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 tow away signage for special events include street fairs, races, parades, demonstrations, film projects, and sporting events. You can also use temporary tow away signage for moving vans and tour buses. 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 to process new requests.
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 at least seven business days in advance of the first date the requested no parking zone would be enforceable, 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 within eight (8) business days. 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, 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||SFMTA Fees|
|1 – 4||$163|
|5 – 9||$217|
|10 – 15||$271|
|16 – 21||$325|
|22 – 28||$379|
|29 – 35||$433|
|36 – 43||$488|
|44 – 51||$542|
|52 +||$542 plus $10 for each additional sign|
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.
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).
To apply for temporary No Parking Signs to be posted on above listed streets, please contact the Port of San Francisco directly for this request:
Port of San Francisco
Pier 1, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111
For further information about temporary signage, please contact us at:
Temporary Signage Program
1508 Bancroft Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
Office Hours: Monday through Friday7:00 AM to 4:00 PM