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Built upon the San Francisco Planning Department's award winning Property Information Map technology the SF Find website helps you to find services and resources available in your neighborhood of San Francisco.

Among the useful information available are:

  • Elected officials representing your area
  • Local government services available in your neighborhood including nearby parks, schools, public transit routes, post offices, libraries, police & fire stations and street cleaning schedules
  • Links to Census results and recent crime reports for your area
  • Detailed property information including permitting history, zoning, parcel number, property valuations, architectural reports, historic survey results and property complaints

SF Find is a collaboration of the San Francisco Planning Department, Department of Technology, Mayors Offiice of Neighborhood Services and the Neighborhood Empowerment Network.


  Instructions:  

  • Step 1: Either select a neighborhood from the list, or click on the map,
    or type in the search box.
    Search examples:
    Address:400 Van Ness Ave
    Intersection:Mission and Van Ness
    Parcel:0787/001   or   0787 001  or   0787001     or  0787-001   or   0787\001
    Places of Interest:Ferry Building
    Golden Gate Park
    Civic Center BART Station
    MoMa
    Kezar Stadium
    School:Marina Middle School
    Mission High School
     
  • Step 2: Click the tabs to view the neighborhoord or property data. If you
    selected a neighborhood you will be shown neighborhood information. If you searched for a property you will be shown property information in addition to the neighborhood information.

    Click     to show a map layer.
    Click     to remove a map layer.
    Click "View Map Legend" to view a legend (key) for the map.
    Click "Clear Map" to remove all map layers.
    Click "Measure Distance" to measure a distance on the map. Click once on the map to start measuring, click again to define any corners and double click to end.

  • iOS user? If you are using iOS 4 or earlier you might notice that
    scrolling with your finger moves the entire page, not just content within the report. To avoid this, use two fingers to scroll within the report and the rest of the page will remain stationary.

  • Map too small? Clicking on the small arrow to the top right of the map will
    maximize the size of the map. Click on the arrow again to return to the normal map size. When the map is maximized you will need to scroll the web page to see the reports.

  • Radii/Buffers Display the area within a set distance of a property.
    After searching for an address, the property will be shown on the map as a blue shaded boundary. If you wish to see a radius around the property you can click on the blue boundary to display the radius. After clicking in the blue boundary, choose the distance you wish to see. Options are 150ft, 300ft, 1,000ft and 1/4 mile.


  Data Updates:  

  • Neighborhood data (elected officials, zip codes, location of services) are updated irregularly, whenever changes occur to these datasets.
  • Projects, complaints, appeals, preservation, miscellaneous permits, addresses and parcels are updated every night.
  • Building Permits are updated once a month, usually within the first few working days of the month
  • Zoning Districts, Height & Bulk Districts, Special Use Districts and Special Sign Districts are updated quarterly.
  • Assessor's Report data is the updated quarterly. The Assessor Block Maps are updated annually.
  • Sanborn maps date to the mid-1990's and are no longer updated, they should be used for historical context only.


  Data Downloads:  

Most of the datasets that feed into the SF Find and Property Information Map sites are available for download through San Francisco Data (data.sfgov.org).
Most datasets are available in GIS Shapefile and spreadsheet formats.

Click on the links below to go to the download page for these datasets:


 Limitations:  

  • Projects and "Other Permits": all those submitted to the City since 1 Jan 1999 are included in this website. Many older projects and permits are also included (back to 1920) although not all of the pre 1999 records make it into our digital database.
  • Building Permits: all permits filed since 1980 are included.


  Linking:  

You can link to the web site through the following URL:
http://propertymap.sfplanning.org?name=sffind

After selecting a neighborhood, selecting a property or clicking on the map, click on the 'Link' option (top right of the page) to create a link to a neighborhood or property report.

Alternatively, you can create your own URL to link to. To do this add "&search=" to the URL followed by the text to search for, e.g:

You can also add a parameter to open a particular tab. To do this add "&tab=" to the URL followed by the number of the tab you wish to open. Tabs are numbered sequentially from left to right, the first tab is numbered zero e.g.


  Disclaimer:  

The City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) does not guarantee the accuracy, adequacy, completeness or usefulness of any information. CCSF provides this information on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, including but not limited to warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, and assumes no responsibility for anyone's use of the information.

External links: the City does not endorse or provide preferential treatment to any third party websites or associated organizations or persons. Additionally, the City does not control third party sites and therefore does not warrant that third party sites are accurate or, reliable, or that they have operational links.


  Need More Assistance?  

Please contact Mike Wynne (mike.wynne@sfgov.org), GIS Analyst and devloper of this website at the San Francisco Planning Department for further support.


  Feedback:  

  • For questions about using this website, technical feedback or suggestions to improve this site please contact Mike Wynne (mike.wynne@sfgov.org), GIS Analyst and developer of this website at the San Francisco Planning Department.
  • For questions related to the Zoning, Land Use, the San Francisco Planning Code or Projects please contact the Planning Information Center (pic@sfgov.org)
  • For questions related to the Assessors Office Report, parcels or property ownership please contact the Assessors Office (Assessors Office)
  • For questions related to the Building Permits please contact the Department of Building Inspections (www.sfdbi.org)
  • If you are not sure who to contact then send your question to Mike Wynne (mike.wynne@sfgov.org), GIS Analyst and developer of this website at the San Francisco Planning Department.

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