Parking ─ Street Parking



Street Parking 

In 1969, under the Burton Act and the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco, the Port Commission has responsibility for governing metered parking within the Port’s 7.5 Mile jurisdiction. The San Francisco Port governs Hours of Operation, Pricing, and No Stoppoing Sign Services for Moving, Film Projects, Special Events, Food Trucks, Construction and Other Special Events. 

In 2009, the Port partnered with SFMTA to improve parking management throughout the City. Together, SFMTA and the Port are implementing innovative strategies to improve the parking experience, increase parking availability, and reduce congestion.


Hours of Operations



Port parking meters operate 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. After 7:00 pm, rates are reduced to $0.50/hour. The Port currently recognizes the following one-day parking holidays:

Holiday Schedule

  • New Year's Day, 1st of January
  • Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day, 25th of December





How to

Contact us

Email us at

or FAX: 415-544-1703





PDF icon Port Harbor Traffic Code - Regulating use of Port lands and streets

Note: this code was restated on February 9, 2021. View a redlined version showing revisions to section numbers in track changes.

The Port enforces parking regulations through the SFMTA. If you receive a citation on Port property, please contact the SFMTA:

SFMTA Citation Division
attn: Correspondence Department
11 South Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94103

If your vehicle is towed, visit the AutoReturn offices at 450 7th Street, San Francisco, CA. You may also call 415-865-8200 or visit or for more information. 



How to Request a Permit for Temporary No Stopping Signs:

If you need a temporary “No Parking” or “No Stopping” zone, Port of SF in partnership with SFMTA provide temporary tow-away signs for use during special events and for moving vans.

Temporary Tow-Away Signage 

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 commercial or residential moves, corporate events, funerals, and other similar needs. Temporary no parking signs are not intended to be used for parking of a personal vehicle. The issuance of the sign is regulated by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

If you wish to apply, please click start 

          What you need           

Special Events


Special Events include Street Fairs, Marathons and Races, Parades, Demonstrations, Sporting Events, Moving, Hotel/Restaurant Parking, Tour Buses, Funerals, Etc.

1. Exact location of Request - See Meters

2. Approval from the Port of SF

Food Trucks


The Port only approves temporary use of Food Trucks associated with Special Event Applications for a maximum of 2 days on Port Property. 

1. Department of Public Health's Certificate of Sanitation and Decal > Here

2. San Francisco Fire Department Permit and Decal > Here

3. San Francisco Business Certificate

4. DMV Registration

5. Certificate of Insurance (COI) : must submit a COI as evidence of general commercial liability coverage and language that complies with Public Works & Port of San Francisco > Sample COI 

1. Valid Permit to serve food and do business. Info Here

2. Exact location of Request - See Meters

3. Approval from the Port of SF



The Port of SF and the City welcome Film production projects.  Film productions that requre street closures must first submit through the SF Film Commission.

1. Permit through the SF Film Comission Info Here

2. Exact location of Request - See Meters

3. Approval from the Port of SF



Each construction project depending on the size, street closures or traffic redirection, you may need to complete a request with the Department of Public Works Here.  In all other cases, an Encroachment permit and approval from the Port of SF is needed.


1. Encroachment Permit - See Here DPW / PRT

2. Exact location of Request - See Meters

3. Approval from the Port of SF


Fees, Billing, & Posting Signs

Following the submission of your application, you will be contacted via email, and they will let you know if your application is approved or denied. If your application is approved they will provide you with the exact fee amount and payment instructions. Fee amounts are based on an inspection of the requested area.

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 approved for as many consecutive days as possible, and will be billed in five-day increments for metered spaces and seven-day increments for unmetered space


Metered Locations Require One Sign Per Meter:

$24.00 per meter per day plus the following Setup Fee Below

Number of Signs

Approximate footage
(may vary depending on location)

FY 2019
Effective July 1, 2018

FY 2020
Effective July 1, 2019


Up to 120 feet




121-270 feet




271-450 feet




451-630 feet




631-840 feet




841-1050 feet




1051-1290 feet




1291-1530 feet



52 or more signs

1531+ feet

$15 for each

additional sign

$16 for each

additional sign