All Electric New Construction Ordinance
Natural gas infrastructure, indoor and outdoor combustion of natural gas, and climate change pose risks to human health and safety, community resilience, and equity. To reduce these risks, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in November 2020 adopted an All-Electric New Construction Ordinance.
The Ordinance applies to all new buildings, both residential and non-residential, that apply for initial building permits on or after June 1, 2021. In such buildings, all indoor and outdoor space-conditioning, water heating, cooking, and clothes drying systems must be All-Electric.
All requirements and relevant administrative procedures can be found in Department of Building Inspection Administrative Bulletin AB-112. The ordinance prohibits installation of infrastructure, piping systems, or piping for distribution of natural gas or propane. The ordinance allows limited installation of gas piping systems for commercial food preparation, and in isolated cases if building All-Electric is determined to be physically or technically infeasible after all other options are exhausted.