Article 31

Development at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard must meet the special requirements of Health Code Article 31.

Developers must apply to the Article 31 Program for DPH to review their plans for compliance.

Protecting health and the environment during development

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Comply with Article 31

If you are developing land at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard you may need to meet special requirements to protect the community and the environment. Learn more about the Article 31 Program.

Hunters Point Naval Shipyard
“Hunters Point Naval Shipyard” by Todd Lappin

Hunters Point Naval Shipyard

The Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, a former active U.S. Naval base, is undergoing a multi-year cleanup of toxic materials to protect the community and environment. Learn about the former US Naval base and environmental cleanup efforts.

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Health Equity through Article 31

Health Code Article 31 requires developers to meet special requirements, unique to the Shipyard. This is to provide an extra level of care and regulatory oversight for work tha my affect the Bayview-Hunters Point community. Learn more about what DPH is doing for health equity in the Bayview-Hunters Point community.


The Health Code Article 31 is designed to protect human health and safety and the environment at the former Hunters Point Shipyard (the Shipyard), during and after development. 

The United States designated the Shipyard as a Naval Shipyard in 1945. The Shipyard became a "Superfund" site in 1989. Learn more about cleanup at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. 

The Board of Supervisors adopted CEQA findings for the Candlestick Point-Hunters Point Shipyard Phase II Development Plan Project, including environmental mitigation measures to be implemented during and after construction. The Board of Supervisors created Article 31 to establish a process for the Department of Public Health to enforce these environmental mitigation measures.

The Navy has divided the site into parcels for purposes of remediation. When these parcels are remediated through the CERCLA cleanup process and transferred to the City of San Francisco, they become subject to Health Code Article 31.

More detail can be found in the Article 31 Section 3100.