Apply for regulatory oversight for your Maher compliance activities

Get approval of your development project on land that may be contaminated for Maher compliance.

What to do

1. Fill out an application

2. Email your application materials

Email the application to Please let us know in your application if:

  • Your project has only been used for residential purposes so we can evaluate a possible waiver
  • Environmental cleanup or mitigation is or was overseen under another regulatory program or agency (such as Voluntary Remedial Action Program, Former Local Oversight Program, Regional Board, DTSC, or USEPA)
  • You have already met some of your Maher Ordinance requirements by submitting:
    • Development plans and elevations showing the areas and depths of excavation (required)
    • Any geotechnical reports
    • Any previous environmental documents, including
      • Site history reports (Phase I ESAs)
      • Subsurface investigation reports
        Regulatory program correspondence
      • Environmental restriction documents

If your supporting documents are too large to send over email, please include a file sharing link. You can also ask in your email for us to send you a file sharing link.

4. Pay the application fee

By mail

Submit a check made out to "San Francisco Department of Public Health". Include your project name and address on the check. Address the letter to:

Department of Public Health

Environmental Health Branch
Site Assessment and Mitigation Program
49 South Van Ness Avenue
Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94103

In person

Pay the application fee with a credit card or check on the second floor of the San Francisco Permit Center:

Department of Public Health

Environmental Health
Permit Center
49 South Van Ness Avenue
Counters 82 and 83
San Francisco, CA 94103

Mon to Fri, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

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5. Learn about the next steps

Once we process your application and payment, we will give you a Site Mitigation Environmental Health Database (SMED) case number. Your caseworker will reach out to you to

  • Guide you through the compliance process
  • Perform technical review of submitted documents
  • Issue comments or approval letters
  • Make sure your project complies with the Health Code Article 22A

You must complete this process before construction can start and before any buildings can be occupied. Learn more about the Maher process.

Get help

Email us for guidance

We can help you understand what requirements apply to your project.



Last updated April 16, 2024