What to do
If you operate a Place of Entertainment located within 300 feet of a new housing or hotel/motel development:
SF has laws that protect existing Places of Entertainment located near new housing and hotel/motel development projects. This is found in Chapter 116 of the SF Administrative Code.
Through Residential Development Review (RDR), the Entertainment Commission’s goal is to reduce possible conflicts between venues and residents or guests, and to encourage compatibility in the neighborhood.
Follow these steps to understand the RDR process and your rights.
1. Know the City’s rules for Residential Development Review (RDR).
- Chapter 116 SF Administrative Code: Compatibility and Protection for Residential Uses and Places of Entertainment
- Process for developers to get a housing or hotel/motel project reviewed
- Guidelines for Entertainment Commission review of RDR proposals
- Recommended Noise Attenuation Conditions for developers and project sponsors
- Disclosure notice requirements for lessors and sellers of residential property
2. Engage with the project sponsor and developer when they contact you.
- This is an opportunity to address any concerns you may have.
- Engagement can be most effective if it happens as early as possible in the planning process.
3. Engage with the SF Planning Department and use their resources.
- You can find out which City Planner is assigned to any current project by searching the map of active permits.
- Interested in info about the zoning or permit history for a particular property? Search the SF Property Information Map.
- Learn about new construction projects that are happening around you. Request a Block Book Notice for a fee.
- Sign up for the Planning Department’s newsletter on their website to get updates about Planning Commission hearings, citywide policy issues, and important initiatives.
Last updated April 11, 2023