Know your rights as a Place of Entertainment (POE) permit holder

Learn more about the Residential Development Review (RDR) process.

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. 

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.

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Last updated April 11, 2023