EMD Latest News and Information


Sacramento Environmental Management Department (EMD) is MOVING!


Effective November 2nd, 2020, EMD will be relocating from our old office at 10590 Armstrong Ave., Mather, CA 95655 to our new location:

11080 White Rock Rd., Suite 200, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670


Please update your address book!  Appointments with inspectors will continue to be at our old office until Friday, October 30th, 2020. Any appointments starting November 2nd, 2020 will be at our new office location.


For questions, call (916) 875-8484. If prompted, please leave a message with your contact information and a staff member will return your call. ​

Permit/Service Fee Adjustment Delayed​​​​


Sacramento County Environmental Management Department (EMD) anticipated a fee increase for permits and services to be effective July 1, 2020.  However, due to the impacts and uncertainties associated with COVID-19, EMD is postponing all proposed fee increases. You will be notified when EMD resumes efforts to amend the fee schedule at a future date.
During these unprecedented times, EMD will continue to work with you to ensure you receive the same level of services you have come to expect and rely upon. For assistance, call (916) 875-8484. If prompted, please leave a message with your contact information and a staff member will return your call. ​

COVID-19: Coronavirus Guidance and Information


To view the lat​est information and updates from Sacramento County Environmental Management Department please visit our COVID-19 Information site​

EMD Online Payment Process

Please see EMD Online Payments Process for the procedure to make payments through the EMD website.

Food Trucks - Schedule your truck for an inspection now!

Starting December 2, 2019, food trucks will be inspected by appointment only.  Call (916) 875-8440 to schedule an inspection for your truck.  Appointments will be available Monday-Friday 8am-11am.  All trucks must be inspected and permitted by January 31, 2020.    Please see the link below for information about scheduling and preparing for a food truck inspection.



Food Truck Inspection Appointment Information - Link

NOTE:  Food carts and ice cream trucks will still be inspected on a walk in basis.

Non-Profit Charitable Feeding Operations

Guidance is now avaliable regarding registration requirents for non profit charitable feeding operations. Non Profit Charitable Feeding Operations

Safe Recreational Water Practices - Blue Green Algae Information


It is important to know that our rivers, lakes and streams are an open resource for the public, animals and wildlife. These water sources are considered non-potable (not safe to drink) because of their inherent risk contamination from potentially harmful organisms such as Blue-Green algae and E. coli (a bacteria in the waste of animals/birds/humans).  Under the right conditions, these organisms or the toxins they produce can make people and animals sick if ingested or absorbed through open cuts or wounds.

It is recommended that everyone visiting rivers, lakes or streams practice these general safe and healthy habits for swimming:

  • Avoid areas that have algae or discolored water
  • Individuals who are immunocompromised should avoid contact with the water
  • Wash hands and shower after swimming or playing in the water
  • Do not drink or cook with the water
  • Do not swim if you are sick or have open cuts or wounds
  • Do not enter the water for several days after a significant rainstorm
  • Do not swim near any pipes that are draining water into the area

Individuals who suspect they may have gotten sick after swimming in rivers or streams in Sacramento County should report it to the Sacramento County Division of Public Health (https://dhs.saccounty.net/pub/pages/pub-home.aspx) at 916-875-5881 so that the source of the illness can be investigated.

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​.

EMD recognizes Food Safety Excellence

The Environmental Management Department recognizes the food safety efforts of 475 local food businesses.  Of the 475 recognized, one establishment from each supervisorial district has been chosen to receive their award on Sept 11 at the Board of Supervisors meeting. The list of Award of Excellence recipients can be found on our Awards of Excellence in Food Safety Page.

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.

EMD’s Abandoned Well Program Receives the CSAC Merit Award

Sacramento County Environmental Management Department (EMD) received the California State Associiation​ of Counties (CSAC) Merit Award for an innovative program to identify and properly close abandoned water wells which are a hazard and a potential source of groundwater contamination. Wells constructed prior to the County’s permitting programs and now abandoned or improperly sealed are difficult to locate. This program uses a database management system with integrated GIS mapping along with public outreach to identify and properly address abandoned wells that pose a threat to groundwater quality and are a falling-in hazard to people and animals. As of June 2015, more than 770 abandoned wells have been identified.

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​