Entertainment Commission



San Francisco’s nightlife and entertainment sector – which includes restaurants, bars, nightclubs, live music venues, street fairs, and other performance spaces – is an integral part of the City’s fabric. Nightlife and entertainment businesses attract residents and visitors to our diverse neighborhoods and provide social spaces that are critical to the development of our unique and vibrant cultural life.

Nightlife isn’t just a cultural benefit for the City; it is also a major economic driver. The nightlife industry includes 3,200 businesses that create over 52,000 jobs citywide. According to a 2012 economic impact study, the sector accounts for $4.2 billion in spending by 80 million customers annually.

Through its processes, the San Francisco Entertainment Commission manages Nightlife and Entertainment venues for the City and County of San Francisco.  The seven member Commission was established in 2003, and has the powers and duties to accept, review, gather information regarding, and conduct hearings for, entertainment–related permit applications. 

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development worked closely with the Entertainment Commission to develop NightlifeSF.org, a portal of resources to support San Francisco’s nightlife and entertainment businesses. Visit
NightlifeSF.org for news about events and programs to support the growth of the nightlife industry.


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