Sidewalk Inspection and Repair Program

The Public Works Sidewalk Inspection and Repair Program makes it easier and less expensive for property owners to comply with City and State codes that require them to keep their sidewalks free of defects. The program accomplishes this by coordinating large-scale sidewalk improvements, making the process streamlined and efficient for property owners. Proactive sidewalk inspections of all city sidewalks are on a 25-year cycle to get repairs. That means, every 25 years, all city sidewalks are inspected and repaired as part of the program.

Street Sweeping

We clean about ninety percent of San Francisco streets with mechanical sweepers. We cover 150,000 curb miles and remove 25,000 tons of litter and debris every year. Generally, we sweep residential streets weekly or twice per month and sweeps commercial areas at least once per week. Mechanical sweepers remove litter from your neighborhood and shopping corridors and also prevent grime and pollutants from entering the City's combined sewer system and therefore reduces the amount of pollutants entering the San Francisco bay and Pacific Ocean!


The Committee for Utility Liaison on Construction and Other Projects (CULCOP) is a monthly meeting chaired by Public Works.  Its members include a representative from each city agency and utility company who performs excavation work within the public right of way Admin.

Monument Preservation

The Monument Preservation Fund maintains the City's existing survey monuments through a long-term plan to inventory, reference and replace lost monuments.

Street Resurfacing Program

San Francisco Public Works maintains 12,458 blocks of streets in San Francisco. Determining which streets will be repaved every year is a key responsibility of Public Works. City engineers provide a score for each street, based upon the roadway condition and its traffic load. Based on these compiled scores along with other factors, such as street classification, transit and bicycle routes, utility clearances and available budget, Public Works develops a priority list of streets to be resurfaced.


Report it

  • Report a pothole online, use the mobile SF311 app or call 311. Our goal is to repair any pothole that is our responsibility within 48 hours during week days. An action plan will be developed for projects that require more than 48 hours to address. Before you call, please determine the street address and the nearest cross-street where the pothole is located. 


Great Streets Program

Streets make up approximately 25 percent of San Francisco’s land area, more space than is found in the city’s parks. While improvements to the driving surface are important to moving people safely and efficiently, so is the quality of the sidewalk area for pedestrians. As one of the Bay Area’s oldest cities, San Francisco’s infrastructure has not been upgraded to accommodate increased street usage by pedestrians and bicyclists.

Curb Ramp Program

If you are a resident and use a wheelchair, walker, or scooter, you can request a curb ramp in your neighborhood by calling 311 or writing to:

Kevin W. Jensen
Public Works ADA/Disability Access Coordinator
30 Van Ness, Suite 5100
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-557-4685
TTY: 415-558-4088
Fax: 415-558-4519

Note: Curb ramp requests are subjected to further review prior to construction.

Outreach and Enforcement Team (OnE Team)

San Francisco is a beautiful city and we want to keep it that way. In fact, we want to make it even better. San Francisco Public Works can’t do it alone. That’s why we created the Outreach and Enforcement Team. Comprised of public information officers and program analysts, the OnE Team has a strong community presence.