Air Quality, Smoking and Tobacco Program
The goal of the Air Quality, Smoking and Tobacco Programs is to implement relevant local laws and to pollutants in the air, including tobacco and tobacco-derived products.
Air Quality, Smoking and Tobacco Program Activities
Protect residents from the effects of living in a poor air quality zone by requiring enhanced ventilation in new and renovated residential buildings.
Protect people from harmful exposure to environmental tobacco smoke
Ensures that all facilities selling tobacco products, including e-cigarettes are permitted and comply with all relevant laws.
Enforce Article 22B and Article 31 of the San Francisco Health Code to ensure that dust control plans are in place for certain construction projects.
Collaborate with the Planning Department to inform stakeholders about their responsibilities under the city's Clean Construction Ordinance.
Although the health department has no relevant enforcement capabilities with respect to odors and fumes, this page describes some external resources to assist with these types of complaints.
Related State Agencies
Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) -- The Air District regulates outdoor air quality, including air emissions from industrial plants, factories, refineries, odor dust or chemical air pollutants from neighborhood businesses, smoke from wood and related solid fuels, smoking vehicles, or excessive exhaust from cars, trucks or buses. The Air District may require a permit for coffee roasters, charbroilers, and smokehouses.
California Air Resources Board (CARB) is a part of the California Environmental Protection Agency. The mission of CARB is to promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects on the economy of the state.
Complaints about outdoor air quality should be made to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Complaints about emissions from diesel truck idling should be reported to the San Francisco Police Department.
For concerns about odors or fumes, please refer to the guide to the many different agencies that handle complaints about odors and fumes.
For complaints about air quality issues not covered by the above categories, call or visit 311, or visit our complaint page.