Environmental Health Services is responsible for enforcing State health laws, quarantines and orders related to housing, including areas of interior and exterior maintenance, sanitation, and occupancy standards. Authority to enter and conduct housing inspections is derived from the California Health & Safety Code Section 17970.
All multi-unit (4 or more) rental properties are subject to routine housing inspections by this Division and assessed an annual fee as set by County Ordinance, Title 5, Chapter 5.64, §5.64.070. Multi-unit buildings are inspected to comply with minimum standards as set forth in §17920.3, (substandard building), & §17920.10, (lead hazards).
For additional information on the Housing Inspection Program please review the Housing Inspection Program Packet.
The Housing program inspects the following:
• Rental properties (apartment buildings of 4 units or more)
• Hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts (B&Bs)
• Mobile home parks (within unincorporated San Mateo County)
For all other issues contact your city’s code enforcement department
If you reside within the City of San Mateo or the City of San Carlos, contact your local Code Enforcement Department directly for more information on registering a complaint.
• City of San Mateo Code Enforcement
• City of San Carlos Code Enforcement
For issues regarding properties in unincorporated areas click here.
To file a complaint about a townhome or condominium, contact the owner, HOA, or obtain legal advice.
Steps to resolve your housing complaint:
• Contact your landlord or manager in writing regarding your complaint
• Give landlord or manager adequate time to resolve your complaint
• If the problem persists, contact Environmental Health Services at (650) 599-1112, or use the Online Complaint Form.