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Additional Street Space


You may not occupy any area outside of the designated limits of your Street Space unless you are granted an Additional Street Space Permit: Article 15, Section 724.7 Public Works Code and DPW Order 173,862.


An ADS Permit is required for:

  1.  Placing construction equipment or material within the sidewalk and/or the roadway that is fronting another property. This requires written authorization from the fronting property owner. (sample)
  2. Utilizing either more than ½ the width of the sidewalk and/or the designated parking lane, and/or more than one third of the roadway width, without providing a minimum four (4)-foot wide path of travel adjacent to the subject site.

IMPORTANT: You are required to obtain an ADS Permit if you cannot meet/satisfy the requirements of your Street Space Permit; e.g. your project is within an alley that is posted as “No Parking Anytime” fronting the subject property; and you propose to stage your construction operations in the roadway area, or fronting another property; the sidewalk is not wide enough to accommodate construction materials/staging and a minimum 4-foot accessible pedestrian path of travel;.


Where to apply for an Additional Street Space (ADS) 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



A non-refundable permit application fee, an additional public right of way assessment fee are required based on the following:

  • Per Height & Bulk District Maps established by the Planning Code, your construction site is located within an area allowing buildings over eighty (80) feet in height.
  • Per Height & Bulk District Maps established by the Planning Code, your construction site is located within an area allowing buildings over eighty (80) feet in height or less.

Fees are calculated using one month increments even if the Permittee may occupy less than one month.                   A processing fee shall be applied to any permit requiring modification. Fees are collected at 1155 Market St., 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. You will not be issued a permit until you have received confirmation of payment.



  • A valid Street Space Permit
  • Apply in writing for an ADS permit. The following shall be included with the letter of request:
    • Three (3) copies of a dimensioned site plan showing the proposed occupancy, overlaid onto an existing traffic striping diagram (may be obtained from SFMTA at (415) 701-2311). These plans must show the entire block encompassing the project and the area with dimensions that the Contractor is proposing to occupy. All fences, barricades, ramps, scaffolding and other materials to be used within the proposed area shall be clearly marked on the plans. The maximum size of the plan shall be 24-inches by 36-inches. See SFMTA Sample Site Map.
    • A copy of all written approvals from affected property owner(s) or designated property manager(s).
    • A statement of the estimated duration of occupancy and the reason why an Additional Street Space Permit is being requested.
      Requests for additional street space permits shall be submitted in writing to: 
      • Permit Section Manager
      • Bureau of Street Use and Mapping
      • 1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor
      • San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Contacted and received written approval from all affected property owners prior to apply for an ADS permit. Please note that your ADS permit request will not be processed until you have secured and received all approvals in writing from all affected property owner(s) or designated property manager(s). (Sample)
  • Pay Public Works Fees
  • Full-size drawings


Additional Street Space Permit Requirements

You may not legally occupy the sidewalk or roadway portions of the public right of way until you have completed/obtained the following:

  • Approval of proposed occupancy from SFMTA and TASC (Transportation Advisory Staff Committee). 
  • SF Public Works shall transmit the following to SFMTA for consideration, review, and comment:
    • A copy of the valid Street Space Permit
    • A copy of the ADS request outlined in c.) above.
    • A copy of the site plan showing the proposed occupancy.
      • Upon recommendation of approval by SFMTA, the application request will be referred to and heard by TASC (Transportation Advisory Staff Committee). See SFMTA Submittal Guidelines.
  • All permits are granted for a period of no less than one month and a maximum of 6 months. For short term occupancy (less than 30 days for the duration of a project), a Special Traffic Permit (STP) from SFMTA may be obtained for this occupancy.
  • A Permittee may request in writing that a permit extension be granted for the ADS use, no less than 15 days prior to the expiration of that permit. Any extension beyond the 6 month maximum duration is subject to review. A fee shall apply to any extension to the permit. (See Section iii. Fees)  




If the Director of Public Works determines that the Permittee has exceeded the scope of the Additional Street Space Permit, either in terms of duration or area; determines that any other violation of the permit terms and/or conditions have occurred, the Director of Public Works shall order the Permittee to correct the violation within a specified time period. Violations of 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 ADS Permit. 

For More Information

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.