County Departments/Offices

County Departments/Offices ( Disaster/Emergency Issues )

Provider: LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS - ADMINISTRATION

The agency provides Coronavirus related services for price gouging assistance and wage theft.

Beginning March 16th, the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) is closing all service locations to members of the public, including at its headquarters in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration. DCBA will also cancel all currently calendared workshops, community meetings, trainings, commission meetings, and other outreach activities. These events will be rescheduled as webinars, conference calls, and remote/virtual engagement as appropriate and possible.

PRICE GOUGING INFORMATION Price gouging is the act of a business raising prices of needed products and services over 10% during a declared emergency. Price gouging is prohibited and is governed by Penal Code 396 and the Los Angeles County Price Gouging Ordinance.

For 30 days following the declaration of emergency, it is illegal for a person, contractor, or business to sell or offer to sell any food items or goods or service for a price of more than 10 % above the price charged by that person or business immediately before the declaration of emergency was issued.

Typically, this statute applies for 30 days after an emergency declaration. However, the statute applies for 180 days for reconstruction servies and emergency cleanup services. State and local municipalities may extend the effective period of the statute beyond these timeframes.

For more information about price gouging, please visit: https://stoppricegouging.dcba.lacounty.gov/

WHO IS SUBJECT TO THE STATUTE?

Individuals, businesses, and other entities must comply with the statute.

WHAT GOODS AND SERVICES DOES THE ANTI-PRICE GOUGING STATUTE COVER?

-Lodging (rental housing, hotels and motels)

-Food and drink (including for animals)

-Emergency supplies (water, flashlights, batteries, candles, blankets, soap, diapers, temporary shelters, tape, toiletries, plywood, nails and hammers, medical supplies

-Other goods and services (home heating, oil, building materials, construction tools, transportation, freight, storage services, gasoline and other motor fuels, repair and reconstruction services.

WHAT DO I DO IF I THINK A BUSINESS IS PRICE GOUGING?

Contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs:

Telephone - (800) 593-8222
Online - https://iddweb.isd.lacounty.gov/dca_ecomplaint/

APPLICATION PROCEDURE See information above FEES/PAYMENT SOURCE Not Applicable
Application Procedure

Address

500 W. Temple St., B-96

Los Angeles , CA 90012 (Physical)

Get directions

Service/Intake

(213) 974-1452 (For Calls Outside of Los Angeles County) (800) 593-8222 (Toll Free From Within Los Angeles County)

TDD

(213) 626-0913

FAX

(213) 687-1137

Service/Intake and Administration, Coronavirus

(833) 238-4450 (Coronavirus Business and Worker Disaster Help Center)

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