Information for inclusionary developers
San Francisco partners with private developers to produce inclusionary housing units. These are below-market-rate units spread throughout market-rate buildings. There are about 5,000 inclusionary housing units throughout San Francisco. These inclusionary units include rental and ownership.
San Francisco builds inclusionary housing units under the following programs:
Inclusionary Housing Program, under Planning Code Section 415
For new housing proposals with 10 or more units. Developers must either:
- Reserve a percentage of units in the new building to be rented or sold at a below market rate, affordable to low or middle-income households.
- Reserve a percentage of units in another building they build to be rented or sold at a below market rate, affordable to low or middle-income households.
- Pay a fee.
- In some cases, dedicate land or protect existing units that will become affordable housing.
Developers work with both the SF Planning Department and SFMOHCD to participate in the Inclusionary Housing Program:
- SF Planning (see legislative information on the program)
- Determines the number of Inclusionary units that are required
- Designates the Inclusionary units
- Records restrictions on the Inclusionary units
- Calculates the Inclusionary Affordable Housing Fee »
- Applies other rules in Planning Code Section 415, such as:
- Building Off-site Units
- Dedicating Land
- Small Sites Option
- Manages pricing and marketing »
- Holds a lottery to lease up the units
- Monitors units under the Inclusionary Housing Program.
- Download the Inclusionary Housing Procedures Manual »
Office of Community Investment & Infrastructure (OCII) Inclusionary Program
Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII) is the successor to the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.
There are existing agreements between developers and OCII in certain project areas. Under those agreements, developers sell or rent a percentage of units below market rate price.
Developers work with both OCII and SFMOHCD to manage OCII inclusionary units:
- Determines the number of BMR units required
- Designates the BMR units
- Records restrictions on the BMR units
- Applies other rules under their affordable housing program