Inclusionary Housing Program
Section 415 of the San Francisco Planning Code, or the Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program, requires residential developments with 10 or more units to pay an Affordable Housing Fee. Project sponsors may apply for an alternative to the fee in the form of providing 12% of their units on-site or 20% of their units off-site as affordable to low- to moderate-income households. (These percentages are higher in certain parts of the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan Area.) Project Sponsors in the certain parts of the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan Area may also apply for the alternative of dedicating land for affordable housing. Most units sold under the Inclusionary Program sell for 90% of Area Median Income (AMI) and most rental units rent for 55% of AMI.
The Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), together with the Planning Department, the Planning Commission and the Department of Building Inspections, works with developers to determine fees and/or to establish, occupy, and monitor Below Market Rate ("BMR") units. Specifically, the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development is charged with duties listed below:
- MOHCD works with developers to determine fee obligations under the Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program.
- MOHCD works with developers to plan for off-site developments and land dedication obligations under the Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program.
- MOHCD works with developers to bring BMR units to the market. MOHCD prices units, approves and monitors the developers marketing process, monitors lotteries, qualifies applicants, prepares closing documents which govern the restrictions on BMR units, monitors the units for the life of the restrictions, and assists in the reselling of BMR units.
- MOHCD, in conjunction with other City departments, monitors compliance of the Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program.
Please see the links below for more information on the Inclusionary Housing Program:
- Applying for a BMR Ownership Unit
- Applying for a BMR Rental Unit
- Developer and Agent Information
- Documents Governing/Explaining the Inclusionary Housing Program
Please contact us at (415) 701-5500