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Pipeline Report

The San Francisco consolidated pipeline consists of development projects that would add residential units or commercial space, applications for which have been formally submitted to the Planning Department or the Department of Building Inspection (DBI).

Pipeline projects are at various stages of development: from applications having been filed to entitlements secured; from building permits approved and issued to projects under construction (see diagram below). The pipeline includes only those projects with a land use or building permit application. It does not include projects undergoing preliminary Planning Department project review or projections based on area plan analysis. Projects vary in size from single units to larger multi-year development programs undergoing environmental review. 

Once a project is issued a Certificate of Final Completion by the DBI, it is taken out of the pipeline.

stages pipeline workflow

Data sources for the pipeline are chiefly the project databases maintained by the Planning Department and the Department of Building Inspection, respectively, but data is also occasionally obtained from the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (formerly known as Redevelopment Agency).

The Relevance of the Pipeline

The pipeline serves as a barometer of medium to long-term development trends. It illustrates location and scale of current and proposed future construction taking place and where new land uses (see data dictionary) are being established; it also records demolition and a partial listing of conversion of existing land uses. In sum, the pipeline provides a short- to medium-term picture of changing land uses, tracking especially the changes to the city's housing stock and commercial uses.

Accuracy and Timeliness

The pipeline is compiled and consolidated from different data sources and is subject to errors due to varying accuracy and currency of original sources. The pipeline quarters are as follows:

  • Quarter 1 (Q1): January 1 - March 31
  • Quarter 2 (Q2): April 1 - June 30
  • Quarter 3 (Q3): July 1 - September 30
  • Quarter 4 (Q4): October 1 - December 31

The data in this report is pulled from original sources. While we make an effort to consolidate multiple permits for different components of the same project from different agencies, it is not possible to validate the accuracy of all projects.

2021 Q4 Housing Development Pipeline

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pipeline snapshot graphic

* Includes only units in projects that are 100% affordable or have declared how they are meeting affordability requirements per Sec 415 or other programs. Projects are not typically required to declare their affordability program until entitlement. Buildings in future phases of Major Multi-Phased Projects (i.e. not yet filed for building permits) are also not included in this total count of pipeline affordable units. Actual production of affordable housing 2015-2018 has averaged 30% annually of total housing production.
** Includes only entitled projects. Projects under review by Planning Department with building permits filed but that do not require other types of planning entitlement are included in the “Application Filed” category.
*** Remaining phases of project. This does not include net units in phases that have filed for, or have received, building permits or are under construction.

Reporting Update

Significant data and systems improvements are underway to produce a more accurate quarterly pipeline, so the data may change at any time. Weekly and monthly data on Planning Applications and Building Permits can be accessed via the City's Open Data Portal:


Q4 2021

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To download data sets:

  • Go to DataSF listing of Pipeline Reports
  • Select the desired data set to review the summary
  • Select the View button to see the Data set
  • Look for the row of colorful buttons (top right)and click on the one labeled Export
  • A side menu will appear on the right; select your preferred file format to download
Quarter 2021 2020  
Q4 Report  |  Data Report  |  Data  
Q3 Report  |  Data Report  |  Data  
Q2 Report  |  Data Report  |  Data  
Q1 Report  |  Data Report  |  Data  
Quarter 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Q4 Data   |   Map Data   |   Map Data   |   Map Data   |   Map Data   |   Map Data   |   Map
Q3 Data   |   Map Data   |   Map Data   |   Map Data   |   Map Data   |   Map Report   |   Data
Q2 Data   |   Map Data   |   Map Data   |   Map Data   |   Map Data   |   Map Report   |   Data
Q1 Data   |   Map Data   |   Map Data   |   Map Data   |   Map Data   |   Map Report   |   Data
Quarter 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Q4 Report   |   Data Data     Report  
Q3 Report   |   Data Report   |   Data Report Report    
Q2 Report   |   Data   Report Report Report Report
Q1 Data Report   |   Data   |   Map Report     Report
Quarter 2007  
Q4 Report  
Q3 Report  
Q1 Report  

Visit the SF OpenData catalog for more pipeline data sets. For archival reports, please refer to the Contact tab.

Ken Qi
Data & Analytics Group
Administration Division