News & Media |  Donate  |  Contact Us | 
Asked Questions
San Francisco Health Network

We're moving to, a user-centered, services-first, accessible website.

Environmental Health

Laundry and Pet Facility Permits

A permit from Environmental Health is required to operate a:

  • Dog Kennel
  • Laundromat
  • Pet shop
  • Pet hospital


Application Process

Step 1

Complete the following:

  1. Go to to start your application
  2. Zoning referral (pdf) (Not applicable to existing laundromats, only *NEWLY* constructed ones)
  3. Fire Marshall Referral Form (pdf) (Not applicable to existing animal facilities, only *NEWLY* constructed ones)
Step 2

Send or deliver all of the above forms and include the appropriate permit fee to:

Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Branch
49 South Van Ness Ave., Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94103


Additional Information

For all of the abovementioned facilities, a hearing for potential permit protests is required. The fee is $95 for required advertisement of the hearing.

For any information regarding animal welfare within animal facilities, contact Animal Care and Control.




If you would like to make a complaint regarding a laundromat, pet facility or other Environmental Health issues, you may call or visit 311.

311 City Customer Service Agency - Service 24x7

San Francisco Department of Public Health Environmental Health Branch