3.2.7 Natural Gas Bans in New Buildings

San Jose Natural Gas Ban

In December 2020, San Jose became the largest city in the US to ban gas infrastructure from nearly all new construction.

Oakland Natural Gas Ban

Prohibits natural gas infrastructure in newly constructed buildings. The unanimously-passed measure will apply to all residential and commercial construction, though developers can apply for "technology feasibility" waivers.

Seattle’s Executive Order 2020-01

Seattle's Executive Order 2020-01, among other things, bans the use of natural gas and other fossil fuels in all new city-owned buildings, and calls for a plan to transition existing buildings away from fossil fuels by 2021.

Hayward Natural Gas Ban

Requires all new residential buildings to be all-electric, while nonresidential and high-rise residential buildings are electric preferred.

Santa Cruz Natural Gas Ban

All construction permit applications for new buildings in the city must submit a declaration that their design is “Natural Gas-Free.”