Frustrated San Francisco Homeowners Use Red Tape to Mark Their Driveways

Having a garage in San Francisco is a luxury - not really necessary but it’s very convenient. The problem comes when you live in a well-touristed area that attracts out-of-towners who don’t understand that they’re blocking your driveway.

Of course you can call the Enforcement Division of the Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT) at (415) 553-1200 (or you can call 311 at 311, where One Call Does It All, as they say). But that takes time, so why not just (“illegally,” or in an unauthorized fashion) paint your curb red to scare off the drivers? That’s what some people do.

As here near Haight Street, where it appears a strip of red tape is getting the job done.  

Why doesn’t the City just do this itself? Lots of reasons. The authoritahs just assume that drivers know not to block garages, so they save their red paint for other things, such as the curb near your garage cutout. (Sometimes, getting the city to paint the area around your cutout red involves a little bureaucracy - a different kind of red tape.)

But there’s probably no harm to marking the cutout itself red. Impatient parkers need all the help they can get… 

Public Right of Way (ROW) Blocked – 2032

The purpose of this web page is to provide the contact information for the city agency responsible for resolving the obstruction of the public right of way due to construction, illegal parking, street furniture, etc.

Public Right of Way (ROW) includes sidewalks, streets, curbs and portion of driveways that intersect with sidewalk and street.

  • Blocked Driveway
  • Blocked Sidewalk
  • Blocked Street
  • Blocked Public Parking Space or Strip
  • Blocked Accessibility Ramp
  • Double Parking
  • Parking across a Driveway
  • Parking on the Sidewalk

See how serious San Francisco is about 311, after the jump.

 

If Right of Way (ROW) is Blocked, Call the appropriate City Agency

 How to call 3-1-1 from outside San Francisco

 

REASON Right of Way is Blocked

CALL the following City Agency

Abandoned Vehicle

3-1-1 to issue a DPT Service Request

A-Frame blocking sidewalk or street

Police Non-Emergency 553-0123

Bench and other permanent sidewalk furniture blocking sidewalk

3-1-1 to issue a PUBLIC WORKS Service Request

Bicycle blocking sidewalk or street

Police Non-Emergency 553-0123

Café tables or chairs blocking sidewalk

3-1-1 to issue a PUBLIC WORKS Service Request

Car Parked Illegally

Parking Enforcement 553-1200

Car Repair in Progress in Driveway, on Sidewalk

Police Non-Emergency 553-0123

Construction Debris or Equipment

3-1-1 to issue a PUBLIC WORKS Service Request

Deliveries to a Business

Parking Enforcement 553-1200

Display Merchandise

3-1-1 to issue a PUBLIC WORKS Service Request

Double Parking

Parking Enforcement 553-1200

Dumpster

3-1-1 to issue a PUBLIC WORKS Service Request

Garage Sale blocking ROW

Police Non-Emergency 553-0123

Home Repair (not professional)

Police Non-Emergency 553-0123

Illegal Dumping of Garbage

3-1-1 to issue a PUBLIC WORKS Service Request

Mobile Storage Container

3-1-1 to issue a PUBLIC WORKS Service Request

Motorcycle Parked Illegally

Parking Enforcement 553-1200

Moving Company Vehicle doubled parked or blocking sidewalk

Parking Enforcement 553-1200

News Rack

3-1-1 to issue a PUBLIC WORKS Service Request

Parties blocking sidewalk or street

Police Non-Emergency 553-0123

Pavement is damaged (lifted sidewalk, large cracks, holes, crumbling material)

3-1-1 to issue a PUBLIC WORKS Service Request

Sidewalk Furniture

3-1-1 to issue a PUBLIC WORKS Service Request

Trash Receptacles/Bins/Cans

3-1-1 to issue a PUBLIC WORKS Service Request

Tree or Shrub

3-1-1 to issue a PUBLIC WORKS Service Request

Truck Parked Illegally

Parking Enforcement 553-1200

Unknown

3-1-1 to issue an ESCALATION Service Request

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