San Diego City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the municipal law on Tuesday that removes the minimum parking requirements for many businesses.
The change, which took effect on January 1, applies to building owners and business tenants in traffic priorities and business areas.
Businesses have the ability to provide as much parking space as customers need or convert them for other uses, such as outdoor dining.
“Removing parking restrictions from local businesses is another step in our business to make San Diego’s neighborhoods more walkable, cycling, accessible and sustainable. It will also benefit our small businesses financially as they can invest more strategically,” said Mayor Todd Gloria after the vote.
City officials said the creation and maintenance of the parking lot will cost the company an estimated $ 25,000, and many will remain unused.
This new policy also supports the city’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions required by the climate plan.
The abolition of parking minima also means that companies will no longer be prevented from setting up a new business because there is not enough parking space in the building.