Auto Repair Facilities

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Project Description

The City of San Mateo is evaluating an amendment to the zoning code to address auto repair uses. Specifically, staff is looking to establish a parking ratio as the City’s Zoning Code currently does not specify a ratio unique to these uses. 

Project Update

  • 2021 to Present 
    1. On November 15, 2021, a City Council Study Session was held to receive staff direction on how to proceed with amendments to the Zoning Code. The City Council directed staff to establish revised parking standards and explore ways to increase on-street parking supply where possible.
    2. Updated parking standards will be drafted and brought before the City Council for consideration in late-2022.
  • 2012-2020
    1. This effort began in 2012 after community concerns were raised about impacts of auto repair uses on residential neighborhoods.
    2. In 2016, staff conducted outreach and facilitated a permit program focused on permitting auto-repair lifts.
    3. On June 4, 2018, a City Council meeting was held in which the City Council provided direction to revise parking standards for auto repair uses while not causing compliance and not forcing facilities out of business.


City Council Study Session
Date: Monday, November 15, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM
Meeting Agenda and Video

City Council Regular Meeting
Date: Monday, June 4, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Meeting Agenda and Video

City Contact Information

Rendell Bustos
Senior Planner
(650) 522-7211