Inclusionary Housing Program Overview

San Francisco's Inclusionary Housing Program requires developers of projects with 10 or more units to pay an Affordable Housing Fee, or to instead sell or rent a percentage of the units at a "below market rate" (BMR) price that is affordable to low or middle income households.

The Program is governed by Planning Code Section 415 and the Inclusionary Housing Program Procedures Manual, and is administered by the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development and the Planning Department.  To be eligible to rent or purchase a BMR unit, a household must meet specific requirements, including income requirements.

In June 2016, voters passed Proposition C, which changed the requirements of the Inclusionary Housing Program.  Please see the chart below summarizing the new requirements.

Inclusionary Requirements for San Francisco, excluding UMU Zoning Districts

 

Before 1/1/13

Before 1/1/14

Before 1/1/15

Before 1/12/16

After 1/12/16

Fee or Off-site

10-24 unit projects

20.0%

20.0%

20.0%

20.0%

20.0%

25+ unit projects at or below 120’

20.0%

25.0%

27.5%

30.0%

33.0%

25+ unit projects over 120’ in height *

20.0%

33.0%

33.0%

33.0%

33.0%

On-site

10-24 unit projects

12.0%

12.0%

12.0%

12.0%

12.0%

25+ unit projects

12.0%

13.0%

13.5%

14.5%

25.0%

The program currently includes over 3,000 affordable units all around San Francisco.  Please see the link below for a map of the BMR units in San Francisco.

Map of BMR units in San Francisco

Please see the links below for more information on the Inclusionary Housing Program:

Housing Applicants

Developer Requirements

Additional Resources