Opening or remodeling a facility in Riverside County may require a business owner/operator to go through plan check prior to commencing construction. Certain cities may also require a permit clearance from this Department prior to the issuance of a business license. This page was put together in order to best help you obtain whatever clearances may be needed.
The Plan Check program is now accepting electronic plan submittals for food, mobile food and pool facilities. Click here for details.
Pursuant to the California Health & Safety Code, Section 114380, a plan approval must be obtained from the County of Riverside, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) before constructing, enlarging, altering, converting or remodeling any building for use as a food facility. (A remodel is defined as an addition, repair, or enlargement to the existing permitted facility and/or requires a permit from the appropriate Department of Building & Safety.) Plans and specifications may also be required if the DEH determines that they are necessary to assure compliance with the requirements of the California Retail Food Code, including, but not limited to a menu change or change in the facility’s method of operation.
This Department is responsible for all plan check and field inspections for all new facility construction or remodeling of existing facilities. We provide consultation as part of the food facility plan check process for remodeling and/or new construction. Please use the links on the right to view our food facility forms and documents to assist you with the submission of plans.
Pools & Spas
California Health & Safety Code, Section 24101.1 requires that a plan approval must be obtained from the County of Riverside, Department of Environmental Health before constructing, reconstructing, or altering a swimming pool or ancillary structure or equipment in any manner. Please note that California Health & Safety Code, Sections 116064.1 & 116064.2 have been updated effective January 1, 2010. (Formerly Federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act and California Assembly Bill 1020).
Construction plans will be evaluated for proper design, construction, and equipment. Evaluations are performed for new water feature prototypes prior to approval. For detailed plan check requirements please see our guide. For more information please view our water feature plan check forms and documents.
The majority of facilities that handle hazardous materials and/or hazardous wastes do not require the submission of plans to the Department. The exception is for facilities with underground storage tanks (USTs). Please see below for further information regarding UST plan check.
Some cities will however require a permit clearance to be obtained from the Hazardous Materials Branch prior to the issuance of a city business license. Similarly, the County will require a hazmat construction clearance for facilities engaged in certain types of business (eg cell towers). It will be necessary to visit a Hazardous Materials Branch Office and speak with an inspector should a city permit clearance be necessary. Be prepared to show your inspector documents indicating that you are applying for a city business license and to answer questions regarding the nature of your business. An inspector may determine no permit is necessary, determine that an inspection is necessary to collect more information, and/or require you to obtain a permit from this Department. In some instances the submission of a Business Plan will be necessary.
Underground Storage Tanks
Owners/operators who wish to install, repair, or remove USTs are required to submit plans to the Department prior to the commencement of any work.