San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance Overview

The San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance requires employers to provide a commuter benefits program that supports and encourages their employees to bike, take transit and rideshare to work. The goal is to reduce traffic congestion and decrease greenhouse gas emissions by focusing on a reduction in single-occupancy driving trips.

Who Needs to Comply?

The following businesses are subject to the Ordinance: 

  • Businesses with a location in San Francisco (including non-profit organizations)
  • Businesses with 20 or more employees nationwide

For businesses with more than 50 employees across the Bay Area:

  • You will need to register with the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program:
    > Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program
  • You will not need to comply with the San Francisco Ordinance or report to the Department of the Environment

How to Comply

The San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance requires businesses to offer one of the following transportation benefit:

  1. Pre-Tax Benefit – A monthly pre-tax deduction, up to $130/month, to pay for transit or vanpool expenses
  2. Employer-Paid Benefit – A monthly subsidy for transit or vanpool expenses equivalent to the price of the San Francisco Muni Fast Pass (including BART travel)
  3. Employer-Provided Transportation – A company-funded bus or van service to and from the workplace
  4. Any combination of the above

How to Set Up a Commuter Benefits Program 

  1. Download the full Employer Guide for step-by-step directions:
    > Employer Guide
  2. Request a free consultation in-person or by phone for one-on-one support in implementing a program:
    > Request a free consultation
  3. Complete the Compliance Reporting Form:
    Compliance Reporting Form

For more information, please contact CommuteSmart at (415) 355-3727 or


The Department of the Environment’s priority is to assist companies in implementing a low-cost benefit by providing free consultations and tools for easy compliance. For companies that do not comply with the Ordinance, the department will take the following steps as necessary:

  1. Warning – A written notice of violation.
  2. Fines – Fines will be levied 90 days after the initial written notice. Employers will be subject to a fine of $100 for the first violation, $200 for the second violation and $500 for the third violation, up to a maximum of $800.
  3. Please refer to the Commuter Benefits Ordinance Rules and Regulations for additional information about enforcement. 

> Request a free consultation (form)
> Commuter Benefits Ordinance Rules and Regulations (PDF)

Additional Resources

> San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance  - Environment Code Section 427

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