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Last Updated: 07/31/2019

Zoning Administrator (ZA) Bulletin No. 11: Better Roofs Ordinance

This ZA Bulletin is an overview of the Planning Code and Green Building Code. There are requirements for new building construction to facilitate the development of renewable energy facilities and Living Roofs. These standards require that 15% of the roof space on most new construction is solar. These requirements can also be met by providing 30% of the roof space as a Living Roof (i.e. green or vegetated roof), or installing a combination of both solar and Living Roof. The Living Roof option will allow a project sponsor to replace the required solar with Living Roof at a ratio of 2 square feet of living roof for every 1 square foot of solar.

The Better Roofs requirements apply to all projects proposing new construction that meet all of the following below:

  1. are non-residential with a gross floor area of 2,000 square feet or more, or residential of any size;
  2. has 10 or fewer occupied floors; and
  3. applies for a site permit or building permit on or after January 1, 2017.

Planning Department staff are available to advise you. For questions, you can call 415.558.6377, email pic@sfgov.org or visit the Planning Information Center (PIC) at 1660 Mission Street, First Floor, San Francisco, where planners are available to assist you.

Español: Si desea esta información en español, llame a 415.575.9010. Tenga en cuenta que el Departamento de Planificación requerirá al menos un día hábil para responder.

中文: 如果您需要中文信息,請致電415.575.9010。請注意,規劃部門需要至少一個工 作日來回應。

Tagalog: Kung nais mo ang impormasyong ito sa Filipino, mangyaring tawagan ang 415.575.9010. Mangyaring payagan ang Departamento ng Pagpaplano ng hindi bababa sa isang.

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