Temporary Signage

If you need a temporary “No Parking” or “No Stopping” zone, SFMTA provides temporary tow-away signs for use during special events and for moving vans.


Temporary no parking signs are required to inform the public that vehicles parked in the posted no parking spaces reserved by the sign’s dates and times will be towed to clear the space required for the event.  These signs shall be used to reserve the necessary parking space for a special event such as parades, marathons, commercial or residential moves and other similar needs.  Temporary no parking sign is not intended to be used for parking of personal vehicle.  The issuance of the sign is regulated by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, effective November 19, 2012. This does not cover posting of temporary no parking sign for construction work. Construction no parking signs are under the purview of the Department of Public Works.

If you are applying for signage, please call 311, or 415.701.2311 if you’re calling from outside San Francisco.  Please allow minimum 5 business days (starting the day after the call and excluding Saturday, Sunday & holidays) to process new requests.  Please do not count the date enforcement starts as one of the five business days.

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

For unmetered areas, No Parking signs must be posted no less than seventy-two (72) hours prior to the event start time, including set-up. For metered spaces, No Parking signs must be posted no less than twenty-four (24) hours prior to the event start time, including set-up. 

Temporary no parking signs do not supersede existing parking and traffic regulations, like street cleaning signs or periodic commuter lanes, etc.




Following the submission of your application, you will be contacted by a Temporary Sign Program staff member via email (unless other communication method is specifically requested otherwise), and they will let you know if your application was approved or denied.  If your application is approved they will provide you with the exact fee amount, payment instructions, and instructions for posting the signs. Fee amounts are based on an inspection of the requested area by Sign Program staff.

Following application submission and approval, your temporary signs will be posted and the zone will be enforceable according to San Francisco Traffic Code. The no parking zone will be enforced for up to five (5) calendar days. Continuing the enforcement of the zone beyond this time will require a new permit application process, and new permit charges will apply.

Money order, credit card (Visa, Master and Discover card), cashier’s and company checks are accepted. Checks should be made payable to “SFMTA – TEMPORARY SIGN.”  Please note that personal checks are not accepted as payment at this time.

Number of Signs Posted Fiscal Year 2013-14 Fee Fiscal Year 2014-15 Fee
1 – 4 $163 $177
5 – 9 $217 $236
10 – 15 $271 $295
16 – 21 $325 $354
22 – 28 $379 $412
29 – 35 $433 $472
36 – 43 $488 $531
44 – 51 $542 $590
52 + $542 plus $10 for each additional sign $590 plus $11 for each additional sign
Additional Metered Space Fees 

An additional $7 per meter, per day will be charged on top of the SFMTA fees for temporary signage to be posted on metered City property, and an additional $24 per meter, per day will be charged on top of the SFMTA fees for temporary signage to be posted on metered Port property, except for Temporary Use or Occupancy of Public Streets permitted events.

Port of San Francisco Streets

To apply for temporary No Parking Signs on Port property, please visit the Port’s website for more information and instructions: http://sfport.com/index.aspx?page=1903#NoStoppingSign.

For specific streets that are under Port’s jurisdiction, please see the Port's Jurisdiction Map or a full List of Meters Under port Jurisdiction as of November 2012 (accessible PDF).

Cancellation and Refund

In order to not incur a fee, cancellations must be received no later than 5 business days for non-metered zones and 3 business days for metered zones.  Once the signs are posted, customers will be responsible for the fee.  All overdue payments will be sent to City Attonery's office for collection.

Contact Us

For further information about temporary signage, please contact us at:

Temporary Signage Program
1508 Bancroft Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124

Office Hours: Monday through Friday
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Phone: 415.701.2311

Email: Temporarysign@sfmta.com