Step by step

Get a Shared Spaces permit for your sidewalk or parking lane

Follow our instructions to get a permit to use the sidewalk or parking lane for your organization or business.

Follow these steps to get a permit for the legislated Shared Spaces program. 

(To renew a Public Works Table and Chair or Display permit issued before pandemic Shared Spaces permits, email us at commercialpermitrenewals@sfdpw.org.) 

1

Decide if a Shared Spaces permit works for your space

We offer Shared Spaces permits for 4 different kinds of spaces. Follow our steps to decide if you want to apply for a permit.

Decide if a Shared Spaces permit works for your space

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2

Draw your site plan

For curbside or parking lanes, download our site plan template and design checklist. 

For sidewalk use, you must draw your own site plan. 

For the permanent program, we will require a site plan. You can submit an application without one for now.

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3

Take pictures of your site

Follow our instructions to take pictures of your site from specific angles. 

Take pictures of your Shared Space

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4

Get your insurance documents

You must have enough insurance for this program. 

You must prove you have liability insurance and workers compensation insurance. Your policies must meet these requirements.

You must have and keep commercial general liability insurance with at least $1 million in coverage per Occurrence and $2 million aggregate. It must include the City and County of San Francisco, Its Officers, Employees, and Agents as additional insured or a blanket endorsement.

You must have and keep workers compensation insurance in statutory amounts with at least $1 million in Employer’s Liability insurance coverage and a waiver of subrogation. It must include a blanket waiver or one in favor of the City and County of San Francisco, Its Officers, Employees, and Agents.

Here’s an example of a certificate of insurance (COI) form.

Get a copy of your insurance document. You will upload it with your application.  

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5

Get permission from your neighbors

For sidewalk use, you must get your neighbor’s permission to use any of their sidewalk. 

For parking lane use, you must get your neighbor’s permission for more than half of a neighbor’s marked parking space and any encroachment into an unmarked parking space.

For the permanent program, we will require neighbor consent. You can submit an application without one for now.

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6

Prepare your documents

When you apply, you must upload your Certificate of Insurance (COI).

If you have them now, you can upload your:

  • Completed site plan and checklistt
  • Signed neighbor permission (if you are using their space)
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7

Apply for your Shared Spaces permit

Cost:

Free to apply

Time:

20 minutes

Gather all the details for your application and apply.  

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Make changes to your plans

We will email you if you need to make changes to your site plans.  

If you do, you will have to make the changes and submit updated plans.

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8

Get your permit

We will email you your permit as a PDF document. 

You must print and display your permit in your storefront window. 

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9

Operate your Shared Space

You must maintain your Shared Space. Keep it safe, accessible, clean, and quiet. 

Shared Spaces responsibilities 

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Last updated July 26, 2022