Street Artists licensing

It’s about San Francisco street artists working for themselves and making a living by their own hands.


Renewing Your Certificate

The Street Artists Program is on a quarterly payment system. The quarterly schedule follows the fiscal year schedule:

Quarter 1: July 1 – September 30
Quarter 2: October 1 – December 31
Quarter 3: January 1 – March 31
Quarter 4: April 1 – June 30

We recommend that you pay at least 10 days before the last day of each quarter in order to receive your updated certificate by the beginning of the next quarter.

Expired certificates will not be accepted at the lottery for street artist spaces.

Quarterly licenses are issued on the first day of the fiscal quarter and expire on the last day of the fiscal quarter. Artists may pay at any time during the quarter for the full quarterly fee amount. All annual licenses are issued on the first day of the fiscal year and expire on the last day of the fiscal year. Artists may pay at any time during the year for the full annual fee amount.

Renew your certificate by mail or in person at the Street Artists Program office during office hours. Payment must be made by check or money order and paid to the order of the "San Francisco Arts Commission". Credit cards are accepted in-person at the program office. Artists in the system may pay online.

CERTIFICATE FEE: Effective Friday, July 1, 2016, the certificate (license) fee: $184 quarterly and $738 annually.



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To Apply:

To be licensed as a Street Artist in SF:

  1. Download an application and read about the licensing and screening process.
  2. Read about our screening guidelines/criteria.
  3. Check the screening meeting schedule and monthly agenda.
  4. After successful application and screening, receive your Street Artist’s certificate.
  5. Get assigned to a selling space by joining the daily lottery.
  6. Still have questions? Contact us.


Quarter Schedule:
Q1: July 1 - August 31
Q2: October 1 – December 31
Q3: January 1 – March 31
Q4: April 1 – June 30

$184 (quarter)
$738 (annual)

Program Handbook

Review the Street Artists Program "Bluebook."


Revitalizing An Urban Arts Market: An Evaluation of the Street Artists Licensing Program: Report (PDF) 

Revitalizing An Urban Arts Market: Feasibility Analysis of Program Evaluation Recommendations (PDF)


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