The purpose of the housing program is to ensure safe housing in regulated areas of the County. To accomplish this, the Food and Housing Division enforces state laws pertaining to sanitation, maintenance, ventilation, and occupancy.
Over two thousand housing sites are regulated, including 77,000 apartment, condominium, and hotel units. In addition, there are 30 jails and detention facilities such as the downtown jail, juvenile hall, and medium security camps in the mountains that do fire prevention work with the Forestry Department. County staff conduct yearly inspections of all of these housing establishments and detention facilities, including inspections conducted in accordance with complaint investigations.