Last Updated: 06/22/2023

CEQA Exemptions

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) map below displays Exemptions (Categorical, Statutory, Common Sense and Community Plan Exemptions), related to applications filed with the San Francisco Planning Department. Amendments to Chapter 31 of the San Francisco Administrative Code that became effective as of September 25, 2013 require the establishment of an appeal timeline for CEQA exemptions. Please refer to section 31.04 (h) and section 31.16(e) for a definition of what constitutes the approval action for private and public projects and for information related to the appeal of exemption determinations.

To find out the approval action associated with a project, please refer to the exemption document itself. If a project qualifies for an exemption, it will receive a Exemption Checklist.

To find out if a building permit has been issued please click here.

To find if an entitlement application has been approved by the Planning Commission, please visit the Property Information Map.

For more information on the CEQA appeal process please refer to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors.

Using the Map

GREEN DOTS represent projects where the environmental review is complete.

BLUE DOTS represent projects that are currently receiving environmental review. Environmental documents can be found by selecting a circle and clicking the "more details" button - this will take you to our Permit and Project Tracking System (the document will be under the "attachments" tab).

Click on any circle on the map for more information and the "more details" button to review the project in our Permit and Project Tracking System.

The "Menu" icon at the top of the map provides you with an interactive tutorial related to navigating the CEQA Map and signing up for alerts.

The "Filters" tab on the upper left allows for you to search, narrow results to applications received within a certain timeframe, or search by application type (CEQA Exemptions, Negative Declarations, or Environmental Impact Reports).

The "CEQA Alerts" tab is used for signing-up to receive email alerts related to new Environmental Applications received within a specific geography.

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Public Agency Exemptions

Exemptions for projects sponsored by public agencies are provided below. Many public project exemptions are not displayed on the Exemptions Map above as they span large geographical areas. For exemptions that do not require a noticed public hearing, an "Approval Action Date" is displayed in the list below. To find a specific public project, move the mouse pointer inside the box below and press the Ctrl key + F (Windows) or Command + F (Mac) to bring up a search box in your browser.

Click on the 'More Details' button on any row in the table to view further information about the project including the Exemption determination document. Use the scroll bars to move down the table.

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Don Lewis, Environmental Planner
SF Planning Department

Please Note: the map and table are updated nightly; the date indicated at the bottom of this page refers to the last published change to this page, not the last update to the data.