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DC Health is experiencing delays in mail availability due to the impact of COVID-19 on the US postal service.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to process all mail in as timely a manner as possible.

                                                                                                                                                                                   ***COVID 19 UPDATES***

UPDATED: The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Processing Center will be open to the public by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays starting on May 20, 2021, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. The online appointment scheduler is


Scheduled Appointments:

  • Masks are required. Customers must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth before entering the building.
  • Only the appointment holder and one additional guest will be allowed into the Processing Center.
  • Appointment holders will be given a 15 minute grace period. If you arrive after the grace period, you may be asked to reschedule your appointment in consideration of other scheduled customers.
  • If you cannot select highlighted days on the calendar, all appointments have been booked for this month. Please check the next month.
  • If the calendar does not advance to the next month, there are no future appointments available at this time. Please check back later.


All HRLA related applications should be mailed to one of the lockboxes listed here. Individuals may also call the Processing Center at 1 (877) 672-2174 to get an update on their pending applications.


In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Health Professional Board meetings are currently held virtually. Please check each board's respective website for information on when the next meeting will take place. If you are already in contact with a Health Licensing Specialist (HLS), please forward any documents to said HLS via email.


About our Division                                                               
The Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division (FSHISD) inspects approximately 7,500 food and hygiene establishments in the District of Columbia.  Food establishments include delicatessens, bakeries, grocery stores, retail marine markets, ice cream manufacturers, restaurants, wholesale markets, mobile food vendors, hotels and cottage food businesses.  The FSHISD inspects the city’s swimming pools, splash pads, and cosmetology establishments, which include nail and braiding salons, and barber shops. We also work with the Tobacco Control Program to ensure smoke-free food establishments.  The staff for the program includes one program manager, two supervisory sanitarians, one food technologist, two plan review sanitarians, 20 sanitarians and two administrative staff. 

Food-borne infections and intoxications affect millions of Americans every year. In addition to regulation of food and hygiene establishments, the Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division offers educational, informational, and consultative sessions for community and industry groups. Contact us for more information! E-mail [email protected]

News and Alerts
Food Safety & Defense Conference 2020
FDA Announces Investigation of Illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7 November 2019

USDA Issues Recall Alert for Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination in Salads
DC Health Announces the 2019 Director’s Award Recipients (9/30/2019)
Health Alerts (for reference only - not currently active)

Guidance Documents    
File a Complaint (Send an email to [email protected])
About our Inspection Reports
DC Health does not assign a grade, percentage, or rating for food establishment inspection reports. We perform a pass-fail inspection. The amount of Priority, Priority Foundation, and Core violations are tallied at the top of each inspection report. We perform follow up inspections to ensure the violations which were cited on the initial report have been corrected. To view a food establishment’s inspection report, follow this link:
We can help! Just contact us at [email protected].

Updated May 2019

Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 535-2180
Contact Fax: 
(202) 535-1359
Contact TTY: 
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Service Location: 

Health, Department of

GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE