Information for Inclusionary Developers

San Francisco produces new "inclusionary" housing units -- below market rate ("BMR") units that are typically spread throughout market-rate buildings -- through either the Inclusionary Housing Program (Planning Code Section 415) or through agreements with the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII).  In addition, approximately 500 units are restricted through the former Condo Conversion BMR program from the 1970s and 1980s.  There are approximately 5,000 "inclusionary" housing units throughout San Francisco today, including both rental and ownership units. 

Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program (Planning Code Section 415) 

The Inclusionary Housing Program requires developers of projects with 10 or more units to pay an Affordable Housing Fee or to sell or rent a percentage of the units at a below market rate price that is affordable to low or middle-income households.  Some projects may also secure land for affordable housing development through a Land Dedication Alternative or protect existing affordable units through the Small Sites Affordable Housing Alternative. 

The San Francisco Planning Department works with developers to determine the number of Inclusionary units that are required, designate the Inclusionary units, record restrictions on the Inclusionary units, calculate the Affordable Housing Fee, and apply other rules contained in Planning Code Section 415.

The Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) manages the pricing, marketing and ongoing monitoring of Inclusionary Housing Program units over time.

 

Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII) Inclusionary Obligations

Certain agreements between housing developers and the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII) (the successor agency to the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency) require developers to sell a percentage of the units at a below market rate price that is affordable to low or middle-income households. 

The Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII) works with developers to determine the number of BMR units that are required, designate the BMR units, record restrictions on the BMR units, and apply other rules. 

The Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) manages the pricing, marketing and ongoing monitoring of LEP BMR units over time.

 

Condo Conversion Below Market Rate Program 

Between 1979 and 1988, building owners who converted their properties from apartments to condominiums were required by the City to set aside certain condominiums as BMR Units. These BMR Units are price-restricted under San Francisco Subdivision Code Sections 1341, 1344 and 1385 and continue to be made available at below market rates to households of low or moderate income, depending on how the property was originally designated. Condo Conversion Program BMR units are located in buildings citywide.

Condo Conversion BMR Program Information 

 

Contact Information

Inclusionary Housing Program
San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing
and Community Development
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
phone: (415) 701-5500
fax: (415) 701-5501
www.sfmohcd.org