Food Facility Inspection Program

The goal of the food program is to ensure that the food sold and served in the City of Long Beach is safe, wholesome, properly labeled and advertised, and produced under sanitary conditions.
Food facilities inspected include: Restaurants, Markets, Bakeries, Bars, Hospital Cafeterias, Commissaries, Mobile Food Preparation Vehicles, Packaged Food Trucks, Food Carts, Food Warehouses, Food Salvagers, Food Processors.

New Food Safety Laws

Assembly Bill 1252 (AB 1252) takes effect on January 1, 2014. The bill makes several changes and clarifications to the California Retail Food Code. The California Retail Food Code is the principal law that governs food safety in Retail Food Facilities. The change that will affect most food facilities is the prohibition of bare hand contact when handling ready-to-eat food. Please visit the links below for all California Retail Food Code changes.

AB 1252

AB 1252 Summary

No Bare Hand Contact Informational Bulletin

No Bare Hand Contact Frequently Asked Questions

No Bare Hand Contact Frequently Asked Questions- Spanish

Application for Alternate Operating Procedure for bare hand contact

No Bare Hand Contact with Ready to Eat Food Handout

No Bare Hand Contact with Ready to Eat Food Handout- Spanish


Assembly Bill 1616 , known as the Cottage Food Bill, was passed into law on September 21, 2012 and becomes effective on January 1, 2013. This law allows for the manufacturing and sale of specific low risk food products from a private home.

Click here for more information on starting a Cottage Food Operation

The Food Inspection Program:

  • enforces state and local food safety regulations in over 2,000 food facilities in the city
  • reviews plans and performs construction progress inspections on all new or remodeled food facilities
  • licenses and inspects mobile food facilities (carts) and mobile food preparation units (hot trucks)
  • regulates food operators at outdoor special events
  • licenses and inspects laundries, health spas, massage establishments, and tanning salons
  • focuses on the education of food handlers and food operators
  • stresses prevention of foodborne illness during routine inspections

New Health Department Policy Allowing Dogs on Outdoor Dining Patios:

On July 24, 2012, the City Council approved a new policy allowing dogs on outdoor patios with dining service. This new policy will be implemented by the City's Health Department. The policy provides restaurant owners with the flexibility to determine whether or not to allow dogs on their patios. If restaurant owners decide to allow dogs on their patios, then specific sanitation and hygienic practices will be required (see link to Info Bulletin). A sign stating "Dog-Friendly Patio" will be required for those restaurants allowing dogs on their patios (see link for signage). A window sticker is being prepared by the Health Department and will be available soon for restaurants to use in place of the sign if preferred. Dog owners taking their dogs to outdoor dining patios can review the below tips for dining with your dog (see link for Tips for Dog Owners). Any questions on this new policy can be directed to Jackie Hampton, Food Program Supervisor, at 562-570-4144.

Additional Information:

Food Handler Card Requirement

The State of California Food Handler Card (SB602) is effective on July 1, 2011. Food handlers involved in the preparation, storage, or service of food in a food facility must obtain a food handler card. Enforcement of the law will be limited to education and notification of requirements until January 1, 2012 to allow for clarification of the law to be adopted.

For additional information:

Food Handler Card Mailer
California Food Handler Card Law Frequently Asked Questions
California Accredited Food Handler Card Exam Providers

Additional Resources:

California Retail Food Code (Cal Code)

California Retail Food Code (Cal Code) Order Form

Food Inspection Program Brochure

Food Inspection Program Brochure (Spanish)

Cooling Techniques (English/Spanish)

Cooking and Holding Temperature Requirements (English/Spanish)

Contact Us: For more information on Environmental Health Food Inspection Program, please call (562) 570-4132