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Some of the many Environmental Health Programs

The Environmental Health Branch has numerous programs to ensure San Francisco is the Healthiest Place on Earth!

Mosquito and Vector Control

Certified Vector Control Technicians eliminate conditions that encourage mosquito breeding.

Compressed Gas Safety in Food Facilities

Environmental Health Branch ensures that compressed gas is installed and used safely in food facilities

Some more of the many programs of the Environmental Health Branch

The Environmental Health Branch has numerous programs to ensure San Francisco is the Healthiest Place on Earth!

Holding and Cooking Food Temperatures

Registered Environmental Health Specialists ensure that food served to you is cooked properly and held at safe temperatures.

Restaurant Permitting: Learn what you need to do to get a restaurant permit, including all the forms and procedures.

Restaurant Scores: Find inspection scores for over 7,000 facilities that serve food to the public to ensure healthy and safe food handling practices.

Other Food Permits: We issue permits for food prepared and served by caterers, Cottage Food Operations, Farmers Markets, Licensed Health Care Facilities, Mobile Food Facilities, Pop-ups, and Temporary Food Facilities.

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 we have a program to prevent accidental releases.

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 provide services such as monitoring pest conditions and pesticide use in nurseries, and enforcement 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


The Environmental Health Branch enforces mandatory requirements for residential and commercial garbage service, ensuring that refuse is safely collected and disposed.

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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