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Covid19 Health Orders being enforced by Environmental Health Branch

Environmental Health Inspectors will be ensuring compliance with some of the Covid-19 Health Orders

Annual testing deadlines for cross connection assemblies have been extended due to the Covid-19 emergency

Testing deadlines for cross connection assemblies are extended.

Some services are not being prioritized during the Covid-19 emergency

Our response times will be slow for lower priority service requests during the Covid-19 emergency

Covid-19 Order C19-04 Regarding SROs

The San Francisco Health Officer's March 10, 2020 Order C19-04 specifies requirements for all Single Resident Occupancy housing to prevent transmission of Covid-19. Each of the approximately 500 SROs in San Francisco will be visited by Environmental Health Inspectors to check that (1) the order has been posted and delivered to each tenant, (2) the community areas are being cleaned and disinfected daily and a cleaning log is being maintained and (3) the bathrooms have soap for all sinks or ssanitizer if there is no sink.

More information may be found on our Residential Hotel Program Page.

COVID-19: Recommendations for Food Facilities

The San Francisco Health Officer's March 16, 2020 Order C19-07 includes language allowing individuals to continue to access essential goods and services, including groceries, prepared foods, and household consumer products, and to engage in essential activities throughout the Shelter-in-Place period. The Order contains the following exemptions and provisions, among others:

  • Grocery stores, certified farmers' markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and similar food retail establishments are encouraged to remain open to provide food and pet supplies to the public. This includes stores that sell groceries as well as non-grocery products, such as cleaning and personal care products.
  • Restaurants, bars, cafes, mobile food facilities, and other establishments that prepare and serve food to the public are prohibited from operating except for the purposes of preparing meals and providing them to customers via delivery and carry out only. We encourage these facilities to stay open for carry out and delivery service. Patrons and delivery services may visit these establishments to pick up and take away meals. But dining in or around the food facility is prohibited.
  • Schools, soup kitchens, food banks, and other charitable feeding entities that provide free or reduced priced food goods or meals to students or other members of the public are encouraged to remain open to continue providing these critical services.

We have provided additional details on these exceptions and guidance for food facilities to operate safely during the Covid-19 Shelter-in-Place order.

Any complaints regarding group gathering or other violations of Health Order C19-07 must be made by calling 311.

The Food Safety Program has prepared a handout with recommended precautionary measures to protect public health and prevent the spread of pathogens such as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The handout is also available in Chinese: 新型冠狀病毒(COVID-19):對食品設施的建議 and
in Spanish: COVID-19: Recomendaciones Para Instalaciones de Comida.

Body Art

Environmental Health inspectors ensure that tattoo, piercing and permanent cosmetic facilities are clean and practice sterilization.

Hazardous Waste

Our programs review soil sampling and provide oversight and cleanup at Underground Storage Tank releases and other contaminated sites.

Hazardous Materials

We regulate petroleum storage, hazardous wastes, chlorofluorocarbon recycling and medical waste, and prevention of accidental releases. Our work includes regulation of Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)

Childhood Lead Prevention

Lead is an invisible poison that can harm your child's growth and development. The Childhood Lead Prevention Program is part of the Children's Environmental Health Promotion program.


The Environmental Health Branch enforces local regulations regarding fixed-equipment noise, such as ventilation equipment, generators, and compressors.

Rodents, Mosquitoes and Other Insects

The Environmental Health Branch provides services and education to eliminate rodents, mosquitoes and other insects and animals that contribute to the spread of diseases such as West Nile Virus.


The Massage Program issues permits to massage practioners and businesses in the city and ensures their compliance with San Francisco Health Code Article 29.

Healthy Housing

The Environmental Health Branch conducts routine inspections to ensure that minimum levels of sanitation are being maintained by property owners.


San Francisco's Agriculture Commissioner and staff monitor pest conditions and pesticide use in nurseries, and enforce laws relevant to growing plants, including cannabis.

Water Programs

Our water programs protect the potable water supply from cross connections, ensure safe construction and destruction of wells and soil borings, and oversees swimming pools, spas and on-site nonpotable water systems.

Air and Smoking

The goal of the Air Quality, Smoking and Tobacco Programs is to implement local laws relevant to pollutants in the air, including tobacco and tobacco-derived products.

Weights and Measures

The Weights and Measures Sealer and staff protect consumers by inspecting and testing commercial scales, gasoline pumps, taximeters, liquefied petroleum gas dispensers and electric meters.


SFDPH will retain oversight of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries under San Francisco Health Code Article 33 until it sunsets in 2018. At that time regulation and oversight of the cannabis industry will be overseen by the San Francisco Office of Cannabis. Environmental Health Branch will continue to oversee certain aspects of cannabis cultivation, manufacture and sales through our regulatory programs such as those that govern the use of pesticides, storage and disposal of hazardous materials, generation of noise from fixed mechanical devices, etc.

Program on Health, Equity and Sustainability

The Program on Health, Equity and Sustainability (PHES) applies innovative approaches to using health data and evidence to inform safe, sustainable and equitable planning and policy, in collaboration with local communities and government agencies.

Transportation and Health

The Transportation and Health program is a part of PHES which utilizes data and collaboration to advance a transportation system that protects and promotes public health and equity such as Vision Zero San Francisco, TransBASESF, and the Transportation-Related Injury Surveillance System

Solid Waste

The Solid Waste Program enforces mandatory requirements for residential and commercial garbage (refuse) service and regulates refuse collection and solid waste sites to protect the public health, safety and well-being of our communities and environment from the impacts of solid waste management and disposal.

Animal Fur

The Environmental Health Branch will oversee the prohibition of selling, offering or displaying for sale, trade, gift, donation, distribution, or manufacturing of fur products.

For complaints about Environmental Health issues call or visit 311 to have your complaint recorded and routed correctly to Environmental Health. If you are calling from a cell phone or outside the county, dial (415) 701-2311.

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