Vector Control: Pigeon Nuisance
Feeding birds encourages pigeons to roost in the immediate vicinity, causing property damage, unsanitary conditions and a potential health hazard. Nests, feathers and bird waste can cause human and bird diseases. Bird feeding is also a source of food for rodents and can cause birds to roost in structures that can be harmful to the birds' health as their population grows in an unnatural city environment.
Creating these conditions is a public nuisance to the community. The Department of Public Health recognizes that pigeons create problems for the citizens of the City and County of San Francisco. However, the City does not have a program addressing the nesting and roosting of pigeons.
What you can do:
- Remove all FOOD SOURCES from the property
- Remove all BIRD WASTE, feathers and abandoned nesting materials
- Discourage ROOSTING by means of wire or nylon mesh, or other means, if needed
- Maintain property in a clean, nuisance-free condition at all times
Please note: Always check with the San Francisco Fire Department before installing netting or making other structural modifications to be sure that it will no impede access during an emergency.
Making a Complaint
No pigeon feeding is allowed in San Francisco. Environmental Health Branch responds to citizen complaints regarding the nesting and roosting of pigeons. Our response includes an investigation of the property in question and requirement for appropriate corrective action by the property owner. These corrective actions may include an order to cease the feeding of pigeons, removal of pigeon droppings and in some cases, installation of pigeon proofing materials to eliminate the nesting and roosting of pigeons.
For complaints about pigeons call or visit 311 to have your complaint recorded and routed correctly to Environmental Health.
If a complaint regarding a violation of the San Francisco Police Code or the San Francisco Health Code is verified, property owners will be billed for the costs of future visits required to verify correction made UNLESS:
- The person who made the complaint contacts us before reinspection is made to report that conditions are satisfactory OR
- Acceptable proof of compliance is presented to this office before a reinspection is made, such as a film-dated photograph or an invoice for work performed.
Important Note: The City cannot pigeon-proof nor remove the pigeon droppings and feathers from private residences and buildings. This is the responsibility of the property owners. In addition the City cannot reimburse owners for costs incurred to resolve the problem.