, Chapter 1, Section 15240. 

The Unified Program state surcharge is an assessment on each entity regulated under the Unified Program and funds the necessary and reasonable costs of all state agencies responsible for program implementation, ongoing maintenance and oversight of the Unified Program. An increase to the Oversight portion of the Unified Program state surcharge is needed to fund an impending $1,000,000 structural deficit in the State Certified Unified Program Agency Account (SCUPA) and the cost of the California Environmental Reporting System Next Generation (CERS NextGen) Project, projected to be $14,118,000. 

CalEPA is proposing to increase the Oversight portion of the State Surcharge by $27 for the CERS NextGen project and by $8 to address the SCUPA Account structural deficit, raising the surcharge from the current $49 to $84 per regulated business annually.

The surcharge for the CERS NextGen project will be assessed over four years, beginning Fiscal Year 2021/2022. In Fiscal Year 2024/2025, CalEPA will adjust the Oversight Surcharge to cover costs for the ongoing maintenance and operations of CERS NextGen.

​The State Surcharge increase will be publicly noticed in the California Regulatory Notice Register (Z–Register) for a 30–day comment period, during which time comments will be accepted. Following the 30–day comment period, the Secretary will consider comments and prepare a response, along with the Secretary's findings and the Secretary's final fee decision(s). The Secretary will make responses available upon request and will publish the final surcharge in the California Regulatory Notice Register pursuant to Title 27, Section 15240. 

For this public notice, the California Environmental Protection Agency will not hold a public hearing to receive comments. The public comment period for this notice will be from May 14, 2021, through June 14, 2021. CalEPA requests the public to submit comments by the closing date by email to cupa@calepa.ca.gov or by mail to the following:

​Mr. John Paine, Program Manager
California Environmental Protection Agency
P.O. Box 2815, MS–2D
​Sacramento, California 95812–2815 

The notification can be viewed at California Regulatory Notice Register 

​Please direct all questions to CalEPA at cupa@calepa.ca.gov. ​

2021/2022 ​Fee Sche​dule


On May 18, 2021 the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors approved the Environmental Management (EMD) fee package for 2021/2022, which will be effective July 1, 2021.  

EMD provides education and inspection services to Sacramento County residents and businesses by fulfilling the department's mission to protect public health and the environment.  Services are provided across a variety of programs such as public drinking water, solid waste, business recycling, hazardous materials storage, hazardous waste generation, and retail food safety.

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact EMD at EMD-FeeOutreach@SacCounty.net or (916) 875-8550​.

For more information, visit our 2021/2022 Fe​e Schedule page

COVID-19: Coronavirus Guidance and Information


To view the lat​est information and updates from Sacramento County Environmental Management Department please visit our COVID-19 Information site​

EMD Online Payment Process

Please see EMD Online Payments Process for the procedure to make payments through the EMD website.

​Non-Profit Charitable Feeding Operations

Guidance is now available regarding registration requirements for non profit charitable feeding operati​​ons. Non Profit Charitable Feeding Operations
AB 626 - Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operations


Assembly Bill No​​. 626- Microenterprise home kitchen operations became effective January 1, 2019.  This bill amends state law, the California Retail Food Code, and establishes a “microenterprise home kitchen operation” (MEHKO) as a new type of retail food facility. A MEHKO is operated from a private home and would allow a home chef to store, handle, prepare, and serve food to consumers. 

The law allowing MEHKOs only becomes effective if the City or County “opts in”. The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors is expected to consider whether or not Sacramento County will “opt in”. 

At this time Sacramento County EMD is not be able to issue permits for MEHKOs.  To be placed on an email list for MEHKO updates, please call (916) 875-8440 or e mail FoodProgram@SacCounty.net​.

Donating Surplus Food

Donating surplus food from restaurants and other food facilities can be a sustainable and simple way to help local non-profit and charitable organizations serve those in need in our community. More Information can be found on our Food Donations Page.

Managan Park Lead Cleanup Project​

Most recent ​​site assessments of the Mangan Park Area​

Making changes to Your Food Facility? New video explains EMD requirements.


Are you making changes to your food facility? Make sure your changes meet EMD requirements before you start.  If you are adding new equipment, service areas (e.g. bar) or making menu changes, check with EMD first.  This video explains what types of changes may require plan review and how to get it approved.

EMD Makes a New Hazardous Materials Spill Reporting Video Available

This quick 2 minute video update explains when and how to report a hazardous materials spill.

Charitable Foodservice for the Homeless

As many in the community seek to participate in efforts aimed at assisting those experiencing homelessness, the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department often receives inquiries regarding charitable foodservice for the homeless. Visit the Charitable Food Distribution page for more information. 

Be Storm Ready

If you are prone to flooding during major storms - don't wait to get sandbags and other flood protection supplies.  For more information  Go to StormReady.org for more sandbag information and watch this short video.

Addressing Potential Hazmat Emergencies

The Environmental Management Department (EMD) completed its CalOES grant- funded Area Plan Update for Emergency Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents in Sacramento County. Hazardous material emergencies may be the result of threatened releases, highway accidents, clandestine drug laboratories, train derailments, pipeline transportation accidents, fire and/ or spills at fixed facilities or even disasters. The Area Plan, a collaborative effort with a wide range of area stakeholders, describes the responsibilities of local, state and federal agencies during incidents involving the release and/ or threatened release of hazardous materials in Sacramento County. To learn more, go to the Incident Response Program page.

EMD’s Abandoned Well Program Receives the CSAC Merit Award

Sacramento County Environmental Management Department (EMD) received the California State Associiation​ of Counties (CSAC) Merit Award for an innovative program to identify and properly close abandoned water wells which are a hazard and a potential source of groundwater contamination. Wells constructed prior to the County’s permitting programs and now abandoned or improperly sealed are difficult to locate. This program uses a database management system with integrated GIS mapping along with public outreach to identify and properly address abandoned wells that pose a threat to groundwater quality and are a falling-in hazard to people and animals. As of June 2015, more than 770 abandoned wells have been identified.

Abandoned Well Identification Project Now in Progress!

EMD is asking for your help in identifying abandoned wells in Sacramento County. Visit the Abandoned Wells ​Program page for more information.

View USDA Well Destruction Video YouTube​