The Food Service Establishment (FSE) Inspection program provides the City, through the FOG ordinance, with the authority to inspect and monitor the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs). Using BMPs will reduce the likelihood of a Sewage System Overflow (SSO).
Illustration of a typical SSO entering a storm drain
Restaurants are inspected on a two tiered inspection schedule. FSEs with grease removal devices such as hydro-mechanical interceptors (grease traps) or gravity interceptors (grease interceptors) are inspected once a year and FSEs without any grease removal devices are inspected at least twice a year. New FSEs that produce FOG through the cooking, processing, or rendering of beef, poultry, or fish are required to install an inline grease removal device such as a hydro-mechanical grease interceptor or a gravity grease interceptor. See Municipal Code section 14.56 for requirements and guidelines.
|Drain screens, a required BMP, is used to prevent food particles from building up in pipes and causing clogs|
What can I do in the event of a sewer system overflow?
For information on handling SSOs, visit:
Orange County Food Safety Sanitation Manual or CalFOG Guidelines
Restaurant BMP guidelines and informational documents:
Think you may have or know of a Code Enforcement violation? You can now submit a Code Enforcement Investigation Request online!
City of Huntington Beach
Public Works Department
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
Phone: (714) 536-5431
Fax: (714) 374-1573