Freqently Asked Questions

Where do I go to apply for a building permit?
Does the Port expedite building permit applications for photovoltaic solar systems (solar panels installation)?
How do I check the status of an application for a building permit when it is being reviewed?
Is there a difference between an Encroachment Permit and a Building Permit?
What building code does the Port use?
How do I request Dedicated Parking Stalls for a special event on Port property?
I want to open a business or perform at PIER 39. What do I do?
How do I report an oil spill?
Where can I park at Fisherman's Wharf?
Where can I find a list of tenants on Port Property?
How do I apply for a job?
Can I give you my resume for positions when they open in the future?
What type of benefits does the city provide?
How do I make public records requests?
How do I find information about upcoming events at the Port?
How do I get a permit to sell things at Fisherman's Wharf?
Where do I park to visit the Exploratorium?
How do we purchase tickets to visit Alcatraz?
How do I become a Street Performer?
I'm a street artist. How can I get a permit to sell my street art or do portrait painting?
When is the next Port Commission meeting?
How do I find out about your Monthly Sales and Rent Reports?

 

Q: Where do I go to apply for a building permit?

A: The Port’s Building Permit Desk is located at Pier 1, The Embarcadero and is open for building permit submittals 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday - Friday. The phone number is 415-274-0554. Please read the “Minimum Submittal Guidelines for Building Permit Applications and Plans” on the back of the Application form found online here. Incomplete submittals will not be accepted. Plans without the required wet signature/stamps are considered incomplete.

Q: Does the Port expedite building permit applications for photovoltaic solar systems (solar panels installation)?

A: Yes. SEA-PAC PV (PCP-018) provides for a Rapid Review of plans submitted for PV solar systems and a limited inspection process. Port Code Procedure PCP-018 for Solar Energy Systems allows an applicant to provide specific information by submitting a PV Solar Worksheet together with a Building Permit Application and plans. PCP-018 also addresses the fees for permit processing and inspections. PCP-018 can be found at Port’s websitewww.sfport.com – Business – Permit Services – 2010 Building Codes- 2010 Port

Q: How do I check the status of an application for a building permit when it is being reviewed?

A: Application and Permit Status can be viewed here. Building Permit Application number is required to search under “Permit Number.”

Q: Is there a difference between an Encroachment Permit and a Building Permit?

A: Yes. An Encroachment Permit is different from a Building Permit, with separate application procedures.

• Encroachment Permits are required for any work performed in the public way, such as scaffolding and overhead banners. To apply for an Encroachment Permit, please contact the Engineering Division at 415-274-0411 for the name of the currently scheduled lead engineer handling encroachment permits. Application form and contact information are available online at Business – Permit Services or by clicking: http://sfport.com/index.aspx?page=184 for links.
• Building Permits are required for work performed on private property, including leased property. To apply for a Building Permit, submit completed application, required plans and documentation, and payment of application fees to Pier 1, Building Permits Desk (M-F, 8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.). Additional information and forms are available online at Business – Permit Services or clicking: http://sfport.com/index.aspx?page=184.
• Building and Encroachment Permits are required for tenant/owner improvements within privately-owned or leased building structures that include work within a dedicated public way. Example: Restaurant tenant improvement work within leased property that includes new seating area on the sidewalk or public way.

Q: What building code does the Port use?

A: The Port of San Francisco uses (and enforces) the 2013 Port of San Francisco Building Code that combines the 2013 California Building Code with the 2013 Port of San Francisco Amendments. Similar compilations are used for the Port’s 2013 CALGreen, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes. For example, the 2013 Port of San Francisco Electrical Code consists of the 2013 California Electrical Code with the 2013 Port of San Francisco Electrical Code Amendments.

The 2013 Port Code Amendments may be found at: 
http://www.sf-port.org/index.aspx?page=184 (or www.sfport.com – Business – Permit Services)

The California Building Code is available at:http://www.ecodes.biz/ecodes_support/Free_Resources/2013California/13Building/13Building_main.html 

The California CAL Green energy code is available at:http://www.ecodes.biz/ecodes_support/Free_Resources/2013California/13Green/13Green_main.html

The California Electrical Code is available at:https://archive.org/details/gov.ca.bsc.2013.03 

The California Mechanical Code is available at:http://www.iapmo.org/Pages/2013CaliforniaMechanicalCode.aspx

The California Plumbing Code is available at:  http://www.iapmo.org/Pages/2013CaliforniaPlumbingCode.aspx 

Q: How do I request Dedicated Parking Stalls for a special event on Port property?

A: For anyone interested in dedicating parking stalls for special events, please submit a Temporary Sign application found on the Port’s website, under the quick link Street Parking. Should you receive an inquiry about ‘reserving’ a stall, please refer the applicant to the link, where instructions and payment information can be found. Your application must be submitted at least 15 calendar days in advance of the start date of enforcement for the no parking zone.

During this time of high demand for the Port’s curb, applications are being carefully considered. We have received requests for the same location when special events overlap. Some examples in the Port’s northeast area: Pier 27 concerts, cruise calls, ILWU Stevedors, Fog City Diner construction, SFPD, SFMTA, Soiree, and others. Requests may be reviewed by the director of Real Estate. Unfortunately, not all requests can be approved, so following the request process is most helpful.

Q: I want to open a business or perform at PIER 39. What do I do?

A: Please visit: www.pier39.com

Q: How do I report an oil spill?

A: In the event of an oil spill, please contact the following agencies: 

National Response Center (NRC) 
(800) 424-8802  

California State Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)
(800) 852-7550

Port of San Francisco
(415) 274-0400

When reporting an oil spill it is best to try to estimate: 
•    Location, date, time, weather conditions, wave conditions, tide conditions
•    Extent (usually in width and length)
•    Color (typical fuel spills have ‘rainbow’ color; heavier crudes appear black and gooey)
•    Other description: Does it appear light, evaporative, or does it appear heavy and thick?
•    Responsible Party/Causes

The NRC is an arm of the U.S. Coast Guard and federal law requires notification to them. They will immediately notify other agencies, including the local branch of the U.S. Coast Guard. You do not need to notify the U.S. Coast locally nor must you contact California Fish and Wildlife.  They will be included on broadcasts from both the NRC and CalOES.  


Q: Where can I park at Fisherman's Wharf?

A: Validated parking is available at the PIER 39 garage and in the surface parking lot at Taylor and Jefferson. Overflow parking is accommodated at Pier 45, Shed A. Hourly parking is available at Bay and Embarcadero in the surface parking lot.

Q: Where can I find a list of tenants on Port Property?

A: The Port has a list of tenants updated as of June 2015 on this page.

Q: How do I apply for a job?

A: If you find a job that you are interested in, it is very important that you read the directions on the Job Announcement carefully and follow them exactly, as not all job announcements require the same things from a candidate. Once you have read and understand how to proceed, you will most likely need to fill out an online job application.

Open recruitments throughout the City and County of San Francisco: http://jobaps.com/sf/sup/images/default.asp

Q: Can I give you my resume for positions when they open in the future?

A: You can file an electronic notice with the Department of Human Resources. This will ensure that you are notified by email when the position you are interested in opens in the future. Please use the following link to register your email address for future openings: http://www.jobaps.com/SF/auditor/ClassSpecs.asp

Q: What type of benefits does the city provide?

A: For an overview of the City’s benefits, please visit: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=19

Q: How do I make public records requests?

A: Please email Renee.martin@sfport.com.

Q: How do I find information about upcoming events at the Port?

A: The Port lists events on our site calendar. You can also look up community meetings on this page.
You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Q: How do I get a permit to sell things at Fisherman's Wharf?

A: Street vending is not allowed on Port property.

Q: Where do I park to visit the Exploratorium?

A: Hourly and daily parking is available in the surface lot directly across the street from the Exploratorium at Green and Embarcadero. For more information on visiting the Exploratorium, please visit their website at http://www.exploratorium.edu/.

Q: How do we purchase tickets to visit Alcatraz?

A: Visit Alcatraz Cruises online at http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/.

Q: How do I become a Street Performer?

Q: I'm a street artist. How can I get a permit to sell my street art or do portrait painting?
Q: When is the next Port Commission meeting?

A: The Port lists all of our commission meetings here.
You can also watch our commission meetings online at http://www.sfgovtv.org/

Q: How do I find out about your Monthly Sales and Rent Reports?

A: Please go to this page for Monthly Sales & Rent Reports.