12B Equal Benefits Program


Pursuant to Chapter 12B of the San Francisco Administrative Code, the groundbreaking law known as the Equal Benefits Ordinance requires firms that provide goods or services to the City and County of San Francisco to administer benefits equally to employees with domestic partners and employees with spouses.

San Francisco’s law was the first Equal Benefits Ordinance in the United States. Nineteen other jurisdictions subsequently adopted Equal Benefits Ordinances.

 Since 1997, more than 20,000 businesses have achieved compliance with the Equal Benefits Ordinance. These firms employ a pool of over 5.7 million people nationwide. The advantages of the Chapter 12B Equal Benefits Ordinance extend beyond this group to the uncounted dependents who participate in domestic partner benefits.

Contract Monitoring Division 
Equal Benefits Unit
30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94102