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Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO)



The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Fair Chance Ordinance on February 4, 2014 adding Police Code Article 49 and Administrative Code Section 12T (see the Legislative Digest). Starting August 13, 2014, the Fair Chance Ordinance requires housing providers and some employers to review an individual's qualifications before inquiring about that person's arrest and conviction record(s) and related information. The ordinance applies to employers with 20 or more employees, City contractors, and housing providers, and requires that they limit the use of criminal history information and follow certain procedures and restrictions when inquiring about and using conviction history information.

New! The 2014 Employer Annual Reporting Form is now available online. All employers covered by the Fair Chance Ordinance (or the Health Care Security Ordinance) are required to submit the 2014 Employer Annual Reporting Form by April 30, 2015. Please carefully review the Instructions before you begin. You may also want to view the Annual Reporting Form PDF Preview. 

For more information on the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) and required Notices, please click on the applicable category.


1.  Employers citywide with 20 or more employees: The ordinance covers employees and applicants in the City and County of San Francisco whose current or prospective employer has 20 or more employees (total worldwide). See Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code

2. City contractors and subcontractors: The ordinance covers applicants and employees who would be or are performing work under a contract or lease with the City and County of San Francisco. See Administrative Code Section 12T.

3. Housing providers: See the Human Rights Commission website.




Contact Us


Please email fce@sfgov.org or call 415-554-5192 if you have questions about your rights and responsibilities under the Fair Chance Ordinance.




Last updated: 4/1/2015 10:25:47 AM