Asked Questions
SF Health Network
Environmental Health

Agriculture Program Home

The Agricultural Program protects health and safety by enforcing agricultural laws and regulations through inspection, monitoring, permitting and licensing. The work of this program prevents the introduction of exotic pests harmful to California agriculture.

Principal Activities and Services

  • Monitors pest conditions in agricultural and horticultural settings in San Francisco, including wholesale nurseries.
  • Manages the orderly burning of agricultural crop residues to minimize the impact on urban areas, and works with producers to find alternative methods of agricultural waste removal.
  • Compiles crop statistics and publishes the annual San Francisco County Agricultural Crop Report.
  • Provide public and industry education on safe pesticide usage and best practices in pest management.
  • Certify local farmer's markets.

Becoming a Certified Farmers Market

Local Regulatory Requirements:

The San Francisco Department of Public Health's Agriculture Program is the local enforcement agency for the state Certified Farmers Market Program.

To become a certified farmers market:

  1. Download and complete the Application for Certified Farmers Market Certificate.
  2. Pay the appropriate certificate fee (see the Fee Schedule in the Helpful Links) by check or money order, payable to the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
  3. Send the completed application and fee to:
    • Environmental Health Section
    • Attn: Agriculture Program
    • 1390 Market Street, Ste 210
    • San Francisco, CA 94102

Farmers markets must also obtain a permit to operate from the SFDPH Food Safety program. The Food Safety Program will only accept applications for a permit to operate if prior application has been made and accepted by the Agriculture Program. For more information on obtaining a Food Safety permit to operate a Farmers Market, click here.

State Regulatory Requirements:

California Department of Food and Agriculture: Farmers Market managers need to make sure to fulfill all state program requirements. Click here for more information. Contact the San Francisco Environmental Health Section with questions.


Urban Agricultural Incentive Program

In accordance with California Government Code 51040 (Urban Agriculture Incentives Zone Act), the City and County of San Francisco has established a local program for the Act.

What is an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Contract?

Urban agriculture provides many benefits to citizens of San Francisco through education about food, nutrition, and the environment; addressing sustainability goals; building community; creating green spaces, and benefiting the local economy. An Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Contract (“Contract”) is a voluntary contract between the City and a property owner where the property owner agrees to keep their property in active agricultural use for a set period of time in exchange for a tax benefit from the City. Applicants for a Contract must demonstrate that they will benefit the larger community through produce distribution and/or sales, open house days, educational tours, or other public programs. The City’s Agricultural Commissioner executes the contract and administers the program.

Application Packet for Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone

Within this Application Packet is information regarding:

  1. Parameters around who may apply for an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone
  2. The application process and role of involved agencies
  3. FAQs and Answers
  4. Application Instructions
  5. Application for the Contract on Private Property


For questions, please contact Miguel Monroy at (415) 252-3939.


Making a Complaint

Click here for information on how to make a complaint.