Anyone who intends to temporarily occupy a portion of the public roadway or sidewalk is required to obtain either a Street Space or a Temporary Occupancy Permit: Article 15, Section 724 Public Works Code. Street Space permits are generally issued for construction related work such as building construction activities or sidewalk repair work. Temporary Occupancy Permits are generally issued for non-building construction activities lasting less than 7 days. Exception: Mobile Storage Containers need to take out a Mobile Storage Permit.
A Street Space Permit is Required For:
New building or new construction work and activities.
Major renovation of existing structures.
Minor building repair including roofing and scaffolding.
Landscaping or other work where the public street or sidewalk is occupied.
Reserving parking in the street for improvements to the fronting property such as storage containers, construction equipment and materials used at the site.
Other work or activities in the Public Right of Way.
Once you have received an approved Street Space permit, you be allowed to place construction material and equipment ONLY along the boundaries in front of the property. You are not allowed to use the sidewalk or roadway in front of any other property. In addition, you can only utilize 1/2 or less the width of the sidewalk as well as only the designated parking lane. If there is no designated parking lane, you are allowed to use only 1/3 of the width of the roadway.
IMPORTANT: You cannot occupy any area outside of the designated Street Space permit limits unless you are granted an Additional Street Space Permit: Article 15, Section 724.7 Public Works Code If you cannot meet the restrictions stated above, i.e., you do not have any parking available in front of the property, or, if the sidewalk is too narrow to allow for both construction materials and pedestrian accessible access, you will be required to obtain an Additional Street Space permit.
Where to Get a Street Space Permit
Street Space Permit Authorization forms are issued by a DPW Bureau of Street Use and Mapping Representative located at 1660 Mission Street, 5th Floor. Telephone number: (415) 558-6060.
Street Space Permit Requirements
Street Space is charged at twenty-foot intervals. Other fees include SFMTA meter fees, and DBI processing fees. See Fee Schedule. There may be additional administrative action and fees required if more space than the maximum allowed by the Public Works Code is requested. We accept credit card payments (VISA or MC only) and cash (exact amount only accepted) Fees are calculated using one month increments even if the permittee may occupy less than one month. A $51.47 processing fee shall be applied to any permit requiring modification. REMINDER: A permit needs to be approved and registered a minimum of 72-hours in advance.
A Temporary Occupancy Permit is Required For:
b. Tree Trimming trucks, equipment and facilities (i.e. Chippers).
c. Lift equipment (i.e. JLG Boom and Scissor Lift equipment).
d. Monitoring Well Sampling work.
e. Working in and around any manhole.
f. Large Structures used in Public Events and Venues (i.e. Carnival Rides, Media Equipment)
g. All other temporary facilities, equipment and material not covered in a through f above.
Where to Get a Temporary Occupancy Permit
Temporary Occupancy Permits are obtained at the Bureau of Street Use and Mapping, 1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. Permit Processing Hours are 8 am to 4:00 pm. Telephone: (415) 554-5810. Fax: (415) 554-6161. Temporary Occupancy Permit Requirements
Log-In here to apply for your Temporary Occupancy Permit.
Temporary Occupancy permits are issued on a per-block face, per-day basis and include SFMTA meter fees. See Fee Schedule. Fees are collected at 1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. You will not be issued a permit until you have provided confirmation of payment.
"No Parking" construction signs are available at Smith Signs 1500-D Davidson Avenue. Telephone: (415) 648-3400, White Cap Dist. 200 Jennings Street, Telephone: (415) 821-5500 or Discount Builders, 1695 Mission St., (415) 621-8511. Tow-away and no stopping signs ARE NOT provided by the City.
Violations of DPW Code may result in the imposition of a financial penalty. Nonconformance to any related City regulation may result in the revocation of the Occupancy permit. Violations of these requirements may be subject to financial penalties of up to $1,000 per day.