San Francisco Environment Department

Regulations on Beekeeping by the San Francisco Department of Public Health

Bee pollination plays an important role in agriculture contributing to productive crop yields and diverse ecosystems. Bee activity is addressed in two areas of the San Francisco Public Health Code to state that honey bees are not considered a wild or potentially dangerous animal and that honey bees are not considered a public health nuisance just because they’re bees.

San Francisco currently allows urban beekeeping without any specific permit requirements; however, in some cases bees can pose significant health and safety risks. To avoid conflict, beekeepers should manage their colonies in a way that’s sensitive to surrounding areas and neighbors. 

Additional Resources
San Francisco Beekeepers Association has monthly meetings and education events.
SF BeeCause has educational events and volunteer workdays.

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