Parking Garage Requirements
City code on bicycle parking in SF garages
[see our page on Bicycle Parking requirements in the SF Planning Code for an overview of the rules for providing bike parking in new and renovated buildings]
SEC. 155.2. BICYCLE PARKING REQUIRED IN CITY-OWNED PARKING GARAGES AND PRIVATELY OWNED PARKING GARAGES.
In all City-owned parking garages and
all privately-owned parking garages (but not parking lots), the owner and
operator shall provide bicycle parking according to the schedule set forth
in Section 155.2(c). With respect to City-owned parking garages which are
not open to the general public, Section 155.1 and not this Section shall
apply. If a privately owned garage is in a building in which the City
leases space for more than six months, this Section and not Section 155.1
- All definitions set forth in Section 155.1(a) are incorporated
into this Section.
- Garage. Any public or private facility for the indoor parking
of automobiles. It may be a stand-alone facility or may be located in a
building also used for other purposes. It includes facilities which offer
spaces for rent or other fee to the general public, and facilities which
offer automobile parking space solely to building tenants, or a combination
of both. It excludes garages which offer fewer than 10 automobile spaces.
- Duties of Responsible City Officials and Garage Owners. Where
this Section imposes requirements on the City, the responsible City
official shall be responsible for fulfilling such requirements. Where this
Section imposes duties on private garages, the owners of such garages shall
be responsible for fulfilling such requirements.
- Number of Spaces.
- Every garage will supply a minimum of six bicycle parking
spaces regardless of the number of automobile spaces available.
- Garages which offer between 120 and 500 automobile spaces
shall provide one bicycle space for every 20 automobile spaces.
- Garages which offer more than 500 automobile spaces shall
provide 25 spaces plus one additional space for every 40 automobile spaces
over 500 spaces, up to a maximum of 50 bicycle parking spaces.
- Type of Bicycle Parking. Garages offering automobile parking
to the general public shall offer either Class 2 bicycle parking, as
defined in Section 155.1(a) or Class 1 bicycle parking, as defined in
Section 155.1(a). Garages may offer a combination of Class 1 and Class 2
bicycle parking. Garages offering automobile parking to the general public
on an hourly basis shall offer bicycle parking on the same basis. Garages
offering automobile parking to the general public on a weekly or longer
basis shall provide bicycle parking on the same basis.
- Implementation. Garages shall be required to comply with these
requirements within six months of the enactment of this legislation.
Garages shall install bicycle parking for half of the number of required
bicycle parking spaces within six months of the effective date of this
legislation, but in no case fewer than six bicycle spaces. Garages shall
fully comply with the requirements of Section 155.2(c) within 18 months of
the date of enactment of this legislation. However, if demand for the
bicycle parking facilities provided under the "first six months" interim
provision is less than 80 percent of the spaces provided on 20 consecutive
non-holiday weekdays, the garage may apply to the Director for permission
to delay full compliance with Section 155.2(c) for a reasonable period of
time and the Director shall have the discretion to permit such a delay
where the garage demonstrates that achieving full compliance within the
required period presents an undue burden. In the case of a garage which is
not predominantly used during the regular work week (for example, a garage
near an event venue), the Director may designate an alternative period
other than "non-holiday weekdays" for purposes of evaluating an exemption
from the full requirements of Section 155.2(c), including, but not limited
to, 10 consecutive weekends or 20 days on which the garage primarily serves
customers attending an event at a nearby venue.
- Safety Waiver. The Director may grant a waiver of the
requirements of this Section where a garage establishes that compliance
with the provisions of this Section would seriously jeopardize the safety
of the garage patrons. In order to obtain such a waiver, a garage must
submit a written waiver application to the Director. The Planning
Department shall establish more definitive guidelines for the granting of a
safety waiver. During the first year after the effective date of this
legislation, the Planning Commission shall quarterly review safety waivers
granted and denied under this subsection (f). Thereafter, the Planning
Commission shall annually review safety waivers granted and denied under
this subsection (f). If after such review the Planning Commission
determines that a safety waiver was improperly granted or denied, the
Planning Commission may then reverse the decision of the Director with
respect to that safety waiver.
- Fees for Bicycle Parking. This Section shall not interfere
with the rights of private garage owners to charge rent or other fees for
- Notice of Bicycle Parking. Garages subject to this Section
must provide adequate signs or notices in or near garage entrances to
advertise the availability of bicycle parking.
- Layout of Spaces. Garages subject to this Section are
encouraged to follow the requirements set forth in Section 155.1(d) (Layout
of Spaces) in installing Class 1 and Class 2 bicycle parking.
- Enforcement. Article 1.5, Section 155.2 shall be enforced by
the Zoning Administrator. Upon complaint, the Zoning Administrator shall
investigate. If the Zoning Administrator concludes that a violation exists
in a city-owned garage, he or she shall provide written notice to the
responsible City official, offering 30 days to cure the violation. If the
Zoning Administrator concludes that a violation exists in a privately owned
garage, he or she shall provide written notice to the garage owner,
offering 30 days to cure the violation. The written notice shall state the
grounds for the Zoning Administrator's conclusion that this Section has
been violated. The notice shall afford the responsible City official or
private garage owner an opportunity to meet with the Zoning Administrator
to explain why they are not in violation of this Section.
- Where a violation of this Section occurs in either a privately
owned garage or a City- owned garage, if such violation has not been cured
within the allotted 30 day period, the Zoning Administrator shall add the
name and address of such garage and the name of the garage owner or
responsible City official's agency or department to a list or garages
currently in violation of this Section. Upon request, the Zoning
Administrator shall provide a copy of this list to members of the public.
- Contractual Limits on Liability. This Section shall not
interfere with the rights of a garage owner to enter into agreements wish
garage patrons or take other lawful measures to limit the garage owner's
liability to patrons with respect to bicycles parked in their garage,
provided that such agreements or measures are in accordance with the
requirements of this Section.
(Added by Ord. 343-98, App. 11/19/98)