Require EV charging

Description: San Francisco, CA passed legislation in October 2019 requiring roughly 300 existing large public parking structures and lots to provide electric vehicle (EV) charging. Parking lots with more than 100 parking spaces would be required to provide EV charging capability to 10% of their spaces by January 1, 2023. Mayor Breed’s office believes this is the first legislation of its type in the nation.

Note that this legislation differs from many local ordinances that require EV charging for new construction.

Goal: Require EV charging in existing parking structures – 10% of spaces by January 1, 2023

Measurement: Increase the number of EV vehicles in San Francisco

Time to Implement: Three years. Parking lots have until 2023 to comply.


SF ordinance requiring EV charging in public parking structures with more than 100 parking spaces

Additional Information:

Commercial parking lots and garages with more than 100 parking spaces would have to install level 2 electric vehicle charging stations (< 40 kW charging rate) for more than 10% of the spaces or install at least 2 fast charge (40kW) stations.

SF Mayor’s press release October 8, 2019

Local media report with maps

This action is in conformance with SF’s EV Roadmap vision to achieve 100% emission-free transportation by 2040

Contact Info:

San Francisco Department of the Environment
Email SF Environment
1455 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 355-3700

Sectors(s) Buildings
Date First Adopted October 8, 2019
Last Updated August 18, 2020
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