Pay your entertainment permit fee

Pay your entertainment permit fee online or by mail.

What to do

1. Follow permit application steps

If you're applying for a brick-and-mortar permit, make sure you've already checked with the Entertainment Commission before paying.

2. Check permit fees

Visit our permit fees page. 

We collect your permit application fee. Fees are updated every July. 

If you are applying for a permit for a business establishment, the Treasurer and Tax Collector bills you separately for the annual license fee.

3. Pay your permit application fee

You can make payments online or by mail. 

We accept online payments by credit card or electronic check.

By mail: 

We accept checks or money orders by mail. Make payable to “City and County of San Francisco.” Do not send cash.

In-person: 

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Entertainment Commission

49 South Van Ness
Suite 1482
San Francisco, CA 94103
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4. Save your receipt

You will get a receipt by email or in-person depending on how you paid. 

 

Special cases

Inspection fees

Inspection fees

If you are applying for a permit for a business establishment, you may be required to pay inspection fees from other City departments. Check inspection fees.

Fee waivers for event permits

Fee waivers for event permits

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

You will need to follow the instructions in the specific permit application to request the fee waiver.   

Who is eligible to apply? 

You can apply for a fee waiver if:

  • Your event received a grant from the City and County of San Francisco
  • You (the organizer) get some kind of public assistance, or
  • Paying the fee would not leave you enough money to live on

You can also apply for a fee waiver if ALL of the following applies to your event:

  • the event is free and open to the public
  • the event is run by a nonprofit organization, neighborhood association, or similar community-based group
  • the permit fee is more than 25% of the total budget for the event

 

Get help

Entertainment Commission

49 South Van Ness
Suite 1482
San Francisco, CA 94103

Mon to Fri, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Closed on public holidays

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Last updated August 2, 2022