About Self-service Laundries
Los Angeles County Code Title 8, Section 8.04.280 defines a "Laundry" as any building, room, or place, or portion thereof, used for the washing, ironing, or drying of clothing, linen, towels, uniforms and other similar articles for money or other consideration. Also, "laundry" includes any establishment, except apartment houses, hotels, tourist courts, motels, or mobile home parks, in which six or more customer-operated laundry machines are installed and permitted to be used for a fee.
We ensure that services provided at self-service laundry establishments are safe, sanitary, and free from imminent health and safety hazards. Inspectors conduct routine inspections once a year and respond to complaints regarding these establishments. Inspectors act under the authority of Los Angeles County Code Titles 8 and 11. When health and safety codes are followed it prevents the spread of disease and helps keep employees and the community safe. Also, when laundromats properly dispose of Wastewater it helps to protect the environment.
The Self-service Laundry Inspection Program is managed by the District Surveillance and Enforcement (DSE) Branch. It is deployed throughout Los Angeles County by twenty-nine DSE district offices spread across all geographic areas.
All self-service laundry facilities within Los Angeles County are required to apply for a Public Health Permit regardless of locality.
How to Open a Business
To open a self-service laundry business in any part of Los Angeles County, you must apply for a Public Health Permit and be approved to operate by your local District Surveillance & Enforcement District Office.
You will be asked to provide business or individual identity documents, such as a Business License, Seller's Permit, Articles of Incorporation, or California ID, depending on the nature of your business.
The Public Health Permit is not transferrable and must be renewed annually.
For more information on requirements and how to apply, see below and contact your local District Office. You can find your District Office address and contact information by calling (888)700-9995 or by visiting District Office Page.
Application and Information
Sanitation and Licensing Requirements
Health and safety inspections at self-service laundry facilities ensure that operations comply with Los Angeles County Code Titles 8 and 11. The requirements under these codes protect the health and safety of workers and limit the potential for infectious disease to spread.
During routine inspections, we check for the following:
- Vermin infestations (violations must be corrected at once)
- Rodent proofing
- Waste water discharges (violations must be corrected immediately)
- Toilets and hand sinks available and clean (violations must be corrected immediately)
- Signs/permit requirements
Report a Problem
Complaints about self-service laundries can be made by calling the Environmental Health Call Center at (888) 700-9995 or File a Complaint Online. Environmental Health will not ask about your immigration status, and you can file complaints anonymously.
You can report to Environmental Health if the self-service laundry facility does not:
- Have a valid permit posted
- Control pests like rats, mice, and cockroaches
- Dispose of wastewater through an approved system
- Ensure sanitary conditions inside the facility
- Have clean bathrooms with soap, water, toilet paper, and hand towels
- Have hot and cold running water
- Have an emergency sign posted in an obvious location
- Take steps to prevent all imminent health and safety hazards as defined in the California Retail Food Code