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Major Developers

Effective July 26, 2014, City law imposes reporting requirements on developers of certain City real estate projects with an estimated construction cost of more than $1,000,000. Developers must file five forms (initial report and four quarterly reports) with the Ethics Commission over the course of about a year disclosing donations to nonprofit organizations that have contacted City officials about their project. The first form is due within 30 days of certification of an Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) by a local agency or, if the project relies on a program EIR, within 30 days of the adoption of a final environmental determination under the California Environmental Quality Act. Disclosure is not required for a residential development project with four or fewer dwelling units.

Major Developer Disclosure Process


The City’s laws regarding developer disclosures can be found in Campaign and Gov’t Conduct Code, Article III, Chapter 5, section 3.500, et seq.

The Ethics Commission has also promulgated regulations implementing the developer disclosure laws.


Visit the Commission’s Training & Resources page for a full listing of trainings and resources applicable to Major Developers.

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