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Division of Community Hygiene

Community Hygiene


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 a timely manner.

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). 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

Find an Establishment:

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


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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: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE