Natural Christmas trees are regulated in San Francisco in many types of buildings-most notably in residential condo and apartment buildings of over 2 units. Note that natural trees are only allowed in buildings with approved fire sprinkler systems. Many multi-unit buildings do not have automatic sprinkler systems. This excerpt from the San Francisco Apartment Association on-line newsletter.
Make sure to give your tenants notice and be careful! Make sure to contact the Bureau of Fire Prevention for complete guidelines or the SF Fire Department at 415.558.3300
Safe use of Christmas trees in regulated occupancies from the SF Fire Dept.
As the 2010 holiday season approaches, the San Francisco Fire Department reminds property owners and managers that there are clear regulations that must be observed regarding the use of Christmas trees in public spaces, including high-rise buildings and the public areas of apartment and condo buildings:
Any questions regarding Christmas tree regulations may be directed to the Bureau of Fire Prevention of the San Francisco Fire Department at 415.558.3300.