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Construction Regulations

Regulations for Working in San Francisco Streets

Regulations For Working In San Francisco Streets, also known as the “Blue Book,” is a manual for City agencies (DPW, Muni, SFWD, DPT, Port of SF, etc.), utility crews, private contractors, and others doing work in San Francisco streets. It establishes rules for working safely and in a way that will cause the least possible interference with pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and other traffic.In addition to the regulations in this manual, contractors are responsible for complying with all city, state and federal codes, rules and regulations.

PDF icon Blue Book 8th Edition (PDF)
Posted 4/4/2016. Hard copies are available at 1 South Van Ness, 7th Floor.

Forms

Spot Citations

Contractors who do not comply with all the requirements and regulations in our SFMTA manual “Regulations for Working in San Francisco Streets” (also known as the “Blue Book”) will be issued Safe Paths of Travel (SPOT) citations.

Below are instructions on how to pay or protest your Safe Paths of Travel (SPOT) Citation. You may also hear instructions on our SPOT Information Line at 415.701.2452

Payment Options

Payment must be made by check or money order only. Cash and credit card payments are not accepted. Make check or money order payable to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).

Payment is due and payable within 15 business days of the notice of the violation. Payments can be mailed or made in person to:

SFMTA
Attn: SPOT Program
One South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103-5417
Business Hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

A fine that remains unpaid more than 30 days after the due date on the will be subject to a late penalty of $50.00.

Request for Hearing

Pursuant to Section 307 (d) of the San Francisco Transportation Code, you have the right to an administrative hearing if you dispute the validity of the SPOT citation. A request for a hearing must be made within 15 business days of the date of the citation. To schedule a hearing please call 415.701.5401.

The cited party will be liable for the cost and attorneys’ fees incurred by the SFMTA in bringing any civil action to collect fees and or penalties. In addition, the SFMTA may initiate a lien pursuant to chapter 10, Article XX of the San Francisco Administrative Code.

Special Traffic Permit (STP)

You must apply for a Special Traffic Permit if you cannot comply with the requirements specified in the Blue Book.

The fee schedule (effective July 1, 2019) is as follows:

Fee Amount
Base Fee $333
Base Fee Renewal  $166
Daily Fee $68
Late Fee $374

The cost for a new Special Traffic Permit is the “base fee” plus the “daily fee” per permit working day. The minimum "two full working days" notice applies*.

The cost for a renewal Special Traffic Permit is the “base fee renewal” plus the “daily fee” per permit working day. The minimum "two full working days" notice applies.

Applications for Special Traffic Permits (new or renewals) that are received with less than the minimum two full working days’ notice may still be processed and issued. In those cases, a late fee will be added to the cost of the Special Traffic Permit. The cost for a late permit is the “late fee” plus the “base fee” plus the “daily fee” for each permit working day. We discourage this practice and reserve the right not to issue late permits.

“Two full working days” is defined as applications received by 9am on day 1 and for which the start date is no sooner than day 3. Working days include Monday thru Friday, and do not include weekends or city holidays.

Minimum two months notice for permits that require roadway restriping, transit detours, police and/or parking control officer support and other complex changes to the City’s transportation systems.  Examples include Tower Crane set-up and take-down, foundation pours and large excavations.

Non-Street-Related Construction in San Francisco

A common concern from San Franciscans is that neighborhood parking has been taken by contractors and ongoing construction projects. Please direct any questions regarding these permits to the Department of Public Works' Street Construction Coordination Center at 415.554.5810.

Request a Tow-Away Zone

To create a temporary tow-away zone for areas in which you will be performing construction, consult the guidelines at 311.org.

 

Holiday Moratorium

**** Please note, regardless of your worksite location, to continue working in the public right of way (any work outside of your Street Space agreement) during the Holiday Moratorium, you must submit a request for a Holiday Moratorium waiver to SFMTA by completing the documents listed below. SFMTA will determine if you are on a business block and will send written confirmation that you may work during the moratorium. 

No construction work is allowed in the public right of way from the day after Thanksgiving to January 1, inclusive, during the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the following streets: During the specified period, in the areas described in Sections A and B below, all openings in the street and in the sidewalk must be closed by backfilling and paving or by plating over, providing safe and adequate passage for bicycles, vehicles and pedestrians. Work may be allowed between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. as long as the proper night noise permit is obtained.

A. Any Block Within the Area Shown on the Holiday Moratorium map in the SF Blue Book : This area is bounded by Pine Street, Taylor Street, Market Street, 8th Street, Folsom Street, Fremont Street, and Front Street, inclusive.

B. Any Business Block in the City: A business block is any City block where at least 50 percent of the frontage is devoted to business. Establishments in this category are retail stores, bars, restaurants, banks, service type businesses, non-residence type hotels, wholesale businesses or others as determined by the SFMTA (includes buildings with no entry on subject street).  The SFMTA will determine if a block is under moratorium on a case by case basis using data provided by the Contractor (or applicant).

Please note:

  1. MTA review of Holiday Moratorium surveys (Step 1 above) requires minimum 2 weeks or 10 business days (whichever is greater) for SFMTA staff to process and return forms indicating a result (whether a Holiday Moratorium waiver is required for the street listed on the survey form). The clock begins once an applicant has completed the Holiday Moratorium forms correctly as indicated by SFMTA staff.
  2. IF MTA determines that your project location falls under the Holiday Moratorium rules,  and that a waiver is required in order to continue working, MTA review/approval of Holiday Moratorium waivers requires an additional minimum 2 weeks or 10 business days (whichever is greater) for SFMTA staff to process and return forms indicating a result (whether a waiver is granted). The clock begins once an applicant has submitted and correctly filled out the waiver form (following receipt of a completed and MTA signed survey form) and all associated materials as indicated by SFMTA staff. SFMTA will not guarantee that waivers will be processed if time and available staffing does not permit
  3. Businesses closed 24/7 due to Covid 19 may be counted as not applying toward the holiday moratorium business frontage count. However, the business must be closed full time. If the business is open for limited hours we will count it as a business.

For each city street (major street to major street), you must submit a separate

1. Holiday Moratorium waiver application (Do not remove the Form Fields when completing. Save to your computer, complete the form, return by email) - Moratorium Waiver Application

2. Holiday Moratorium map - Use the SF Property information map at Moratorium Waiver Map 

Maps MUST include the following (incomplete submittals may be rejected):a.Property Lines: Show all property lines on both sides of the street for the entire block (between major cross streets(alleys do not define the end of any block for this purpose)b.Street Names: Indicate street names for the major streets (draw alleys in the middle of the block and label).c.Name of Business: Show the name of each business or entity for each property on the diagram.d.Type of Business: Indicate the type of business for each property (i.e. retail / wholesale / hotel / restaurant / bar /bank /service / gas station / residential / apartments / vacant / construction site / etc.).e.Hours and Days of Operation for each business. Note if business is closed due to Covid 19.f.Dimensions: Show the linear dimension for each property as measured along the street

3. Holiday Moratorium Excel worksheet (Holiday Moratorium Worksheet or email trafficpermits@sfmta.com to request a copy)

The moratorium worksheet should be completed using the information collected on the moratorium map, and is designed to automatically calculate the percentage of a street devoted to business

SFMTA approvals to work during the Holiday Moratorium

SFMTA approval of work during the Holiday Moratorium is a 2 step process:

Step 1: The Holiday Moratorium survey and related paperwork is used to first determines if a Holiday Moratorium waiver is required.

If MTA verifies in writing that the street is not within the Holiday Moratorium map area AND (if not in the map area) if MTA verifies in writing that it is not on a business block (where at least 50 percent of the frontage is devoted to business), MTA will send the contractor written verification that a Holiday Moratorium waiver is not required for a street or streets. The contractor submits this Holiday Moratorium Survey form when requesting STPs during the Holiday Moratorium period as proof that a waiver is not required.

Step 2: Holiday Moratorium waiver approvals

If a street is within the Moratorium map area OR (if outside of the map area) is a business block, MTA informs the contractor by email that written approval is required from all businesses on the street. In this case the contractor must obtain written approval from each business and email these written approvals to SFMTA to be used to determine if a waiver will be granted.