Denver's Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is dedicated to advancing Denver's environmental and public health goals. DEH works collaboratively with city, state and community partners to conduct education, community engagement, and enforcement to ensure healthy people, healthy pets, and a sustainable environment. Our mission is to create a city with a world class environment and healthy communities for all ages and incomes, and where the well-being of our pets also matters.
DEH works to improve health and well being through the Office of HIV Resources, Office of the Medical Examiner, Community Health Improvement Plan and partnerships with the Denver Health and Hospital Authority.
DEH provides education, outreach and inspections to help ensure healthy places. This includes monitoring more than 4,000 food retailers, and 700 child care establishments. DEH also responds to and investigates complaints regarding hospitals, body art establishments, residential facilities, swimming pools and suspected public health outbreaks.
DEH provides education, outreach, and programs designed to protect and improve the environment. This includes regular inspections and complaint responses related to air quality, water, noise, odor, hazardous waste, lead and other environmental matters.
Through Animal Protection, DEH offers education and services to help ensure healthy people and pets. This includes pet adoptions, redemption,vaccinations, spay and neuter services, and pet licenses.
Animal Protection also investigates complaints regarding lost and abandoned animal, cruelty, barking dogs, animals at large, dog bites and other issues related to domestic animals.
Through the Climate Action Plan, Denver Energy Challenge, and other programs DEH works with partners to conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gasses and promote sustainability.