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City fire hydrants are owned and operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. While hydrants are most commonly used for fire suppression by the San Francisco Fire Department, the SFPUC allows builders and contractors to use low-pressured fire hydrants for temporary water supply during constructions and for customers who need temporary water supply for permitted special events. To be permitted connection to a hydrant, customers must comply with all fees and approval processes.

Charges (as of July 1, 2019*) 1-inch meter 3-inch meter
Deposit $2,098.00 $5,734.00
Connection Fee (non-refundable) $187.00 $187.00
Monthly Service Charge $24.47 $125.18
Cost Per Unit of Water $9.14 $9.14
Utility Tax  7.5%  7.5%
Non-Reporting Penalty  $228.50 per month $228.50 per month
Flushing Fee - if water is used for drinking and cooking
(Special Event application only) 
$696.82 per hydrant $696.82 per hydrant
Damaged Parts  Actual cost  Actual cost
Lost or Stolen Meter $2,098.00 $5,734.00

*Rates are subject to change at the beginning of each fiscal year without notice to Builders & Contractors customers. For additional details, please refer to our Rates Schedules W-5 and W-41B.

How to Apply for a Hydrant Meter


STEP 1: Bring the completed application and a check drawn on the business account for the deposit and fees to 525 Golden Gate Avenue, Customer Services, 1st floor. Office hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, except City holidays.

The contractor is required to provide the following documents:

  • Completed application
  • Federal Tax ID #
  • Name and valid California Driver’s License of the person picking-up the meter
  • Valid California Contractor’s License
  • Valid San Francisco Business License - for out of state contractors or customers other than contractors
  • For filmmakers: valid permit issued by the San Francisco Film & Video Arts Commission
  • For special events in the City, such as a fair: valid permit issued by the Department of Public Health

STEP 2: Bring the approved copy of the application to our Meter Shop on the day of pick-up. Hydrant meter pick-up is available Monday through Friday, 7:30 am -11:30 am and 12 pm - 3:15 pm except City holidays, at the following location:

SFPUC Meter Shop
1990 Newcomb Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124

(415) 550-4969

Filming and Special Events

Applications for filming and special events require hydrant flushing, which must be scheduled five (5) business days in advance.

Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island

For rental requests at Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island, contractors must obtain the approval of the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) prior to applying for the meter. The approval letter must be submitted with the application. For additional information, please contact the Treasure Island Development Authority at (415) 274-0665.

All hydrant meters issued shall be used only at the location specified on the application and within the boundaries of the City and County of San Francisco. Contractors are required to immediately report any damage to the hydrant or meter to the Meter Shop. Contractors shall return the meter and hydrant connection to the Meter Shop at the end of their project. Contractors are prohibited from sub-leasing or transferring the use of the meter to another contractor.

For more information and questions, please call Customer Service at (415) 551-3000, Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

Last updated: 7/2/2019 8:31:57 AM