Sidewalk Parking Illegal — But Tolerated by San Francisco Parking Enforcement Officers

“Off-street parking” is a nebulous term. But it's not supposed to include the sidewalk.

That said, scenes like those above are ubiquitous on street-sweeping days. A pair of parking control officers were in the vicinity of these sidewalk-parked cars. One of them, after shooing away a car that was idling in the street-sweeping zone, confirmed to SF Weekly that parking on the sidewalk is tolerated during street-sweeping hours, so long as the driver moves the car immediately after the sweeper rolls past. The second officer independently offered the same explanation.

This may be the way things work on the street. But it flies in the face of both Muni's stated policy — and state law.

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