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You know what running a successful business will look like, but you may need help to get there. The resource library features organizations, websites, courses, guides, templates, and other tools to help you on your way. It also explains common but confusing terms related to starting, maintaining, and growing your business.
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Any new commercial lease or any amendment of an existing lease for a space of 7,500 square feet or less that is used as a “Public Accommodation” (as defined by the ADA), the landlord must give the existing or prospective tenant: (i) a written Disability Access Obligations Notice that must be signed by both the landlord and tenant, and (ii) a copy of the Small Business Commission’s Access Information Notice pamphlet (The Guide to Disabled Accessibility Compliance) in the tenant’s requested language.

The Guide to Accessibility Compliance brochure explains disabled access laws in detail and offers advice on how to protect your business from potential lawsuits. Since every business must comply with the Americans with Disability Act, this guide helps small businesses understand and meet those requirements. This brochure also serves as the Access Information Notice required by Administrative Code Chapter 38, where landlords must provide this information to tenants at the time of lease execution or amendment for spaces 7,500 sq. ft. or less.

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Business Personal Property

Any tangible property owned and used for your business. This includes all machinery, fixtures, office furniture and equipment is considered Business Personal Property. In general, business personal property is all property owned or leased by a business except licensed vehicles, business inventory, intangible assets or application software.

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Conditional Use (CU)

A "use" in city planning refers to the way a building or piece of land is designated to be used. For example, a piece of land may be designated as residential, meaning it can only be "used" as a home. A Conditional Use (CU) is a type of land use that is not principally permitted in a particular Zoning District. Conditional Uses require a Planning Commission hearing in order to determine if the proposed use is necessary and desirable to the neighborhood, whether it may potentially have a negative impact on the surrounding neighborhood, and whether the use complies with the San Francisco General Plan.

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The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector, serves as the banker, tax collector, collection agent, and investment officer for the City and County of San Francisco.

The Planning Department writes and maintains the SF General Plan and neighborhood plans, guides city design through planning controls, conducts environmental analysis, and enforces the Planning Code.

The Board of Equalization administers California's sales and use, fuel, alcohol, tobacco, and other taxes and issues seller's permits.

The SBA is dedicated to providing support to small businesses across the nation. The local San Francisco office offers advice, events and workshops, and information about SBA lenders and government contracts.