Proposition H is intended to reduce the red tape associated with obtaining business permits in The City. (Shutterstock photo)

Proposition H is intended to reduce the red tape associated with obtaining business permits in The City. (Shutterstock photo)

Voters support Prop. H to amend SF planning code, business permitting

San Francisco voters are favoring Proposition H, a measure that would amend The City’s planning code in a way that streamlines the business permit process, expands the kinds of storefronts allowed to operate in neighborhood commercial districts and reduces the amount of public notification required.

In returns released early Wednesday, 197,962 voters, or 61.57 percent, supported the measure.

Proponents including Mayor London Breed say the ordinance will help revitalize San Francisco’s struggling small business community by eliminating red tape and making it easier for them to stay open, generating new kinds of revenue and creating jobs.

The City will now be required to respond to permit applications within one month. The ordinance also permits more outdoor operations, allows dining establishments to include co-working spaces and grants additional arts and nonprofits permission to set up shop in commercial areas outside of downtown.

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