Sub-Sidewalk Basement

  • sub sidewalk basement

As defined by the San Francisco Building Code, a sub-sidewalk basement is that part of the underground building structure which extends into the public right of way.

Both the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) and the Public Works are responsible for different parts of the sub-sidewalk basement process. 

  • Department of Building Inspection: DBI is responsible for the design review, permitting and construction inspection of the sub-sidewalk basement structure.

  • Public Works: We are responsible for issuing a sub-sidewalk basement Encroachment Permit (Public Works Code Section 723.2) and applying an assessment fee based on legislation enacted in 2005 by the Board of Supervisors. The assessment fee is applicable for all permitted and unpermitted sub-sidewalk basements. The purpose of the Encroachment permit is to identify the sub-sidewalk basement and record it on the property so that the property owner and successors of interest can be annually assessed.

Under Public Works Order No. 169,271,  if it has been determined that a curb ramp needs to be constructed at a location and the location is over a sub sidewalk basement, it is the responsibility of the private property owner to structurally alter his/her sub sidewalk basement to construct a curb ramp.

 

Utility Transformer Vaults Located in a Sub-Sidewalk Basement

All transformer vaults which are located within both a sub-sidewalk basement and extend or reside in the public rights-of-way also require a Transformer Vault Encroachment permit.

 

Additional Permit Requirements

  • Property owners will need to apply for a street improvement permit for any new construction or upgrade to any existing sub-sidewalk basement. The purpose of the street improvement permit is to ensure that the completed sidewalk adhere to all applicable code requirements. The fee for a street improvement permit can be found on the fee schedule.

  • All related documentation including an evaluation by a licensed engineer to determine the structural integrity and condition of the sub-sidewalk basement as well as DBI permit and contact information for any necessary upgrades due to the evaluation.

 

Common Sub-Sidewalk Basement Questions

  • Is there an ability to pay online? 
    Property owners have the ability to pay on-line

  • Can we assess an existing sub-sidewalk basement? 
    Yes. Please refer to Article 15, Section 723.2(k) of Public Works code for more information.

  • How does Public Works collect those applicants that do not pay the annual assessment?

    • The only recourse is a full revocation of the permit directing the applicant to remove ALL of the encroachment and restore the right-of-way to City Standards. There are no other options that currently exist.

    • Assessments cannot be added to the property taxes. Monetary charges placed on tax rolls are only allowed through bond issuances and special assessment districts such as the Mello Roos District assessments or such Special Assessment Districts such as fees based upon a declaration of Public Nuisance (see blight Administrative Code 80, andPWC Article 15, Section 707.1, et. seq.).

    • We maintain a tally of the unpaid annual assessment for a property within our database and continues to invoice to unpaid amount annually to the property owner.

  • Are we assuming the existence of a SSB means the property owner is using the space and therefore needs an encroachment permit? 
    A Minor Sidewalk Encroachment is required for SSB for the occupation of the right-of-way regardless of any usage of this space by the property owner. A basement, regardless of its location in relation to the property line is part of the structure of a building and falls under the purview of DBI.

 

For more information:

SF Public Works • Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor • San Francisco, CA 94103 - map
Telephone : (415) 554-5810 • Monday-Friday

Operating Hours : 8:00am-5:00pm

Permit Processing Hours : 7:30am-4:00pm

 

Wireless Service Facilities

  • wireless

Exception Map

The map is provided for the convenience of telecommunications carriers applying for personal wireless service facilities site permits. It contains a graphical representation of the parts of San Francisco identified in Article 25 of the Public Works Code and where approval of the Planning Department is required before we can issue a personal wireless service facilities site permit. Download a permit application and Order 184,504 effective January 29, 2016.  View the complete map.

 

Wireless Service Facilities Resources

 

For more information

SF Public Works • Bureau of Street use and Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 - Map
Telephone : (415) 554-5810 • Monday-Friday
Operating Hours : 8:00am-5:00pm

For complaints, call 311 or complete Complaint Form.

Vault (Transformer)

  • vault

It is our policy to require that all electrical transformer vaults be located on private property. Where exemption is granted and issuance of a Sidewalk Vault Encroachment Permit is authorized by the director of Public Works, the fronting property owner(s) shall comply with all rules, regulations and requirements governing street occupancy including but not limited to Article 15, Section 723.2 of the Public Works Code and DPW Work Order No. 165.553

As required by the Board of Supervisors all Transformer Vault Encroachments are subject to an Annual Assessment (see Fee Schedule). 

 

Application Guidelines

Public Works may find it necessary to request additional information after initial review of the application. 

  1. An application stating the owner(s), authorized agent (if applicable) and address of the subject property. 

  2. A fee payable by cash, check or VISA/MC only to SF Public Works. Fee Schedule. 

  3. Four (4) sets of Architectural and Structural plan that indicates the property line, sidewalk width and existing sidewalk obstructions such as parking meters, trees, utility poles, etc 

  4. One (1) copy of a PG&E Engineering plan, stamped and approved by PG&E.  

  5. Certificate of Insurance (General Liability) naming the City and County of San Francisco as additionally insured with coverage not less than $1 Million. 

  6. Written confirmation from a California Registered Engineer that no appropriate space within the owner’s property is available to install the vault and that provides specific and detailed information regarding the need for the vault to be placed within the public right of way and not within private property (NOTE: The plans and letter of confirmation shall be wet stamped and signed by the Engineer). 

  7. A letter from PG&E authorizing the applicant and/or contractor to excavate and install a vault on PG&E's behalf. 

 

Design Guidelines 

  1. Transformer Vault shall be installed and located in such a manner that occupies a minimum area of sub-sidewalk space.  

  2. A minimum of four (4) feet from the face of the curb to the outer wall of the vault shall be provided for existing and proposed facilities of the City and public utility companies. (NOTE: Some areas may require a greater clear zone for other municipal structures such as Muni overhead line risers, public pay toilets, etc; NOTE 2: PG&E typically requires a minimum three (3) foot clearance from the building/property line and discourages the placement of transformer vaults within existing/proposed driveways, to accommodate their work space). 

  3. Where applicable, sub-sidewalk space may be used as access only for a vault that extends into a basement within the owner’s property line (NOTE: This may be issued as a Minor Sidewalk Encroachment Permit and also subject to annual assessment fees). 

  4. All lift-out panels shall be constructed with a non-slip/non-skid surface with a minimum coefficient of friction of 0.65 (ASTM-C1028). 

  5. 5. Under no circumstances shall a transformer vault be installed/constructed under the curb, gutter or roadway areas of the public-right-of-way or under the curb return area of the public sidewalk right-of-way. 

  6. Must also meet PG&E Green Book Requirements

 

SAMPLE DRAWING

vault diagram

Represent dimension between Vault (Transformer) and obstruction including newspaper racks, bike racks, signs, parking meters, hydrants, payphones, lights, SFFD Alarms, etc. 

All Vault (Transformers) must maintain a minimum of:

  • 3’ Clearance from Property/Easement (Subject to PG&E requirements/approval) 

  • 4' from Curb Return 

  • 6' Path of Travel 

  • 5' from Street Furniture (Subject to PG&E requirements/approval) 

 

Maintenance/Construction Guidelines

  1. All lift-out panels and other trappings shall be installed/constructed and maintained as shown on the plans submitted to and approved by Public Works. 

  2. The Permittee shall make arrangements at their own expense :

    • To provide for the support and protection of facilities belonging to the Department of Public Works, Public Utility Companies, the San Francisco Water Department, the San Francisco Fire Department and other City Departments. 

    • To remove or relocate the location of such facilities and provide access to such facilities for the purpose of constructing, reconstructing, maintaining, operating, or repairing such facilities. 

  3. The Permittee shall obtain all necessary permits and submit all fees to the appropriate City agencies, including but not limited to the Central Permit Bureau and/or Bureau of Street-Use and Mapping of the San Francisco Public Works and the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA). 

We may find it necessary to request additional information after initial review of the application. 

 

For More Information

SF Public Works • Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor • San Francisco, CA 94103 - map
Telephone : (415) 554-5810 • Monday-Friday
Operating Hours : 8:00am-5:00pm
Permit Processing Hours : 7:30am-4:00pm

 

Utility Excavation

  • Utility Excavation

How do I get an Excavation Permit?

Before applying for an Excavation Permit, you must register with the San Francisco Public Works. You must provide or have on record with the Department: 

  1. A copy of the legal document (such as a franchise, license, or encroachment permit) authorizing you to occupy and use the Public Right-of-Way for the purpose stated in the Excavation Permit application. 

  2. A current Business Tax Registration Certificate 

  3. Current evidence of insurance (as defined in Section 2.4.23 of the Public Works Code 

  4. A $25,000 Deposit (as defined in Section 2.4.40 of the Public Work; Code). 

  5. A 24-hour phone number and name of a person who will respond to emergencies. 

  6. The name, telephone and facsimile numbers and the mailing and email addresses of the person who will receive all official correspondence from the Department 

 

How long does it take to get a permit? 

Once the registration is complete and accepted, and the account is in good standing an on-line application to excavate no special request or special conditions will be approved, denied or conditionally approved: 

  1. Small size excavation permits (projects taking less than 15 days to complete)

    • The Department may approve a permit within 5 business days. 

  2. Medium and Large size excavation permits (projects taking 15 days or longer to complete) 

    • The Department may approve a permit within 25 business days. 

Keep in mind that these approval dates are estimated dates and will depend on the complexity of your project and whether you will be excavating in a moratorium street, will be installing curb ramps, or other additional work. 

 

When does a permit expire?

Permits expire and become void: 

  • On the 31st day after the approved construction start date stated on the permit, if work has not begun, or  

  • If the project in not being prosecuted diligently, or  

  • When the excavation, including the trench restoration, is not completed within the duration specified on the permit, or  

  • On the date specified on the permit as the expiration date. 

 

Noticing requirements

  • All excavation permits require a minimum 72 hour posting. 

  • Medium and Large excavation permits require a 10 day hanger and a 30 day notice to all fronting property owners and businesses.  

 

Committee for Utility Liaison on Construction & Other Projects (CULCOP)

A monthly meeting chaired by Public Works.  Its members include a representative from each City Agency and utility company who performs excavation work within the public right of way Admin. Code 5.63a.  CULCOP members are committed to coordinating street excavation, utility work, paving and other construction projects in the public right of way in order to minimize the impact of construction on our streets and in our neighborhoods.  Meetings are held the third Thursday of every month.  The public is welcome to attend.  

CULCOP meetings and discussions center on coordinating upcoming planned projects by utilizing the following tools:

  1. Envista: Public Works has a data mapping system known as Envista that is used by City Agencies and Utility Companies to coordinate major projects.  Please Note:  These reports and maps are for planning purposes only and are subject to change.
  2. Presentations: City Agencies regularly provide presentations for upcoming planned major capital projects. Click here to see information about recent projects presented at CULCOP.

 

Additional Information

Article 2.4 Public Works Code (Excavation Code) and DPW Order 178,940 regulate construction and paving on our streets.  CULCOP utilizes the Code and SF Public Works Guidelines for discussion purposes to ensure that the roadways are safe and properly restored.

 

For additional information contact:

San Francisco Public Works
Bureau of Street Use and Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor (Map)
San Francisco, CA  94103
(415) 554-5810

 

Temporary Occupancy

  • temporary occupancy

 

Anyone who intends to temporarily occupy a portion of the public roadway and/or sidewalk is required to obtain either a Street Space Permit or a Temporary Occupancy Permit: Article 15, Section 724 Public Works Code. Temporary Occupancy Permits are generally issued for short duration activities requiring occupation of the public right of way to perform the work, typically less than 7 days. Excavation work is not allowed under the Temporary Occupancy Permit, a separate permit will be required.
 

A Temporary Occupancy Permit is typically required For:

  • Cranes 

  • Lift equipment (i.e. JLG Boom and Scissor Lift equipment)

  • Tree Trimming trucks, equipment and facilities (i.e. Chippers) 

  • Refrigerated Shipping/Storage Containers

  • Debris Box (for short duration)

  • Monitoring Well Sampling work 

  • Working in and around any manhole (no excavation)

  • Street closures and other public events and venues that require semi-large to large structures (i.e. Carnival Rides, Large Media Equipment, Stages, Large Tents, etc.)

  • Mobile Food Facility for a single day private event, see section below

  • All other temporary facilities, equipment and material not covered above
     

Exception: Mobile storage containers in the public right of way will require a Mobile Storage Container Permit, click here for more information.
 

Where to Get a Temporary Occupancy Permit

San Francisco Public Works-Bureau of Street Use and Mapping (BSM)
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor
Office Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Note: all cash and check transactions must be submitted before 4:00 p.m.)
Telephone: (415) 554-5810
Fax: (415) 554-6161 

Alternatively, if you have an account with Public Works-BSM you may apply online by clicking here.                           (Note: If applying online, please allow for up to 5 business days for processing)
 

How to apply for a Temporary Occupancy Permit

To apply for a Temporary Occupancy Permit, submit to Public Works the following:

  • ApplicationTemporary Occupancy Permit Application.  

  • Site Plan – If occupying the sidewalk and/or when required by Public Works, submit a detailed layout plan of the area and the proposed occupying elements. Show on the plan that a minimum 4-foot clear path of travel will be provided for pedestrians, in commercial/retail areas provide a minimum 6-foot path of travel. 

  • Certificate of Insurance (COI) – Submit a COI as evidence of general commercial liability coverage and language that complies with Public Works-BSM’s requirements as identified in the Sample COI

  • Payment of Fees – the permit will not be approved until all fees have been paid. The fee is calculated on  per-block face, per-day basis and includes SFMTA parking meter fees when applicable.
    See the San Francisco Public Works Fee Schedule

     Additional approvals/documents may be required based on the proposed occupancy

  • Special Traffic Permits may also be required: See SFMTA Blue Book for requirements. All submitted plans, applications and attachments shall comply with all rules, regulations and guidelines set forth by DPW Order No. 165,716.

  • For night time occupancy, See section on Nighttime Work below.

  • If the occupancy is in the parking lane, the permit will need to be approved and the “no parking” signs will need to be registered a minimum of 72 hours in advance in order to have towing privileges at the subject site.
     

For Special Events and Street Closures

When a Special Event or a Street Closure Event has been approved by SFMTA through ISCOTT, a Temporary Occupancy Permit may be required by the Street Closure Permit.  A Temporary Occupancy Permit will be required if any large elements (i.e. Carnival Rides, Large Media Equipment, Stages, Large Tents, etc.) are proposed to occupy the public right of way.

For information about Special Events and Street Closures please contact SFMTA-Traffic Engineering at             (415) 701-4500 or visit the webpage: https://www.sfmta.com/services/streets-sidewalks/apply-street-closure
 

Nighttime Work

Night Noise Permit may be required in conjunction with other Public Works permits for work taking place between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (See Police Code, Section 2908/Night Noise Requirements
 

Single Day Use for Mobile Food Facility 

In situations where a mobile food facility is requested for a private catering event, a Temporary Occupancy Permit can be issued. No monetary transactions in the public right of way will be permitted under this permit.

Recommend applying for this permit a minimum of 4 business days prior to the event date (permit date). The "No Parking" signs will need to be posted at the site and activated a minimum of 72 hours prior to the permit date.
No exceptions will be granted.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Application: Temporary Occupancy Permit Application. The permit applicant may be either the event sponsor or food truck owner who will be accepting responsibility for the occupied space and the conditions of the permit. 
     
  • Authorization Letter
    • If the food truck vendor is applying for the permit, provide a written authorization letter from the event sponsor/fronting property owner stating the nature of the request, name of the truck(s), date, time, location, and statement that there will be no cash transactions and the mobile food facility will only service event patrons.
       
    • Alternatively, if the event sponsor is applying for the permit, provide a written authorization letter from the food truck vendor stating nature of the request, name of the truck(s), date, time, location, and statement that there will be no cash transactions and the mobile food facility will only service event patrons.
       
  • Certificate of Insurance (COI): The applicant for the permit must submit a COI as evidence of general commercial liability coverage and language that complies with Public Works-BSM’s requirements as identified in the Sample COI.
     
  • Food Truck Documents: Submit current copies of the following documents for the food truck(s):
    • Department of Public Health's Certificate of Sanitation and Decal
    • San Francisco Fire Department Permit and Decal
    • San Francisco Business Certificate
    • DMV Registration

       

Tow-Away Sign Information

All Tow-Away Signs are provided and installed by the Permittee. Tow-Away (no parking) Signs must be posted and registered at least 72 hours in advance.  For additional information, see links below:

 

   

Towing A Vehicle

Contact the SFMTA Tow Desk at (415) 553-1200. 
 

Violations

Violations of this Permit and/or the Public Works Code may result in the imposition of a financial penalty of up to $1,000 per day. Nonconformance to any related City regulation may result in the revocation of the Temporary Occupancy Permit. 
 

For More Information

For more information or clarification on any of the permit requirements, please contact us at:

San Francisco Public Works • Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping 
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor • San Francisco, CA 94103 
Telephone : (415) 554-5810 • Monday-Friday - map 
Office Hours : 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Note: all cash and check transactions must be submitted before 4:00 p.m.

 

Tank Removal

  • tank removal

What is an Underground Storage Tank?

An underground storage tank (UST) is one or multiple tanks, including pipes, beneath the sidewalk and/or roadway surface which are typically used for the storage of hazardous substances and wastes that are potential sources of contamination of the ground and underlying aquifers. These hazardous substances and contaminants may pose other dangers to public health and the environment as defined under the State Health and Safety Code (Chapter 6.7, Division 20) and the California Underground Storage Tank Regulations (Subchapter 16 of Title 23 of the California Code Regulations).

Under SF Public Works Code (Article 2.4, Section 2.4) and SF Public Health Code (Article 21, Section 1120), a permit is required for excavation of the Public Right-of-Way for the removal of any UST. For information regarding permits from Department of Public Health (DPH), please contact DPH directly at (415) 252-3800.

 

The following agencies may need to be contacted when installing, modifying, repairing or removing an Underground Storage Tank system or component:

 

Application Guidelines

  1. Complete application and submit letter of request addressed to the Director of Public Works, Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping, 1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.

  2. The Permittee shall file and maintain a Street Excavation Bond with a minimum amount of $25,000.00 with the Department of Public Works, to guarantee the maintenance of the pavement in the trench and roadway area for a period of 3 years following the completion of the backfill and pavement restoration pursuant to Article 2.4 of the Public Works Code. All fees shall be paid prior to the issuance of the permit. See fee schedule.

  3. HAZ” (Hazardous Substance Removal) classification on contractor’s license as required by Senate Bill 2004, amending Section 7058.7 of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California.

  4. Shoring plans and calculations wet stamped and signed by a Registered Engineer within the State of California.

  5. A plan showing the location of the tank(s) and the approximate depth of the proposed excavation.

  6. A fee for direct costs associated with Public Works administering the permit and inspecting the work associated with the removal of the UST.

 

Other Requirements and Special Conditions

  1. The Permittee shall call Underground Service Alert (U.S.A.), telephone 1-800-642-2444 a minimum of 48 hours prior to excavation.

  2. The Permittee shall submit to the Bureau of Street-Use and Mapping nonrefundable fees for its services and shall arrange an inspection schedule, at least 10 Business Days in advance, with the Street Improvement Section Inspectors, telephone 554-7149, between the hours of 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. or 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. and agrees to reimburse Public Works for all field inspection fees.

  3. The Permittee shall satisfy all the requirements and obtain all proper permits from the Fire Department, Bureau of Fire Prevention and the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Toxics, Health & Safety Services.

  4. The Permittee shall conduct his construction operations in accordance with the requirements of Article 11 of the Traffic Code. The Permittee shall contact the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA), 1 South Van Ness, 7th floor, telephone 701-4500, for specific restrictions before starting work.

  5. All restoration shall be performed per Article 2.4 of the Public Works Code and  Order 178,940. All work including sidewalk and pavement cutting and removal, lagging, excavation, backfill, and sidewalk and pavement restoration shall be done by a licensed paving contractor and in accordance with the requirements of the Standard Specifications.

  6. All excavated material shall be removed from site 72 hours from the completion of work authorized by this permit and shall be confined so as not to present a threat to public health or safety. Contaminated soil shall be disposed of in accordance with all applicable hazardous waste regulations.

  7. Any violation of the above conditions shall render this permit null and void and Permittee shall be subject to fines of up to $1,000.00/day.

 

For More Information

SF Public Works • Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor • San Francisco, CA 94103 - map 
Telephone : (415) 554-5810 • Monday-Friday
Operating Hours : 8:00am-5:00pm
Permit Processing Hours : 7:30am-4:00pm 

Surface Mounted Facility

  • Surface Mounted Facility

Announcement:

In the July 2017 Committee for Utility Liaison on Construction and Other Projects (CULCOP) meeting, the Committee will discuss issues related to the permitting and construction of Surface-Mounted Facilities (SMFs). Public Works Code Article 27, Section 2730 requires that Public Works convene a meeting once a year with Persons who submitted Applications for SMF Site Permits. Please come to provide an update on technological advancements, graffiti and blight abatement, and community outreach efficacy.

The meeting will be at: Public Works, Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping, 1155 Market St, 3rd Floor, End Zone Conference Room, 9:30 AM, Thursday, July 20, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

A Surface-Mounted Facility (SMF) Permit is required for construction or installation of a SMF in any Public Right-of-Ways that are under the jurisdiction of Public Work. A SMF means any Utility facility (physical element or structure) that is installed, attached, or affixed in the Public Right-of-Ways on a site that is above the surface of the street (except a utility pole or associated appurtenances) and that requires the Permittee to excavate in order to install the facility in the Public Right-of-Ways. SMFs do not include bus shelters and associated kiosks. 

 

Permit Application and Requirements 

SMF permit applications are completed electronically by way of obtaining a user registration and working within the online Street Use Permitting System. To register as a user, please contact the Bureau of Street Use & Mapping by calling 415-554-5810 or by email at BSMPermitDivision@sfdpw.org.  

 

Pre-Application Location Approval Process

Prior to submitting an application, an Applicant must first obtain the department’s approval of the proposed location for the SMF. This process begins with an Applicant’s initial site selection. An Applicant shall conduct a thorough survey of the area where it seeks to install a surface-mounted facility to identity its preferred locations for the Surface-Mounted Facility. The applicant must identify at least two Preferred Locations. 

 

Criteria for Preferred Locations

 In selecting its Preferred Locations, the Applicant should seek to minimize the effect the placement of the Surface-Mounted Facility will have on use of the Public Right-of-Ways by, among other things: 

  1. Placing the Surface-Mounted Facility in the Public Right-of-Ways so as to maintain an appropriate path of travel along the sidewalk, paying particular attention to the needs of persons with disabilities. To the extent feasible, an Applicant shall locate the Surface-Mounted Facilities on streets where pedestrian travel is minimal. 

  2. Placing the Surface-Mounted Facility in the Public Right-of-Ways so that the Aesthetic Character of the streetscape will not be unreasonably affected by the installation of the Surface-Mounted Facility. Unless no other location is feasible, the Applicant should avoid using sidewalks that: (A) are narrower than the City's standard sidewalk in the applicable zoning district as set forth in the Better Streets Plan; or (B) have special paving or other special design features. 

  3. Ensuring that the Surface-Mounted Facility will not obstruct access to other facilities that are installed or the Department knows are to be installed in the Public Right-of-Ways by other entities including City departments and entities providing Utility services. 

  4. Placing the Surface-Mounted Facility in a location that is consistent with the City's General Plan, Better Streets Plan, and any applicable Neighborhood or Streetscape Plans. 

  5. Placing the Surface-Mounted Facility in a location that is consistent with the Placement Criteria. 

  6. Placing the Surface-Mounted Facility in a location that will not unreasonably affect the Aesthetic Character of a City park or open space. 

 

The following locations are disfavored, and the Department shall not issue a Surface-Mounted Facility Site Permit in these disfavored locations unless the Applicant can show that no other option is available: 

  1. On Public Right-of-Ways where all Utility facilities are undergrounded. 

  2. On Public Right-of-Ways where the City has completed or has plans for major capital improvements, including streetscape and pedestrian safety improvements. 

  3. On Public Right-of-Ways that are known for having a high level of pedestrian traffic (e.g. Neighborhood Commercial zoning districts). 

  4. On Public Right-of-Ways that are adjacent to or that will affect the view of a Historic Resource or that are within a Historic Resource in which any existing street furniture contributes to the historic nature of the Historic Resource. 

  5. On Public Right-of-Ways that the San Francisco General Plan has designated as being most significant to City pattern, defining City form, having an important street view for orientation, or having views that are rated "excellent" or "good." 

  6. On Public Right-of-Ways that are adjacent to a City park or open space, unless the Department finds that such locations could be used to minimize the effect on the Aesthetic Character of the City park or open space. 

  7. On Public Right-of-Ways that are adjacent to a public or private elementary or middle school. 

 

Community Input on Preferred Locations

The Pre-Application Approval Process shall require participation in a community meeting in which the Applicant shall discuss its Preferred Locations for a Surface-Mounted Facility with local residents and business owners. At the community meeting, the Applicant shall discuss: (1) all feasible locations for the proposed Surface-Mounted Facility, which may include specific locations or zones, but in no case fewer than two Preferred Locations for the proposed Surface-Mounted Facility shall be identified and discussed; (2) any technological limitations to the location of the proposed Surface-Mounted Facility; and (3) the process for the public to object to the Applicant's Preferred Locations.

 

Landscaping

The department shall require every permittee to install suitable street trees and landscaping in order to minimize any negative effects on the Aesthetic Character of the streetscape resulting from Permittee's construction, installation and maintenance of the permitted Surface-Mounted Facility. The Department shall determine the number of required street trees and the total area of the landscaped area. Generally, the Department shall require the installation of at least one street tree and sidewalk landscaping of approximately 100 square feet with each permitted Surface-Mounted Facility. 

In any instance in which the Department cannot require the Permittee to install either appropriate street trees or landscaping in the vicinity of the permitted Surface-Mounted Facility, including on the basis of inadequate sidewalk width, interference with utilities, or other reasons regarding the public health, safety, or welfare, the Department shall instead require the Permittee to make an "in-lieu" payment into the Department's "Adopt-A-Tree" fund. This payment shall be in the amount specified in Public Works Code Sections 802(h) and 807(f) for the installation of one street tree in addition to a payment of $7,500 for sidewalk landscaping, and shall be payable prior to the Department's issuance of the Permit. These in-lieu fees may be adjusted to reflect changes in the relevant Consumer Price Index, subject to the requirements of Section 2729(e). 

 

Notice of Intent to Submit an Application

As part of the Pre-Application Approval Process, the Department shall require an Applicant to notify the public that the Applicant has submitted a Notice of Intent to the Department. The Applicant shall send a copy of the Notice of Intent to all Persons owning or occupying any property located within 300 feet along either side of the fronting streets of any of the Preferred Locations for the Surface-Mounted Facility. The Applicant shall post a copy of the Notice of Intent in conspicuous places along the Public Right-of-Ways within 300 feet of either side of the fronting streets of any of Applicant's Preferred Locations for the Surface-Mounted Facility. The Applicant shall send a copy of the Notice of Intent to any neighborhood planning association identified by the Planning Department for any neighborhood within 300 feet of any of the Applicant's Preferred Locations for the Surface-Mounted Facility. The Notice of Intent shall be in a form as included in Order 182933. 

 

Protest of Applicant’s Preferred Locations and Public Hearings

As part of the Pre-Application Approval Process, the Department shall allow any Person affected by a proposed Surface-Mounted Facility to protest an Applicant's Preferred Locations for a Surface-Mounted Facility. A protest must be in writing and must be submitted to the Department within 10 days of the date the Notice of Intent was mailed and posted as required under Section 2713. If a protest is timely submitted, the Department shall hold a hearing. The Department shall set a date for the hearing no more than 20 days after the Department's receipt of the protest. The hearing officer shall issue a written report and recommendation within 5 days of the close of evidence. The Director shall issue a written decision adopting, modifying, or rejecting the hearing officer's written report and recommendation within 5 days of the Director's receipt of the hearing officer's report. 

 

Application 

An application will include but not be limited to a site plan that has: 

  • A title block containing the designer(s) name and contact information, the project name, and wet signature for final approved set; the project address (if small project); and sheet numbers 

  • Street name (and width as related to location of excavation) 

  • Names of cross streets 

  • Distance from nearest cross street to the Surface-Mounted Facility 

  • Face of curb (“FOC”) 

  • Property lines (“PLs”)

  • Sidewalk (dimensioned) 

  • Distance from FOC to face of the Surface-Mounted Facility 

  • Distance from FOC to PLs 

  • Distance from FOC to back of the Surface-Mounted Facility 

  • Locations and dimensions (if known) of existing above-ground street furniture (utility poles, bus shelters, fire hydrants, garbage receptacles, parking meters, etc) and distance from the proposed location of the Surface-Mounted Facility 

  • Locations and dimensions (if known) of existing underground utility facilities (vaults, manholes, handholds, meters, etc.) and distance from the proposed location of the Surface-Mounted Facility 

  • Identification of Surface-Mounted Facility type and dimensions including any appurtenances 

  • Color of the Surface-Mounted Facility 

  • Distance from any driveways, curb ramps, or blue zone parking spaces 

  • Representation of any existing or required street tree or landscaping 

 

Application Process

Upon receipt of an Application, the Department shall first determine whether the Application is complete. The Department will notify the Applicant within 3 days whether the 
Application is complete. The Department shall then either approve or deny the Application and issue a final determination. 

 

Contractor Requirements 

The contractor must have: 

  • A current California Contractors License – Class A 

  • A current Business Tax Registration Certificate issued by the City and County of San Francisco Tax Collector’s Office pursuant to Section 1003 of Part III of the San Francisco Municipal Code 

  • A valid Certificate of Liability Insurance or have one on file with BSM 

  • A Street Excavation Bond filed and maintained with the Department of Public Works for a minimum amount of $25,000.00 (required to guarantee the backfill, pavement restoration, maintenance of the restored roadway area for a period of three (3) years following the completion of said work pursuant to Article 2.4 of the Public Works Code) 

 

Fees 

All fees shall be paid prior to the issuance of the permit. Acceptable payment methods include: check (made out to San Francisco Public Works), credit card (Visa or Mastercard), or cash (exact amount only). Fees may be charged by the Planning and Recreation & Parks Departments for their review of the application materials. 

Beginning with fiscal year 2015-2016, fees established by Public Works Code Article 27 may be adjusted each year, without further action by the Board of Supervisors, to reflect changes in the relevant Consumer Price Index. 

Fee Breakdown: 
Pre-application administrative fee: $154 
Preferred location list review 
Department: $154 
If hearing required, hearing fee: $154 
If hearing required, newspaper posting fee: TBD 
Murals (unique to each application): TBD 
Landscaping/street tree planting: TBD 
In-lieu fee for landscaping: $7,700 
In-lieu fee for Adopt-a-Tree: $1,801 
Application: $150 
Inspection fee (T&M): <= $500 

* Fees for murals, landscaping, and street trees may vary and are unique to each application. 
* Per Public Works Code Article 27, the Department has the discretion to charge additional fees if a review is or will be unusually costly. 
* A City department may determine that it requires the services of a technical expert in order to evaluate an Application. The department will seek reimbursement of those fees prior to Application approval (PWC Code Article 27_. 

 

Construction Requirements

  • Application shall be filed and approved a minimum of 10 business days prior to the proposed start date. 

  • At least 72 hours prior to start date, the contractor shall contact the Street Improvement Inspection Section to schedule a pre-construction meeting (415-554-7149). 

  • The contractor shall call Underground Service Alert (U.S.A.), telephone number 800-642-2444, 72 hours prior to any excavation. 

  • The contractor shall verify the locations of any City or public service utility company facilities that may be affected by the work authorized by this permit and shall assume all responsibility for any damage to such facilities. The Permittee shall make satisfactory arrangements and payments for any necessary temporary relocation of City or public utility company facilities. 

  • The contractor shall conduct construction operations in accordance with the requirements of Article 11 of the Traffic Code. The Permittee shall contact the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor, telephone (415) 701-4500, for specific restrictions prior to starting work. 

  • All restoration shall be performed per Article 2.4 of the Public Works Code and Public Works Order 178,940. All work including sidewalk and pavement cutting and removal, lagging, excavation, backfill, and sidewalk and pavement restoration shall be done by a licensed paving contractor and in accordance with the requirements of the Standard Specifications of the Bureau of Engineering, Department of Public Works, July 1986 Edition, Public Works Order Nos. 135,595; 135,596; 176,707 and Board of Supervisors’ Ordinance #131-07. 

 

Standard Plans & Specifications

All permitted excavations into the street pavement and/or concrete sidewalk within the Public Right-of-Ways shall be restored per City Standard Plans and Specifications. 

 

Surface Mounted Facility Resources:

 

Contact us Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm:

  • phone : 415-554-5810 (please ask for someone knowledgeable about the SMF program)

  • fax : 415-554-6161

  • e-mail : smf@sfdpw.org
    (do not send NOI protests/comments to this account. It is only intended for addressing specific questions or comments regarding the SMF program).

  • address : 1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 - map
                     please address US Mail to : Bureau of Street-Use and Mapping, c/o : SMF

Street Space

  • tow away sign

A street space permit grants permission to temporarily occupy a portion of a public roadway or sidewalk for building construction and other construction related work. Material and equipment may not occupy more than 1/3 of the roadway width and not more than 1/2 of the sidewalk width unless an additional street space permit (pdf) is granted per Article 15, Section 724 Public Works Code. Street space permits are issued at 1660 Mission Street, 5th Floor and may be contacted at 415-558-6060. The street space permit fee calculator may be used to estimate the permit fee for your project.

 

When a street space permit is needed

A street space permit is required for any occupancy within the public right-of-way for construction and other purposes.  Examples include:

  1. New construction 

  2. Major renovation of existing structures 

  3. Minor building repair including roofing, scaffolding, landscaping, etc. where the public street or sidewalk is occupied 

  4. Reserving parking in the street for use related improvements to the fronting private property 

  5. Placement of contractor offices, portable toilets, and/or equipment, debris boxes 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, e.g., 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.

*Exception:  When you have obtained a Mobile Storage Container permit.

 

Where to get a street space permit

Submit an application through the Public Works Bureau of Street-Use and Mapping representative on the 5th floor located at 1660 Mission St. A fee is applicable - see fee schedule. Street space is charged at twenty-foot intervals.  Additional fees and administrative action may be required if more space than the maximum allowed by the Public Works Code is requested.       

 

What you need to do next

You may not legally occupy the space under the permit until a street occupancy meeting has been conducted and the agreement signed by the applicant.  A street inspector will verify the “No Parking” sign and placard are properly posted.  Until “No Parking” signs are verified and noted on the Public Works database, DPT will not provide enforcement or “Tow-Aways” at the construction site. 

 An Inspector will contact you within ten business days to schedule a site visit.   ALLOW 10 BUSINESS DAYS TO PROCESS YOUR REQUEST.

 

General Permit Requirements

Public Works will provide a copy of a fact sheet summarizing many of the common concerns and regulations for the worksite.  Call (415) 554-5810 to request a copy of the regulations which include:

  1. A four-foot minimum clear width for pedestrian path of travel is maintained at all times. 

  2. The public right of way is maintained clean and free of sand, dirt, litter, graffiti, and equipment. 

  3. Clear access for Police and Fire Department equipment including call boxes, fire alarms, hydrants, mains, and valve covers is maintained. 

  4. Parking and traffic signs and signals, signal control and pull boxes may not be included within in the affected right of way. Allow space for DPT access.  

  5. Unobstructed, clear visibility to any traffic signals and signs is maintained 

  6. MUNI Bus zones, and Department of Parking and Traffic “No Parking” limitations remain in effect and must be observed. 

  7. A 4’ 6” minimum clearance is required from the outer rail of railroad tracks. 

  8. Place Public Works Placards in a conspicuous location and post construction “No Parking signs” along the ends of the occupied streets/sidewalk. 

  9. Violations of Public Works 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. 

 

Establishing construction zones

In order to utilize the parking lane for construction related purposes a street space permit must first be obtained.  The permittee may then obtain permission to restrict parking using the following rules for posting temporary "Tow-Away, No Parking" signs upon verification at the job site.  The City provides the notice placard only.  The notice placard is to be mounted on private property in such a manner so as to be visible from the street frontage.  The Inspector verifies the information and posting. 

  1. Tow-Away Signs are installed by the permittee:
            • Place signs in such a manner that the maximum spacing between signs is no more than 20 feet.  
            • Signs may be attached to parking meter posts or
            • Place signs flat on wood or aluminum or other approved material, and attach them directly on solid barrier fences, and/or
            • Mount the signs securely to existing poles, posts, type II barricades as per Cal Trans specifications, or on construction fences. 

  2. Signs must be in place in accordance with DWG.  A-32400. (Revision 3) of the standard plans, with the following information shown on each sign in clear and legible condition:  Street space permit number, effective times, effective dates, name of contractor, limits of zone (i.e. directional arrows on end signs) and San Francisco Public Works Hotline number (415-554-5824). 

  3. Signs must be place at least 72 hours in advance of the date and time of occupancy.  Obtain Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping verification at least 72 hours in advance of any tow-away requests to DPT.  Please call (415) 554-5824 to request sign verification without BSM sign verification, DPT will not tow-away.   

  4. If additional time is needed to complete construction, an extension of time must be obtained from Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping within (7) days of the permit’s expiration. 

  5. The contractor shall maintain the signs on a continual basis and shall replace damaged or missing signs daily or as needed. 

  6. "No Parking" signs cannot be modified or altered. 

  7. Any infractions or deviations from the above may be grounds to revoke the construction zones and the occupancy of the ROW. 

  8. Remove all signs and mounting materials immediately following completion of construction/activities.  

  9. Parking of private vehicles is not permitted in the construction zone during the effective  hours of the zone.  The purpose of construction zones is for construction activities only, such as loading and unloading of materials, special equipment occupancy, storage of materials, etc.  Worker’s parking is not allowed within the reserved street frontages. 

 

Violations

Violations of Public Works 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 

 

For more information, please contact

SF Public Works • Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor • San Francisco, CA 94103 - map 
Telephone : (415) 554-5810 • Monday-Friday 
Operating Hours : 8:00am-5:00pm 
Permit Processing Hours : 7:30am-4:00pm

Street Improvement

  • street

When an application for a building permit with DBI includes work that has an impact on the sidewalk, curb and gutter, pavement, or any other facilities in the public right-of-way, Public Works will review the plans and perform an engineering inspection at the location for which building permit is issued to determine whether a Street Improvement Permit is needed. When making improvements to the Public Right of Way, you may also consider replacing gray concrete with greenery. Click here to see projects that have included greening, or visit our sidewalk landscaping page for more information.

 

 Application Guidelines

Public Works may find it necessary to request additional information after initial review of the application.

 

Submittal Requirements

  1. Street Improvement Permit Application Form.  [Please fill out the form completely] 

  2. A fee payable by cash, check or VISA/MC only to SF Public Works. Fee Schedule

  3. A ground floor architectural site plan and elevation drawings of each street-facing frontage. 

  4. Street Improvement Plans:    

             (1) One printed set of plans for projects occupying most of the block face or more
             (1) One electronic copy (PDF) sent to BSMpermitdivision@sfdpw.org

 

Street Improvement Plans Checklist

  1. Each sheet should have the designer(s) name, address, phone number and wet signature for final approved set.  (Stamp is REQUIRED for structural drawings) 

  2. List the address of project, including BLOCK and LOT number on each sheet 

  3. Provide property lines showing where the sidewalk is and all encroachments. 

  4. Show existing lot plus adjacent lots and front and side property lines 

  5. Dimension existing (E) encroachments, such as lawn/planting strips, planter boxes, landscaping, steps, warps or ramps in the sidewalk.  (See Minor Encroachment Permit) 

  6. Dimension existing and/or proposed curb cut(s). 

  7. Show existing and proposed curb ramps (If applicable).  For all corner lots, (2) two curb ramps are required per American Disability Act standards.  See reverse side for further details. 

  8. Show locations of all utility facilities (above ground and below ground) including Sewer, Water, PG&E, Phone, AWSS, box lids and lines.  (As available) 

  9. Show and dimension the sidewalk width (measure the distance from the curb to the property line) and the width of the property. 

  10. Show both existing (E) and proposed (N) ground floor spot elevations denoted as (FF) at each entrance threshold and garage. 

  11. Show both existing (E) and proposed (N) spot elevations at the back of sidewalk for every 25 feet denoted as (BW) for the entire width of the property and 15 feet into the adjacent properties. 

  12. Show both existing (E) and proposed (N) elevations at the corresponding top of curb for every 25 feet denoted as (TC). 

  13. Show both existing (E) and new (N) elevations at the flow line for every 25 feet denoted as (FL).  Label and identify whether street gutter is a concrete gutter, concrete parking strip or a normal curb. 

  14. Provide a minimum of three photos of the sidewalk to show the existing conditions and/or encroachments.  See Sample pdf 

 

City Standard Specifications

  • City Standard Specifications and Plans

  • Section 204.04 Slope – Unless otherwise specified, the finished surface of the walk shall rise 1/5 inch per foot from curb to the property line. 

  • Section 202.01 Concrete Curb – Unless otherwise specified, the nominal specified height of curb measured from gutter to top of curb shall be 6 inches. 

  • Standard Residential curb cut – (10’) feet long by (3’) feet wide including (18”) inches for the wings.  If longer than (10’) feet, the Planning Department must approve non-City Standard curb cuts.  Curb cuts 30 feet or longer require an Overwide Driveway Permit from Public Works. 

  • Standard ADA curb ramp – Curb Ramp Standard Plans

 

Sample Drawing for a 25-foot lot

 

For More Information:

SF Public Works • Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor • San Francisco, CA 94103 - map
Telephone : (415) 554-5810 • Monday-Friday
Operating Hours : 8:00am-5:00pm
Permit Processing Hours : 7:30am-4:00pm

 

Storage Container

  • mobile storage container

A mobile storage container permit is required to occupy any part of the street or sidewalk with a mobile storage container. Permits are issued directly to authorized companies and are not available to the general public. Article 15 Section 726 (PWC).

A mobile storage container is a temporary facility that may be placed, may occupy the public right-of-way and used by property owners or tenants for short-terms storage of items, including, but not limited to: clothing, equipment, goods, household/office fixtures or furnishings, materials, and merchandise. The containers shall be used only for the purpose of loading and transporting the items specified above. 

 

Placement of Containers

A mobile storage container shall be placed in the roadway area of the right-of-way, level with the existing street grade/slope and parallel to the curb with its outer edge no more than eight feet from the face of the curb. The container shall not occupy more than the designated parking lane width along the frontage of the subject property. Its placement shall also be subject to all existing parking regulations unless specifically exempted from compliance therewith by written approval of the Director of Public Works. Further, no mobile storage container shall be placed in the sidewalk area without permission of said Director. A minimum clear path of travel for pedestrians of four feet shall be maintained at all times on sidewalks. In commercial areas and/or in other areas with a high volume of pedestrians, a minimum six foot path of travel shall be provided and maintained.

 

Insurance and Bond Requirements

All mobile storage container operators shall file and maintain a performance bond in the minimum amount of $25,000 with Public Works. All operators are also required to maintain and submit proof of General Liability Insurance in the minimum amount $2,000,000, naming the City and County of San Francisco as additional insured on the policy(ies).

 

Required Permits

All companies operating and providing mobile storage containers, who plan to locate them in the public right of ways, shall obtain an annual permit from Public Works. The permits will allow the holder to place a container in the public right of way subject to provisions of Section 726. An applicant for an annual permit shall submit to Public Works a written request for a permit no sooner than 15 days prior to the first day of occupancy of the public right of way with a mobile storage container. The application shall contain the name of the company or individual seeking the annual permit, local contact information, an annual permit fee of $500.00, the deposit set forth in Section 726.3, and any other information specified in this departmental order or other regulations. 

Annual mobile storage container permits may be obtained at:

    Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping
    1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Telephone (415) 554-5810

 

Individual Location Permit

An individual location permit may be obtained for each mobile storage container that is proposed to be placed within the public right of way. Only annual permit holders may apply for individual location permits. 

  1. Said permit holders shall submit a written request to Public Works no later than three days prior to occupancy of the public right of way with a mobile storage container at a specific location with the following information :

    • Name of the annual permit holder 

    • Local contact information for the permit holder 

    • Proposed location of the mobile storage container(s) 

    • Name and contact information for the property owner or tenant who will use the container 

    • Any other information specified in this departmental order or other regulations 

  2. The individual location permit fee shall be as specified in the fee schedule per day of occupancy. When the permit is to be issued for a period not to exceed 24 hours, or for the first three days of occupancy, said fee(s) may be paid separately for each individual location permit or deducted from the deposit. 

  3. No individual location permit shall be issued for a period that exceeds seven days. 

  4. The property owner shall apply for a Temporary Occupancy Permit and post "No Parking" signs at least 72 hours in advance for the occupancy of the public right of way. 

The director, in his or her discretion, may approve, conditionally approve or disapprove a Mobile Storage Container Permit. 

The director's decision on an annual permit shall be appealable to the Board of Appeals. 

 

Other Requirements

  • A valid registration number or permit shall be affixed to either end of the mobile storage container. 

  • Debris boxes shall be placed in the roadway area parallel to the curb with its outer edge no more than 8 feet from the face of the curb. 

  • No mobile storage container or debris box shall be placed within the public right of way without prior approval from Public Works. No container shall be delivered, placed or removed in a residential area between the hours of 7:00 pm and 6:00 am. 

  • Four reflective type warning devices, each having a red reflecting area of at least 3 inches in diameter shall be installed on the exterior ends of each container. The reflective device shall be placed so that one device shall be located near each edge that abuts the side of the box and shall be no less than 24 inches or more than 45 inches from the ground level. Both ends of each box shall be painted entirely in 4-inch wide alternate diagonal striping with a color to be approved by Public Works. 

  • All contents of a mobile storage container shall be completely covered at all times while being transported. 

  • The owner's name, address, telephone number and debris box identification number shall be clearly printed on both sides of each box. 

  • Advertisement on any box is strictly prohibited. 

  • Mobile storage containers shall be locked and covered at all times unless contents are being removed or added to the container. 

  • All mobile storage containers shall be governed by existing parking and traffic regulations, including but not limited to: tow-away zones, accessible curb ramps, bus stops, blue zones for disability parking and fire hydrants. If the SFMTA Blue Book requirements cannot be satisfied, you will need to obtain a Special Traffic Permit from SFMTA, located at 1 South Van Ness Ave.,7th Floor San Francisco, telephone: (415) 701-4500. 

  • Upon registration, the registrant(s) and all agents of the mobile storage container companies shall be bound by the Public Works Code and all other applicable laws, codes and ordinances. 

  • By acceptance of each registration number and/or permit number issued for a debris box and/or mobile storage container , this shall bind the owner of the debris box and/or mobile storage container to indemnify and hold harmless the City and County of San Francisco, its officers, agents and employees. 

  • An individual location permit sign shall be posted on the street-facade of each storage container. The sign shall include the name of the annual permit holder, a 24-hour local contact person and telephone number for the permittee; the name and address of the property owner or tenant who is renting the storage container, the duration of the permit, including the starting and completion dates, a geographic description of the public right of way occupied under the permit, the annual and individual location permit numbers, and the Public Works Street Space hotline telephone number. All information contained on the sign shall be legible. An additional sign shall be posted on the storage container's side that faces the fronting property. This informational sign shall also include the 24-hour local contact person and telephone number for the permittee and Street Space hotline. Public Works shall provide sign templates for each annual permit holder. It shall be the responsibility of the annual permittee to insert the required information, mount the sign, keep the sign posted during the entire term of the permit, and ensure proper maintenance of the sign. 

 

Violations and Penalties

Violations of may result in a financial penalty. Non-conformance to any related City regulation may result in the revocation of the annual and/or individual permits.

Failure to comply with the rules and regulations of this order are deemed as violations, and may be subject to the issuance of Notice of Violations and associated penalties. 

Violations may include, but are not limited to: 

  1. Placement of container in restricted traffic street zones shall result in a $1,000/day fine and/or cost of removal. 

  2. Placement of the container on a sidewalk area without special permits shall result in a $1,000/day fine and/or cost of removal. 

  3. No permits posted on mobile storage container shall result in a $100/day fine, plus the cost of a seven-day permit 

  4. Absent or missing registration number on Mobile Storage Container shall result in a $1,000/day fine. 

  5. Mobile Storage Container with missing or damaged reflectors or safety striping shall result in a $1,000/day fine. 

  6. Failure to notify Public Works prior to placement of a mobile storage container in the right of way shall result in a $1,000/day fine. 

  7. Failure to pay fines may result in the following penalties: invalidation of all current permits held by the debris box and/or mobile storage container permittee(s). 

 

Removal of mobile storage containers 

The director of Public Works is authorized to order the immediate removal of a mobile storage container when, in his or her opinion, the storage container constitutes a safety hazard or public nuisance, or when the presence of an emergency requires removal. Upon the Director's notification of the removal, the responsible annual permit holder or person(s) shall immediately remove the storage container from the right of way. If the permittee or person(s) do not remove the storage container immediately, the Director may order Public Works to remove the container. The permittee or person shall pay Public Works for the costs of removal. If a permittee does not pay such cost, the Director shall deduct said cost from the permittee's deposit. No mobile storage container shall be placed at that location until all the conditions, which have caused the removal of said container, have been abated to the satisfaction of the Director. In addition, any use of the mobile storage containers that is inconsistent with Public Works Code Sections 726 et seq. shall be grounds for immediate removal.

 

Fees

Mobile storage container permits are issued on a per-day (per container over three days) basis and include SFMTA meter fees. A processing fee shall be applied to any permit requiring modification. See the fee schedule for updated fees. Any requested permit shall be submitted a minimum of 72 hours in advance of the proposed occupancy.

 

Violations

Violations of Public Works Code may result in the imposition of a financial penalty. Nonconformance to any related City regulation may result in the revocation of the permit. Violations of these requirements may be subject to financial penalties of up to $1,000 per day. 

 

Mobile Storage Container Companies

An applicant shall submit a written request no sooner than 15 days prior to initiation of the first occupation of the public right-of-way with a mobile storage container. The request shall contain the name of the company, local contact information, and any other information specified in department orders or regulations.

 

For more information on how to become an authorized agent:

SF Public Works • Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor • San Francisco, CA 94103 - map
Telephone : (415) 554-5810 • Monday-Friday
Operating Hours : 8:00am-5:00pm
Permit Processing Hours : 7:30am-4:00pm

 

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