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New Color Curb

To apply for a color curb (driveway red tips; blue, green, white or yellow zones) you can access the 311 service portal by clicking the following links.  Please be aware that applications for Green and White zones, as well as driveway red zones will require fees.  An application will not be reviewed or handled until the fees have been received. Site surveys are conducted within 30 days and applicants are notified by mail about the recommendation. Application fees are non-refundable as they will cover the cost of the survey; paint fees will be invoiced at a later date once the zone has been approved.  Fee details and payment instructions are outlined below.  

Submit a request for Blue, Green, White or Yellow Color Curbs.

Submit a request for Driveway Red Tip.

Note: Some driveway red zones may not be approved for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to: the loss of legitimate parking spaces (for example, where a 15-feet to 19-feet space exists between driveways on streets with parallel parking) or over-wide, abandoned or improperly constructed driveways. Because application fees are non-refundable, assessing your specific driveway situation prior to applying for driveway red zones is advised. Why a Driveway Red Zone may be denied.pdf

You can also download a Color Curb Application Form, fill it out and mail or deliver to the Color Curb Program, 1 South Van Ness, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103

FEES

The processing fee for new requests is non-refundable and due upon application. Painting fee will be assessed only if the application is approved. Current fee schedule effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018

All checks should be made payable to "SFMTA - COLOR CURB PROGRAM" and mailed to:

SFMTA - Color Curb Program
One South Van Ness, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

DRIVEWAY RED ZONE, 2-FOOT TIPS

  APPLICATION PAINT  
RED ZONE $233 $216  
  • The application fee is due with the application for the red zone.
  • The paint fee is due only when and if the application has been approved, please do not combine it with the application fee, you will be invoiced for the paint fee separately.
  • Repaints for driveway red zones are treated as a new request; application fees and paint fees are required each time.
  • Driveway Red Zones application fees are not required in areas with metered parking.

Note: Some driveway red zones may not be approved for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to: the loss of legitimate parking spaces (for example, where a 15-feet to 19-feet space exists between driveways on streets with parallel parking) or over-wide, abandoned or improperly constructed driveways. Because application fees are non-refundable, assessing your specific driveway situation prior to applying for driveway red zones is advised. Why a Driveway Red Zone may be denied.

Submit a Driveway Red Zone request.

WHITE ZONES, PASSENGER LOADING ONLY

white zone is for passenger loading and unloading only, not exceeding 5 minutes. The effective time of white zones vary and are indicated by signs or by stencils on the curb. The driver must remain with the vehicle at all times (limited exceptions apply at preschools and hospitals).

White zones are not intended for private parking. Such zones are intended for establishments that have active passenger loading and unloading needs. Typical establishments that may qualify for a white zone are hospitals, senior centers, medical offices with five or more practitioners, restaurants with a 100 or more seats or valet parking, hotels, apartment or condominium buildings with over 50 units, theaters, churches or other large places of worship or assembly, schools and government buildings. Other establishments are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Among other reasons, white zone requests may be denied if private off-street parking is available, seating or unit requirements are not met, or if there are adjacent passenger loading zones nearby.

non-refundable processing fee is required for white zones. If approved at the public hearing, white zones are required to be renewed every two years. When applying, please do not combine processing and paint/installation fees. Please send only the processing fee with your application, you will be invoiced for the paint fee separately.

ZONE LENGTH  APPLICATION FEE INSTALLATION/RENEWAL FEE, PAID WITHIN 30 DAYS INSTALLATION/RENEWAL FEE, PAID AFTER 30 DAYS LATE FEE
1 to 22 feet $2,083 $563 $622 $59
23 to 44 feet $2,083 $1,129 $1,248 $119
45 to 66 feet $2,083 $1,693 $1,870 $177
Over 66 feet  $2,083 $2,256 $2,491 $235

Note:

  • The application fee is due with the application for the white zone. Government Agencies providing public services, and non-profits that provide free services exclusively to seniors and people with disabilities are the only entities exempt from fees.
  • The installation fee is due only when and if the application has been approved, please do not combine it with the application fee, you will be invoiced for the paint fee separately.
  • Renewals for white and green zones are invoiced by the Color Curb Program every two years; if the renewal is not paid in 60 days the zone will be revoked for non-payment. Late fees are assessed on any unpaid bill after 30 days from the date on the invoice.

GREEN ZONES, SHORT-TERM PARKING

green zone is for short term parking (generally less than 10 minutes).  In non-metered areas, green zones are indicated by a green curb marking with a ten-minute time limit. Standard effective hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

In metered areas, short-term parking can be designated by a green meter with either a 15- or 30-minute time limit, in lieu of a painted curb. The effective hours for green meters are the same hours of operation as adjacent meters. Green zones and green meters are for public use and are not reserved for particular establishments. Please also note that vehicles bearing disabled placards or plates are exempt from the time limits for green zones or green meters.

Green zones or limited time meters are not intended for private parking. Such zones are intended for establishments where transactions are predominantly short-term - 10 minutes - in nature. 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 hardware stores. Other establishments are reviewed on a case-by case basis. Among other reasons, green zone requests may be denied if private off-street parking is available, there are adjacent limited time zones nearby, or the establishment’s transactions are not predominantly short-term in nature. 

non-refundable processing fee is required for green zones. If approved at the public hearing, green zones are required to be renewed every two years. When applying, please do not combine processing and paint/installation fees. Please send only the processing fee with your application, you will be invoiced for the paint fee separately.

ZONE LENGTH  APPLICATION FEE INSTALLATION/RENEWAL FEE, PAID WITHIN 30 DAYS INSTALLATION/RENEWAL FEE, PAID AFTER 30 DAYS LATE FEE
1 to 22 feet $2,083 $516 $570 $54
23 to 44 feet $2,083 $1,034 $1,144 $110
45 to 66 feet $2,083 $1,550 $1,714 $164
Over 66 feet  $2,083 $2,065 $2,284 $219
  • The application fee is due on application for the white or green zone. 
  • The paint fee is due only when and if the application has been approved, please do not combine it with the application fee, you will be invoiced for the paint fee separately.
  • Renewals for white and green zones are invoiced by the Color Curb Program every two years; if the renewal is not paid in 60 days the zone will be revoked for non-payment. Late fees are assessed on any unpaid bill after 30 days from the date on the invoice.

YELLOW/BLUE ZONES

Yellow zones are for active freight loading and unloading only by commercial vehicles.  Yellow zones are notintended for long-term parking of vehicles with commercial license plates. The effective times of yellow zones vary and are indicated by signs on the meter and/or by stencils on the curb. Non-commercial vehicles (those without a commercial license plate) parked in a yellow zone will be cited and can be towed if the sign specifies it is a tow zone. Six-Wheel Truck Loading Zones are indicated by signs only. When signed for six wheels or more, such trucks can use the zone. Six wheel loading zones can typically be distinguished by their red-capped meters in metered areas. There is no fee for establishing yellow zones.

blue zone designates parking spaces for persons with a valid disabled parking permit.  Blue zones are normally located in areas with high public use, such as in dense commercial areas, and near public parks and playgrounds, where the blue zones can serve a large number of individuals. (Blue zones are not established for a specific individual or a small select group of individuals at a specific location.) There is no fee for establishing blue zones.

There is no fee for establishing blue or yellow zones.

COLOR CURB HEARINGS

Public hearings are held once a month at City Hall to legislate the installation of new colored zones. The zones usually recommended for this process are blue, green, white, and yellow; driveway red tips do not require a public hearing. Requestors are notified by letter of the hearing date, time and location. Postings for proposed changes are posted in the vicinity of the proposed zone 10 days before the actual hearing date.

The purpose of the hearing is for residents to express their concerns regarding proposed changes affecting their streets. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. At the Public Hearing, the Hearing Officer will review the items and listen to residents, then make a final decision. Upon approval and payment of any applicable installation fees, zones will be installed as soon as scheduling permits.

Opinions on these proposed changes may be filed in writing prior to the hearing by email. Written opinions may also be transmitted to the Sustainable Streets Division via fax at 415.701.4737 or by mail at the address listed below.

NEVER PAINT THE CURBS YOURSELF OR INSTALL UNAUTHORIZED SIGNS

The unauthorized painting of any Curb Zone is a violation of the law. Any such painting or repainting shall result in immediate revocation of the zone. The expenses incurred in the removal of such shall be the burden of the abutting property owner. If your color curb has been illegally altered, it is your responsibility to notify SFMTA. Do not install any signs within the public right-of-way, removal of such sign is a condition to obtain official SFMTA color curb markings. 

BEWARE OF COLOR CURB SCAMS!

The SFMTA has received calls from residents concerning individuals who are painting address numbers on the curb in front of residents’ property and framing it as an important service for emergency personnel. These individuals then demand money for their services. Please note that this is an ILLEGAL scam and is NOT endorsed by the SFMTA (The SFMTA’s policy is NOT to paint address numbers on the curb). In addition, the SFMTA Color Curb painting crew will NEVER demand payment on the spot or to be left at your front door to collect.

The scammers have been going under the name of “Community Services”, “Community Address Painting Service” or similar names. The claim that they are a legitimate service is FALSE. Please refrain from giving money to these people, and call 911 if threatened.  

CONTACT

Mail or visit: 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94103

Email: ccp@sfmta.com

Phone: for inquiries: 415-701-4639, for new applications: 311

Contact Information 
Color Curb Program
415.701.4639