Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Fact Sheets

City Officers, Employees, and Filing Officers

  • Filing Officers: Fact Sheet | Form 700 E-Filing Expansion: Important Information for Filing Officers

    Effective January 1, 2022, designated filers will be required to file assuming office, annual, and leaving office Form 700 statements in electronic format using the Ethics Commission’s internet-based NetFile e-filing system. This fact sheet summarizes the changes and benefits; provides an overview of Form 700 requirements and filing officer responsibilities, and includes an informative FAQ. Click […]

  • City Officers: Fact Sheet | Understanding Behested Payments Reporting Requirements

    City elected officials, commissioners and board members, and department heads are subject to behested payment reporting laws. In general, public officials need to be mindful that any time they solicit a donation (monetary or non-monetary), they may need to disclose the payment that results from that request. This fact sheet provides an overview of both […]

Lobbyists

  • Lobbyist: Fact Sheet | FAQ on Proposition T – Restricting Gifts and Campaign Contributions from Lobbyists

    Proposition T was placed on the ballot by a unanimous vote of the San Francisco Ethics Commission in July, 2016 and subsequently approved by San Francisco Voters on the November 8, 2016 election. This fact sheet outlines the provisions enacted January 1, 2018. Click to access Ethics-Commission-Proposition-T-FAQ-Nov-9-2016.pdf

  • Lobbyist: Fact Sheet | Who is a Lobbyist?

    Download Print Copy This fact sheet describes who will qualify as a lobbyist under the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance. Lobbyists must register and comply with the Ordinance’s requirements. What Does a Lobbyist Do? A lobbyist is someone who: Is paid to contact a City officer To influence local legislative or administrative action; On behalf of […]

  • Lobbyist: Fact Sheet | Lobbyist Contacts

    Download Print Copy This fact sheet describes “lobbying contacts” under the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance and explains how to count them. Understanding lobbying contacts helps in determining whether to register as a lobbyist and what to disclose in monthly lobbyist reports filed with the Ethics Commission. Modes of Communication A lobbying contact is any communication […]

  • Lobbyist: Fact Sheet | Lobbyist Disclosures and Documents

    Download Print Copy This fact sheet summarizes the disclosure requirements for lobbyists in San Francisco.  Lobbyists are responsible for monthly disclosure reports, disclosures about employment, and document retention. Monthly Disclosures By the fifteenth day of every month, you are required to disclose your lobbying activity during the prior calendar month to the Ethics Commission.  This […]

  • Lobbyist: Fact Sheet | Contact Lobbyist Registration and Training

    Download Print Copy This fact sheet explains how to register as a lobbyist in San Francisco.  Lobbyists must file a registration report, pay initial registration fees, train, and pay annual fees. Registration and Training Timeline After qualifying as a lobbyist Do not contact another City officer until you register. Within 5 days of qualifying Register […]

  • Lobbyist: Fact Sheet | Overview of the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance

    Download Print Copy This fact sheet describes the basic requirements and prohibitions imposed on lobbyists under the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance. Definition of a Lobbyist A lobbyist is someone who: Is paid to contact a City officer; To influence local legislative or administrative action; On behalf of a client or employer. To find out whether […]

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