Guide to Laws for Restaurant Owners and their Customers in the Los Angeles area

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Many laws related to restaurants are made at the state level. Be sure to also see our Guide to Restaurant Law in California.

1. Health & Safety

Do restaurants have to post their health grades?

Yes. Throughout Los Angeles County, you have the right to know the health grade (e.g. A, B, C, etc) the restaurant has received in its most recent inspection. This grade must be prominently displayed.1LA County Municipal Code Sec. 8.04.752

You can find the full inspection reports at the LA County Public Health website.

How do I file a complaint against a restaurant for unhealthy conditions?

You can use the LA County Environmental Health online complaint system or call 888-700-9995.

2. Pets

Am I allowed to bring my pet to a restaurant?

In L.A. County, restaurant owners are authorized (but not required) to allow dogs in outdoor dining areas, following certain guidelines. Long Beach has its own health code, but follows the same policy as the rest of L.A. County; see Long Beach policy here.

In the rest of California, restaurant owners are authorized to do so unless the city or county has specifically prohibited it.2CA Health & Safety Code Sec. 114259.6

Related Pages

Guide to Restaurant Law in California

Guide to Laws about Alcohol in Los Angeles

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