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Utility Undergrounding Information

For all property owners who are interested in undergrounding their utilities within their neighborhood, the Utility Undergrounding Tool Kit provides San Francisco residents with a step-by-step approach to forming a property-owner funded undergrounding utility district.  Listed below are the basic steps in the tool kit.     


Utility Undergrounding Tool Kit Basic Steps

  • Step 1    Determine District Boundaries 1-2 months: District boundaries are determined by the neighborhood committee made up of local residents

  • Step 2    Circulate Petition 2-4 months: The neighborhood committee gauges support for the project, collecting signatures and meets with city officials at Public Works.

  • Step 3    Legislate Underground District 2-4 months: Once the Neighborhood Committee submits signed petitions to us, there is a public hearing required and then approval by Board of Supervisors for a Utility Undergrounding District.

  • Step 4    Form Assessment District 1-2 year: Property owners obtain funding for utility design plan and engineering report.

  • Step 5    Construction 1-2 years: We will oversee construction management and neighborhood notifications.



San Francisco Public Works
Bureau of Street Use and Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor (Map)
San Francisco, CA  94103
(415) 554-4860