SF Supervisors Support Legislation Aimed At Protecting Local Music Venues From Noise Complaints, Lawsuits

By Alyssa Pereira

In a major win for music and nightlife venues in San Francisco, city supervisors have decided to support new legislation meant to protect businesses from lawsuits stemming from noise complaints. London Breed’s proposal, which came to our attention in December, essentially forces incoming developers (for condos, etc.) to work alongside neighboring establishments and music venues to create a plan to notify potential new residents about nearby noise before they sign a lease.

According to the San Francisco Chroniclethe new law basically stops allowing residents to sue venues that are operating legally, within their permit’s constraints.

In recent years, venues and long-standing nightlife businesses like Cafe du Nord (pictured), The Lexington Club, Elbo Room, The Sound Factory, Red Devil Lounge and more have either closed, changed hands, or are on their way out. Many have spoken out about the rapid changes the city has been facing, particularly when it comes to threats against loved businesses like these. The Entertainment Commission, a major proponent of the change, has largely headed the effort to change the current laws and practices and get Breed’s legislation passed.

Interestingly enough, despite the fact that the new change will certainly hinder the ease of finding new residents for their housing complexes, the Chronicle reports that not one developer came out publicly against the ordinance. Curious.

Party on, San Francisco.

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