San Francisco is committed to providing residents with fair access to City services. This includes residents with limited English skills.
San Francisco's Language Access Ordinance (LAO) ensures the City provides fair language access. It is the strongest local language law in the nation.
The LAO makes sure that:
- All City departments that serve the public provide fair language access
- Residents have a way to report departments that don't follow the law
- Departments can self-report that they are following the law
The Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA) oversees LAO compliance. Our goal is to better serve San Francisco residents with limited English.
Language Access Ordinance
The annual Language Access Compliance Summary Report evaluates San Francisco City departments’ compliance and progress with the Language Access Ordinance (LAO).
This year’s report covers Fiscal Year 2021-2022 (from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022).
This report covers Fiscal Year 2020-2021 (from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021).
This report covers Fiscal Year 2019-2020 (from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020).
This report covers Fiscal Year 2018-2019 (from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019).
This report covers Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (from July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018).
File a complaint if you could not get adequate translation or interpretation in your native language.
Members of the public are invited to make public comment at Immigrant Rights Commission meetings.
Access a library of resources for Language Access Liaisons from City and County of San Francisco departments.
Annual Language Access Ordinance compliance data
See data totals from each reporting departments' annual compliance report. We collect Language Access Ordinance data through methods determined by the department's LAO liaison. Data is reported to the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs for an annual analysis.
San Francisco language diversity data
See language diversity maps and charts using United States Census Bureau data about what languages San Franciscans speak at home. By understanding the City's diverse language needs, we can better communicate with the populations we serve.