Street Artist Starter Kit

The Street Artist Starter Kit provides everything you need to help you become a registered street artist and begin selling your wares - including a printable version of the Street Artist Guide.

What’s inside

Guides (1)

Guide - Street Artist Guide

The Street Artist Guide is an overview of what it takes to become a street artist in San Francisco. Every business is different, but we provide the basic steps – along with tips, tricks and common mistakes to avoid. Explore below or download the Guide for quick reference.

Related Documents (2)

Business Plan Template – US Small Business Administration (SBA)

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) created this Business Plan Template to help you research and write your business plan.

Business Entity Comparison Table – SF Office of Small Business

This table provides an at-a-glance reference to how the most common business entity types — sole proprietorship, general partnership, C corporation, S corporation, and LLC — compare in a number of key characteristics.

Permits (3)

Business Registration Certificate

The basic city business registration required for all businesses who wish to operate in San Francisco.

Street Artist Certificate

Allows you to sell handmade art on designated San Francisco city streets.

Seller’s Permit

Permit required in order to sell or lease tangible personal property in the State of California.

Street Artist Guide

The Street Artist Guide is an overview of what it takes to become a street artist in San Francisco. Every business is different, but we provide the basic steps – along with tips, tricks and common mistakes to avoid. Explore below or download the Guide for quick reference.

Application & Screening

Individual or Family Unit

A family unit is two or more persons jointly engaged in the creation of an art or craft item, no one of whom stands in an employer-employee relationship to any of the other members. Decide if you are applying as an individual or family unit partnership and fill out the Street Artist Application accordingly.

Apply

Submit your completed application to the San Francisco Arts Commission, along with the required application fee.

Screening

Review the screening criteria and attend the screening scheduled for you by the Advisory Committee and Craftsman Examiners. Bring twelve samples of each craft and six incomplete samples for all categories, except jewelry and beaded items. Invoices for materials will also be reviewed.

Register your business

Register your business with the City through the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector (TTX). 

Apply for a Seller’s Permit

Apply for a Seller’s Permit from the CA State Board of Equalization in order to sell products and services.

Submit documentation

Bring your Business Registration Certificate, Seller's Permit and one color photograph of the artist to the Street Artist program staff.

Certificate fee

Pay the certificate fee, either $184 per quarter (3 months), or $738 for one year and receive your certificate.

Note
The Arts Commission waives fees for honorably discharged veterans who are also California residents and wish to participate in the Street Artist Program.

Selling Your Goods

Payment options

Explore your payment system options.  Although operating as a cash-only business may be easier, a credit card payment system can help maximize customers.

Space Lottery

Participate in the Space Lottery, which determines where you may sell your goods.

Note
Check the lottery schedule for time and frequency at each location.

Set up your table

Set up a table or booth in your designated location. Ensure that your table/booth dimensions fit within your allotted space and will adequately display your goods.

Taxes & Renewals

Renewals

Renew your certificate by mail or in person at the Street Artists Program Office.

Note
You may be eligible to reinstate your license or you must rescreen your wares.

Pay your taxes.

Prepare and pay your local, state, and federal taxes. Learn more from the SF Treasurer, SF Assessor, CA Franchise Tax Board, and the IRS.