Engineering Public Hearings

Roadmap infographic of the approval process for proposed street changes.

Click on the roadmap infographic for a step-by-step summary of the approval process for proposed street changes.

The Sustainable Streets Division of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) holds Engineering Public Hearings to receive comments from interested parties on proposed parking and traffic changes. The purpose of the public hearing is to get public comments to assess public reaction to the proposals. No decisions are made at the public hearing itself. Following the public hearing, some items--indicated by an diamond on the public hearing agenda--can be approved by the City Traffic Engineer. Other items must be submitted to the SFMTA Board of Directors for approval.

Time and Location

Until further notice, engineering public hearings will be conducted online, with a phone-in option.  For access and participation instructions, please refer to the webpage for the specific public hearing date in the Meetings & Events calendar.

Hearing Process

An agenda of proposed parking and traffic changes is available by ten days before each hearing. Agendas are available on the Meetings & Events calendar.

A Hearing Officer conducts public hearings with the assistance of an engineer from the Sustainable Streets Division. Items will be considered consecutively on the agenda with an opportunity provided after each item to provide comments during the public hearing by phone.  Commenters will have a two-minute time limit. People may also submit email comments about any item on the agenda. All comments will be weighed equally with a decision on each item made during the following week.

There is no particular formality to the public hearing and the Hearing Officer does not need to be addressed by any formal title. The main point of the public hearing is to hear your opinion! The hearing room is equipped to provide ADA accommodations. Foreign language translation services can also be arranged if requested at least 48 hours in advance by calling 311.

Hearing Results

Following the public hearing, a summary of the results is posted on the same page as the agenda. Results are posted the week following the hearing, available at Final SFMTA decisions, whether made by the City Traffic Engineer or the SFMTA Board, can be reviewed by the Board of Supervisors pursuant to Ordinance 127-18. For information about the Board of Supervisors review process and how to file an appeal, please refer to the Review of Municipal Transportation Agency Decisions Appeal (PDF).

Submitting a Written Comment

Members of the public may submit written comment for consideration. Comments on proposed changes may be filed in writing prior to the hearing in the following ways:


Send an email to project staff with the subject line “Public Hearing.”

Comments received prior to the hearing will become part of the official public record and will be brought to the attention of the person(s) conducting the hearing.

Information on the proposed changes may be obtained from SFMTA Transportation Engineering by telephone at 415.646.4270.