The SFPUC regulates the selection, specification and installation of street lights for San Francisco streets. This web site contains all necessary design standards and technical information required to select, design and install street lighting for San Francisco streets. The street light fixtures illustrated in the street light catalogue are the approved street light fixtures available for specification.
There may be extraordinary circumstances that justify a variance to the street light selections in the catalogue. In those instances, a project sponsor may request a variance. All variance requests will first be considered by the SFPUC staff, and subsequently granted (or not) by the SFPUC Commission. Any street light fixture that has been granted a variance may be added to the catalogue at the discretion of the SFPUC. Project sponsors should anticipate that the approval process will take one year.
Criteria for Variance Approval
Three criteria must be met in order for the SFPUC Commission to grant a variance. It is the responsibility of the project sponsor to demonstrate that the proposed project meets all of the criteria:
Variance Submittal Requirements
A request for a variance should include all necessary information for SFPUC staff to review the variance request. The application for a variance will be available on the SFPUC website. The following materials must be submitted to the SFPUC before a variance application can be reviewed:
• Completed variance application
• A project description
• Project plans illustrating the location of the proposed lights
• Proposed street light specifications and details
• Full scale fixture sample that matches the proposed street light specification
• Variance application fee
The SFPUC requires 10% overstock for any street light granted a variance, and the project sponsor must provide continued storage space for the overstock.