Street Artists Program

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


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

We have moved!

Our new address is 401 Van Ness Avenue, 124B (ground floor), San Francisco, CA 94102.

The Street Artists Program will be transitioning to a quarterly payment system where by artists will follow the same payment schedule.

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

In order to renew your certificate, 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. Failure to submit your renewal payment by the last day of the previous quarter will mean that you will not be able to sell in the next quarter until your payment is received.

Note: All quarterly licenses will be issued on the first day of the fiscal quarter and expire on the last day of the fiscal quarter. Artists will be able to pay at any time during the quarter for the full quarterly fee amount. All annual licenses issued on the first day of the fiscal year and expire on the last day of the fiscal year. Artists will be able to pay at any time during the year for the full annual fee amount.


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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. Find out what screening category your work fits under.
  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.

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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