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 10:00 p.m. For work occurring after 10:00 PM:
Reason for working at night-Include the SFMTA Special Traffic Permit or any written requirements from SFMTA which states that work must be performed at night. See SFMTA Blue Book for requirements.
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 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.