(updated 03/20/2020) NOTE:
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Anchorage Health Department (AHD) and satellite locations will be limiting services to over the phone and appointments only effective March 19, 2020. Many services and benefits will still be available, but via telephone or limited to in-person appointments only. Any in-person business or service must be prearranged with the specific program.
Your health is our priority. So, please save yourself a trip and contact us before coming to the office.
AHD remains committed to serving you, please contact us to discuss how we may continue to provide the support you need:
Community Health Nursing: 343-4799
Aging and Disability Resource Center: 343-7770
Women, Infants and Children: 343-4668
Child Care Licensing: 343-4758
Environmental Health (Food and Air): 343-4200
Community Safety and Development: 343-4822
Main Number: 343-6718
These changes will remain in effect until further notice. Please visit our website for more information at https://www.muni.org/departments/health/pages/default.aspx and continue to call Alaska 2-1-1 for questions about COVID-19.
The Food Safety and Sanitation Program permits, regulates and inspects over 2,000 public facilities in the Municipality of Anchorage. The public facilities we regulate include food establishments, school kitchens, childcare kitchens, public pools and spas, beauty salons, barbershops, habilitative care facilities, and Correctional Community Residential Centers (CCRCs). We also regulate noise, smoking, pests in rental housing, the application of pesticides and oversee the delivery of training and testing for the Anchorage Food Worker Card. Call the customer service desk at 343-4200 with questions.
The Air Quality Program is responsible for monitoring and reporting levels of air pollutants, such as carbon monoxide and fine particles, within the municipality of Anchorage. The program also responds to local air quality complaints and is responsible for various air quality projects. For current air quality conditions, call the Air Quality Hotline at 343-4899.
Health Permits are needed for the following:
- Food Establishments - All facilities providing food to the public in the Municipality of Anchorage must have a food permit.
- Pools/Hot Tubs
- Beauty/Barber Shops
- Temporary Food Events
- Pest Control - Operators who apply pesticides outside of Municipal parks and greenspaces, including privately owned properties must have an pest control health permit. Pesticide applications on municipal parklands must instead be approved by the Parks and Recreation Department.
- Retail Marijuana
- Cottage Food Products
Click here to download the application. Print and bring to the office with you.
Do you have a complaint or concern about a public facility regulated by Food Safety and Sanitation? Timely reporting is key for a successful investigation. Responding to complaints and concerns is a priority for the Food Safety and Sanitation Program. If you believe you may have become ill as a result of eating food from a public food facility such as a restaurant or from swimming at a public swimming pool or spa in the Municipality of Anchorage please file a complaint online or call our office at 343-4200 or for weekend or after hours, call (800) 478-0084.
- For barking dogs please contact Anchorage Animal Care & Control. AACC responds to concerns about barking dogs and/or neglected animals. Their office hours are Mon – Fri 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., and Saturday & Sunday 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Please contact their customer service staff directly at 343-8122 or email@example.com.
- For noisy neighbors, vehicles, loud music, or after-hours needs please contact the APD non-emergency line: 907-786-8500.
The Municipality of Anchorage Environmental Health Program seeks to have the services we provide meet or exceed the needs and expectations of our customers. By taking this survey you will help us determine what we are doing well and where we can improve customer satisfaction while protecting public health and safety in our community.