Hearing Procedures

San Francisco Police Permit Hearings

Until further notice, permit hearings are held online/virtually, via Microsoft Teams.


1:00 PM

Hearing Procedures

All police permits are considered at a public hearing. Departmental presentation will be made, followed by the applicant's case presentation and any comments from the public in support of or opposition to the application. An applicant’s failure to appear may result in the denial of the application. A hearing announcement (blue poster) is prominently displayed on all fixed locations seeking permits at least ten days prior to the hearing to allow for public comment. At the hearing, the permit will be granted, denied, or continued to another hearing date, depending upon public protest or support and/or recommendations from all interested city agencies. Any permit that is opposed or denied at the hearing will be referred by the hearing officer to the Chief of Police who will render his or her decision to grant or deny within fifteen business days. The Chief's decision can be appealed to the Board of Appeals within fifteen days of the Chief's final decision.

Accessibility Information:

  • American sign language interpreters are available upon request, with a 72-hour notice. Call 1-415-553-1343.

San Francisco Police Department

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