The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has given unanimous initial approval to legislation that would create a new, less expensive permit to allow cafes and restaurants to host live music.

The permits would be available to businesses whose primary function is not the presentation of live performances. It would cost $385 with an annual $139 renewal fee.

The legislation was introduced by San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who said about 700 cafes and restaurants will be eligible for the permits.

According to the plan, performances would have to end by 10 p.m., although after a year of holding the permit, businesses would be eligible to extend those performances to 11 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to give its final approval after returning from its August recess.



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