SF has laws that protect existing Place of Entertainment (POE) permitted venues located near new housing and hotel/motel development projects. This is found in Chapter 116 of the SF Administrative Code.
If you are starting to develop a new housing or hotel/motel project within 300 feet of an existing Place of Entertainment, you must contact the Entertainment Commission and follow these steps for Residential Development Review (RDR).
Our goal is to encourage compatibility in the neighborhood. We want to reduce possible conflicts between entertainment venues and residents or guests.
Questions? Contact Andrew Zverina at the SF Entertainment Commission, Andrew.Zverina@sfgov.org, 415-914-4406.
Check with the Planning Department
Check with your City Planner at the Planning Department to confirm if your project qualifies for the Residential Development Review program. If it qualifies, your City planner will ask you to contact the Entertainment Commission to review your project before the Planning hearing.
Contact the Entertainment Commission
Email Andrew.Zverina@sfgov.org with “RDR Inquiry” in the subject line, providing your contact information, project name, and location. At the same time, submit your Project Sponsor Form online.
Read the Guidelines for Entertainment Commission Review of RDR Projects.
We will email you when it is time for you to complete the next step. We will let you know if an Entertainment Commission hearing is required.
Read and submit the required documents
Review the requirements in the Recommended Noise Attenuation Conditions for developers and project sponsors. Gather the required documents, including:
Entertainment sound study, if applicable
Proof of community outreach
Submit the required information and documents to Andrew.Zverina@sfgov.org. Send us the sound study after it’s completed (see Step 4).
If an Entertainment Commission hearing is required, we will schedule it at this time.
IF REQUIRED: Attend the Entertainment Commission hearing
You may be required to attend an Entertainment Commission hearing.
At the hearing, you will
Present your project to the commissioners
Discuss neighborhood outreach and explain plans for sound abatement
Answer questions from commissioners about specific details
We will then send formal recommendations to the Planning Department for project approval.
Attend the Planning Department hearing
If your project is approved by the Planning Department, you may start construction.
Send us your results of sound study if you haven't already.
Follow the agreed-upon plans for sound abatement.
Let your potential residents know
Tell your potential residents that the residence is near a Place of Entertainment by giving them a disclosure notice. You must do this before they sign the agreement to rent or buy the residence.
Your disclosure notice must follow these requirements. The person renting or buying the residence must sign and date the notice to confirm that they have received it.
Hotel/motel projects are not required to do this step for their guests.
Submit the affidavit to us
B.) Fill out and sign the affidavit.
C.) Then submit the affidavit to us and attach a copy of the signed disclosure notice from each notified resident. You can submit more than one affidavit and disclosure notice at one time.
Last updated April 11, 2023