EMD Latest News and Information

​Proposed Environmental Management Fee Schedule Workshops​​​ 

Environmental Management Department (EMD) will be holding public workshops to provide information about the proposed fee schedule for EMD permitting and services. It is anticipated that EMD will introduce the proposed Fee Schedule for Sacramento County Board of Supervisors approval on January 9, 2024. If approved, the Fee Schedule will be effective on July 1, 2024.​

EMD provides education and inspection services to Sacramento County residents and businesses in order to fulfill 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.

For more information visit, Proposed Fee Schedule Workshops

​Free Small Business Workshops

Starting a business can be both exciting and overwhelming.  We hope these workshops help you on your jouney to opening your business and being successful.  Environmental Management Department will be hosting the following free business workshops: 

  • How to Navigate Plan Review
  • How to Obtain a Health Permit
  • How to Obtain a Body Art Permit
  • How to Obtain a Mobile Food Facility Permit
  • How to Obtain a Cottage Food Operator Permit

For more information:Small Business Workshops 2024.pdf

​​​Free Pool and Spa Minor Remodel Plan Review Submittal Guidance Workshop 2024

​​​​Environmental Health will be hosting free workshops for all pool contractors and pool operators on guidance for submitting a Minor Remodel Recreational Health plan to Environmental Management Department's Plan Review for equipment changes, replastering, plumbing modifications and drain cover changes/replacements See PDF for more details: Pool and Spa Minor Remodel Plan Review Submittal Guidance.

New Minor Remodel Form

​Use this form to submit a minor remodel recreational health plan to EMD's Plan Review department. Minor Remodel Form

​New MyHD Portal

​You can now view the status of Plan Review projects on MyHD Portal. Use Show Details feature to track the status of the project as it gets completed.  MyHD Portal​​​

​​​Free Operating a Temporary Food Facility Workshop 2024

​Temporary Food Facilities (TFF) or food booths are food operations that operator at approved public events. A health permit is required to operate a TFF whenever food or beverages is sampled, sold, prepared, or given away to the public.  Environmental Health will be hosting free workshops.  Topics will include the application process, food booth set-up requirements, time/temperature control, personal hygiene, food contamination and food sanitation.  See PDF for more details:.Temporary Food Facility Workshop 2024.pdf

Retail Food Fee Waiver Relief Program Extended Through 2023

Local retail food establishments have been especially hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 13, 2022 in response to this continued hardship, the County of Sacramento Board of Supervisors approved the Retail Food Permit Fee Waiver program extension. 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 2023. 

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 2023​.

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

Holiday Food Safety Tips

​​​The Holidays are a wonderful time to gather with friends and family, eat delicious food, and travel to visit love ones. While enjoying the holiday, and as things mights get hectic, it is important to always keep safety in mind. 

See PDF for more information Holiday Food Safety Tips 2023


Electronic Plan Submittal

​​​Environmental Health Plan Review now accepts electronic plan submittals for food, mobile food and pool plan check. Electronic plan submittal is not mandatory and is offered as a convenience.  

Please review the instructions on how to submit an Electronic Plan Submittal and set up a SacCounty Drive account, and other frequently asked questions. 

Free workshop: Cockroach Integrated Pest Management for Food Establishments 2023 ​- Class is full - Please look for a similar class in the near future.

Emvironmental Health will be hosting a free workshop for food owners and operators on cockroach integrated pest management.  Topics will include: Identifying types of cockroaches, signs of infestation, prevention methods, tools for elimination, and maintaining a facility free of cockroaches.  See PDF for more details: Cockroach Integrated Pest Management for Food Establishments 2023. 

Free SB1383 ​Tier 1 Commercial Edible Food Generator

SB1383 is a new, statewide law which requires certain commercial edible Food Generators to donate food to feed people and reduce organic waste to landfill. Sacramento County Environmental Management Department will be hosting a Free SB1383 Workshop. For details: Free SB1383 Tier 1 Commercial Edible Food Generator Workshop 2023​.​​​​

​​Pool and Spa Newsletter 2023​

​This year's newsletter covers

  • Important NEW updates
  • Free pool/spa workshops
  • Pool/spa chemistry requirements
  • Keep your pool safe and open for use
  • Suction cover information
... and more!!

​Grill it Safe

Hot weather is perfect for picnics and barbecue, but warm temperatures also cause a spike in foodborne illnesses. Nothing kills a good time like potato salad that's gone bad. Find out how to protect yourself the next time you host an outdoor cookout. See PDF for tips to grill safely: Grill it Safe, Grill it Safe (Spanish)

​​Wells Program Webinar 2023

The Sacramento County Environmental Management Depa​rtment (EMD) is hosting a free informational Wells Program workshop for industry contractors & consultants. ​​​See PDF for details: Wells Program Webinar 2023 Flyer

SB 972: California Retail Food Code: “Compact Mobile Food Operations”​

California Senate Bill 972 (SB 972) chaptered in September 2022 changes the California Retail Food Code by establishing a new Chapter in the California Retail Food Code (CRFC) titled “Compact Mobile Food Operations.” These changes were intended to promote economic inclusion while modernizing the CRFC so that sidewalk food vendors can obtain a permit and join the regulated vending economy. 

​For further information, please see our Mobile Food page​:  https://emd.saccounty.gov/EH/FoodProtect-RetailFood/Pages/MobileFood.aspx

Full details of the bill can be found if you click the link below: 

New Requirements for Single-Use Foodware Accessories and Condiments (AB 1276)​

In an effort to reduce the amount of waste generated by single-use items provided alongside ready-to-eat food, a new law was passed stating that single use utensils, condiments and accessories may only be provided to customers upon request. This law became effective January 1, 2022.

For further information, please refer to
Requirements for Single-Use Foodware Accessories and Condiments​​

​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.

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