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Permits for Restaurants, Retail Markets, Bars, Bakeries, Catering Facilities/Commissaries, and Cafeterias


All restaurants, retail markets, bars, bakeries, catering facilities, commissaries, and cafeterias in San Francisco must obtain a permit to operate from the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH).  Permits are not transferrable.


Change of Ownerships
A permit to operate is not transferable. When a new business owner takes over an existing business, the new owner must apply for a permit to operate within two (2) days, otherwise a citation or further administrative action may be taken. 


New Installations and Facilities under Construction
If the site location requires new construction or remodeling, SFDPH is required to check plans and inspect the construction or remodeling.  In addition, you must apply for a Permit to Operate at least six (6) weeks prior to opening.  Existing permitted establishments that are remodeling should consult with SFDPH to determine if a new permit application is required.


Obtaining a Restaurant Permit:

Online Food Permit Application Process:

Step 2 – Sign the Form Electronically.
Step 3 – Pay the Application fee (if applicable).

The online application process is currently NOT AVAILABLE for the following businesses and WILL require a paper/PDF application:


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Making a Complaint

If you would like to make a complaint you may call or visit 311.

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San Francisco Department of Public Health Environmental Health Branch