Green Zones/Short-term Parking

Painted green curb with stencil that says "SFMTA"

Green zones provide curb space for short-term parking, generally 10, 15 or 30 minutes. Typical effective hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, though some green zone hours may differ. Vehicles that stay longer than the stated green zone time limit are subject to citation. In metered areas, green zones are indicated by either a green cap on the meter or green paint on the curb.  In non-metered areas, green zones are indicated by green paint on the curb.  

Typical uses 

Green zones are intended for establishments where transactions usually take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Typical establishments that may qualify for a green zone are dry cleaners, florists, small neighborhood grocery/deli convenience stores, audio-visual repair shops, shoe repair shops, postal shipping centers, and banks or ATM locations.  


A non-refundable application fee is required for green zones. If approved, green zones are required to be renewed, with a renewal fee, every two years.  

The application fee is due with the application for green zones. The installation fee is due only if and when the application has been approved and should not be combined with the application fee.


Zone length (in feet)  1 to 22   23 to 44   45 to 66  Over 66 
Installation or renewal fee  $575 $1,150 $1,725   $2,300
Application fee  $850  $850   $850    $850   

Apply for a green zone.

Contact Information
Color Curb team