For all property owners who are interested in undergrounding their utilities within their neighborhood, the Utility Undergrounding Tool Kit (PDF) provides San Francisco residents with a step-by-step approach to forming a property-owner funded undergrounding utility district. Listed below are the basic steps in the tool kit.
Utility Undergrounding Tool Kit Basic Steps
Step 1 Determine District Boundaries 1-2 months
District boundaries are determined by the Neighborhood Committee made up of local residents
Step 2 Circulate Petition 2-4 months
The Neighborhood Committee gauges support for the project, collecting signatures and meets with city officials at DPW.
Step 3 Legislate Underground District 2-4 months
Once the Neighborhood Committee submits signed petitions to DPW, there is a Public Hearing required and then approval by Board of Supervisors for a Utility Undergrounding District.
Step 4 Form Assessment District 1-2 year
Property Owners Obtain Funding for Utility Design Plan and Engineering Report.
Step 5 Construction 1-2 years
DPW will oversee construction management and neighborhood notifications.
For more information contact
The Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Use and Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor (Map)
San Francisco, CA 94103