We work with restaurants and food service establishments to help prevent these pollutants from entering and clogging our sewer system.
Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) can be a major problem for our City’s sewers. When poured down the drain, FOG hardens inside sewer pipes, constricting wastewater flow and clogging the pipes. This can lead to sewer overflows onto City streets, which is a very expensive problem. In fact, we spend millions of dollars each year to clear grease-clogged pipes.
Restaurants and other food service establishments are a significant source of FOG, and our FOG Control Ordinance aims to prevent these pollutants from entering the sewer system. We require San Francisco restaurants and other food service establishments that cook food, and therefore have grease in their wastewater discharges, to install grease capturing equipment (i.e. traps or interceptors). The FOG Control Ordinance provides clear guidelines on exactly what type of grease capturing equipment restaurants must be installed, and it includes standards to ensure that the equipment is well maintained and serviced.
Complying with the Ordinance
To help restaurants comply with the FOG Control Ordinance, our wastewater inspectors will perform the following:
- Conduct inspections
- Assign each food service establishment a FOG Discharger Category number (1, 2 or 3) that reflects their potential to discharge grease to the sewer system, and
- Notify the establishment of their compliance requirements. Establishments can use this FOG Discharger Checklist to determine their FOG Discharger Category, and then refer to the factsheets below to find out their compliance requirements.
The General Wastewater Discharge Permit requires the installation of this equipment. Establishments must schedule a visit by an inspector and receive a notification of the equipment installation requirements.
After you install grease capturing equipment, fill out this Installation Verification Form to receive a 14.2% reduction on the sewer service charge portion of your water/sewer bill.
|Basic Facts for Restaurants & Food Service Establishments:||English | Chinese | Spanish|
|FOG Discharger Category 1 Fact Sheet:||English | Chinese | Spanish|
|FOG Discharger Category 2 Fact Sheet:||English | Chinese | Spanish|
|FOG Discharger Category 3 Fact Sheet:||English | Chinese | Spanish|
|Grease Capturing Equipment Fact Sheet:||English | Chinese | Spanish|
|Grease Trap / Interceptor Maintenance Log:||English/Chinese | English/Spanish|
|Grease Removal Device Maintenance Log:||English/Chinese | English/Spanish|