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


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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