Request Permit Area Expansion

Learn about the petition and review process for bringing parking permits to your neighborhood. 

RPP Map 

Permit Area Map PDF

The SFMTA's policies for on-street parking management

The SFMTA uses a combination of parking meters, Residential Parking Permits (RPP), time limits, and color curb regulations to manage on-street parking. On-street parking is part of San Francisco’s transportation system -- how the SFMTA manages that parking affects the overall success of the system. Coherent and effective on-street parking management helps create parking availability, thereby making it easier to park, reducing congestion and illegal parking, improving Muni’s speed and reliability, and increasing public safety and economic vitality. 

Learn more about the SFMTA's parking management policies:

Expand an Existing Permit Area

To add a street block or address to an existing Residential Permit Area a petition signed by more than fifty percent of the households on each proposed block must be submitted to the SFMTA (one signature per household). Blank petition forms can be obtained here:

Petitions should be mailed to:

SFMTA Sustainable Streets Division
Residential Parking Permit Program
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Establish a New Permit Area


To create a new Residential Permit Parking Area, a petition signed by at least 250 households or 50 percent of the residential units in the residential area proposed for designation (one signature per household) must be submitted. See "Expand an Existing Permit Area" for petition forms. 

San Francisco's Transportation Code has specific criteria for designating a Residential Parking Permit Area. Per the Transportation Code, in determining whether to recommend that a residential area be designated as a Residential Parking Permit Area, the City Traffic Engineer shall take into account factors which include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. The extent of the desire and need of the residents for residential parking permits and their willingness to bear the resulting administrative costs even if the SFMTA does so on its own initiative.
  2. The extent to which legal on-street parking spaces are occupied during the period proposed for parking restrictions;
  3. The extent to which vehicles parking in the area during the times of the proposed parking restrictions are not registered to residents of proposed Residential Parking Permit Area; and
  4. The extent to which motor vehicles registered to persons residing in the residential area cannot be accommodated by the number of available off-street parking spaces.
Review Process

If requests are approved, the legislation and sign installation process takes approximately four to five months from submittal of valid petitions for area extensions and one or two years from submittal of valid petitions for new areas. The process is as follows:

  1. Review by SFMTA staff
  2. Field study conducted
  3. Engineering Public Hearing
  4. Review by the SFMTA Board of Directors
  5. Sign installation and permit issuance


Call 311 or 415.701.2311 (if calling outside of San Francisco)