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New Limited Live Performance Permit

In September of 2011, Mayor Ed Lee signed legislation authorizing the creation of a new entertainment permit, the Limited Live Performance permit (LLP). The application for the permit is here.

About LLP

The purpose of a Limited Live Performance permit (LLP) is to permit live performances in establishments whose primary use is not entertainment. Examples include a restaurant with a piano player, or a café that hosts live poetry or music.

A LLP may be the appropriate permit for your venue if it meets all of the following conditions:

1. the primary use of your establishment is not entertainment,
2. performances will end by 10:00 p.m.,
3. live performances do not include DJs,
4. the area of the space occupied by performers is less than 200 square feet.

If your proposed use does not meet those conditions, a fixed Place of Entertainment permit, or a One Time Event permit may be the appropriate permit for you, subject to zoning law.

LLP Frequently Asked Questions

What is entertainment?

According to San Francisco law, entertainment includes just about all performances including any: play, act, review, show, scene, song, dance, poetry or playing of instruments. (San Francisco Police Code Section 1060)

Who needs a limited live performance permit (LLP)

  • Any establishment where patrons are admitted, and that plans to have live performances and meets the above criteria.

Where do I get the permit application?

The application will not be available until early October. Once ready, you can find it:

What is the application fee for a LLP?

  • The one-time application fee for a limited live performance permit is $385, payable by cash or check to: City and County of San Francisco.
  • The Tax Collector charges annually $129 for a tax license to keep the permit current.

How long does the application process take?

Begin the application process as soon as possible, and immediately if you already offer live performances.

  • The permitting process takes between 45 and 60 days.
  • The process requires a written application, a Notice of Application posted on the venue for 30 days and approval at an Entertainment Commission public hearing.
  • The Entertainment Commission meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month and the Notice of LLP permit application must be posted for 30 days before the Commission meets.

What other forms do I need to submit along with my application?

  • California Alcohol and Beverage Control license (if applicable)
  • San Francisco Business license
  • San Francisco Department of Health permit to operate
  • San Francisco Fire Department occupancy certificate (if occupancy is greater than 49 persons)

How are applications accepted?

  • You must drop off your application in person because you must pickup a large Notice of Application sign to be posted at the site of the proposed LLP.
  • Applicants must pay fee at time of application.

I only have entertainment a few times per year. What if I operate without a permit?

  • San Francisco law requires that businesses adhere to all ordinances. Fines for being out of compliance begin at $100. Citations may impact your ability to get a permit in the future.

If you have twelve or fewer performances per year, One Time Event permits ($290 fee per event) may be more appropriate for you.

Last updated: 7/2/2013 4:40:33 PM