Live music venues in San Francisco earned a welcome reprieve on Tuesday as the city's Board of Supervisors passed legislation aimed at protecting businesses from noise-related lawsuits, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Introduced in December by board president London Breed, the measure puts a stop to residents suing venues over noise if the club is operating within its original permit.
With space at a premium in San Francisco, large developers have looked to the city's typically mixed-use neighborhoods to build new residential properties. Over the years, some existing venues in neighborhoods like Dogpatch, Upper Market and the Mission have been hit with lawsuits from new residents, leading to costly soundproofing and in a handful of cases, closures. Cafe du Nord, The Sound Factory and The Lexington are some of the venues that have recently changed ownership, closed or are set to close following new construction in their areas.