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San Francisco Arts Commission

San Francisco Arts Commission
Street Artists Program
(415) 252-2581

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Street Artists

The San Francisco Arts Commission’s Street Artists Program licenses artists to sell their work on city streets, creating activity in our public spaces and economic opportunities for artists.

Process Overview

The San Francisco Arts Commission licenses street artists in San Francisco. Artists must present their work to a screening committee, obtain a certificate licensing them to sell their work, and participate in a lottery to see which spaces they will occupy. The Board of Supervisors sets appropriate locations for street artists.

See Arts Commission Street Artists Program webpage

See Permit Process

Official Codes & Documents

Design Guidelines

See Arts Commission Street Artists Program webpage


If you obtain a street artist license from the San Francisco Arts Commission, you will be responsible for maintenance of your space. Specific requirements will be described in your license.

For a more detailed description of maintenance responsibilities, see Maintenance

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