What Is "Entertainment?"


Article 15.1 Sec. 1060 of the SF Police Code defines “Entertainment” as the following:

  • Any act, play, review, pantomime, scene, song, dance act, song and dance act, or poetry recitation, conducted in or upon any premises to which patrons or members are admitted;

  • The playing or use of any instrument capable of producing or used to produce musical or percussion sounds, including, but not limited to, reed, brass, percussion, or string-like instruments, or karaoke, or recorded music presented by a live disc jockey on the premises;

  • A fashion or style show;

  • The act of any female entertainer, while visible to any customer, who exposes the breast or employs any device or covering which is intended to simulate the breast, or wears any type of clothing so that the breast may be observed.



What about outdoor amplified sound?

Below are examples of types of outdoor amplified sound that do NOT involve “Entertainment” but still require a permit according to the Code:

  • Speeches that are amplified;

  • Pre-recorded music or sound that does not accompany entertainment or live performance (ex. iPod or CD playback);

  • Radio, television or streaming media broadcast;

  • Outdoor film screening.

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

Refer to One Time Outdoor Event Permit for the use of outdoor amplified sound equipment that does not involve Entertainment.