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Special Event Street Closures

Children playing at a Play Streets block party
Drive & Park
Business Permit

 

 

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Special Events

Under the terms of the  Stay Safer at Home Health Order, special events and neighborhood blocks are for the most part not currently allowable. The current order

Requires all residents in the County to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission by staying in their residences to the extent possible and minimizing trips and activities outside the home.

Small Outdoor gatherings – such as neighborhood block parties - are only possible with restricted attendance:

No more than three different Households up to a maximum of 12 people in total between all Households, may participate in any other outdoor gathering under this section, unless all are members of the same Household.

Special events are an important part of the fabric of life in San Francisco, contributing not only economically, but also socially, and such contributions will be more important than ever in supporting and sustaining our city and our communities as we work through the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Though the public health situation still remains somewhat fluid, people may wish to begin planning for events in anticipation of the modification or rescission of the Public Health Order. We continue to accept and process applications up to a year prior to the event date. [Note that the public notification and hearing process may be delayed.]

All permits will be conditional upon the planned event being allowable under applicable local, state, and/or federal orders in place at the event date. There will be no refunds of the required application fee for applications withdrawn after initial intake or for events that cannot take place.

For up-to-date information on public health orders, the city's responses, and current COVID-19 data, please see the following:

Applying for a Street Closure

Note: If you are looking to apply for "Shared Spaces" use of parking space(s) for a "Shared Spaces" street closure to support business recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, please see sf.gov/shared-spaces 

The first step to holding your block party, festival, farmers' market, street fair, athletic event or other fun activity 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 bring more than 600 special events to city streets, ranging from afternoon block parties and neighborhood street fairs to major closures for tech conferences and large athletic events like Bay to Breakers. In addition to permitting, we do the behind-the-scenes work necessary to temporarily shut off traffic for your event, such as rerouting transit service and deploying 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. If this is your first time planning an event, we encourage you to email or call to discuss early in the planning process, well before you are actually ready to submit an application.

Here's how the process works:

Illustrative timeline for review process - not vital information

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. There may also be additional requirements associated with your permit, such as monitored bicycle parking or toilet requirements. Because these can take some time to arrange, we encourage you to apply well in advance - at least a few months; we can accept applications for events as much as a year prior to the event date.


     

    Apply for Temporary Special Event Street Closure Permits

    Neighborhood Block Party Street Closure

    A block party is a resident-led, free and open to the neighborhood event--a great way to get to know your neighbors and play safely in the street. Applicant should be a resident on the block to be closed or a neighborhood association.

    • Applications must be received at least 30 days prior to the event date.
    • Single-day, one-block, residential street closure.
    • No impact to transit service.
    • Non-commercial. No admission fees and 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 Jan 4, 2021 – Jun 30, 2021 fee
    120+ days before the event $ 50
    90-120 days before the event $ 75
    60-89 days before the event $ 100
    30-59 days before the event $ 150

    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 Jan 4, 2021 – Jun 30, 2021 fee
    120+ days before the event $ 1000
    90-120 days before the event** $ 1250
    60-89 days before the event $ 1500
    30-59 days before the event $ 1750

    ** 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 Jan 4, 2021 – Jun 30, 2021 fee
    120+ days before the event $ 1000
    90-120 days before the event $ 1250
    60-89 days before the event $ 1500
    30-59 days before the event $ 1750
    7-29 days before the event+ $ 2000
    3-6 days before the event+ $ 2500

    + 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
    • For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, hearings will be conducted virtually/online. Normally, they are held at 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 the Committee has voted on 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