First Source Hiring Program Overview

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How can the First Source Hiring Program help your business at no-cost?

  • Promote jobs locally to nearly 2,000 recipients 
  • Connect with a pool of qualified pre-screened candidates
  • Refer graduates of OEWD-funded industry sector trainings
  • Coordinate recruitment events in-person and virtually 
  • Provide access to City-wide recruitment facilities

What is the First Source Hiring Program?

The First Source Hiring Program requires that developers, contractors, and employers utilize good faith efforts toward employing economically disadvantaged San Franciscan residents for entry level positions on applicable projects. The Program provides a ready supply of qualified workers to employers with hiring needs, and it gives economically disadvantaged individuals the first opportunity to apply for entry level jobs in San Francisco. It was enacted into law in 1998 under Chapter 83 of the City’s Administrative Code, which is administered by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD). Entry level positions are defined as those requiring less than two years of training or specific preparation and shall include temporary and permanent jobs.

Which businesses are required to comply with the First Source Hiring Program?

  • Businesses who have leases with the City on City Property.
  • Businesses with City contracts for goods, services, grants or loans in excess of $50,000.
  • Businesses with City-issued construction contracts in excess of $350,000.
  • Developers with building permits for residential projects over 10 units and all employers engaged in commercial activity to be conducted in said development project, including residential services.
  • Any building permit application for a commercial activity over 25,000 square feet and involving new construction, an addition, or alteration which results in the expansion of entry and apprentice level positions for a commercial activity.
  • Cannabis-related businesses.
  • Special projects required by the Board of Supervisors and administered by OEWD.

I need to comply with First Source. Where do I start?
Note: If you are a construction business, refer to the First Source Requirements for Construction section below.

Step 1: Contact the Business Services Team at the Office of Economic & Workforce Development (OEWD) by calling 415-701-4848 or send an email to

Step 2: Register your business to WorkforceLinkSF, the City's job matching database and add your projected job(s) or post your open positions. Sign-up now!

Step 3: Once you have registered with WorkforceLinkSF, you will be contacted by a member of the Business Services team to orient you to the Program and provide you with additional tools and resources provided at no-cost.

Penalties for Non-Compliance:

Liquidated damages up to $5,000 can be assessed for each entry level job improperly withheld form the First Source Hiring Program process.

First Source Requirements for Construction

For City issued construction contracts in excess of $350,000, or for private developments that fall within the scope of the Chapter 83 requirements, OEWD’s CityBuild Construction Training program is the operational arm of First Source in working with construction contractors to hire local residents for apprentice positions. 

For construction and related services, please contact us at (415) 701-4848 and ask to speak with one of our CityBuild Compliance Officers.

Forms, Fact Sheets and other Helpful Information

The forms listed below are not all inclusive and may differ slightly depending on specific contracts, leases, and/or other San Francisco related business investments.


First Source Hiring Program – Fact Sheet:

First Source Hiring Program FAQS

First Source Workforce Projection Form: 

First Source Workforce Projection Form

First Source Hiring Program Agreement - Exhibit B1: 

Exhibit B-1 First Source Hiring Agreement

First Source Hiring Program Agreement - Exhibit B2 - Cannabis:

Exhibit B-2 First Source Hiring Agreement - Cannabis

Labor Regulations Related to Cannabis Permitting Presentation

OEWD Cannabis Oversight Committee Presentation 

First Source Hiring Program Agreement - Film Commission: 

First Source Hiring Agreement - Film Commission

Application for Exception from 10 Day Job Posting Requirement: 



For more information for Cannabis Businesses, please refer to the San Francisco Office of Cannabis:
First Source Hiring Program Forms – Construction Positions:
Contact the CityBuild Team at: or call 415.701.4848 for questions.