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Special Event Street Closures

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The first step for your block parties, festivals, farmers markets, fairs, athletic and other fun events on the streets of San Francisco is a Temporary Street Closure Application.

 

 


 

How the Temporary Street Closure Permitting Process Works

Every year the SFMTA helps you bring more than 600 special events to city streets. In addition to permitting, we do the behind-the-scenes work necessary to temporarily shut off traffic for your event: we make sure vehicles are redirected safely, reroute Muni transit and deploy street enforcement personnel to make sure your event goes off without a hitch. If you have any questions before you apply, don't hesitate to ask. We are here to help.

Here's how the process works:

Your permit will tell you if you are required to contact other relevant City departments to obtain additional City permits or resources before hosting the event. Don't worry, we'll also let you know upfront when we review your application if extra permits might be necessary.

*Most additional City permits require a minimum of 2 weeks advance notice.


     

    Apply for Temporary Special Event Street Closure Permits

    Neighborhood Block Party Street Closure

    A block party is neighborhood-led, free and open to the neighborhood event--a great way to get to know your neighbors and play safely in the street.

    • Applications must be received at least 30 days prior to the event date.
    • Single-day, one-block, residential street closure.
    • No impact to Muni service.
    • No sale of goods or services.

    Please see our Neighborhood Block Party Factsheet for details on the application and street closure requirements.

    Plan ahead! The earlier you apply, the cheaper the application fee:

    Neighborhood Block Party application received July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 fee
    120+ days before the event $ 99
    90-120 days before the event $ 200
    60-89 days before the event $ 300
    30-59 days before the event $ 425

    Applications and payment may be submitted online. A PDF application form is also available.

    Apply Online 


     

    Special Event Street Closure

    Special Events are any event that is not a block party. They can be community, non-profit, private, or commercial events including but not limited to street fairs, athletic events, or other events held on a public street.

    • Applications must be received at least 30 days prior to the closure date.
      • Street Fair applications must be received at least 90 days prior to the closure date.
    • May include multiple blocks and intersections, in residential and non-residential areas.
    • May impact Muni service. Such impacts may incur significant additional costs.
    • May sell goods and services.
    • Other Requirements:
      • A written description and comprehensive site plan are required as part of your application.
      • Most events will be required to submit insurance. See our insurance requirements for details.
      • Your event may require additional permits or services.

    Please see our Special Events Factsheet for details on the application and street closure requirements.

    Plan ahead! The earlier you apply, the cheaper the application fee:

    Special Event application received July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 fee
    120+ days before the event $ 661
    90-120 days before the event** $ 821
    60-89 days before the event $ 1030
    30-59 days before the event $ 1248

    ** Street Fair applications must be received at least 90-days prior to the closure date

    Applications and payment may be submitted online.  A PDF application form is also available.

    Apply Online 


     

    Filming and Photography Street Closure Events 

    • Film productions that require street closures must first submit an SF Film Commission permit application
    • Once you have an approved SF Film Commission permit, you may apply for a street closure permit

    Plan ahead! The earlier you apply, the cheaper the application fee:

    Filming & Photography application received July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 fee
    120+ days before the event $ 661
    90-120 days before the event $ 821
    60-89 days before the event $ 1030
    30-59 days before the event $ 1248
    7-29 days before the event+ $ 1462

    + Only applicable to street closure requests for film productions with approved film permit from SF Film Commission

    Applications and payment may be submitted online.  A PDF application form is also available.

    Apply Online


     

    What You Need to Know about the ISCOTT Hearing

    • 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month
      • Exceptions: hearings are held on the 2nd Thursday in November only, and on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays in December
    • 9am at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, 7th Floor, Union Square Conference Room
    • The duration of the hearing is typically 1-1.5 hours
    • The Committee is made up of the following City departments: SFMTA, SFPD, Public Works, SFDPH, SFFD, Entertainment Commission, and Port of SF
    • It is a public hearing; community members are welcome
    • Agendas are posted online and sent to applicants one week prior to the ISCOTT date
    • Applicants will need to give a brief (1-2 minute) synopsis of their event purpose, location, and activities, and respond to any Committee questions
    • After the Committee and members of the public have commented, the Committee votes to approve or deny the event
    • You may leave after presenting your item
    • Follow-up correspondence will be provided via e-mail

    For further information about temporary street closures, please contact specialevents@sfmta.com or 415.646.2414