Saturday, June 8, 2019

SF72: Heat Advisory for the Bay Area on Sunday June 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


From our partners at the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM and SF72):

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for the Bay Area on Sunday June 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In San Francisco, temperatures may reach high 80s to low 90s. If you are traveling to inland parts of the Bay Area temperatures may exceed 100 degrees.

Keep heat safety in mind as temperatures rise:
  • Drink plenty of water, wear a hat if you go outside and apply sunscreen.
  • Never leave kids/pets in a vehicle for any reason for any length of time. Temperatures will rapidly rise to dangerous levels. If headed to the beach, remember that rip currents are always a danger.
  • Check on neighbors, friends and family that may be sensitive to heat. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone you know is having a medical emergency.
Sign up for emergency alerts by texting your zip code to 888-777.

More information can be found by clicking here.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Public Hearing Regarding the Adoption of Regulations for the Refuse Separation Ordinance - June 13, 2019; Written Comments Due by June 12th


UPDATE - June 4, 2019

Click here for an announcement for regulations drafted by the Department of the Environment to address adequate capacity of zero waste facilitators in the Refuse Separation Ordinance (RSO).

Written comments are due June 12th at 5:00 p.m. to RSOCompliance@sfgov.org, and there will be a public hearing on these regulations on June 13th at 10:00 a.m. at Room 412 at San Francisco's City Hall.

The Refuse Separation Ordinance was signed by Mayor London Breed on December 21, 2018 and is effective on July 1, 2019. The RSO amends Environment Code Chapter 19 (Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance No.100-09). The Director of the Department of the Environment promulgates these regulations pursuant to the Director’s authority to adopt forms, regulations and guidelines under the Environment Code Section 1909(a) to implement that Chapter. Any section numbers in these regulations refer to Environment Code Chapter 19.

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UPDATE - April 10, 2019

A law was enacted recently that affects large refuse generators (LRGs) in San Francisco. LRGs are those that have a roll-off compactor or at least 40 cubic yards of uncompacted refuse (recyclables, compostables, and trash) per week. When any type of compactor is used, the volume of compacted refuse shall be multiplied times three to determine actual volume collected.

The measure mandates that LRGs will be subject to visual inspection audits of their refuse not less than every three years. The Director of the Department of Environment would issue to those large refuse generators found non-compliant a notice and order to comply with the Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance (details below).

This ordinance will also require such non-compliant LRGs to appoint or otherwise engage staff or contractors whose exclusive function is to serve as zero waste facilitators, for a minimum of 24 consecutive months, upon receiving a Director’s notice and order. A zero waste facilitator is a person serving exclusively in the capacity to manage refuse material sorting and movement. After 24 consecutive months of compliance with the Director’s notice and order, a large refuse generator would be subject to a follow-up audit.

Most BOMA San Francisco members are considered LRGs and should review the ordinance thoroughly. Imperative and helpful information is available via our partners at the Department of the Environment and Recology

Questions, please reach out to johnb@boma.com

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BOMA San Francisco Members:

UPDATE - April 6, 2011

Please click here to review the final Commercial Office Building Recycling and Composting Program Guidelines.  Also please click here to review the Commercial Office Building Compliance Toolkit.

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Original Post - June 11, 2010

As we have posted on the blog previously, San Francisco now has a city-wide mandatory recycling and composting requirement. There are five mandatory areas that property managers need to address in the ordinance:
  • Sign-up and pay for adequate recycling, composting and trash service.
  • Have the appropriate number, color and size containers placed close together in convenient locations at your site.
  • Educate and train tenants and employees on the program.
  • Work with the hired janitorial staff or contractors to create an effective program.
  • Make sure your building is participating in separating materials.
There could be fines for buildings that do not provide an adequate program (#1-4 above), but there will not be fines for buildings that do not properly separate all materials until at least July 1, 2011.

Please click here to review the ordinance and here for FAQs.  Contact the San Francisco Department of the Environment at (415) 355-3768 if you need assistance in starting a recycling and composting program to comply with the new law.

BOMA San Francisco's Trip to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir & San Francisco's Annual Water Quality Report


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BOMA San Francisco member leaders were treated to a tour of the San Francisco Hetch Hetchy water system recently. Click here to here to review the 2018 Annual Water Quality Report.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) manages a complex water supply system stretching from the Sierra to the City and featuring a complex series of reservoirs, tunnels, pipelines, and treatment systems. Two unique features of this system stand out: the drinking water provided is among the purest in the world; and the system for delivering that water is almost entirely gravity fed, requiring almost no fossil fuel consumption to move water from the mountains to our tap.

The SFPUC is the third largest municipal utility in California, serving 2.7 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the Bay Area. Approximately one-third of the delivered water goes to retail customers in San Francisco, while wholesale deliveries to 27 suburban agencies in Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Mateo counties comprise the other two-thirds.


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About Hetch Hetchy Power

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) owns and operates the Hetch Hetchy Power System. Our facilities have been generating some of the cleanest energy available in California since 1918. Water flows downhill as it travels 167 miles from Yosemite to 2.7 million people throughout the Bay Area, and we put it to work by harnessing the natural forces of gravity-driven water to generate 100% greenhouse gas-free hydroelectric power.

This clean Hetch Hetchy Power, along with renewable power that we generate locally from solar and biogas facilities, energizes vital San Francisco services as well as a growing number of residential and commercial customers. All in all, we provide about 17% of San Francisco’s total electricity.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

BOMA California Advocacy Update: Lactation Rooms, Wayfair Bill/Online Sales Tax, Possible Increase in Property Taxes



Please take a moment to review this advocacy update from BOMA California.

AB 142 – LACTATION ROOMS; PASSES SENATE

Once again, we are dealing with a bill in the legislature that mandates expanded access to Lactation Rooms in commercial buildings. The bill, AB 142 by Senator Weiner from San Francisco, is very similar to a bill he carried last year that was vetoed by Governor Brown. The new version passed another major hurdle this week when the Senate voted 26-9 in favor of the measure.

As an industry our main concerns with the bill is that it brings building owners and managers into the middle of an employer-employee relationship in which we do not belong.

In terms of building code issues, the bill is very owner-occupied-centric. The issues we have mainly occur with multi-tenant situations where responsibility for tenant improvements may be 100% on the owner, 100% on the tenant, or some combination thereof, but as the bill is written it ignores how leases are written and agreed upon.

Also, this bill assumes that all real estate markets across the state are the same – akin to those in coastal cities – and will be much more difficult to comply with in areas where tenants have less capital to work with.

Over the past two months we have been working with our legislative committee, the author, and his staff to identify our specific issues and try to resolve them. Here they are, and you are encouraged to share this information with local legislators:

ISSUE 1. The entity responsible for making modifications should be who is responsible for providing the space (it is common for tenants to control their own space). This is how it is in S.F.’s ordinance.

SOLUTION: Clarify the entity triggering the law is the responsible party for the accommodation (that may be a building owner, manager, or tenant).

ISSUE 2. Currently the bill triggers a Tenant Improvements in spaces thats not part of the qualifying event. An improvement in one tenant’s Premises should not trigger requirements in other Premises in building/center. Shifts cost and/or requires use of common space that may not exist.

SOLUTION: Clarify this only applies to the space triggering the law.

ISSUE 3. If no reasonable space within Premises and no need to provide space elsewhere in building/center if no room in Premises. This commonly occurs in an industrial campus setting where each company has its individual space. SOLUTION: Provide an exemption for properties that do not have common space/office space.

ISSUE 4. Number of employees at one location instead of companywide. Bill currently could trigger based on company employees not the actual number on site.

SOLUTION: Clarify occupancy load pertains to the onsite employees only.

ISSUE 5. Technical issue. “Daily occupancy” language is not a common term used in law. There are fire marshal standards for max occupancy but there are not statewide standards for occupancy load.

SOLUTION: Work with the Local Building Officials Association to determine now local building officials would determine how many employees will be on premises daily.

ISSUE 6. Technical/Governance issue. We think the building code references are unneeded. The provision of lactation accommodation is a “service” as opposed to a physical occupancy. Meaning that the “service accommodation” will be triggered at some point post-initial construction and will be dependent on the staffing needs of individual tenants in the building. So, the appropriate response to this will be the provision of lactation accommodation by the employer (as opposed to the building owner).

SOLUTION: Strike the building code references and provide direction through the Labor Code and or to local government inspectors.

We are suggesting a simpler way to write the bill would be to take the Labor Code provisions in current law and just require as part of that accommodation the table, chair, refrigerator, etc. be available. We will keep you posted.


WAYFAIR BILL SIGNED INTO LAW – ONLINE SALES TAX

Last year the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision in a case we have been closely following and, in California, have helped drive much of the discussion. The South Dakota v. Wayfair decision overturns the outdated Quill decision from 1992 and clears the way for states to collect sales taxes from retailers that do not have a physical presence in their state.

This was a massive win for companies that own buildings that provide shopping services to the public and corrects a decades-long loophole that allowed online retailers to avoid charging sales tax just like physical retailers, which created a perverse incentive to not build in certain states.

At the national level we congratulate both International Council of Shopping Centers and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) for their years of dogged work on this issue.

However, in California we had to write implementing legislation. That bill, AB 147 (Burke; D-Los Angeles) was recently signed into law, in another victory for the commercial real estate industry. AB 147 establishes a comprehensive and more equitable set of post-Wayfair tax collection rules that make sense for consumers, small businesses, and the state.

This bill is designed to modernize California law consistent with the holding in Wayfair, which allows California to impose a use tax collection duty on retailers with specified levels of economic activity in California, even though they do not have a physical presence here.

This bill also seeks to ensure that small businesses are not unduly burdened by the default expansion of the duty to collect use tax resulting from Wayfair's interaction with California's long-arm statute. Finally, this bill recognizes the realities of today's e-commerce economy by requiring marketplace facilitators (e.g., Amazon and eBay) to collect sales and use tax (SUT) on behalf of their third-party retailers. For those remote retailers that sell to California consumers exclusively through these platforms, this provision will alleviate the need to collect and remit SUT on their facilitated sales.


PROP. 13 WOULD BE GUTTED BY SCA 5

A bill that will gut the Proposition 13 protections property owners have in this state was has moved through two policy committees on party line votes and just passed off the Senate Suspense File.

We strongly Oppose SCA 5, a bill which would allow school districts to increase property taxes with a 55 percent approval of the voters participating in the election – instead of a two-thirds vote of the district’s electorate as currently required under the State Constitution – if the proposition is approved by the school governing board and includes certain requirements, as specified. The measure also would facilitate various local tax increases by lowering the minimum voter approval to a percentage of the voters participating in the election instead of the district’s qualified voting electorate.

This bill would gut Prop 13 by removing the longstanding protections of that landmark measure that requires a 2/3 vote to increase property taxes for certain activities.


UPDATE: Building Facade Inspection and Maintenance Ordinance - Reminder


UPDATE - May 28, 2019

A friendly reminder that this ordinance is in effect. Details here. San Francisco Existing Building Code Chapter 4E requires that building façades undergo initial and subsequent inspections according to a schedule based on the original construction date of a building. These inspections, as well as reporting and maintenance, are to be done as detailed in this Administrative Bulletin and in accordance with the San Francisco Existing Building Code.

Please email johnb@boma.com if  you have any questions.

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UPDATE - August 1, 2017

The San Francisco Façade Inspection and Maintenance bulletin that will implement the recently passed legislation requiring that building facades be inspected and maintained in a safe manner is now available.

Click here to review the draft requirements.

This San Francisco Department of Building Inspection Administrative Bulletin should be of particular importance to members who own or manager older buildings that may have historic facades.

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Original Post - May 31, 2017

On May 6, 2016, Mayor Ed Lee signed into law the Building Facade Inspection and Maintenance Ordinance. BOMA San Francisco Codes and Regulations Committee members were part of the working group that helped shape this new law.

Click here to review the new law.

This legislation requires the facades of certain buildings having five or more stories undergo initial and subsequent inspections according to a schedule based on the original construction date of a building. The program was developed from extensive community and design professional input aimed at reducing the risk to the public and the City’s resilience from façade failure. The legislation provides clarification to the existing requirements of SFBC Section 3401.2 and brings San Francisco up to the national standard of required regular inspection and maintenance. Buildings will be safer leading up to an inevitable earthquake and provide for clear requirements for buildings after the earthquake.

We have received inquiries from our members regarding the compliance timeline for the new law. The San Francisco Department of Building Inspection is in the process of writing the guidelines for buildings owners to comply and it is expected that they will be available later this year.

Monday, May 27, 2019

One Richmond San Francisco



BOMA San Francisco members met with San Francisco District 1 Supervisor Sandra Fewer recently. It was a wonderful meeting discussing issues of concern to the industry, the City and County of San Francisco, and more importantly District 1.

District 1 in San Francisco includes the neighborhoods of Inner Richmond, Central Richmond, Outer Richmond, Lone Mountain, Golden Gate Park, Lincoln Park, University of San Francisco, and the Farallon Islands.

Supervisor Fewer mentioned the One Richmond campaign - an effort to unite all of the Richmond District:


One Richmond is an identity developed by residents of the Richmond to unify the community and to cultivate neighborhood pride centered on taking care of one another, taking care of the Richmond, and supporting our local businesses.

Led by Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer and with support from The Richmond Neighborhood Center, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, One Richmond aims to build and strengthen community among our Richmond District residents and businesses.

It's important that BOMA members - especially those who live in the District, consider signing up for this campaign to improve upon what already is a wonderful place to live, work and support each other. 

More information about One Richmond can be found here.

BOMA International's Political Action Committee (BOMAPAC) Needs Your Support



BOMAPAC is BOMA International’s political action committee. It enables BOMA International’s advocacy team to raise money to re-elect political candidates for federal office who know and understand – and support – commercial real estate issues.

Whether or not you are politically aware, there is no better way to support the candidates and the issues that impact your professional and personal lives. Your contribution, combined with the donations from your BOMA colleagues from across the U.S., will help ensure that BOMA International has the power to back those members of Congress who show leadership and commitment to commercial real estate issues. So let your voice be heard!

Help BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Leader, Jim Collins (pictured above), as he spearheads the effort for BOMA San Francisco to ensure that congressional seats are held by individuals who understand real estate’s issues and challenges and can have a positive impact on your livelihood.

Can we count on you to send a check or fill out this form with your credit card information? Members typically donate $100 to $250, but any amount would help the cause. Checks or credit card information should be sent to:

BOMA San Francisco
Attention to: John Bozeman (johnb@boma.com)
233 Sansome Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94104

Your support of the BOMA International PAC enables them to pursue their vital effort to protect and enhance our industry in the following ways:
  • BOMAPAC is the only voice solely representing multi-tenant office building owners and managers in Washington, DC.
  • BOMA has been the lead organization in pressing for a permanent 15 year Leasehold Depreciation schedule with Congress.
  • BOMA has been a key leader in promoting tax credits for energy efficiency upgrades to commercial real estate.
  • BOMA was one of the key groups who lobbied Congress to renew the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act coverage for commercial property owners, which was recently passed.
  • BOMA continues to lobby to retain the so-called carried interest tax obligation on real estate developments as a capital gains tax item rather treating it as ordinary income. 
  • BOMA International is the only commercial real estate organization that is active and effective in the international building codes writing and adoption process. New codes or amended existing codes can have a huge and long-lasting impact on our industry.
*Federal law requires political action committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation and employer of each individual who contributes in excess of $200 in a calendar year. Contributions are not tax deductible. Corporate contributions or contributions by foreign nationals are prohibited.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Save the Date: Tall Buildings Safety Strategy Summit on Tuesday, June 18th




BOMA San Francisco Members:

Please save the date and join City officials, staff, and invited experts Tuesday, June 18, for a review and discussion of San Francisco’s Tall Buildings Safety Strategy. Download a copy of the report.

Your participation is paramount.

This half-day forum will be held at City Hall’s North Light Court, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., with programming beginning at 9:00 a.m. RSVP for the event and reserve your seat for one of the breakout sessions.

The first of its kind in the nation, the Tall Buildings Safety Strategy is San Francisco’s roadmap to enhance public safety before the next big earthquake, improve the City’s emergency response, and shorten recovery time after an earthquake.

June’s event will be an opportunity to engage in conversations around the recommendations set forth by the Tall Buildings Safety Strategy and help prioritize the City’s next steps to address the unique seismic risks of these complex structures.

The City welcomes the conversations to come as the entire City comes together to support a safe, resilient, and vibrant San Francisco:

Naomi Kelly, City Administrator
Mary Ellen Carroll, Executive Director of the Department of Emergency Management
Tom Hui, Director of Department of Building Inspection, S.E., C.B.O.



Tuesday, May 21, 2019

UPDATE: San Francisco's Better Market Street Project Open Houses - June 1st and June 5th




BOMA San Francisco members, please consider attending this event to learn more about Better Market Street, the City's multi-agency proposal to transform 2.2 miles of Market Street - from Steuart Street to Octavia Boulevard.

Project team members from San Francisco Public Works, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and SF Planning will be on hand to discuss the project design, as well as key topics:

  • The first phase of the project - Market Street between Fifth and Eighth streets - scheduled to break ground in 2020;
  • A design alternative for Market Street, between Hayes and Gough streets;
  • Commercial loading;
  • Transit stops

The A.C.T. Costume Shop is located near the entrance to the Civic Center BART/Muni station on the south side of Market Street (near Seventh street). Bike valet also will be provided.

For more details, email bettermarketstreet@sfdpw.org.

Monday, May 20, 2019

San Francisco Department of Building Inspection's Earthquake Safety Fair on June 11, 2019: Tall Building Safety Strategy, Vacant Commercial Storefront Ordinance and MORE!




Our partners at the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection (SFDBI) are gearing up for the Earthquake Safety Fair on June 11th at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. BOMA members are encouraged to attend.

Workshop registration is now open -  each workshop will have 125 seats available. First come, first served. Click the links below to register for our various workshop offerings this year:

11:00 a.m.     Tall Building Safety Strategy Study- What You Need to Know
12:00 p.m.     Changes with the Updated Vacant Commercial Storefront Ordinance
1:00 p.m.       Complying with the Accessible Business Entrance (ABE) Program
2:00 p.m.       Home Remodeling Process Made Stress-Free - Meet the Experts
3:00 p.m.       Making the Best Use of the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) & Unit Legalization
Programs

Don't miss your chance to learn from their experts and have your program and emergency preparedness questions answered. Attendees can win FREE emergency go-bag kits filled with emergency essentials.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Updates and Design Feedback for the Civic Center Public Realm Plan


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BOMA San Francisco Members,

The Civic Center Public Realm Plan team is excited to announce a major update to their website, www.civiccentersf.org. The website now showcases a new design vision for Civic Center’s public spaces. These conceptual designs were first unveiled at a community open house at City Hall on February 27 and reflect nearly two years of planning and community input on future improvements to Civic Center’s public spaces.

The project team invites you to review the designs and share your comments with us via the website’s new online feedback form. Your input will help the team as they work to finalize the draft Civic Center Public Realm Plan over the summer.

Informational presentations on the designs will also be presented at multiple City commissions later this month including: 
  • May 16, 2019: Recreation & Park Commission and Planning Commission; and
  • May 20, 2019: a joint meeting of the Art’s Commission’s Civic Design Review Committee and the Historic Preservation Commission.
If your community group is interested in a presentation on the public realm plan, please contact us at info@civiccentersf.org.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

UPDATE: Stricter Vacant Storefront Registry Requirements Operative as of April 22, 2019


UPDATE - April 24, 2019

Please note this ordinance is now operative as of April 22, 2019. Click here to read a recent article on the subject in the San Francisco Chronicle.


If you’re a property owner and your commercial storefront is vacant or abandoned, you are required to register by completing an application and submitting annual registration fees to the Department of Building Inspection pursuant to Ordinance 52-19. This applies even if other units in the building are currently occupied. In addition, you need to maintain and secure your property, even if partially unoccupied, to prevent blight and public safety hazards in compliance with Chapter 80 of the San Francisco Administrative Code, the California Environmental Quality Act, and all other applicable building, health, fire, and safety codes.

IMPORTANT CHANGES

In March 2019, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to amend this law through Ordinance 52-19, which took effect on April 22nd. Important changes were made, including:
  • Registration of vacant storefront is required within 30-days of the commercial storefront becoming vacant, even if it is actively being offered for rent or lease;
  • Annual registration fee payment of $711 is now required at the time of registration;
  • Property owners are now required to pay a penalty of four times (4x) the annual registration fee ($2,844) for failure to register a vacant storefront within 30 days of the property being noticed by DBI; and
  • An annual safety inspection report is now required from a licensed professional, which is engaged and paid for by the property owner, confirming the storefront’s interior and exterior remains up to code. This annual report is due when the owner renews and pays the storefront’s annual registration.
Questions? Please email johnb@boma.com.

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UPDATE - March 27, 2019

Recently, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to amend this law. Important changes were made, which include the following:
  • Registration of vacant storefront is required: 1) within 30-days of the commercial storefront becoming vacant or 2) even if it is actively being offered for rent or lease;
  • Annual registration fee payment of $711 required at the time of registration; 
  • Property owner is required to pay a penalty of four times (4x) the annual registration fee ($711) for failure to register a vacant storefront within 30 days of the property being noticed by DBI; and 
  • Annual report required from a licensed professional, which is engaged and paid for by the property owner, confirming the storefront's interior and exterior are maintained up to code. This annual report is due when the owner renews and pays the storefront's annual registration. 
The San Francisco Department of Building Inspection plans to offer a workshop on Vacant Storefronts at this year's Earthquake Safety Fair in June. To be notified of workshop details and how to register, sign up here.

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UPDATE - May 8, 2014


BOMA San Francisco Members:

Supervisor Katy Tang has introduced amendments to the 2009 San Francisco Vacant or Abandoned Buildings (VABO) law, summarized below.

If you are a BOMA member that owns or manages a portfolio of smaller buildings in San Francisco's commercial corridors, or if you feel that the new amendments may impact your downtown high-rise commercial/mixed-use properties, please email johnb@boma.com with your comments.

Existing Law (2009) 

Building Code Section 103A.4 et. seq., the VABO, requires that owners of vacant or abandoned buildings in San Francisco register their properties as such, pay registration fees, secure their properties to deny access to would-be trespassers, and provide proof of liability insurance coverage for the properties. VABO, as it currently reads, applies to some vacant commercial storefronts in San Francisco.

However, a building containing a vacant commercial storefront but an occupied second floor unit is technically not a vacant or abandoned building, as defined by VABO. As such, the City and County of San Francisco feels that many vacant commercial storefronts in San Francisco evade VABO regulations via this loophole.

Proposed Amendments to Current Law (2014) - Click Here to Review the Ordinance

By amending the Building Code to apply requirements similar to those specified in VABO to properties containing vacant or abandoned commercial storefronts, owners of properties in commercial corridors will have extra incentive to seek suitable tenants to fill their vacant or abandoned commercial storefronts. To provide owners of vacant or abandoned commercial storefronts with ample time to find suitable tenants, the proposed amendment to the Building Code would mandate owners of vacant or abandoned commercial storefronts to do the following within 30 days of issuance of a Notice of Violation:
  • Register their commercial storefronts with the Department of Building Inspection (DBI);
  • Secure their commercial storefronts to prevent trespassers from gaining access to the premises;
  • Remove graffiti, refuse, and debris from in and around their commercial storefronts; and 
  • Maintain fire and/or liability insurance coverage for their commercial storefronts as DBI determines necessary. 
Additionally, owners of vacant or abandoned commercial storefronts would be required to do either of the following within 270 days of their commercial storefronts becoming vacant or abandoned:

  • Rent their commercial storefronts to tenants who occupy the premises in a manner that complies with all state and local laws; or 
  • Pay a fee of $765.00 to include their commercial storefronts in the Registry of Vacant or Abandoned Commercial Storefronts. This fee shall be assessed on an annual basis for each year that a commercial storefront remains vacant or abandoned. 
Finally, the proposed amendment carves out an exemption for owners of commercial storefronts who demonstrate a good faith effort to rent, lease, or sell their commercial storefronts, or obtain permits to bring their commercial storefronts into compliance with the law.

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Original Post - June 15, 2009

Your BOMA Advocacy Team attended the special meeting of the Building Inspection Commission (BIC) and the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) recently where the Registration of Vacant/Abandoned Buildings Ordinance was discussed (you can view a copy of the Ordinance, here). The discussion surrounding the measure was an interesting one; here are the highlights:

What's the origin/intent of the Ordinance?

  • The measure was introduced on May 5, 2009 by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisor Bevan Dufty.
  • Many cities have this type of ordinance (under the 'public nuisance' ordinance of the code).
  • At its core, the measure attempts to mitigate the deterioration of a building.
What's the status of the Ordinance?
  • On June 3, 2009, the San Francisco Planning Department: Historic Preservation Commissionconducted a public hearing to consider the measure. The Commission approved the Ordinance, with modifications. You can view the Commission's recommendation and documents related to their action, here.
  • On June 10, 2009, the measure was heard before the Code Advisory Committee (CAC) where they recommended "non-support of [the] ordinance as written, and in lieu recommen[ed] that the Department of Building Inspection develop administrative procedures to enforce existing requirements." You can read the CAC's letter to the BIC, here.
  • On June 12, 2009, DBI Director Vivian Day responded to the Planning Department's recommendation of the Ordinance that can be viewed here. In short, the measure is not enforceable by DBI.
  • On June 12, 2009, the BIC approved a motion to notify the Board of Supervisors that it does not support the Ordinance.
The need for the Ordinance warrants further discussion:
  • Do we need another ordinance? There are already City ordinances that cover blight.
  • What about buildings slated for demolition, or those waiting for rehabilitation? There needs to be a consensus review of this issue.
  • Finding insurance on a vacant building can be difficult. How can this be addressed?
  • What is the definition of a blighted building?
  • The City doesn't know how many blighted buildings it has.
  • This is a big brother issue: The City should help building owners improve their buildings, NOT impose another City mandate.
A full transcript/video of the meeting can be found here.

Your BOMA Advocacy Team will continue to monitor the Registration of Vacant/Abandoned Buildings Ordinance and report any new developments on this blog.

Monday, April 15, 2019

San Francisco Planning Department Debuts Business Zoning Check Service




San Francisco Planning has launched an interactive web feature, Symbium’s BUILD for Business, that allows users to easily determine whether their proposed business is permitted in a specified location, search for all locations it is permitted in San Francisco under applicable zoning regulations, and learn more about required steps in the application process.

“Opening a business can be challenging for any number of reasons, including navigating multiple zoning, licensing, and permitting regulations,” said John Rahaim, Director of San Francisco Planning. “This service will be a significant asset in helping planners and the public more easily find the information they need and better understand how the code applies to properties.”

To accurately determine whether a business is permitted, users are guided through an interactive dialogue regarding details about their business, including specific location, type of business, which floor the business is located, and whether the business is considered formula retail. Users will then be informed, through interactive map visualizations, whether the business is permitted, if a Conditional Use permit is required, if there is mandatory Discretionary Review, or if it is simply not permitted. Users who do not have a specific location in mind can instantly visualize the areas, throughout San Francisco, where their business is permitted. The tool also provides clear definitions of relevant terms and detailed information on required process and applicable programs.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Get Involved With BOMA San Francisco's Advocacy Program


San Francisco City Hall
BOMA San Francisco’s Advocacy Program is robust and second to none but only because of member involvement. It’s important that you – and your team members – engage with our advocacy committees that engage policy makers based on the issue. Any member of your team can participate in a committee as long as your company is a current dues-paying member of BOMA San Francisco.
  • Government Affairs Committee – Contact Shayna Eskew, Chair, at seskew@alhousedeaton.com to get involved.
    • BOMA San Francisco’s Government Affairs Policy Advisory Committee (GAPAC) meets with those who propose or decide public policy, analyzes existing or proposed legislation and/or regulations to determine the impact on BOMA members, and recommends for BOMA Board approval what position the association should take on such matters. GAPAC educates and informs BOMA members, elected and administrative officials, and the public about issues of significance to commercial real estate, and BOMA’s positions on those issues.
  • Codes and Regulations Committee – Contact Eric Stein, Chair, at erics@harsch.com to get involved.
    • The mission of BOMA's Codes & Regulations Committee is to provide technical support on code-related issues to the Government Affairs Policy Advisory Committee (GAPAC); educate BOMA members about construction industry codes, standards, ordinances and regulations and their impact on the commercial real estate industry; and provide input into the code-making process at the state and local levels consistent with BOMA’s policy positions. 
  • Energy & Environment Committee – Contact Ana Duffy, Chair, at aduffy@shorenstein.com to get involved.
    • Click here for the goals of this wonderful committee. 
  • Emergency Preparedness Committee – Contact Bonnie Kalbrosky, Chair, at Bonnie.Kalbrosky@am.jll.com to get involved .
    • The mission of BOMA San Francisco's Emergency Preparedness Committee is to Support BOMA member information needs regarding security and life safety measures; facilitate communication between BOMA members and their tenants; and, support Government agency needs and facilitate communication between those entities and BOMA members.
Please email johnb@boma.com for any additional questions you may have.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

IMPORTANT San Francisco's Refuse Separation Ordinance Effective on July 1, 2019: Large Generators and Zero Waste Facilitators


UPDATE - April 10, 2019

A law was enacted recently that affects large refuse generators (LRGs) in San Francisco. LRGs are those that have a roll-off compactor or at least 40 cubic yards of uncompacted refuse (recyclables, compostables, and trash) per week. When any type of compactor is used, the volume of compacted refuse shall be multiplied times three to determine actual volume collected.

The measure mandates that LRGs will be subject to visual inspection audits of their refuse not less than every three years. The Director of the Department of Environment would issue to those large refuse generators found non-compliant a notice and order to comply with the Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance (details below).

This ordinance will also require such non-compliant LRGs to appoint or otherwise engage staff or contractors whose exclusive function is to serve as zero waste facilitators, for a minimum of 24 consecutive months, upon receiving a Director’s notice and order. A zero waste facilitator is a person serving exclusively in the capacity to manage refuse material sorting and movement. After 24 consecutive months of compliance with the Director’s notice and order, a large refuse generator would be subject to a follow-up audit.

Most BOMA San Francisco members are considered LRGs and should review the ordinance thoroughly. Imperative and helpful information is available via our partners at the Department of the Environment and Recology

Questions, please reach out to johnb@boma.com

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BOMA San Francisco Members:

UPDATE - April 6, 2011

Please click here to review the final Commercial Office Building Recycling and Composting Program Guidelines.  Also please click here to review the Commercial Office Building Compliance Toolkit.

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Original Post - June 11, 2010

As we have posted on the blog previously, San Francisco now has a city-wide mandatory recycling and composting requirement. There are five mandatory areas that property managers need to address in the ordinance:
  • Sign-up and pay for adequate recycling, composting and trash service.
  • Have the appropriate number, color and size containers placed close together in convenient locations at your site.
  • Educate and train tenants and employees on the program.
  • Work with the hired janitorial staff or contractors to create an effective program.
  • Make sure your building is participating in separating materials.
There could be fines for buildings that do not provide an adequate program (#1-4 above), but there will not be fines for buildings that do not properly separate all materials until at least July 1, 2011.

Please click here to review the ordinance and here for FAQs.  Contact the San Francisco Department of the Environment at (415) 355-3768 if you need assistance in starting a recycling and composting program to comply with the new law.

Monday, April 1, 2019

UPDATE: Changes to San Francisco's Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance - Amendments to Meet State Standards; Will Include Multifamily Residential Buildings


UPDATE - April 1, 2019

This law requires owners of certain commercial buildings to conduct energy efficiency audits of their properties and file annual energy benchmark summaries for their buildings with the Department of Environment. It also requires the Department of Environment to gather and make available to the public summary statistics about the energy performance of these buildings. In 2015, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 802, which requires statewide mandatory benchmarking and public disclosure for large commercial buildings as well as multifamily residential buildings.

Amendments to Current Law

An ordinance to amend the current law to meet or exceed AB 802 standards will, if enacted, amend the Environment Code to require large multifamily residential buildings and certain commercial buildings to measure and disclose energy performance data to the Department of Environment and for such data to be made publicly available. The required reporting will either meet or exceed State law requirements and obviate the need for building owners to report directly to State authorities.

Ordinance 

Click here to review the proposal. Please email johnb@boma.com with any questions you may have. Members of BOMA San Francisco's Energy & Environment Committee have reviewed the measure.

If you have multifamily residential buildings in your portfolio or have any issues with the updated language within the proposal, please note that this measure is scheduled to be heard today at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee.

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UPDATE - January 29, 2016


Recently, the BOMA San Francisco Energy & Environment Committee held a meeting where a representative from the San Francisco Department of the Environment presented a summary of the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance since its inception.


The goals of this report are to inform industry stakeholders, highlight trends in the local market, and provide recommendations for policy and efficient operations. 

Commercial buildings subject to San Francisco’s energy benchmarking and audit requirements between 2010 and 2014 have demonstrated positive economic and environmental trends: 
  • Energy use has decreased by 7.9 percent and source emissions have decreased by 17 percent among properties that consistently comply. 
  • Energy audits for over 800 buildings have identified $60.6 million in opportunities for cost-effective energy efficiency investments, with a net present value of $170 million.
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Original Post - March 24, 2014

Our partner in environmental sustainability, the San Francisco Department of Environment (DOE) has provided compliance data for the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance.
Please note that 'Benchmark 2012 Status' refers to the benchmark reports due in 2013 about energy use in 2012, and 'Energy Audit Status' is if an energy audit had come due, was it submitted?

Questions?  Please contact benchmark@sfenvironment.org or (415) 355-3700

About the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance

This data is available, as required, by the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance approved by the Board of Supervisors and signed by Mayor Edwin M. Lee in February 2011.

The ordinance requires owners of non-residential buildings over 10,000 square feet to annually benchmark and disclose the energy performance of their buildings, using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Portfolio Manager tool to obtain ENERGY STAR ratings when possible.

2009 Existing Commercial Buildings Task Force - BOMA San Francisco's Involvement 

In February 2009, then Mayor Gavin Newsom created the Existing Buildings Efficiency Initiative Task Force (Task Force), co-chaired by BOMA San Francisco's 2013 president Steven Ring, to recommend policies and actions to improve the energy efficiency of existing commercial buildings in San Francisco. The Task Force continued the work of the 2007 Green Buildings Task Force that was convened by the Mayor to develop expanded green building standards for major new private construction projects in San Francisco.

The Task Force report identified seven areas as key factors to improving energy efficiency in existing commercial buildings.  The Task Force's recommendations provided the framework for the City and County of San Francisco to introduce and enact the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance.

BOMA San Francisco's applauds its members and the City and County of San Francisco for leading  in environmental sustainability and stewardship.  BOMA members look forward to partnering with the City of San Francisco achieve it's future environmental goals.  Indeed, the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance is a manifestation of a true private/public agency partnership.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

UPDATE: Stricter Vacant Storefront Registry Requirements Passes


UPDATE - March 27, 2019

Recently, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to amend this law. Important changes were made, which include the following:
  • Registration of vacant storefront is required: 1) within 30-days of the commercial storefront becoming vacant or 2) even if it is actively being offered for rent or lease;
  • Annual registration fee payment of $711 required at the time of registration; 
  • Property owner is required to pay a penalty of four times (4x) the annual registration fee ($711) for failure to register a vacant storefront within 30 days of the property being noticed by DBI; and 
  • Annual report required from a licensed professional, which is engaged and paid for by the property owner, confirming the storefront's interior and exterior are maintained up to code. This annual report is due when the owner renews and pays the storefront's annual registration. 
The San Francisco Department of Building Inspection plans to offer a workshop on Vacant Storefronts at this year's Earthquake Safety Fair in June. To be notified of workshop details and how to register, sign up here.

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UPDATE - May 8, 2014


BOMA San Francisco Members:

Supervisor Katy Tang has introduced amendments to the 2009 San Francisco Vacant or Abandoned Buildings (VABO) law, summarized below.

If you are a BOMA member that owns or manages a portfolio of smaller buildings in San Francisco's commercial corridors, or if you feel that the new amendments may impact your downtown high-rise commercial/mixed-use properties, please email johnb@boma.com with your comments.

Existing Law (2009) 

Building Code Section 103A.4 et. seq., the VABO, requires that owners of vacant or abandoned buildings in San Francisco register their properties as such, pay registration fees, secure their properties to deny access to would-be trespassers, and provide proof of liability insurance coverage for the properties. VABO, as it currently reads, applies to some vacant commercial storefronts in San Francisco.

However, a building containing a vacant commercial storefront but an occupied second floor unit is technically not a vacant or abandoned building, as defined by VABO. As such, the City and County of San Francisco feels that many vacant commercial storefronts in San Francisco evade VABO regulations via this loophole.

Proposed Amendments to Current Law (2014) - Click Here to Review the Ordinance

By amending the Building Code to apply requirements similar to those specified in VABO to properties containing vacant or abandoned commercial storefronts, owners of properties in commercial corridors will have extra incentive to seek suitable tenants to fill their vacant or abandoned commercial storefronts. To provide owners of vacant or abandoned commercial storefronts with ample time to find suitable tenants, the proposed amendment to the Building Code would mandate owners of vacant or abandoned commercial storefronts to do the following within 30 days of issuance of a Notice of Violation:
  • Register their commercial storefronts with the Department of Building Inspection (DBI);
  • Secure their commercial storefronts to prevent trespassers from gaining access to the premises;
  • Remove graffiti, refuse, and debris from in and around their commercial storefronts; and 
  • Maintain fire and/or liability insurance coverage for their commercial storefronts as DBI determines necessary. 
Additionally, owners of vacant or abandoned commercial storefronts would be required to do either of the following within 270 days of their commercial storefronts becoming vacant or abandoned:

  • Rent their commercial storefronts to tenants who occupy the premises in a manner that complies with all state and local laws; or 
  • Pay a fee of $765.00 to include their commercial storefronts in the Registry of Vacant or Abandoned Commercial Storefronts. This fee shall be assessed on an annual basis for each year that a commercial storefront remains vacant or abandoned. 
Finally, the proposed amendment carves out an exemption for owners of commercial storefronts who demonstrate a good faith effort to rent, lease, or sell their commercial storefronts, or obtain permits to bring their commercial storefronts into compliance with the law.

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Original Post - June 15, 2009

Your BOMA Advocacy Team attended the special meeting of the Building Inspection Commission (BIC) and the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) recently where the Registration of Vacant/Abandoned Buildings Ordinance was discussed (you can view a copy of the Ordinance, here). The discussion surrounding the measure was an interesting one; here are the highlights:

What's the origin/intent of the Ordinance?

  • The measure was introduced on May 5, 2009 by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisor Bevan Dufty.
  • Many cities have this type of ordinance (under the 'public nuisance' ordinance of the code).
  • At its core, the measure attempts to mitigate the deterioration of a building.
What's the status of the Ordinance?
  • On June 3, 2009, the San Francisco Planning Department: Historic Preservation Commissionconducted a public hearing to consider the measure. The Commission approved the Ordinance, with modifications. You can view the Commission's recommendation and documents related to their action, here.
  • On June 10, 2009, the measure was heard before the Code Advisory Committee (CAC) where they recommended "non-support of [the] ordinance as written, and in lieu recommen[ed] that the Department of Building Inspection develop administrative procedures to enforce existing requirements." You can read the CAC's letter to the BIC, here.
  • On June 12, 2009, DBI Director Vivian Day responded to the Planning Department's recommendation of the Ordinance that can be viewed here. In short, the measure is not enforceable by DBI.
  • On June 12, 2009, the BIC approved a motion to notify the Board of Supervisors that it does not support the Ordinance.
The need for the Ordinance warrants further discussion:
  • Do we need another ordinance? There are already City ordinances that cover blight.
  • What about buildings slated for demolition, or those waiting for rehabilitation? There needs to be a consensus review of this issue.
  • Finding insurance on a vacant building can be difficult. How can this be addressed?
  • What is the definition of a blighted building?
  • The City doesn't know how many blighted buildings it has.
  • This is a big brother issue: The City should help building owners improve their buildings, NOT impose another City mandate.
A full transcript/video of the meeting can be found here.

Your BOMA Advocacy Team will continue to monitor the Registration of Vacant/Abandoned Buildings Ordinance and report any new developments on this blog.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Notice of San Francisco Tax Collector Hearing On Proposed Regulations Regarding the Gross Receipts Tax and Early Care and Education Commercial Rents Tax - April 5th




April 5, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. City Hall, Room 400 
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place San Francisco, CA 94102 

Pursuant to authority granted under Section 6.16-1 of the San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code, the San Francisco Tax Collector invites the public to comment on the following proposed regulations:

  • 2019-1: GROSS RECEIPTS TAX – TREATMENT OF REIMBURSED TAXES
  • 2019-2: EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION COMMERCIAL RENTS TAX – COSTS PASSED ON TO TENANTS UNDER A LEASE

The hearing will be on April 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 400 of City Hall.

The proposed regulations are available at www.sftreasurer.org. You may comment at the hearing and/or submit written comments. If you would like to submit written comments, it is requested that they be received at the Tax Collector’s Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 3, 2019 so that they may be reviewed prior to the hearing. Written comments may also be submitted at the hearing. You will be able to address the Tax Collector during the public comments period at the hearing.

To submit written comments, or for any questions, please contact: David Augustine, Tax Collector Email: david.augustine@sfgov.org 

Monday, March 25, 2019

FEEDBACK REQUESTED: Acceptance of Cash by Brick-and Mortar Businesses



Supervisor Vallie Brown has introduced an ordinance that would require brick-and-mortar businesses to accept payment in cash, if offered, for any transaction involving the purchase of any tangible good or service - other than Professional Services - and that transaction is physically present at the place of business.

The objective of the measure is to ensure that the San Francisco economy is accessible to everyone by requiring cash as a payment method in brick-and-mortar establishments.

A Professional Service is defined in the proposal as:
...services that require extended analysis, the exercise of discretion and independent judgment in their performance, and/or the application of an advanced, specialized type of knowledge, expertise, or training customarily acquired either by a prolonged course of study or equivalent experience in the field. 
Examples of Professional Services include, but are not limited to, services provided by accountants; architects; attorneys; engineers; financial advisers; insurance agents; interior designers; management and other consultants; and software developers.
Notwithstanding the previous sentence, Professional Services does not include services provided by licensed medical and allied health care professionals, such as, but not limited to, doctors, dentists, and nurses. But licensure by the State or City does not in itself mean that an individual provides Professional Services; for example, a cosmetologist is not considered to provide Professional Services as defined. Trade or craft work, such as, but not limited to, shoe repair, tailoring of clothes, and dry cleaning, are not considered Professional Services for purposes of this Article 55.

This measure may have impact on BOMA San Francisco member operations. Please email johnb@boma.com with your thoughts on the definition of Professional Service, above, and other comments you may have about the language in the ordinance.

BOMA International Advocacy Update: Progress Made on Qualified Improvement Property Tax




BOMA San Francisco Members,

On, March 14, the U.S. Senate introduced a bill to correct the qualified improvement property (QIP) tax error that occurred in 2017’s historic tax legislation. Fixing QIP is one of BOMA International’s top legislative priorities, and this new legislation came just days after dozens of BOMA members met with 64 lawmakers or their staffs to advocate for this and other issues as part of the 2019 New Congress Fly-In.

Senators Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) introduced S. 803, the Restoring Investments in Improvements Act, a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), to correct the QIP issue.

In the hope of simplifying the tax code, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 combined the definitions of leasehold, restaurant and retail improvement property into “qualified improvement property,” but the language granting those property types a permanent 15-year depreciation period, as intended by Congress, was accidentally left out of the final bill. This resulted in two problems. First, the depreciation for interior improvements was reverted to 39 years, up from 15 years. Second, the tax bill also allowed for temporary 100 percent depreciation of property until 2022 with a class life of 20 years or less, but this error prevents QIP from being included.

This issue has resulted in cost-prohibitive renovation projects and stalled investments. As building owners negotiate leases with tenants, QIP is considered while determining tenant improvement dollars. Those dollars bring in building trades such as painters, carpenters, plumbers and electricians. With less money for tenant improvements, these local jobs also will suffer.

The new bill would ensure that the full cost of store, office or building improvements can be immediately expensed until 2022 and at a 15-year depreciation period thereafter, as was originally intended under the 2017 tax reform. The U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation has concluded that this new legislation would have no impact on the federal budget deficit.

BOMA International has been urging Congress to correct the property life of QIP to 15 years and include QIP as eligible property for 100 percent bonus depreciation since the error was discovered in early 2018. For this new bill to become law, similar legislation will need to be introduced in the House of Representatives—which is expected to happen sometime in late March or early April.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

100-Year Storm Flood Risk Map - San Francisco Law Requires Property Owners to Disclose Risk to Buyers or Tenants


Click on the image to utilize the interactive 100 Year Storm Flood Risk Map

The City and County of San Francisco recently passed an ordinance that will require sellers or landlords of property in San Francisco to disclose to buyers or tenants that the property is located within the flood risk zone delineated on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's 100-Year Storm Flood Risk Map. 

The purpose of this new law is to inform those affected property owners - commercial, residential and including the City and County of San Francisco properties, of their respective risk of flooding. The ordinance was signed by the Mayor on March 8, 2019. A copy of the ordinance is available online at: www.sfwater.org/floodmaps.

You may utilize the interactive map to identify if your property is affected by clicking here. You can also search by neighborhood as well. 

Please take a moment to review the information below from the SFPUC. Reach out to johnb@boma.com for any questions you may have. 

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As San Francisco has developed over time, its hilly topography has been largely paved over. During extreme storms, storm runoff flows still follow the naturally-formed historical waterways. When this occurs, we can experience flooding that sometimes results in property damage.

The SFPUC has developed a 100-Year Storm Flood Risk Map (Flood Map) that shows areas of San Francisco where significant flooding from storm runoff is highly likely to occur during a 100-year storm. A “100-year storm” means a storm with a 1% chance of occurring in a given year. The SFPUC used computer modeling that simulates flooding occurring Citywide under a 100-year storm to identify these parcels.

The purpose of the Flood Map is to inform existing and future property owners about flood risk on their properties and promote resilience. Please find more info on flood resilience efforts below.

The Flood Map shows parcels that are highly likely to experience “deep and contiguous” flooding during a 100-year storm. “Deep and contiguous flooding” means flooding that is at least 6-inches deep spanning an area at least the size of half an average City block.

The City passed legislation that will require sellers or landlords of property in San Francisco to disclose to buyers or tenants that the property is located within the flood risk zone delineated on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's 100-Year Storm Flood Risk Map.

This Flood Map shows flood risk from storm runoff only. It does not consider flood risk in San Francisco from other causes such as inundation from the San Francisco Bay or Pacific Ocean. Read our full Flood Map Disclaimer.

If you have questions, want to learn more about the Flood Map, or understand what the SFPUC is doing to promote Citywide flood resilience, please review our Information Sheet or contact us at rainready@sfwater.org. Is your property on the Flood Map? Please click on the map below to utilize a searchable Flood Map where you can enter in your address to find out.


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