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These districts serve several functions. They provide convenience goods and services to Residential areas of the City, both in outlying sections and in closer-in, more densely built communities. In addition, some C-2 Districts provide comparison shopping goods and services on a general or specialized basis to a Citywide or a regional market area, complementing the main area for such types of trade in downtown San Francisco. The extent of these districts varies from smaller clusters of stores to larger concentrated areas, including both shopping centers and strip developments along major thoroughfares, and in each case the character and intensity of commercial development are intended to be consistent with the character of other uses in the adjacent areas. The emphasis in C-2 Districts is upon compatible retail uses, but the district also allows a wider variety of goods and services to suit the longer-term needs of customers and a greater latitude is given for the provision of automobile-oriented uses.
Massing and Setbacks
Height and Bulk Limits
Floor Area Ratio
Basic FAR limit is 3.6 to 1. For a lot that is nearer to an RM-4 or RC-4 District than to any other R District, the FAR is 4.8 to 1. For a lot that is nearer to a C-3 District than to any R District the FAR is 10.0 to 1. FAR in the Waterfront and Washington-Broadway Special Use Districts is 5 to 1.
Front, Rear, and Side Setbacks
See Residential Standards.
Street Frontage and Public Realm
Streetscape and Pedestrian Improvements (Street Trees)
Street Frontage Requirements
Required as specified in § 145.1.
Required Ground Floor Commercial
As specified in § 145.4, certain streets and districts are required to have "active commercial uses."
Parking and Loading Access Restrictions
As specified in § 155(r), certain streets and districts have additional restrictions on vehicular access in addition to general standards.
Artworks and Recognition of Artists and Architects
Required, except for those on Blocks 4991 (Executive Park) and 7295 (Stonestown Galleria Mall).
Uses in Enclosed Buildings
All permitted uses, and all storage, servicing, fabricating, processing or repair uses accessory thereto, shall be conducted within enclosed buildings, with the exception of accessory off-street parking and loading areas where permitted; accessory outdoor dining areas where permitted; accessory recreation areas where permitted; and as indicated in the use chart below.
Large Project Review
Planned Unit Development
Awning, Canopy or Marquee
As permitted by Section § 607.
RESIDENTIAL STANDARDS AND USES
Usable Open Space for Dwelling Units and Group Housing
Same as for the R District establishing the dwelling unit density ratio for the property. Group Housing requirement is 1/3 the amount required for a Dwelling Unit.
Residential Parking Requirements
None required. Maximum permitted per § 151.
Rear Yard Setback
25% of the total depth lot depth, but in no case less than 15 feet. Rear yards shall be provided at the lowest story containing a dwelling unit, and at each succeeding level or story of the building.
Residential Conversion, Demolition, or Merger
C for Removal of one or more Residential Units or Unauthorized Units.
Intermediate Length Occupancy
Single Room Occupancy
Residential Density, Dwelling Units (5)
P at a density ratio not exceeding the number of dwelling units permitted in the nearest R District, with the distance to such R District measured from the midpoint of the front lot line or from a point directly across the street therefrom, whichever permits the greater density; provided, that the maximum density ratio shall in no case be less than one unit for each 800 square feet of lot area. NP above.
P up to twice the number of dwelling units otherwise permitted as a principal use in the district and meeting all the requirements of § 202.2(f)(1). C up to twice the number of dwelling units otherwise permitted as a principal use in the district and meeting all requirements of § 202.2(f)(1) except for § 202.2(f)(1)(D)(iv), related to location.
Residential Density, Group Housing
P at a density ratio not exceeding the maximum density permitted for group housing in the nearest R District, with the distance to such R District measured from the midpoint of the front lot line or from a point directly across the street therefrom, whichever permits the greater density; provided, that the maximum density ratio shall in no case be less than one bedroom for each 275 square feet of lot area. NP above.
NON-RESIDENTIAL STANDARDS AND USES
Use Size Limits
C required for single Retail Use greater than 50,000 gross square feet. NP above 120,000 gross square feet.
Ground Floor Ceiling Height
Minimum floor-to-floor height of 14 feet, as measured from grade except in 40-foot and 50-foot height districts, where buildings shall have a minimum floor-to-floor height of 10 feet.
Commercial Use Characteristics
Open Air Sales
Outdoor Activity Area
Agricultural Use Category
Automotive Use Category
Automotive Service Station
Parking Garage, Private
Parking Garage, Public
Parking Lot, Private
Parking Lot, Public
Service, Motor Vehicle Tow
Service, Parcel Delivery
Vehicle Storage Garage
Vehicle Storage Lot
Entertainment, Arts and Recreation Use Category
Entertainment and Recreation Uses*
Open Recreation Area
Industrial Use Category
Institutional Use Category
Sales and Service Category
Retail Sales and Service Uses*
Mobile Food Facility
Tobacco Paraphernalia Store
Non-Retail Sales and Service*
Utility and Infrastructure Use Category
Community Recycling Center
Internet Service Exchange
Public Transportation Facility
Public Utilities Yard
Wireless Telecommunications Services Facility
(1) C required if taller than 25 feet above roof, grade or height limit (depending on site) or if within 1000 feet of an R District and includes a parabolic antenna with a diameter in excess of three meters or a composite diameter of antennae in excess of six meters. See definition in Section 102 for more information.
(6) C for buildings with 10 or more Dwelling Units.
(Amended as Sec. 210.2 by Ord. 136-68, App. 5/29/68; redesignated and amended by Ord. 22-15, File No. 141253, App. 2/20/2015, Eff. 3/22/2015; amended by Ord. 162-15 , File No. 150805, App. 9/18/2015, Eff. 10/18/2015; Ord. 188-15 , File No. 150871, App. 11/4/2015, Eff. 12/4/2015; Ord. 33-16 , File No. 160115, App. 3/11/2016, Eff. 4/10/2016; Ord. 166-16 , File No. 160477, App. 8/11/2016, Eff. 9/10/2016; Ord. 129-17, File No. 170203, App. 6/30/2017, Eff. 7/30/2017; Ord. 202-18, File No. 180557, App. 8/10/2018, Eff. 9/10/2018; Ord. 277-18, File No. 180914, App. 11/20/2018, Eff. 12/21/2018; Ord. 311-18, File No. 181028, App. 12/21/2018, Eff. 1/21/2019; Ord. 116-19, File No. 181156, App. 6/28/2019, Eff. 7/29/2019; Ord. 63-20, File No. 200077, App. 4/24/2020, Eff. 5/25/2020; Ord. 78-20, File No. 191075, App. 5/22/2020, Eff. 6/22/2020)
(Former Sec. 210.1 amended by Ord. 136-68, App. 5/29/68; repealed by Ord. 22-15, File No. 141253, App. 2/20/2015, Eff. 3/22/2015)
Former Sec. 210.2 redesignated as Sec. 210.1; undesignated introductory paragraph amended; Table 210.1 added; Ord. 22-15, Eff. 3/22/2015. Note (5) added; Ord. 162-15 , Eff. 10/18/2015. Table 210.1 amended; Ord. 188-15 , Eff. 12/4/2015. Table 210.1 amended; Ord. 33-16 , Eff. 4/10/2016. Table 210.1 amended; Note (4) added; Ord. 166-16 , Eff. 9/10/2016. Table 210.1 amended; Ord. 129-17, Eff. 7/30/2017. Undesignated introductory paragraph amended; Table 210.1 amended; Ord. 202-18, Eff. 9/10/2018. Table 210.1 amended; Ord. 277-18, Eff. 12/21/2018. Table 210.1 amended; Ord. 311-18, Eff. 1/21/2019. Note (5) amended; Ord. 116-19, Eff. 7/29/2019. Table 210.1 amended; Ord. 63-20, Eff. 5/25/2020. Table 210.1 amended; Note (6) added; Ord. 78-20, Eff. 6/22/2020.
1. So in Ord. 311-18.