AB 1401

AB 1401 will eliminate parking mandates for homes and commercial buildings near transit, or in neighborhoods with low rates of car use in counties with more than 600,000 residents. 

Parking mandates, which are common in cities throughout California, increase the cost of housing — a single parking space can add $80,000 or more to the cost of construction — and drive up the pollution that causes climate change.

Eliminating parking mandates will give Californians more choices about whether they want to pay for parking, or have lower-cost housing in walkable, transit-accessible neighborhoods. California cities are currently over-producing parking — Los Angeles alone has 200 square miles of parking — largely because of rules that require the construction of parking with each new unit of housing or commercial business. AB 1401 increases housing choice and will make it easier to provide lower-cost, walkable- and transit-accessible housing across the state.


  • 8/27/2021: Although AB 1401 received strong support in the Assembly, it was held by the Senate Appropriations Committee.


Author: Friedman (D, AD 43)

Coauthors: Lee (D, AD 25), Skinner (D, SD 9), and Wiener (D, SD 11)

Co-Sponsors: California YIMBY, San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), Abundant Housing LA, Council of Infill Builders

Press Coverage

Will 2021 be the year California’s moves forward on transportation policies? – The Willits News

Bill Would Eliminate Problematic Minimum Parking Requirements –  Streets Blog Cal

Eliminate parking requirements: Housing people is more important than housing cars – LA Times

Cities Need Housing. Parking Requirements Make it Harder. – Bloomberg City Lab


  • SPUR (co-sponsor)
  • California YIMBY (co-sponsor)
  • Council of Infill Builders (co-sponsor)
  • Abundant Housing LA (co-sponsor)
  • 350 Bay Area Action
  • ActiveSGV, a Project of Community Partners Bay Area Council
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
  • California Apartment Association
  • California Building Industry Association (CBIA)
  • California Interfaith Power & Light
  • California Restaurant Association
  • Casita Coalition
  • Central City Association
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Circulate San Diego
  • City of Berkeley’s Council District 2
  • East Bay for Everyone
  • Fieldstead and Company, INC.
  • Greenbelt Alliance
  • Hello Housing
  • Housing Action Coalition
  • LISC San Diego
  • Local Government Commission
  • Midpen Housing
  • Modular Building Institute
  • Mountain View Yimby
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Northern Neighbors
  • Peninsula for Everyone
  • People for Housing – Orange County
  • San Francisco Yimby
  • Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • South Bay Yimby
  • South Pasadena Residents for Responsible Growth
  • Streets for All
  • Streets for People Bay Area
  • Terner Center for Housing Innovation At the University of California, Berkeley
  • Terry Taplin, City Council Member, City of Berkeley
  • The Two Hundred
  • Tmg Partners
  • West Third Street Parking and Public Improvement Association
  • Yimby Action
  • Zach Hilton, City Council Member, City of Gilroy
  • 7 Individuals