New permit process to inject 'live' into San Francisco’s entertainment 

San Francisco may not rival Paris, New York, Chicago, New Orleans or Austin, Texas when it comes to live music -- but a new kind of permit will change that.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s legislation was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors to creates a new so-called “limited live performance” permit for cafes and restaurants to have live music. Right now entertainment permits cost $2,000 a year, which makes it out of reach for most places that aren’t entertainment venues.

The new permit will come at a cost of $385. Performance areas could not exceed 200 square feet and performances must end by 10 pm.

Mirkarimi said that other cities like New York and Austin are doing “a better job of putting musicians and artists to work.”

It’s estimated that 700 cafes and restaurants could take advantage of this new permit.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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