Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves Supervisor Farrell’s Construction Parking Plan Law

SAN FRANCISCO – At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board voted unanimously to approve Supervisor Mark Farrell’s construction parking plan legislation that will mandate a contractor construction parking plan as a condition to receiving any temporary street space occupancy permit (on-street parking permit) for construction work that requests more than one parking space permit over the course of three or more months.

Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves Supervisor Farrell’s Construction Parking Plan Law

SAN FRANCISCO – At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board voted unanimously to approve Supervisor Mark Farrell’s construction parking plan legislation that will mandate a contractor construction parking plan as a condition to receiving any temporary street space occupancy permit (on-street parking permit) for construction work that requests more than one parking space permit over the course of three or more months.

“Improving the quality of life for San Francisco residents is a constant focus, and in every neighborhood across our City, the sheer amount of construction is having significant impacts on our residents,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “Requiring a construction parking plan will help our residents and our City get a better grip on the impact of parking space losses during construction projects, and free up additional parking spaces in our neighborhoods for residents in the evenings.”

Contractors will now be required to submit a construction parking plan for any capital improvement project, or large utility project that lasts more than 15 calendar days. For residential projects, contractors will be required to submit a construction parking plan that requests more than one on-street parking space and that is expected to last for three months or longer. The contractor’s submission of their construction parking plan will become a prerequisite to any on-street parking space permit that may be issued by the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the plan will be publicly available to residents. On average, about 250 permits are obtained per week, with an approximate total of 13,000 permits issued per year in San Francisco. 

“I hear complaints from residents every day frustrated by the volume of scarce neighborhood parking spaces that are taken away by construction parking permits, in particular when they sit empty for days at a time,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “This law will place common sense controls on our construction parking permitting system to ensure that the highest amount of parking spaces possible are available to San Francisco residents.”

The components of the construction parking plan include the following: 

  • The number of parking spaces and the rationale.
  • The average number of employees anticipated each day at the site.
  • The timeline and phasing of the project, and a requirement of an update from the contractor at the mid-point of the project to notify the department about any expected changes.
  • Whether it is potentially feasible to use opportunities for car-pooling, or other off-site parking arrangements like nearby garage parking.
  • A proposal for how the contractor will make the on-street parking available to the general public by 4:00pm if the space has gone unused or project work is complete for the day.
  • And, any other information that DPW or another affected department like the SFMTA deems valuable for understanding the impact of the project on the neighborhood and neighborhood parking supply. 
  • Increased permit fees to cover the cost of implementation and enforcement. 

The construction parking plan ordinance will become law 30-days after Mayor Lee signs the legislation. 

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