Driveway Red Zones

Painted red curb with a stencil that says "SFMTA"


Driveway Red Zones provide additional clearance for vehicles accessing off-street parking. They are installed next to active residential driveways. They are typically two feet long and installed on both sides of a driveway. It is illegal to park in any red curb and vehicles parked in red curb are subject to towing and citation.  

Driveway Red Zones provide additional space to access off-street parking, and applications for Driveway Red Zones may be denied if a survey shows them to be unnecessary in the requested location.  In addition, an application for a Driveway Red Zone may be denied, if the Driveway Red Zone would render the adjacent public curb space too small to fit a car.  


Driveway Red Zones require application and installation fees for unmetered streets and streets with Pay or Permit regulations. There are no Driveway Red Zone fees for streets where everyone (residents and visitors) must pay the meter. Because application fees are non-refundable, please carefully assess your driveway prior to applying.  

Each site is surveyed within 30 days after the application fee is paid. The Surveyor approval notice will be sent to the applicant with the paint fee invoice. Please make sure to read the details of the approval notice and make sure to comply with any additional conditions included with your approval. The installation fee is due only when and if the application has been approved and should not be combined with the application fee. 


  Application Fee Paint Fee
Red Zone $350 for one or two adjacent driveways $300 per each 6-foot increment


Apply for a driveway red zone.

Contact Information
Color Curb team