New Proposed Rules for San Francisco Places of Entertainment and One Time Events (if more than 100 people).  These new proposed rules include video cameras, metal detectors, ID Scanners, Security Guards if you plan to host an event for more than 100 people.  Most of these make sense for clubs, bars, concerts but not sure people a wedding event (with more than 100 people) will be happy with these rules.  We will try to follow the development of this rule.

Notice of Hearing on Proposed Adoption of Rules
Related to Security
at Places of Entertainment and One Time Events

The Entertainment Commission will consider adopting rules concerning security at places of entertainment and one time events at its regular meeting on April 12, 2011, at 6:30 PM in Room 400, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco.

These rules may cover the proposed permit conditions, summarized below, presented by the San Francisco Police Department for consideration by the Entertainment Commission.  At the hearing, the Commission may adopt rules that depart from the terms of the proposals below but address the same general subjects as the proposals.  In addition, while the proposals are framed in terms of venues with an anticipated occupancy of more than 100 individuals, the Commission may adopt rules that apply to a different or broader range of venues.

Members of the public will have an opportunity during the hearing to offer public comment and may also submit written comments at the hearing, or preferably in advance of the hearing.  Advance written comments may be emailed to or mailed to written comments will become part of the public record.  Names and contact information for commenter’s will be redacted if the written comment requests redaction.

Proposed Rules

These Conditions shall apply to all EC permitted events with an anticipated occupancy capacity of over one hundred (100) individuals.

1. (a) Security personnel shall be provided in a ratio one (1) guard for every fifty (50) patrons.  (b) A security supervisor shall be provided at a ratio of one (1) supervisor for every four (4) guards.

2. All individuals entering the premises shall be scanned by a metal detector.

3. All occupants of the premises shall be ID Scanned (including patrons, promoters, and performers, etc.).  ID scanning data shall be maintained on a data storage system for no less than 15 days and shall be made available to local law enforcement upon request.

4. High visibility cameras shall be located at each entrance and exit point of the premises.  Said cameras shall maintain a recorded data base for no less than fifteen (15 days) and made available to local law enforcement upon request.

5. The exterior of the premises shall be equipped with lighting of sufficient power to illuminate and make easily discernible the appearance and conduct of all persons on or about the premises.  Additionally, the position of such lighting shall not disturb the normal privacy and use of any neighboring residences.

6. The premises shall provide a Security Plan acceptable to the Chief of Police which includes a Security proposal and EC Best Practices, collectively referred to as a Security Plan.

7. All Security personnel that protect life and/or property shall maintain a current and valid California Department of Consumer Affairs Guard Card and shall comply with all rules and regulations governing the Card.

8. At all times the premises is open to the public a readily identifiable Manager employed by the EC permit holder shall be on-site.

9. All Federal, State, and Local permits, required posting, including but not limited to occupancy, shall be posted in a conspicuous location clearly visibly to the public.  Said permits shall be maintained valid and current.

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