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.
Public Works may find it necessary to request additional information after initial review of the application.
Street Improvement Permit Application Form. [Please fill out the form completely]
A fee payable by cash, check or VISA/MC only to SF Public Works. Fee Schedule
A ground floor architectural site plan and elevation drawings of each street-facing frontage.
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
Each sheet should have the designer(s) name, address, phone number and wet signature for final approved set. (Stamp is REQUIRED for structural drawings)
List the address of project, including BLOCK and LOT number on each sheet
Provide property lines showing where the sidewalk is and all encroachments.
Show existing lot plus adjacent lots and front and side property lines
Dimension existing (E) encroachments, such as lawn/planting strips, planter boxes, landscaping, steps, warps or ramps in the sidewalk. (See Minor Encroachment Permit)
Dimension existing and/or proposed curb cut(s).
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.
Show locations of all utility facilities (above ground and below ground) including Sewer, Water, PG&E, Phone, AWSS, box lids and lines. (As available)
Show and dimension the sidewalk width (measure the distance from the curb to the property line) and the width of the property.
Show both existing (E) and proposed (N) ground floor spot elevations denoted as (FF) at each entrance threshold and garage.
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.
Show both existing (E) and proposed (N) elevations at the corresponding top of curb for every 25 feet denoted as (TC).
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.
Provide a minimum of three photos of the sidewalk to show the existing conditions and/or encroachments. See Sample pdf
City Standard Specifications
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
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.