Animal Husbandry

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The SF Department of Public Health regulates the keeping of small animals (e.g. chickens, ducks, and dogs) and hoofed animals (e.g. goats). Permits may or may not be required depended on the number kept

Beekeeping is legally allowed in San Francisco and does not require a permit on private land. It is subject to the law of nuisance and regulated by the SF Department of Public Health. Read>
Up to two female goals may be kept on private property without a permit. The keeping of three or more female goats or any number of male goats requires a permit.Read>
Urban agriculture projects may keep a combined total of four or fewer small animals (including chickens, ducks, and others) without a permit. Any greater number of small animals requires a permit.Read>