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Health protection, permits & licensing

Environmental health advisories, reports, services and education, aimed at minimizing environmental health risks for the public and the environment across the region.

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We minimize environmental health risks for the public.

Many of our programs are mandated in legislation by the Public Health Act. Programs include Environmental Health, Community Care Facilities Licensing and Tobacco Control.​​​

In this section

Air quality

1 services

Child care facilities

4 services

Climate change & health

0 services

Drinking water

1 services

Personal service establishments

1 services


0 services

Pools & beaches

6 services

Residential care facilities

5 services

Restaurant safety

5 services

Sewer systems

1 services

Temporary events and markets

1 services

Tobacco & vapour control

4 services

Health Protection services A to Z

Browse the complete A to Z list of Health Protection services available in-person and virtually.


  • Child Care Facility Inspections

  • Community Care Facilities Licensing

  • Drinking Water Safety

  • Food Safety Programs

  • Food Service Permits

  • Personal Service Establishment Licensing

  • Pool Construction Permits

  • Pool Operating Permits

  • Pool Water Quality Inspections & Reports

  • Public Beach Water Quality

  • Recreational Water Safety

  • Residential Care Inspections

  • Residential Care Licensing

  • Restaurant Inspections & Reports

  • Safe & Healthy Environments

  • Sewer Systems Filings

  • Smoking Cessation Drop-In Groups

  • Temporary Events & Markets Permits

  • Tobacco & Vapour Products Enforcement Program

Pay your Environmental Health bill or invoice

Pay your food service, recreational pool or hot tub operating permit fees online.

Inspection reports

Facility inspections are conducted regularly and when complaints are received for food premises, pools, child care, personal services (such as hair and nail salons), and residential care facilities.

2023 Closures and inspections

*Inspection reports disclaimer

The Inspection Reports Website is designed to provide information to the public concerning the resuts of inspections of regulated facilities in Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, and Coast Garibaldi as well as the Bellas. The Inspection Reports Website is designed to provide information to the public concerning the results of inspections of regulated facilities. Public Health Inspectors (also known as Environmental Health Officers) carry out more than 16,000 inspections of food facilities in Vancouver Coastal Health communities annually, visiting more than 6000 food service establishments, 3500 food stores and processors. They also routinely inspect drinking water systems, swimming pools, and personal service establishments. Community Care Facilities Licensing Officers are responsible for inspecting approximately 1400 licensed child care facilities and 235 residential care facilities across the Health Authority. Visitors to this site are cautioned against interpreting the status of a particular facility based on only one inspection. The website will always contain information about the three most recent scheduled inspections, thereby providing the public with a brief history of compliance by the facility. Visitors are encouraged to browse the history of the facility before arriving at any conclusions.

Complaints & feedback

Fill out the feedback form for any environmental health, inspections or facility licensing issues. 

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