Permit FAQs

 

I SEE THAT THERE ARE NEW PERMITS. DOES THAT MEAN THAT THE APPLICATION STEPS HAVE CHANGED?

 

No. The Entertainment Commission still accepts permit applications online, by email, by mail, or in person in City Hall Room 12. In addition, the Entertainment Commission still works with the same relevant City departments to ensure approvals are granted before it issues permits.

 

Go Paperless!
In an effort to streamline processes, we highly recommend submitting permit applications and payments online where applicable.

 

 

Click here to view the approval process flowchart for the following outdoor event permits: 

  • One Time Outdoor Entertainment Event Permit

  • One Time Outdoor Amplified Sound Permit (No Entertainment Furnished)

  • Sound Truck Permit


The One Time Indoor Entertainment Event permit application steps are listed on the permit application.

For all brick-and-mortar permits, a pre-application meeting with Entertainment Commission staff is required before the final application is submitted. This meeting is intended to help you prepare for a public hearing with the Entertainment Commission. To set up an appointment, contact Kaitlyn Azevedo, Deputy Director, 415-554-5793, Kaitlyn.Azevedo@sfgov.org.

 

I ALREADY APPLIED FOR—OR RECEIVED— A LOUDSPEAKER PERMIT FOR A FUTURE EVENT. DO I NEED TO DO ANYTHING?

 

If you have submitted or received a Loudspeaker Permit prior to February 1, 2018, your application and permit will be processed and enforced as it has been in the past. Effective February 1, 2018, no new Loudspeaker Permit applications will be accepted.

 

WHAT ARE THE PERMIT FEES?

 

To view the permit application and annual license fees for July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019, visit the Fees & Pay Online page.

 

NEW FEES BASED ON HOURS OF OPERATION:

  • For the One Time Outdoor Amplified Sound Permit (No Entertainment Furnished), the permit fee covers up to 4 hours of outdoor amplified sound. Each additional hour is subject to an hourly rate.

  • Sound Truck Permit fee is now charged per 12-hour period.

 

 

WHEN CAN PERMIT FEES BE WAIVED?

 

Based on certain criteria, community-based organizations and individuals declaring financial hardship may request their permit fees waived for the following permits:
 

  • One Time Outdoor Entertainment Event

  • One Time Indoor Entertainment Event

  • One Time Outdoor Amplified Sound (No Entertainment Furnished)

 

Visit the Fees & Pay Online page to learn more about criteria and download an application.

 

 

WHAT ABOUT BULL HORNS?

 

A pedestrian-operated bullhorn 10 watts or less does not require a permit.

 

WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

 

The San Francisco Entertainment Commission is located at:

City Hall, Room 12, Ground Level
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-554-5706 Main
415-554-7934 Fax
www.sfgov.org/entertainment

 

Contact Kaitlyn Azevedo, Deputy Director, 415-554-5793, Kaitlyn.Azevedo@sfgov.org for the following permits:

  • Place of Entertainment Permit

  • Limited Live Performance Permit

  • Extended Hours Premises Permit

  • Billiard Parlor Permit

  • Mechanical Amusement Device Permit

  • Circus Permit

 

Contact Crystal Stewart, Permit Administrator and Commission Secretary, 415-554-6678, Crystal.Stewart@sfgov.org for the following permits:

  • One Time Outdoor Entertainment Event Permit

  • One Time Indoor Entertainment Event Permit

  • One Time Outdoor Amplified Sound Permit (No Entertainment Furnished)

  • Sound Truck Permit

  • South East Community Center Event/One Night Dance Permit

 

For outdoor event assistance and resources, contact Dylan Rice, Sr. Analyst – Community & Cultural Events, 415-554-0804, Dylan.Rice@sfgov.org.

For code enforcement and sound testing, contact Sean Burke, Senior Inspector, 415-554-6268 Direct, 415-554-5706 Main, Sean.Burke@sfgov.org