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Consultant Pool Update - Request for Qualifications

The Planning Department’s current pre‐qualified consultant pools with expertise in the preparation of environmental impact, transportation, historical resources, and archeological resources documents for both publicly and privately sponsored projects, established in September 2012, will expire soon. The Planning Department has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for As-Needed Consultant Services for Environmental, Transportation, Historic Resources, and Archeological Review on October 6, 2014 in order to have new pre‐qualified consultant pools. The RFQ packet is available here; please check for any modifications to the RFQ packet via this RFQ packet link.

The RFQ pre-qualification conference is on October 28, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. The conference will be held at the Planning Information Center 1660 Mission Street, Conference Room 2001, San Francisco, CA 94103.

The RFQ is posted on the City’s Bids and Contracts Listing Database at (select “Consultants and Professional Services” from the “Category” drop-down menu). If you wish to receive any further updates, please subscribe to the Department’s email list for Contracting and Bid Opportunities.

Please note that the RFQ process is an independent and objective selection process, and consultation with the Environmental Review Officer (ERO) and Planning staff has no bearing on selection for the Planning Department’s pre‐qualified consultant pools.

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming RFQ, please contact Danny Yeung at

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Changes to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

On September 27, 2013, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 743 making changes to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Provisions of the bill affect the environmental review process in San Francisco, specifically how the Planning Department analyzes aesthetics, parking and traffic impacts. A memorandum to the Planning Commission was prepared by the Department summarizing SB 743's changes to CEQA:

What is Environmental Review?

The Environmental Planning Division of the Planning Department reviews projects for potential environmental impacts on the City of San Francisco and its residents, a process known as environmental review. 

Reviews are conducted pursuant to CEQA and Chapter 31 of the San Francisco Administrative Code, which provides guidelines for implementing the CEQA process. The reviews identify any potential adverse environmental effects of proposed actions, assesses their significance, and proposes measures to eliminate or mitigate significant impacts. Certain actions identified by the state, known as Categorical Exemptions, are exempt from environmental review. Such exempt projects generally include small-scale new construction or demolition, some changes of use, some additions, and other generally small projects. These projects are enumerated in San Francisco Planning Commission Resolution No. 14952 Categorical Exemptions from the California Environmental Quality Act, adopted on August 17, 2000.

Further information about CEQA exemptions and the environmental review process is detailed in the Environmental Review Process Summary Handout and on the Environmental Review Process web page.

What is subject to Environmental Review?

Most development, infrastructure and transportation projects, proposed regulatory changes, and permitting applications are subject to the "environmental review process."

  • Local industrial, commercial, mixed use and residential developments or redevelopments
  • Local and regional transit and transportation projects
  • New or amended local, state, and federal rules and regulations

Current Documents for Public Review

Environmental Planning posts many documents for public review associated with the projects and proposed actions we are currently reviewing.

Last updated: 10/8/2014 4:31:51 PM