Permits and Lawyers
This is a collection of information on all of the permits that one
needs to legally operate a nightclub in San Francisco, as well as
information on how to operate an audio webcast legally. This
information is somewhat dated, as I collected this while we were in
the process of re-opening in 1999 through 2001, but it will give you
an idea of the nightmare of the whole process.
- My own overview of the hoops you are expected to jump through
in order to operate an internet radio station legally. The situation
is pretty dire.
- My own overview of the set of permits one must have in order to
operate a nightclub in San Francisco, and what they really mean.
See also The San Francisco Late
SF Police Code: Dance Hall Keeper
- Sections 1022 through 1027 of the San Francisco Police Code (as
of 2004 or so) which define the Dance Hall Keeper permit: what it
means and how it works.
SF Police Code: Place of Entertainment
- Section 1060 of the San Francisco Police Code (as of 2004 or so)
which defines the Place of Entertainment permit.
SF Police Code: Extended Hours Premises
- Section 1070 of the San Francisco Police Code (as of 2004 or so)
which defines the Extended Hours Premises permit (formerly known as
the ``Cabaret'' permit.)
- SF Planning Code: SLR
- Sections 816, 102, 181, and 182 of the San Francisco Planning
Code (as of 2004 or so) describe the permitted uses in SOMA, which is
(or was, until recently: I think it might have changed again) zoned as
``Service/Light Industrial.'' The interesting thing about this zoning
is that nightclubs are not allowed. Though there have been nightclubs
in SOMA for decades, in 1990 it was changed to an SLR district, which
means that all existing clubs were considered ``existing
non-conforming'' and grandfathered in. You can't open a new nightclub
in an SLR district, nor can you expand an existing one.
All SF Codes
- This site has all of the San Francisco Codes (Planning, Police,
Fire, Health, etc.) online and searchable.
All CA Codes
- This site has all of the California Codes (Labor, Civil, Penal, etc.)
online and searchable.