Per Article 29 Section 2908 of the Police Code, no one is allowed to perform construction activities in the Public Right of Way that exceed the ambient noise level by 5 dBA unless a Night Noise permit is previously approved by Public Works. (See Police Code for reference)
All approved Night Noise Permits allow the Permittee to work between the hours of 8 PM to 7 AM with inspection monitoring in place; however, as a part of this approval, the noise level is not allowed to exceed 5 dBA above ambient levels after 10 pm.
The reasons for approving a Night Noise Permit include the following:
Additionally, other factors may be taken into account when approving any Night Noise Permit such as the impact to SFMTA bus routes or main thoroughfares wherein a Special traffic permit is required from SFMTA. In this type of situation, SF Public Works and SFMTA work collaboratively to determine whether a Night Noise Permit would be appropriate.
If work is to be performed on a building between the hours of 8:00 pm and 7:00 am, you should contact the Department of Building Inspection. Work under Port Jurisdiction shall fall under the Port for necessary review.
To register a complaint about noise while the work is in progress, please contact your local District Police Station (non-emergency line).
For neighborhood notification mailing affidavits, please download here.
For More Information:
SF Public Works • Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor • San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone : (415) 554-5810 • Monday-Friday - map
Operating Hours : 8:00am-5:00pm
Permit Processing Hours : 7:30am-4:00pm