SF Beautiful has worked to streamline and simplify the permitting process for community groups that want to host events on public land. Currently, a street event application needs to be filed through the Interdepartmental Staff Committee on Traffic and Transportation (ISCOTT), a board with representatives from the Municipal Transit Agency, Department of Public Works, Police and Fire Departments, the Public Health Department, and the Port of San Francisco.
We’ve developed a guide for community groups which provides an overview of their responsibilities, links to all relevant permit applications and fee structures, and contact information for fielding questions.
We will continue working with the city to streamline the street event permitting process to ensure that our streets can be easily utilized for community activation.
SFMTA Street Closure Application
Sample SFMTA Street Closure Map (example)
Permit Application Walkthrough (really excellent)
*There may also be charges or fees for the following Departments: Fire, Public Works, Public Health, Police and the Entertainment Commission. Please check with the appropriate agencies after you receive your ruling from ISCOTT.
*Please note that the following walkthrough is for obtaining permits for events on streets and sidewalks.
SFMTA STREET CLOSURE PERMIT FEES
|Street Closure Permit Fee|
|Neighborhood Block Party|
|At least 60 days in advance||$154.00|
|Fewer than 60 days||$205.00|
|Fewer than 30 days||$410.00|
|Fewer than 7 days||$461.00|
|All Other Events|
|At least 60 days in advance||$509.00|
|Fewer than 60 days||$617.00|
|Fewer than 30 days||$724.00|
|Fewer than 7 days||$831.00|
Unless you are planning on constructing a stage or another large structure, you will most likely not need a permit from DPW. If your event requires a stage or large equipment, you will require a Street Occupancy Permit. The application, contact information, and fee schedule can be found here.
It is encouraged that you call Stacey Lee at DPW before submitting your permit applications to answer any questions. She can be reached at:Stacey Lee Main Line: (415) 554-5810 Direct Line: (415) 554-6420 Fax: (415) 554-6161 Email: Stacey.Lee@sfdpw.org
Street Cleaning Requirements
*You will be responsible for cleaning up after your event. If you wish, you may contract with DPW or other cleaning services to take care of your cleaning requirements. For more information contact Meryl Klein, the contact for all Temporary Street Closure permits, at 415-701-5426 or emailed to Meryl.Klein@sfmta.com
If your street event will close any vehicular intersection, it may be required that you pay for Parking Control Officers (PCOs) provided by the city to oversee the flow of traffic. This can be expensive and potentially exclude your event from ISCOTT approval, if your event disrupts a large number of intersections.
*To ensure an inexpensive and easy application process, try to locate your street event as to best minimize the amount of street intersections it disrupts.
If your event will disrupt public transportation routes, there may be additional costs. It is highly encouraged that if possible, you plan your block party or street event in such a way as to avoid closing public transportation routes.
If you have concerns or questions about your location disrupting public transit, please contact Meryl Klein the contact for all Temporary Street Closure questions, at 415-701-5426 or via Meryl.Klein@sfmta.com.
However, if there will be cooking or vending of food at your event, it may potentially require permits from the Department of Public Health and the SF Fire Department.
Department of Health
*After your event receives ISCOTT approval, you will be informed if it requires approval from the Department of Public Health.
*After your event receives ISCOTT approval, you will be informed if it requires Fire Department approval.
Any food vendors or other structures with an open flame or generators will require additional permits by the SF Fire Department. Find these permits here. (Required permits may include an event sponsor acknowledgement form, a vendor acknowledgement form, a primary application, and supplement for special events.
It is encouraged that you contact Ms. Barbara Rooney of the Fire Prevention Bureau with any questions, at (415) 558-3303.
*The completed vendor acknowledgement form, permit application, required documents, and appropriate SFFD fire permit fees must be returned to the Event Sponsor at least (10) business days prior to the event for submission by the Event Sponsor to the SF Fire Dept.
Follow this link for the SFFD’s permit fee structure.
If your event will include alcohol sales, it must receive authorization from the State Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Board. You must be a non-profit organization to receive a one-day ABC license.
* Please note: if alcohol will be served at your event, the likelihood that you will require police presence (which you will be paying for) or greater police presence increases.
It is highly recommended that you call the ABC Board at (415) 356-6500 to ensure that your application is sufficient before submitting any permits.
After your event is approved at ISCOTT, you will be informed if it requires any additional permits from the Entertainment Commission.
You can find permits for amplified sound here.
When planning your event, it is encouraged that you contact the special event contact in your police district to discuss your event before you submit your application to ISCOTT. To find contact info or to learn what district your is located, contact Meryl Klein at Meryl.Klein@sfmta.com. After your event is approved at ISCOTT, you will be informed if it requires any additional staffing from the Police Department.