San Francisco Commercial Water Conservation Ordinance
Replace old plumbing fixtures. It’s the law!
Deadline for Compliance January 1, 2017
Replacing old, water-wasting plumbing fixtures with new efficient models is one of the most important steps to help conserve and protect California’s water supplies. Several state and local measures require property owners to install water-conserving plumbing fixtures. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and Department of Building Inspection (DBI) are partnering to provide information to building owners on the local water-efficiency ordinance affecting San Francisco commercial properties and how to comply with requirements.
Need to replace a non-compliant
When you are replacing a non-compliant plumbing fixture, you will need to install new plumbing fixtures that meet the following water use rates, as required by current California plumbing code.
The Commercial Water Conservation Ordinance found in San Francisco Building Code, Chapter 13A applies to all existing commercial properties. This ordinance requires commercial building owners to repair plumbing leaks, replace inefficient plumbing fixtures, and submit a completed Commercial Water Conservation Affidavit to DBI by January 1, 2017 that verifies all plumbing fixtures are compliant.
By January 1, 2017, all existing commercial properties in San Francisco must have replaced noncompliant plumbing fixtures that exceed the maximum water use rates below to meet water efficiency requirements in SFBC Chapter 13A.
- All showerheads must not exceed a maximum flow of 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm)
- All faucets and faucet aerators must not exceed a maximum flow rate of 2.2 gpm
- All toilets must not exceed a maximum rated water consumption of 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf)
- All urinals must not exceed a maximum flow rate of 1.0 gpf
- All water leaks have been repaired
To comply, commercial property owners or an authorized representative shall conduct a water conservation inspection to verify all plumbing fixtures in their buildings meet the requirements above and submit to DBI a Commercial Water Conservation Affidavit on or before January 1, 2017. All noncompliant fixtures must be replaced before completing the affidavit. Failure to submit an affidavit by the deadline or submitting an affidavit with inaccurate information will result in DBI initiating code enforcement proceedings, which may include monetary penalties and a lien on the property.
Submit a completed affidavit by mail or in-person to DBI’s Commercial Water Conservation Ordinance Counter, Window #8, First floor, 1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-2414 or by email to email@example.com. For more information, contact the DBI Plumbing Inspection Division at (415) 558-6570 or visit at www.sfdbi.org/CommercialConservation.
- Commercial Conservation Compliance Affidavit (Chinese) (Spanish)
- Commercial Conservation Compliance Fact Sheet
The SFPUC provides free services, plumbing devices and incentives to assist customers with meeting water efficiency requirements:
- Rebates of up to $125 for replacement of each non-compliant tank style toilet and up to $500 for replacement of each non-compliant flushometer toilet and urinal – Apply Now! Program ends December 31, 2016.
- New toilet and urinal replacement program – provides FREE fixtures and installation. Commercial properties must apply by December 31, 2016 to be considered. Apply online at www.sfwater.org/PREP
- FREE Water-Wise Evaluations – SFPUC conservation technicians help identify plumbing fixtures that do not meet requirements, and provide FREE high-efficiency showerheads, and aerators, and toilet leak repair parts.
- To learn more about free water conservation services, visit: www.sfwater.org/conservation or call (415) 551-4730.