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Director's Hearings

The Director’s Hearing is a monthly hearing where fines, suspensions, and revocations are imposed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) on non-compliant business operators or individuals. The appointed Hearing Officer hears testimony from DPH staff, the responsible parties, and other interested individuals.


After hearing the testimony the Hearing Officer may render a decision immediately or within 2 to 60 days, depending on the complexity of the case and the relevant code. Cases are heard regarding Housing and Vector Control, Tobacco Sales, Massage Establishment, Body Art, Food Programs, Cross Connection Control, Medical Cannabis Dispensaries, and other matters under the San Francisco Health Code. Permit decisions made at the Director's Hearing are appealable to the San Francisco Board of Appeals. Other fines and penalty decisions may be appealed at the San Francisco Superior Court.


The Director's Hearing occurs the third Thursday of every month at 1:00 pm at 101 Grove St., Room 300.