Learn about the petition and review process for bringing parking permits to your neighborhood.
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
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
- The proposed block(s) must be contiguous to an existing residential permit parking area.
- The proposed block(s) must be of a low- or medium-density residential character -- high-density land use is generally not suitable for RPP
- At least eighty percent of the legal on-street parking spaces within the proposed area are occupied during the day.
- Residents on a metered block may petition to have their addresses be included as part of a residential permit parking area; however, a petition for an unmetered block must also be submitted at the same time.
- Existing meters will not be removed.
Establish a New Permit Area
To create a new Residential Permit Parking Area, a petition signed by at least 250 households (one signature per household) in the proposed area must be submitted to the SFMTA. See "Expand an Existing Permit Area" for petition forms.
The proposed block(s) must be contiguous to each other and must contain a minimum of one mile of street frontage.
The proposed block(s) must be of a low- or medium-density residential character -- high-density land use is generally not suitable for RPP
At least fifty percent of the vehicles parked on the street in the proposed area must be non-resident vehicles.
At least eighty percent of the legal on-street parking spaces within the proposed area are occupied during the day.
If requests are approved, the legislation and sign installation process takes approximately three months from submittal of valid petitions for area extensions and six months from submittal of valid petitions for new areas. The process is as follows:
- Review by SFMTA staff
Field study conducted
Engineering Public Hearing
Review by the SFMTA Board of Directors
Sign installation and permit issuance
Call 311 or 415.701.2311 (if calling outside of San Francisco)