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New Color Curb

To apply for a new Color Curb Zone (Driveway Red Zones, Blue, Green, White or Yellow zones) please follow one of the corresponding links below.  Please be aware that requests for Driveway Red Zones as well as Green and White Zones require application and installation fees.  All applications other than for Blue and Yellow Zones are reviewed or handled only after the application fees have been received. Application fees are non-refundable as they will cover the cost of the survey assessment and legislature (if needed). Site surveys are conducted within 30 days and applicants are notified by mail or email about the recommendation, please email ccp@sfmta.com if you have not received any correspondence 30 days after the application fee has been paid. Please make sure to understand the purpose of each zone as well as the general criteria for establishing them. Please email ccp@sfmta.com if you have a unique situation that is not covered below, before you submit the your application. 

Online Payment:  Credit/Debit Card and/or Electronic Checking Account only (If you don't have online payment accessibilty, please visit SFMTA - Color Curb Program at 1 South Van Ness, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA  94103 and complete an application form and submit together with payment.  We can take either personal check, cashier's check, and/or money order as an alternative payment method).  Current fee schedule effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019

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

Submit a request for Driveway Red Zone.

Report illegally painted Color Curb.

 

Driveway Red Zone, for additional clearance next to driveway curb cuts.

Driveway red zones are installed next to active driveways to provide additional clearance for vehicles accessing an off-street parking space. They are normally 2-foot long and installed on each side of the driveway, unless there are overriding circumstances.  Please be aware that requests for Driveway Red Zones require application and installation fees. 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, damaged or improperly constructed driveways. Because application fees are non-refundable, assessing your specific driveway prior to applying for driveway red zones is advised. Why a Driveway Red Zone may be denied. Each site is surveyed within 30 days after the application fee is paid. The survyor recommendation is sent to the applicant toghether with the paint fee invoice. Please make sure to read and understand the discription of the proposed Driveway Red Zone -- by submitting your paint fee payment you agree to paint the zone exactly as discribed. Please make sure to comply with additional conditions of approval if they are included with the recommendation.

  Application Fee Paint Fee
Red Zone $252 for one or two adjacent driveways $234 per each 6-foot increment
  • The application fee is due with the application for the red zone even if a red zone has been paid at this location in the past.
  • 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.

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 $2,253 $609 $673 $64
23 to 44 feet $2,253 $1,221 $1,350 $129
45 to 66 feet $2,253 $1,831 $2,083 $192
Over 66 feet  $2,253 $2,440 $2,695 $255

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.

Submit a request for a White Zone.

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 $2,253 $558 $617 $59
23 to 44 feet $2,253 $1,118 $1,238 $120
45 to 66 feet $2,253 $1,676 $1,854 $178
Over 66 feet  $2,253 $2,234 $2,470 $236
  • 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.

Submit request for a Green Zone or Green Meter

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. Submit a request for Blue or Yellow Zone

Color Curb Hearings

Public hearings are held once a month at City Hall Room 416 to legislate the establishment of new Color Curb Zones, or to make significant changes to existing ones. Driveway Red Zones do not require a public hearing, Blue Zones require an SFMTA Board meeting in addition to the Color Curb Hearing. Requestors are notified by mail or email 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. Once the all input is collected, it is submitted to the City Traffic Engineer who has an authority to make a final decision. Upon approval and payment of any applicable installation fees, zones will be installed as soon as scheduling permits.

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. Report illegally painted Color Curb.

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.  

Mail or Visit:

Please send all correspondence to SFMTA Color Curb Program, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103

Walk-ins are welcome, but to ensure someone is available to meet you when you visit, please email ccp@sfmta.com in advance if possible.

 

Contact Information
Color Curb Program
415.701.4639