Promoter regulations remain work in progress

The City’s first ever regulations of the promoter industry remain in the drafting phase.

While the Board of Supervisors were scheduled Tuesday to vote on the legislation to enact promoter regulations, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, who introduced the bill, amended the legislation and sent it back to a board committee for a hearing.

The legislation would require promoters to register online with The City, with only registered promoters allowed to do business in San Francisco.

Chiu's additions to the legislation include empowering the Entertainment Commission’s director to remove from the online registry any promoter who intentionally submitted false or incomplete information, which would carry a penalty of not being able to do business in The City for one year. Also, newly registered promoters would be posted on the commission’s meeting agendas.

“This is legislation that would for the first time create some level of regulation around the party promoter industry,” Chiu said. “Everyone is acutely aware of the fact that not only have we had a number of incidences of entertainment violence recently, but under the Entertainment Commission’s own count about 80 percent of the incidences that have occurred that have resulted in permits revoked or amended have involved party promoters.”

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