San Francisco Businesses and Zoning
To operate businesses or to engage in any kind of construction activity, several permits are required from local authorities including certificates of occupancy. Depending upon the nature and size of business, a business owner may need to obtain the following permits from multiple departments :
- The Fire Department
- The Health Department,
- State Environment and Protection
- Planning Department
- State Department of Labor
- Building Department
In San Francisco, The Planning Department oversees all zoning compliance matters. San Francisco is divided into "zoning use districts" which:
- Govern sizes of buildings
- Indicate nature of use
- Specify any limits on the number of units of a property (Dwelling unit densities)
- Parking rules (number of vehicles, street, off street, etc)
- Set controls on planting street trees
- And more
For each type of use, the Zoning Code of San Francisco specifies it's either:
- Permitted (P)
- Conditional (C)
- Not Permitted (NP)
Therefore knowing the zoning regulations prior to committing to a business project is extremely important. Here are additional resources to get started:
- Use the San Francisco Property Information Map to find the zoning and height limits for your property.
- Once you know the "zoning use type" of your property, find out the process and all zoning conditions that may apply.
- San Francisco Planning Code: a legislative policy document specifying the zoning regulations in detail.
Property owners and construction companies are not entirely free to do whatever they want with their property. Zoning is an area of compliance, which dictates how the property can be constructed and used. Zoning is a complex and complicated area of the law, subject to various rules. The Planning & Zoning Resource Corporation (PZR®
) has been helping business and all entities in the commercial real estate industry with all zoning due diligence and research. PZR®
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