Informational Brochures

  • informational brochures
 

Your feedback is really important to us. We would like to hear your opinion about our brochures.

Brochure Feedback Survey

Copies of the informational brochures are available at the front counter, Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping,     1155 Market St. 3rd Floor

                                                                                                 

Other Resources & Requirements

  • stamp on map

 

Additional Resources

 

Additional Permit Requirements 

 

For additional information, contact us at:

San Francisco Public Works • Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping 
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor • San Francisco, CA 94103 • Map
Telephone : (415) 554-5810   Fax: (415) 554-6161
Office Hours : 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday through Friday, except official holidays

 

Penalties / Inspections

If you occupy the public right-of-way or complete work without a permit, you may be subject to fines of up to $1,000 per day. All permits issued by Public Works are revocable at the will of the Director of the Public Works. All permits issued are subject to inspection and shall be constructed per approved plans and to City specifications. All encroachments and constructions shall be maintained by the permittee and/or the owner of the fronting property. More...

 

Hold Harmless Clause

Permittee agrees on their behalf and that of any successor or assignee to hold harmless, defend, and indemnify the City and County of San Francisco. The Hold Harmless Clause is included in every permit issued by Public Works.

 

Accessibility

Under the general requirements of any Street Use Permit, the permittee must maintain a safe pedestrian walkway with a minimum width of four feet clear at all times. A greater walkway width may be required in areas with greater pedestrian traffic and for non-residential areas. 

Inspection and Enforcement

  • staff inspecting sidewalk
 

BSM Inspection and Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions

The Bureau of Street Use and Mapping (BSM) Inspection and Enforcement Division strives to ensure the safe passage of the public right of way through superior and enduring quality inspection, education of both contractors and the public as well as fair enforcement of the public ordinances and permit requirements of the City and County of San Francisco.

All permits issued by us are subject to inspection by the BSM Inspection Team whose activities are varied and broad in scope, ranging from utility excavations in the roadway to tree planting in the sidewalk as well as damaged sidewalks, café tables and chairs, display merchandise, encroachments, curb realignment, roadway defects, street improvement projects and other related infrastructure work in the public right of way.

Street inspectors inspect damaged sidewalks, utility excavations, café tables & chairs, sidewalk displays, encroachments, curb reconfigurations, roadway defects, street improvement projects, and other related infrastructure in the public right-of-way.

The BSM Inspection team covers the wide range of inspection work through the implementation of targeted inspection programs as well as providing inspection services based on the type of inspection required.

 

BSM Inspection Programs

Sidewalk Inspection and Repair Program (SIRP)

The Sidewalk Inspection and Repair Program (SIRP) is proactive program implemented in 2007. SIRP inspects and repairs sidewalks throughout the City on a 25 year cycle and the schedule is prioritized by a number of factors including pedestrian usage as well as community elements that include:

  • Commercially-zoned districts, as defined by the Planning Department

  • MUNI routes

  • Sidewalks within 500 ft of schools, public facilities, hospitals, or senior centers

  • Population density, as defined in the 2000 Census.

 

The SIRP program informs all responsible parties (both public and private property owners) of sidewalk damage. The Department then coordinates repairs in an expedited time frame to increase efficiency and improve pedestrian safety. Sidewalks identified with the greatest number of these community elements are inspected and repaired first.

Property owners also have the opportunity to apply for a landscape permit to green their sidewalk.

 

Accelerated Sidewalk Abatement Program (ASAP) - Abatement

The Accelerated Sidewalk Abatement Program (ASAP) inspects and expedites corrective action for sidewalks in extremely poor condition along the residential and commercial thoroughways, as defined by the City’s Better Streets Plan. The Program inspects and expedites corrective action on claim and accessibility-related sidewalk complaints, as well as high-priority pedestrian right-of-way conditions referred by the public and verified by inspection staff. ASAP also inspects and initiates corrective action on sidewalks around City-maintained trees and fronting the following City agencies:

  • Real Estate Division

  • Fire Department

  • Public Library

  • Recreation & Park Department

  • Unified School District

  • Social Services

  • Juvenile Court 

  • Public Works

 

Under City and State codes, the fronting property owner is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the sidewalk fronting his / her property. If the property owner fails to repair the sidewalk after having been duly notified, the City is entitled to perform the repair and invoice the property owner for the cost of inspection and abatement.

 

BSM Inspection Services

District Sidewalk Inspection 

District Sidewalk Inspectors inspect and issue a Notice to Repair Sidewalk (NTR) to property owners for nonconforming sidewalks fronting private properties. Property Owners are provided a NTR, and if the work is not completed, the City can repair the sidewalk, and recover the cost of repair from the property owner under an abatement process. For City maintained public sidewalks, the Inspector generates a notification to the appropriate City agency for repair as necessary.

 

Street Improvement Inspection

BSM’s Street Improvement section inspects all construction work permitted in the right-of -way that is not performed by us or private utility contractor. Permits for work include excavations, new sidewalks, curbs, parking strips, streets and roadways / private driveways, and alterations to existing sidewalks and curbs, e.g., a new curb cut and sidewalk ramp to a new parking garage and / or changes to the sidewalk to facilitate accessibility for the disabled.

The Street Improvement Inspector may need to review a range of items for compliance at a single site including, a new curb, gutter, parking strip, and accessible ramps. Other services provided by Street Improvement include pre-construction site meetings and review of all construction trailers and debris boxes placed in the street related to private construction.

The Street Inspection section reviews and approves the finished products constructed under encroachment permits which are, by definition, any construction that extends into the public right of way; in most cases, this extension occurs on the sidewalk. An encroachment permit may be an addendum to a building permit or a permit obtained separately for new construction, or to legalize an existing condition. Common types of minor encroachments are stairs, planters affixed to the sidewalk, railings, awnings, doors of various types and non-standard sidewalk cross slopes.

 

Utility Inspection

BSM Utility Inspectors inspect utility excavation work for compliance to the Public Works Excavation Code and other City Ordinances relating street excavation, utility work, paving and other construction projects in the public right of way.

Street excavations occur throughout the City. We provide information and inspection services to coordinate street construction activities in order to minimize the impact of construction on our streets and in our neighborhoods.

Commercial District Inspection 
BSM issues permits for Display Merchandise and Café Tables & Chairs. The Commercial District Inspectors review each permit and site location with business owners, responds to citizens’ complaints, advises the permittee of upcoming annual renewal(s), and regularly patrols the areas with the highest sidewalk use to ensure code compliance. Permittees may receive verbal and written warnings for code violations or violating permit conditions.

 

BSM Inspection Enforcement

If a business or property owner occupies the public right-of-way or completes work without a permit, the responsible party will be subject to fines of up to $10,000 per day. All permits issued by us are revocable at the will of the Director of Public Works. All permits issued are subject to inspection and shall be constructed per approved plans and to City specifications. All encroachments and constructions shall be maintained by the permittee and /or the owner of the fronting property.

 

Accessibility Information

Under the general requirements of any Street Use Permit, the permittee must maintain a safe pedestrian walkway with a minimum width of four feet clear at all times. A wider walkway width 
may be required in areas with higher pedestrian traffic and along business and commercial corridors.

Remember :

  • A minimum of 4-feet clear walkway must be maintained for pedestrian traffic around the excavation site at all times.

  • Paths must be properly delineated.

  • ADA requirements for path-of-travel must be observed at all times.

  • Follow Guidelines for Placement of Barricades (link to guidelines) at construction sites

  • Allow pedestrians to navigate construction zones with proper scaffolding.

 

Additional Resources 

Call or visit 311 to report violations or to request inspection services.

 

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 • Map
Telephone : (415) 554-5810   Fax: (415) 554-6161
Office Hours : 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday through Friday, except official holidays

Note: all cash and check transactions must be submitted before 4:00 p.m.

 

Fee Schedule

  • permit fee

 

 

Per the request of the Controller's Office, all checks for application fees should be dated no later than 15 daysfrom the day of application submittal.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us or call us at (415) 554-5827. 

Public Works Orders

  • logo
 
DPW Order 162,240    Cafe Table and Chairs 
DPW Order 162,882 Placement of Scaffolding
DPW Order 165,553Transformer Vaults
DPW Order 165,716Temporary Occupancy of Public Right of Way
DPW Order 166,458Sidewalk Display Merchandise
DPW Order 167,840Guidelines for Barricade Placement
DPW Order 169,271Subsidewalk Basement Abatement Procedure for Curb Ramp Installation
DPW Order 171,378Dust Control
DPW Order 172,596Downtown Streetscape
DPW Order 173,862Additional Street Space
DPW Order 175,152Debris Box (Amendment of Orders 144,702 and 163,958)
DPW Order 175,208Banners
DPW Order 175,880Flower Stands
DPW Order 176,112Slip Resistance Standards for Sidewalk Covers
DPW Order 177,526Good Neighbor Guidelines for Repair of Sidewalk Defects
DPW Order 178,493Permeable Paving Systems
DPW Order 178,631Planting, Maintenance, and Removal of Trees and Landscape Materials
DPW Order 178,806Recycling Cobblestones and Granite Curb
DPW Order 178,884Guidelines for Inspection of Sidewalk Defects
DPW Order 178,940Excavating and Restoring Streets in San Francisco
DPW Order 179,201Debris Box Rules and Regulations
DPW Order 179,231Placement of Sidewalk Landscape Containers on Sidewalk
DPW Order 180,921Temporary Sidewalk Extensions (Parklets)
DPW Order 183,872Reinforced Concrete Bus Pads
DPW Order 181,306Reinforced Concrete Sidewalk
DPW Order 181,386    Placement of A-Frame Sandwich Board Signs on Sidewalks
DPW Order 182,101Mobile Food Facilities 
DPW Order 184,350Curb Regulations and Guidelines
DPW Order 182,912Placement of Mobile Storage Containers within Public Right-of-Ways
DPW Order 182,933   Surface Mounted Facilities 
DPW Order 182,974   Permit Processing Priority 
DPW Order 183,160Establishing Standards for Temporary Tow-Away / No Parking Signs
DPW Order 183,188Café Tables and Chairs (Sidewalk Café) in the Public Right-of-Way 2015
DPW Order 183,621Trench Restoration Order
DPW Ordinance 119-13 Mobile Food Facilities Location Requirements (6/10/13)
DPW Ordinance 293-08 Overwide Driveway

 

Mailing and Posting Requirements

  • logo
Item Mailing Posting Location of Posting Period Purpose DPW Code DPW order Link to Info
Street Space N/A construction signs along construction site 72-Hours prior and duration of project Tow away Article 15, Section 724.7 None LINK
Additional Street Space N/A construction signs along construction site 72-Hours prior and duration of project Tow away Article 15, Section 724.8 173,862 LINK
Banners N/A None N/A None N/A Article 5.7, Section 184.78 175,208 LINK
Boring/Monitoring wells N/A construction signs along construction site 72-Hours prior and duration of project Tow away Article 2.4 178,940  
Commemorative Plaque 150-ft. None In front of and adjacent to property as well as 150-ft radius 10 days prior to permit approval Notice of Intent to install Article 15, 789.2 None  
Debris Box N/A None N/A None N/A Article 15, Section 725 179,201 LINK
Display Merchandise (new only) N/A notice On property 10 days prior to permit approval Notice of Intent to display Article 5.3, Section 183 None LINK
Flower Markets N/A None N/A None N/A Article 5, Section 155 None  
Free Sample Merchandise N/A None N/A None N/A Article 5.5, Section 184 None LINK
General Excavation N/A construction signs along construction site 72-Hours prior and duration of project Tow away Article 2.4 178,940 LINK
Inspection Conformity N/A None N/A None N/A None None LINK
Major Encroachment 300-ft. None N/A 10 days prior to permit approval Notice of Intent to install Article 15, Section 786 None LINK
Minor Sidewalk Encroachment (New only) 150-ft. None N/A 10 days prior to permit approval Notice of Intent to install Article 15, Section 723.2 None LINK
Mobile Food Facilities (New Only) 150-ft. NOI 150-ft radius from site 10 days prior to permit approval Notice of Intent to allow MFF at site Article 5.8, Section 184.88 None LINK
Night Noise Authorization N/A None N/A None N/A Article 29, Section 2908 274-72, 278-08 LINK
Overwide Driveway (greater than 30-ft.) N/A construction signs In front of property 72-Hours prior and duration of project Tow away Article 2.4 178,940  
Parklet N/A NOI In front of property 10 days Notice of Intent to install Article 16, Section 810B 180,921 LINK
Pipe Barriers (New only) 150-ft. 150-ft. 150-ft radius from site 10 days Notice of Intent Article 15, Section 723.1 None  
Side Sewer N/A construction signs along construction site 72-Hours prior and duration of project Tow away Article 2.4 178,940 LINK
Sidewalk repair N/A construction signs along construction site 72-Hours prior and duration of project Tow away Article 15, Section 706 178,940 LINK
Special Sidewalk (New only) N/A construction signs along construction site 72-Hours prior and duration of project Tow away Article 2.4 178,940  
Storage Container N/A construction signs along construction site 72-Hours prior and duration of project Tow away Article 15, Section 726 None LINK
Street Improvement N/A construction signs along construction site 72-Hours prior and duration of project Tow away Article 6, Section 185 None LINK
Tables and Chairs (New only) N/A In front of property In front of property 10 days Notice of Intent Article 5.2, Section 176.3 162,240 LINK
Tank Removal N/A construction signs along construction site 72-Hours prior and duration of project Tow away Article 2.4 178,940 LINK
Temporary Occupancy N/A construction signs In front of property 72-Hours prior and duration of project Tow away Article 15, Section 724.3 165,716 LINK
Transit Shelters 100-ft. 100-ft. radius 20-day Notice of Intent None None  
Utility Excavation (less than 14 days) N/A construction signs along construction site 72-Hours prior and duration of project Tow away Article 2.4, Subarticle 5, Section. 2.4.50 178,940 LINK
Utility Excavation (greater than 14 days) 300-ft. None N/A 30 days prior to construction start Notice of Intent Article 2.4, Subarticle 5, Section. 2.4.50 178,940 LINK
Utility Excavation (greater than 14 days) none fronting property owners along construction site 10 days prior NOI Article 2.4, Subarticle 5, Section. 2.4.50 178,940 LINK
Utility Excavation (greater than 14 days) none construction signs along construction site 72 hours before construction start and then for the duration of the project Tow away Article 2.4 178,940 LINK
Transformer Vaults N/A None N/A None N/A Article 15, Section 723.2 165,553 LINK
Surface Mounted Facilities N/A 300-ft. along block faces 300-ft from site 20 days Notice of Intent None 175,566 LINK
Wireless Facilities 150-ft. 150-ft. on utility poles along block face 20 days Notice of Intent Article 25, Section 1504.2 180,222 LINK
Tree Removal Permit - standard N/A 1) tree itself; 2) 4 corners of block 1) tree itself; 2) 4 corners of block 30 days  Notice of Intent article 16, Sec. 806   LINK
Tree removal hazard N/A 1) tree itself; 2) 4 corners of block 1) tree itself; 2) 4 corners of block 15 days  Notice of Intent article 16, Sec. 806   LINK
Tree removal imminent hazard N/A NOI 1) tree itself 1 day/immedate Notice of Intent article 16, Sec. 806   LINK
Tree hearing N/A NOI 1) tree itself; 2) 4 corners of block 7 days prior to hearing Notice of Public Hearing article 16, Sec. 806   LINK
Street/Easement Vacations N/A 1) Posting Along Street 2) Min. of 3 Postings  along street or easement line 2 Weeks Notice of Public Hearing      
Street Naming or Name Change All Owners along street 1) Posting Along Street 2) Min. of 3 Postings along street or easement line 2 Weeks Notice of Hearing     LINK
Subdivisions : Non-Conversion Maps and Final Maps 300 ft None N/A 30 days Notice of Tentative Map Approval     LINK

 

FAQs

  • brochures
 

Contractor Parking Plan 

 

Tow-Away Sign Procedure

 

General Info

 

Permit FAQ

 

Presentations 

Pages