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Digital Compliance for Grease Control Devices
On September 9, 2019, San José launched a free online reporting system for grease control device maintenance records. All San José food service establishments with grease control devices are encouraged to enroll and start uploading maintenance records at
Benefits to Your Business
Upload records on your computer or mobile device or have your service provider do it for you.
Your records are confidential and viewable only by you, your service provider, and City fats, oils and grease (FOG) inspectors. And since they’re online, you’ll never lose another record.
Completed records uploaded to this service are compliant with section
of the San José Municipal Code. Your FOG inspector can review your compliance without inspecting your facility. If an issue arises, we’ll work with you to resolve it, saving you time.
Store your grease control device maintenance records online at no cost to your business.
What it Does
Stores and organizes your grease control device maintenance records online.
Reminds you when your grease control device is due for service.
Notifies you of problems, giving you the opportunity to resolve them without an inspection or enforcement.
Demonstrates compliance remotely, reducing your facility’s FOG inspection priority.
Uploading your records online can help reduce the number of inspections at enrolled facilities, reduce FOG discharges from food service establishments, reduce blockages that impact your plumbing, and prevent sanitary sewer overflows that harm our creeks and Bay.
or (408) 945-3000.
Fats, Oils, & Grease Control
Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) enter the sanitary sewer through sinks, floor drains, dishwashers, and other kitchen equipment plumbed to the sanitary sewer. FOG and solid food waste entering your drains may cause blockages in either your plumbing or the sanitary sewer lines by building up along the walls of the pipes. This can lead to a sanitary sewer overflow inside your home, business, adjacent buildings, streets, or the environment. These spills are a safety hazard that can endanger public health and impact the health of our creeks and Bay.
The US EPA and the State of California have identified FOG as a pollutant of concern and require collection system agencies to develop and administer
Sewer System Management Plans
(SSMPs). The FOG Control Program is one element required in the SSMP.
The goal of the FOG Control Program is to reduce the amount of FOG being discharged into the sanitary sewer.
Title 15.14 of the San José Municipal Code
gives the FOG Control Program authority to administer a successful program in San José.
The FOG Control Program requirements are implemented and enforced through
, inspections, and education. Inspections are unannounced and occur during business hours. Inspectors will ask to see documentation indicating the food service facility is managing its FOG correctly, will inspect indoor and outdoor areas and review cleaning practices with staff. Upon completion, a written Inspection Report will be provided and, if needed, inspectors will conduct a follow-up inspection to verify that all violations are corrected. Uncorrected, repeated, and/or serious violations will result in escalated enforcement, up to and including fines.
Best Practices and Educational Materials
The FOG Control Program has developed a large variety of
, available in multiple languages, which inspectors use to educate businesses on pollution prevention and FOG management. Additionally, inspectors are available to answer any of your questions. If you are searching for an answer to a specific question, please see our Frequently Asked Questions section,
, or call one of our inspectors at
Grease Pumpers and Haulers
The following grease pumpers and haulers have participated in a training which covered ordinance requirements for grease control device maintenance and documentation. This list is provided as a courtesy, and is not a complete list of all the suppliers of this type of service. It is the responsibility of the person who is hiring any of these companies to verify their qualifications and references as well as their compliance with regulations on handling and transporting wastes. It is in no way implied or understood that the City of San José Environmental Services Department endorses these companies or their quality of work.
A-1 Septic Tank Services
All Valley Environmental, Inc.
Burr Plumbing & Pumping
Estradas Grease Service
Grease Trap Cleaners, LLC
Liquid Environmental Solutions
SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel
Foam Food Container Ordinance
San José’s Foam Food Container Ordinance (fully effective as of January 1, 2015) requires all restaurants to use non-foam food service ware for both dine-in and takeout. This includes cups, bowls, plates, boxes, clamshells, and trays.
This ordinance aims to reduce a pervasive and persistent type of litter by banning food service ware made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, commonly referred to as Styrofoam™*. EPS foam is uniquely problematic when littered because it does not degrade. It breaks easily into tiny pieces, making it difficult to clean up. Those small pieces are often mistaken as food by fish and wildlife and are harmful to their health.
Foam Food Container Ordinance webpage
for more information and resources.
*Although EPS is commonly referred to as “Styrofoam,” the trademarked material manufactured by Dow Chemical is not used for food containers.
Dish, Mop, and Wash Water
Local and state stormwater pollution prevention regulations require that only rainwater enter the
. Storm drains flow untreated into local waterways. All facilities are required to put mop and wash water into the sanitary sewer, never into the storm drain. Wash water from washing activities may have soaps, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, oil, grease, and other pollutants which should never be put into a storm drain.
Where do I go for a plan check?
Are there any permits or fees involved with the Fats, Oils, and Grease program?
Where can I find a complete list of Best Practices for Restaurants?
How do I store my grease control device maintenance records online?
200 E. Santa Clara St.
San José, CA 95113
408 535-3500 Main
408 294-9337 TTY
The City of San José
is committed to open and honest government and strives to consistently meet the community’s expectations by providing excellent service, in a positive and timely manner, and in the full view of the public.
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