Residential Hotel Unit Conversion and Demolition



Questions about the HCO? Contact

Housing Inspection Services
1660 Mission Street- 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103-2414
 Phone: (415) 558-6220
Fax: (415) 558-6249


Effective March 20, 2017, the HCO has been updated and revised, through Ordinance 38-17, which was passed unanimously by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on February 7, 2017.



The Residential Hotel Unit Conversion and Demolition Ordinance (HCO), Chapter 41 of the San Francisco
Administrative Code
, was first adopted on June 26, 1981, by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

The purpose of this ordinance is to preserve affordable housing by preventing the loss of residential hotel units through conversion or demolition, and to prevent the displacement of low income, elderly, and disabled persons. 
This is accomplished by:

1) maintaining single-room occupancy hotel units as residential,  

2) regulating the demolition and conversion of residential hotel units to other uses, and

3) appropriate administrative and judicial remedies. 



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The Department of Building Inspection, Housing Inspection Services Division is hosting an educational workshop on how to complete the Annual Unit Usage Report, which is required of all residential hotel owners/operators. The workshops will be held at 1660 Mission Street in Room 2001 from 1:30 to 3:00PM on August 21, 23, 28, and 30. This event is free.

Property Owners and Operators: This is your opportunity to learn about the reporting requirements and how to properly file the Report in order avoid fines. Seating is first come, first serve and is limited to 75 attendees. 


Annual Unit Usage Report (AUUR) Filings