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Division of Community Hygiene

Community Hygiene


On February 23, 2024,
the DC Department of Health (DC Health) will relocate. The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration's Processing Center and other offices will be located at:

DC Health
2201 Shannon Place SE
Washington, DC 20020

(The new building is 0.3 miles from the Anacostia Metro)

About our Division
Previously operating under the Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division (FSHISD), in 2020 The Division of Community Hygiene (DCH) was created, officially separating from the FSHISD. The Division was created bringing together a team of subject matter experts to regulate the Community Hygiene related services that are provided in Washington, DC.

Submit a Complaint

To submit a complaint regarding a Barbershop, Cosmetology or Personal Grooming establishment, Nail Salon, Aquatic Facility or Bedding/Upholstery establishment, please submit your complaint via our online Complaint Form

Online Applications 
Please submit your application via our online Application Portal (Although the Portal log-in page says “Food Portal”, you are in the right place! This portal contains applications for both the Community Hygiene Division and the Food Division). 

The following applications may currently be completed in this portal:

You may call the Processing Center at 1 (877) 672-2174 to get an update on pending applications. (Please be advised, DC Health is no longer accepting paper applications.)

Pre-operational Inspections

Before you can open a cosmetology establishment, barber shop, or swimming pool, you must pass an inspection. To request an inspection, submit a request via our online Inspection Request Form. Documents required: Select this link for document submission requirements.
Inspection Requests
To request an inspection, submit a request via our online Inspection Request Form.

The Division of Community Hygiene regulates facilities operating within the following industries:

Our Inspection Categories Include:

  • Pre-operational Inspections 
  • Routine
  • Follow-up
  • Complaint Investigations

To contact the Division of the Community Hygiene, please submit all inquiries or inspection requests to: [email protected]


Contact Email: 
Contact TTY: 
Office Hours: 
Processing Center: M-F: 9 am-1 pm, W: 9 am-3:30 pm; Office Hours M-F: 8:15 am-4:45 pm
Service Location: 

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GIS Address: 
2201 Shannon Place SE