Residential Hotel Unit Conversion and Demolition

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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. 



In June 2019, Ordinance 99-19 became effective and amended Chapter 41 of the San Francisco Administrative Code. The new amendment, Section 41.22, requires owners of residential hotels seeking to sell or otherwise transfer title to complete a Residential Hotel Status Report (RHSR) to be verified by the Department of Building Inspection’s Housing Inspection Services division. Once verified, the RHSR must be disclosed to the buyer/transferee prior to the sale. For information, please click here


Residential Hotel owners are required to complete an Annual Unit Usage Report (AUUR), per Section 41.10 every November 1st. For information on AUUR filings, please click here.



All building permit applications for residential hotels must be reviewed by the residential hotel inspector prior to approval. Please contact to schedule an appointment for review of residential hotel building permit applications.



Residential hotel owners/operators are required to post the following documents in a front lobby or other conspicuous place available to the public.