Bulletins & Policies
Last Updated: 08/14/2020

Zoning Administrator (ZA) Bulletin 1: Developing Ground Floor Accessory Rooms In Residential Buildings

In order to allow property owners to efficiently and cost-effectively add livable space to their homes, but to hinder the creation of illegal residential units, proposals to develop ground-floor rooms in residential buildings shall be reviewed according to a set of standards summarized in the matrix below. This ZA Bulletin is an overview of the standards that take into account:

  1. whether the building is proposed for new construction or is existing and proposed for alteration;
  2. the type of access from the proposed rooms to the street, and
  3. the type of visual and spatial connection proposed between the ground floor rooms and rooms on the main floor of the unit (usually the floor above the ground floor).

For questions, you can call the Planning counter at 628.652.7300 or email pic@sfgov.org where planners are able to assist you.

Español: Para información en Español llamar al 628.652.7550. Tenga en cuenta que el Departamento de Planificación necesitará al menos un día hábil para responder.

中文: 如果您需要中文的帮助, 请致电628.652.7550。请注意, 计划部门至少需要一个工作日才能做出回应。

Tagalog: Para sa impormasyon sa Tagalog tumawag sa 628.652.7550. Paki tandaan na mangangailangan ang Planning Department ng hindi kukulangin sa isang araw na pantrabaho para makasagot.

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