Effective Jan. 16, 2022, Ordinance O-21041 eliminated minimum parking requirements for many businesses in Transit Priority Areas (TPAs) and commercial neighborhoods citywide. Commercial tenants and building owners in TPAs and commercial neighborhoods citywide now have the option to provide as much parking as they need, or use those spaces for other purposes, such as outdoor dining or creating outdoor spaces.
The amended municipal code allows businesses to adapt to changing transportation and economic trends and encourages more walking, biking or taking transit (vs. driving) thereby decreasing climate pollution. This aligns with and builds on several City plans and initiatives, including the 2019 residential parking update, Complete Communities: Mobility Choices, Vision Zero, the General Plan and Climate Action Plan.
Existing businesses that would like to use the public right of way, including parking spaces, for outdoor dining can now apply for a Spaces as Places permit.