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Description: The Height and Bulk Districts are a component of the Zoning Map which in turn is a key component of the San Francisco Planning Code. The Zoning Map comprises:
- Zoning Districts
- Height and Bulk Districts
- Special Use Districts
- Preservation Districts
- Coastal Zone Area
- Special Sign Districts

The official Zoning Map can be found in the San Francisco Planning Code:
http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=14145&stateId=5&stateName=California
(click on the links under ZONING MAPS on the left navigation column).


Secton 250 of the Planning Code states:

"SEC. 250. HEIGHT AND BULK DISTRICTS ESTABLISHED.
(a) In order to carry out further the purposes of this Code, height and bulk districts are hereby established, subject to the provisions of this Article 2.5.
(b) No building or structure or part thereof shall be permitted to exceed, except as stated in Sections 172 and 188 of this Code, the height and bulk limits set forth in this Article for the district in which it is located, including the height limits for use districts set forth in Section 261.
(c) The establishment of these height and bulk districts and the repeal and replacement of special height districts or height limits previously in effect in the City shall in no way be deemed to confer legal noncomplying status upon any building or structure constructed, reconstructed, enlarged, altered or relocated in violation of the height districts or limits previously in effect.
(d) In the case of any apparent inconsistency among requirements of this Code applicable to the same property or development, including but not limited to standards for height, bulk, floor area ratio, setbacks, yards, usable open space and dwelling unit density, the most restrictive of such requirements shall prevail.
(e) The provision of this Article 2.5 shall apply to all properties and developments, both public and private, including those of the City and County of San Francisco.
(f) The requirements of height and bulk districts established by this Article 2.5 shall not apply to buildings and structures on sites for which a redeveloper had been formally selected by the Redevelopment Agency of the City prior to August 26, 1971, for development in a Redevelopment Project Area in accordance with an agreement that specifically committed the City to a height or bulk configuration not consistent with the provisions of this Article for height and bulk districts."

Agency Name: City & County of San Francisco Planning Department
Date Released: Daily
Time Period: Updates every night
Frequency: Daily
Location of dataset: http://sf-planning.org/ftp/files/gis/Layers/Height_and_Bulk_Districts.zip
Format: GIS Shapefile
Location of Data Dictionary: Data dictionary can be found in the .xml file within the zip

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