***COVID 19 UPDATES***
COVID-19 Guidances and Best Practices
For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, including information on best practices, licensure waivers, and recommended guidelines, go to coronavirus.dc.gov.
Due to ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately, the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is implementing a 100% telework policy and will be available for mail services only.
Walk In Services
UPDATED: The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Processing Center will be open to the public by appointment only on Mondays and Wednesdays starting on October 21, 2020, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The online appointment scheduler is http://appts.dcvsims.com. Individuals may also call the Processing Center at 1 (877) 672-2174 to get an update on their pending application.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)
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: https://dc.healthinspections.us/?a=Inspections
Updated May 2019