100 West First Street, Room 147
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Café Entertainment Section is responsible for enforcing the business regulation provisions of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) Chapter X as it relates to LAMC – Section 103.102. CAFÉ ENTERTAINMENT AND SHOWS.
(a) Café Entertainment and Shows Defined. As used in this article, the terms “CAFÉ ENTERTAINMENT AND SHOWS” mean every form of live entertainment, music, band or orchestra, act, play, burlesque, revue, pantomime, scene, song or dance act, participated in by one or more persons.
These terms shall also include the exhibiting or showing of still or motion pictures at a public place incidental to the primary business of selling or offering for sale food or beverages or where food or beverages are given away.
(b) Café Entertainment and Shows Business Defined. Café entertainment and shows business means the management or control of any premises:
1. To which the public is admitted on a regular basis for the primary purpose of viewing Café entertainment and shows;
2. Not used primarily for Café entertainment and shows, but which premises are available on a regular basis, for the purpose of viewing Café entertainment and shows;
3. Not used primarily for Café entertainment and shows, but which premises are available, for the purpose of viewing café entertainment and shows, provided however, the premises have an occupancy of 2500 or more.
(c) Permit Required. No person shall engage in the Café entertainment and shows business without a written permit from the Board. No permit shall be required if the operation of the show is already permitted under an existing carnival permit. The provisions of this section are not applicable when a band, orchestra or instrumental group with or without a vocalist performs at a dance, Café or public place for the purpose of providing music for dancing and the person or persons conducting, presenting or managing the dance has a current dance hall, dancing club or public dance permit.
Questions or complaints concerning Café Entertainment within the City of Los Angeles can be forwarded to Commission Investigation Division, at 100 W. First Street, Suite 147, Los Angeles, CA, 90012, or telephone 213-996-1250. This office is open between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Click here for additional information pertaining to CES police permits.