Apply for a permit to operate a refuse collection truck

Get a Refuse Collection Truck Permit to operate a truck picking up trash, recycling, or compost.

What to do

1. Complete an application

2. Include additional documents

3. Submit your application

Email your application materials to

4. Pay the application fee

Check the fee schedule for the application fee. Pay the fee on the second floor of the San Francisco Permit Center. Pay the application fee with a credit card or check made out to "San Francisco Department of Public Health". Include your project name and address on the check.

Department of Public Health

Solid Waste
Permit Center
49 South Van Ness
2nd floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Truck inspections

We inspect trucks that collect trash, recycling, and compost to make sure they are safe and sanitary. We inspect trucks every year to make sure they:

  • Do not leak liquid or waste
  • Are clean and safe
  • Have working lights and signals
  • Have safety equipment such as a fire extinguisher, flares, broom, shovel, and first aid kit
  • Have the operator identification clearly marked
  • Have tires that are in good condition
  • Have hydraulics that are under 75 decibels (dBA)

Learn more about the truck inspection criteria in the code:

Last updated April 18, 2024