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Description of Violations

San Francisco Health Code:

Article 8 Food & Food Products

Violation Types

State & Federal Laws

CA Retail Food Code

Menu Nutrition Labels


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Laundromats/Pet Facilities


Program Contact

Office: (415) 252-3800
Fax: (415) 252-3842

Animals in Food Facilities

California Food Code generally prohibits animals in food facilities with the exception of service animals and law enforcement animals. The exception for service animals is made to be consistent with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Under the ADA service animals are those that are specifically trained to provide a task or function to an individual with a disability. The ADA limits the types of service animals to dogs (and in rare cases miniature horses). All service animals must always be under the control of the person the animal is serving.

Food facilities in San Francisco on private property may legally exclude any animal that is not a service animal as defined by the ADA.

The Department of Public Health does not have the authority to change State or Federal law or regulation.






Making a Complaint

If you would like to make a complaint regarding animals in a food facility, you may call or visit 311.

311 City Customer Service Agency - Service 24x7

San Francisco Department of Public Health Environmental Health Branch