The County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs has a long history of working to ensure a fair marketplace for L.A. County residents.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recognized the need to have a department who could advocate for L.A. County residents, act as the central clearinghouse for consumer complaints and disseminate consumer protection information. The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) was established under Ordinance 11166 by the Board of Supervisors on July 1, 1975. We officially opened to the public on April 15, 1976.
On January 13, 2015, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion to add the County’s Office of Small Business to DCA and to change the name of our department from the Department of Consumer Affairs to the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA). Now, the Department serves both consumers and small businesses in Los Angeles County. DCBA now assists with certifying local small businesses and helping those who wish to start a small business in Los Angeles County.
Starting in 2016, the Board of Supervisors tasked DCBA with enforcing the new Los Angeles County minimum wage. DCBA’s Wage Enforcement Program accepts complaints of alleged minimum wage violations for residents who work in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.