Sea Level Rise Guidance

The following instructions were created to establish and apply a consistent and comprehensive review, planning, and implementation process to carry out the “Guidance for Incorporating Sea Level Rise (SLR) into Capital Planning in San Francisco.”

The guidance was originally adopted by the Capital Planning Committee on September 22, 2014; revisions and a supplement were adopted on December 14, 2015;  and an update was produced on January 3, 2020. Materials referred to in this step-by-step guide are provided on this page.

Please see here for the SLR Vulnerability Zone Map (overlaid on San Francisco base layers).

Sea Level Rise Documents and Resources

Submission Requirements

Departments that have projects within the vulnerability zone will need to provide specific long-term strategies to specifically address sensitivity and adaptive capacity as defined in the SLR Guidance. The checklist must be submitted to the City engineer by January 31 or in advance of project authorization or funding.

The City Engineer’s Office (Public Works), in collaboration with the City's SLR Coordinating Committee if needed, will assist client departments in developing specific long-term strategies to specifically address sensitivity and adaptive capacity of individual projects.

Submission Steps:

  1. Identify and map project sites included in the ten-year Capital Plan, a proposal bond program, or submitted within a budget or supplemental request to verify if it falls within the area defined as the SLR vulnerability zone. The vulnerability zone map will be provided to departments as a shape file in ArcGIS for inputting at their request.
  2. Fill out the SLR checklist for each of the capital projects over $5 million that have been identified for funding over the next 10 years. Please note that in order to correctly complete the checklist , Departments must review the full Guidance.
  3. In cases where projects are at an early stage of development or within a program that does not have specific information but are or may be within the vulnerability zone, inform the capital planning staff and the City Engineer when specific projects will be defined and the checklist will be completed.

Please contact Boris Deunert for further information.