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 Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program is governed by Planning Code Section 415 and by the City and County of San Francisco Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program Monitoring and Procedures Manual ("Procedures Manual"). Project Sponsors and their agents must read and understand the 2013 Procedures Manual to remain in compliance with the Program.
Once a project is approved by the Planning Department, project sponsors should contact the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) to pay the Affordable Housing Fee or to comply with the specific marketing requirements set forth in the City and County of San Francisco Residential Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program Monitoring and Procedures Manual ("Procedures Manual") and below.
Inclusionary Housing Program Options
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