Anyone who intends to temporarily occupy a portion of the public roadway and/or sidewalk is required to obtain either a Street Space or a Temporary Occupancy Permit: Article 15, Section 724 Public Works Code. Temporary Occupancy Permits are generally issued for non-building construction activities lasting less than 7 days (a longer duration may be requested/approved on a case by case basis). Exception: Mobile Storage Containers need to obtain a Mobile Storage Container Permit.
A Temporary Occupancy Permit is Required For:
Tree Trimming trucks, equipment and facilities (i.e. Chippers).
Lift equipment (i.e. JLG Boom and Scissor Lift equipment).
Refrigerated Shipping/Storage Containers
Monitoring Well Sampling work.
Working in and around any manhole.
Large Structures used in Public Events and Venues (i.e. Carnival Rides, Media Equipment, Stages)
All other temporary facilities, equipment and material not covered above.
Private Catering Event
Where to Get a Temporary Occupancy Permit
Bureau of Street Use and Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor
Permit Processing Hours are 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Telephone: (415) 554-5810
Fax: (415) 554-6161
You may not legally occupy the roadway or sidewalk portions of the public right of way until you have completed the following:
Please allow 3 business days for processing and printing of tow away signs.
Application for Temporary Occupancy Permit. Note: Permit needs to be approved and registered a minimum of 72-hours in advance in order to have towing priveleges at the subject site.
Submit a detailed space layout plan indicating a minimum 4-foot path of travel in residential areas. and a minimum 6-foot path of travel in commercial areas.
Pay all fees. Reminder: Your permit will not be approved until you have received confirmation that all fees have been paid.
Submit a Certificate of Insurance for general liability coverage of not less than $2 million endorsing the City and County of San Francisco as additional insured with the Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping address as the Certificate Holder.
A copy of any applicable ISCOTT approved Street Closure Permits. Please contact SFMTA- Traffic Engineering at (415) 701-4500.
A Night Noise Permit may be required in conjunction with other Public Works permits for work taking place between the hours of 8:00 pm and 7:00 am. (See Police Code, Section 2908/Night Noise Requirements)
Post your SF Public Works “No Stopping Tow Away” signs 72-Hours in advance
Special Traffic Permits may also required: See SFMTA Blue Book requirements. All submitted plans, applications and attachments shall comply with all rules, regulations and guidelines set forth by DPW Order No. 165,716.
Log-In here to apply for your Temporary Occupancy Permit if you have an account
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. Please submit:
Temporary Occupancy permit application
A written authorization letter from the event sponsor/fronting property owner stating the request, time, location, date, and statement that there will be no cash transactions and the mobile food facility will only service event patrons.
Must bring in a Certificate of General Liability Insurance with the City and County of San Francisco as an additional insured for a minimum of $2,000,000
Minimum 3 Business Days for approval and permit activation. No exceptions will be allowed.
A current copy of Department of Public Health's Certificate of Sanitation
A current copy of the San Francisco Fire Department Permit/Decal
A current copy of San Francisco Business Certificate
A current copy of DMV Registration
Towing A Vehicle
Contact the SFMTA Tow Desk at (415) 553-1200. All Tow-Away signs are provided and installed by the Permittee. All Signs must be installed a minimum of 72 hours in advance of the date and time of occupancy.
Temporary Occupancy Permits are issued on a per-block face, per-day basis and include SFMTA meter fees. See Fee Schedule. Fees are collected at 1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. You will not be issued a permit until you have received confirmation of payment.
Violations of this Permit and/or 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
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
San Francisco Public Works
City Hall, Room 348
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102