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PREFACE TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE
CHAPTER 1: GENERAL PROVISIONS
CHAPTER 2: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
CHAPTER 2A: EXECUTIVE BRANCH
CHAPTER 2B: ASSESSMENT APPEALS BOARDS (TAX APPEAL BOARDS)
CHAPTER 3: BUDGET PROCEDURES
CHAPTER 4: CITY BUILDINGS, EQUIPMENT, AND VEHICLES
CHAPTER 5: COMMITTEES
CHAPTER 6: PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
CHAPTER 7: DISASTER COUNCIL
CHAPTER 8: DOCUMENTS, RECORDS AND PUBLICATIONS
CHAPTER 9A: FARMERS' MARKET
CHAPTER 9B: FLEA MARKET
CHAPTER 10: FINANCE, TAXATION, AND OTHER FISCAL MATTERS
CHAPTER 10B: SPECIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS SERVICES
CHAPTER 10C: REIMBURSEMENT FOR TOWING AND STORAGE OF VEHICLES
CHAPTER 10E: PLANNING MONITORING
CHAPTER 10F: 1660 MISSION STREET SURCHARGE
CHAPTER 10G: BOARD OF APPEALS SURCHARGE FOR PERMITS AND FEES
CHAPTER 10H: RECOVERY OF COSTS OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE
CHAPTER 11: FRANCHISES
CHAPTER 12: HOUSING AUTHORITY
CHAPTER 12A: HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
CHAPTER 12B: NONDISCRIMINATION IN CONTRACTS
CHAPTER 12C: NONDISCRIMINATION IN PROPERTY CONTRACTS
CHAPTER 12D: MINORITY/WOMEN/LOCAL BUSINESS UTILIZATION
CHAPTER 12E: CITY EMPLOYEE'S SEXUAL PRIVACY ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 12F: IMPLEMENTING THE MACBRIDE PRINCIPLES - NORTHERN IRELAND
CHAPTER 12G: PROHIBITION ON USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS FOR POLITICAL ACTIVITY BY RECIPIENTS OF CITY CONTRACTS, GRANTS, AND LOANS
CHAPTER 12H: IMMIGRATION STATUS
CHAPTER 12I: CIVIL IMMIGRATION DETAINERS
CHAPTER 12J: CITY BUSINESS WITH BURMA PROHIBITED
CHAPTER 12K: SALARY HISTORY*
CHAPTER 12L: PUBLIC ACCESS TO RECORDS AND MEETINGS OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
CHAPTER 12M: PROTECTION OF PRIVATE INFORMATION*
CHAPTER 12N: LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, QUEER, AND QUESTIONING YOUTH: YOUTH SERVICES SENSITIVITY TRAINING
CHAPTER 12O: EARNED INCOME CREDIT INFORMATION
CHAPTER 12P: MINIMUM COMPENSATION
CHAPTER 12Q: HEALTH CARE ACCOUNTABILITY
CHAPTER 12R: MINIMUM WAGE
CHAPTER 12S: WORKING FAMILIES CREDIT PROGRAM
CHAPTER 12T: CITY CONTRACTOR/SUBCONTRACTOR CONSIDERATION OF CRIMINAL HISTORY IN HIRING AND EMPLOYMENT DECISIONS
CHAPTER 12U: SWEATFREE CONTRACTING
CHAPTER 12V: PERSONAL SERVICES MINIMUM CONTRACTUAL RATE ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 12W: SICK LEAVE*
CHAPTER 12X: PROHIBITING CITY TRAVEL AND CONTRACTING IN STATES THAT ALLOW DISCRIMINATION*
CHAPTER 12Y: SAN FRANCISCO SLAVERY DISCLOSURE ORDINANCE*
CHAPTER 12Z: SAN FRANCISCO FAMILY FRIENDLY WORKPLACE ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 13: JAILS AND PRISONERS
CHAPTER 14: SAN FRANCISCO HEALTH CARE SECURITY ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 14A: DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM
CHAPTER 14B: LOCAL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE UTILIZATION AND NON-DISCRIMINATION IN CONTRACTING ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 14C: [EXPIRED]
CHAPTER 15: MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE
CHAPTER 16: OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES GENERALLY
CHAPTER 17: PUBLIC OFF-STREET PARKING FACILITIES
CHAPTER 18: PAYROLL PROCEDURE
CHAPTER 19. COMMUNITY SAFETY CAMERA ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 19A: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER 19B: ACQUISITION OF SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY
CHAPTER 20: SOCIAL SERVICES
CHAPTER 21: ACQUISITION OF COMMODITIES AND SERVICES
CHAPTER 21A: HEALTH-RELATED COMMODITIES AND SERVICES
CHAPTER 21B: COMMODITIES AND SERVICES RELATING TO PROJECTS ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS
CHAPTER 21C: MISCELLANEOUS PREVAILING WAGE REQUIREMENTS
CHAPTER 21D: [RESERVED]
CHAPTER 21E: [RESERVED]
CHAPTER 21F: [RESERVED]
CHAPTER 21G: [RESERVED]
CHAPTER 22: RADIO COMMUNICATION FACILITIES
CHAPTER 22A: INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
CHAPTER 22B: TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES
CHAPTER 22C: PUBLIC INTERNET ACCESS
CHAPTER 22D: OPEN DATA POLICY
CHAPTER 22E: CITY-OWNED FIBER-OPTIC FACILITIES
CHAPTER 22G: OFFICE OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGY
CHAPTER 23: REAL PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS
CHAPTER 23A: SURPLUS PUBLIC LANDS ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 24: REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
CHAPTER 24A: ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE LOCAL RENT SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM IN THE OFFICE OF MAYOR
CHAPTER 24B: RELOCATION APPEALS BOARD
CHAPTER 25: STREET LIGHTING
CHAPTER 26. DEEMED APPROVED OFF-STREET ALCOHOL USE NUISANCE REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 27: HEALTHY NAIL SALON RECOGNITION PROGRAM
CHAPTER 28: ADMINISTRATIVE DEBARMENT PROCEDURE
CHAPTER 29: FINDINGS OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND FEASIBILITY
CHAPTER 29A: [APPROVAL OF POWER PLANT; PLANNING CODE SEC.
CHAPTER 29B: CHILD CARE FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR CITY AND CITY-FUNDED PROJECTS
CHAPTER 30: CENTRALIZATION OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
CHAPTER 31: CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT PROCEDURES AND FEES
CHAPTER 32: RESIDENTIAL REHABILITATION LOAN PROGRAM
CHAPTER 33: COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
CHAPTER 33A: LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN (CEDAW)*
CHAPTER 34: NOTIFICATION TO ASSESSOR CONCERNING ZONING RECLASSIFICATIONS OF PROPERTY, CONDITIONAL USE PERMITS AND VARIANCES
CHAPTER 35: RESIDENTIAL, HOTEL, AND PDR COMPATIBILITY AND PROTECTION
CHAPTER 36: COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENTS AREA PLANS AND PROGRAMS
CHAPTER 37: RESIDENTIAL RENT STABILIZATION AND ARBITRATION ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 37A: RENT STABILIZATION AND ARBITRATION FEE
CHAPTER 38: COMMERCIAL LANDLORDS; ACCESS IMPROVEMENT OBLIGATIONS AND NOTICE TO SMALL BUSINESS TENANTS REGARDING DISABILITY ACCESS
CHAPTER 39: [RIGHT TO RETURN TO REVITALIZED PUBLIC HOUSING]
CHAPTER 40: HOUSING CODE ENFORCEMENT LOAN PROGRAM
CHAPTER 41: RESIDENTIAL HOTEL UNIT CONVERSION AND DEMOLITION
CHAPTER 41A: RESIDENTIAL UNIT CONVERSION AND DEMOLITION
CHAPTER 41B: COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE ACT
CHAPTER 41C: TIME-SHARE CONVERSION ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 41D: RESIDENTIAL HOTEL VISITOR POLICIES
CHAPTER 41E. RESIDENTIAL HOTEL MAIL RECEPTACLE ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 41F: TOURIST HOTEL CONVERSION*
CHAPTER 42: INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
CHAPTER 43: MUNICIPAL FINANCE LAW
CHAPTER 44: ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE PLANNING COUNCIL
CHAPTER 45: JURY FEES
CHAPTER 47: PREFERENCE IN CITY AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAMS
CHAPTER 48: RENTAL SUBSIDY PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES
CHAPTER 49: SECURITY DEPOSITS FOR RESIDENTIAL RENTAL PROPERTY
CHAPTER 49A: RESIDENTIAL TENANT COMMUNICATIONS
CHAPTER 49B: RESIDENTIAL RENTAL UNITS: LOCK REPLACEMENTS BY LANDLORD WHEN TENANTS VACATE
CHAPTER 50: NONPROFIT PERFORMING ARTS LOAN PROGRAM
CHAPTER 51: VOLUNTARY ARTS CONTRIBUTIONS PROGRAM
CHAPTER 52: SAN FRANCISCO CARBON MITIGATION PROGRAM
CHAPTER 53: URBAN AGRICULTURE
CHAPTER 53A: URBAN AGRICULTURE INCENTIVE ZONES ACT PROCEDURES
CHAPTER 54: SOUTHEAST COMMUNITY FACILITY COMMISSION
CHAPTER 56: DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENTS
CHAPTER 57: FILM COMMISSION
CHAPTER 58: RIGHT TO COUNSEL IN CIVIL MATTERS
CHAPTER 59: HEALTHY FOOD RETAILER ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 60: ASSISTED HOUSING PRESERVATION ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 61: WATERFRONT LAND USE
CHAPTER 62: DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS
CHAPTER 63: WATER EFFICIENT IRRIGATION ORDINANCE*
CHAPTER 64: CITY EMPLOYEE AND CITY CONTRACTOR SAFETY AND HEALTH
CHAPTER 65: RENT REDUCTION AND RELOCATION PLAN FOR TENANTS INCONVENIENCED BY SEISMIC WORK PERFORMED PURSUANT TO CHAPTERS 14 AND 15 OF THE SAN FRANCISCO BUILDING CODE
CHAPTER 65A: COMPENSATION, OR SUBSTITUTE HOUSING SERVICE, FOR TENANTS AFFECTED BY TEMPORARY SEVERANCE OF SPECIFIED HOUSING SERVICES DURING MANDATORY SEISMIC WORK REQUIRED BY BUILDING CODE CHAPTER 34B
CHAPTER 66: SEISMIC SAFETY RETROFIT PROGRAM
CHAPTER 67: THE SAN FRANCISCO SUNSHINE ORDINANCE OF 1999
CHAPTER 67A: CELL PHONES, PAGERS AND SIMILAR SOUND-PRODUCING ELECTRICAL DEVICES
CHAPTER 68: CULTURAL EQUITY ENDOWMENT FUND
CHAPTER 69: SAN FRANCISCO HEALTH AUTHORITY
CHAPTER 70: IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES PUBLIC AUTHORITY
CHAPTER 71: MILLS ACT CONTRACT PROCEDURES
CHAPTER 72: RELOCATION ASSISTANCE FOR LEAD HAZARD REMEDIATION
CHAPTER 74: RENT ESCROW ACCOUNT PROGRAM
CHAPTER 77: BUILDING INSPECTION COMMISSION APPEALS
CHAPTER 78: DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION PERMIT TRACKING SYSTEM
CHAPTER 79: PREAPPROVAL NOTICE FOR CERTAIN CITY PROJECTS
CHAPTER 79A: ADDITIONAL PREAPPROVAL NOTICE FOR CERTAIN CITY PROJECTS
CHAPTER 80: ANTI-BLIGHT ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURE
CHAPTER 80A: ORDERS TO VACATE DUE TO HAZARDOUS HOUSING CONDITIONS
CHAPTER 82: LOCAL HIRING POLICY FOR CONSTRUCTION
CHAPTER 83: FIRST SOURCE HIRING PROGRAM
CHAPTER 84: SAN FRANCISCO RESIDENTIAL RENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR PERSONS DISQUALIFIED FROM FEDERAL RENT SUBSIDY PROGRAMS BY THE FEDERAL QUALITY HOUSING AND WORK RESPONSIBILITY ACT OF 1998 (QHWRA)
CHAPTER 86: CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FIRST COMMISSION
CHAPTER 87: FAIR HOUSING IMPLEMENTATION ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 88: PERFORMANCE AND REVIEW ORDINANCE OF 1999
CHAPTER 89: DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES
CHAPTER 90: ENTERTAINMENT COMMISSION
CHAPTER 90A: PROMOTING AND SUSTAINING MUSIC AND CULTURE
CHAPTER 91: LANGUAGE ACCESS
CHAPTER 92: REAL ESTATE LOAN COUNSELING AND EDUCATION
CHAPTER 93: PREGNANCY INFORMATION DISCLOSURE AND PROTECTION ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 94: THE SAN FRANCISCO PLAZA PROGRAM
CHAPTER 94A: THE SAN FRANCISCO PLACES FOR PEOPLE PROGRAM
CHAPTER 95: IDENTIFICATION CARDS
CHAPTER 96: COORDINATION BETWEEN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY
CHAPTER 96A: LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
CHAPTER 96B: POLICY MAKING MARIJUANA OFFENSES THE LOWEST LAW ENFORCEMENT PRIORITY
CHAPTER 96C: POLICE INTERROGATION OF YOUTH - JEFF ADACHI YOUTH RIGHTS ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 97: HEALTHCARE IMPACT REPORTS
CHAPTER 98: THE BETTER STREETS POLICY
CHAPTER 99: PUBLIC POWER IN NEW CITY DEVELOPMENTS
CHAPTER 100: PROCEDURES GOVERNING THE IMPOSITION OF ADMINISTRATIVE FINES
CHAPTER 101: RESTRICTING THE PURCHASE, SALE, OR DISTRIBUTION OF SUGAR-SWEETENED BEVERAGES BY OR FOR THE CITY
CHAPTER 102: OUR CHILDREN, OUR FAMILIES COUNCIL
CHAPTER 103: NON-COOPERATION WITH IDENTITY-BASED REGISTRY ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 104: COLLECTION OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY DATA
CHAPTER 105: CIGARETTE LITTER ABATEMENT FEE ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 106: CITY NAVIGATION CENTERS
CHAPTER 107: CULTURAL DISTRICTS
CHAPTER 107A: AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTS AND CULTURAL DISTRICT
CHAPTER 107B: CASTRO LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, AND QUEER (LGBTQ) CULTURAL DISTRICT
CHAPTER 109: PRIORITIZING 100% AFFORDABLE HOUSING
CHAPTER 115: AUTOMATED POINT OF SALE STATION REGISTRATION AND INSPECTION ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 116: COMPATIBILITY AND PROTECTION FOR RESIDENTIAL USES AND PLACES OF ENTERTAINMENT
CHAPTER 117: COOPERATIVE LIVING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM
CHAPTER 119: SAFE PARKING PROGRAMS
CHAPTER 120: ADMINISTRATION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUNDS
CHAPTER 121: CLOSURE OF JUVENILE HALL
APPENDIX: Table of Initiative Ordinances and Policy Declarations
References to Ordinances
San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code
BUSINESS AND TAX REGULATIONS CODE
THE SAN FRANCISCO CODES
PREFACE TO THE BUSINESS AND TAX REGULATIONS CODE
ARTICLE 1: PERMIT PROCEDURES
ARTICLE 2: LICENSE FEES
ARTICLE 3: [REPEALED]
ARTICLE 4: [RESERVED]
ARTICLE 5: ELECTRICAL MUSICAL DEVICES
ARTICLE 6: COMMON ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 7: TAX ON TRANSIENT OCCUPANCY OF HOTEL ROOMS
ARTICLE 8: SUGARY DRINKS DISTRIBUTOR TAX ORDINANCE
ARTICLE 9: TAX ON OCCUPANCY OF PARKING SPACE IN PARKING STATIONS
ARTICLE 10: UTILITY USERS TAX
ARTICLE 10B: ACCESS LINE TAX
ARTICLE 11: STADIUM OPERATOR ADMISSION TAX
ARTICLE 12: BUSINESS REGISTRATION
ARTICLE 12-A: PAYROLL EXPENSE TAX ORDINANCE
ARTICLE 12-A-1: GROSS RECEIPTS TAX ORDINANCE
ARTICLE 12-B: BUSINESS TAX REFUND
ARTICLE 12B-1: NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION AND GRAFFITI CLEAN-UP FUND TAX OPTION
ARTICLE 12-C: REAL PROPERTY TRANSFER TAX
ARTICLE 12-D: UNIFORM LOCAL SALES AND USE TAX
ARTICLE 13: CONNECTIONS TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TERMINAL ALARM PANEL
ARTICLE 14: TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
ARTICLE 15: BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS PROCEDURE CODE
ARTICLE 15A: PUBLIC REALM LANDSCAPING, IMPROVEMENT AND MAINTENANCE ASSESSMENT DISTRICTS ("GREEN BENEFIT DISTRICTS")
ARTICLE 16: LIVING WAGE FOR EDUCATORS PARCEL TAX
ARTICLE 17: BUSINESS TAX PENALTY AMNESTY PROGRAM
ARTICLE 20: FINANCIAL INFORMATION PRIVACY ORDINANCE
ARTICLE 21: EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION COMMERCIAL RENTS TAX ORDINANCE
ARTICLE 22: PARKING STATIONS; REVENUE CONTROL EQUIPMENT
ARTICLE 23: VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEE EXPENDITURE PLAN
ARTICLE 28: HOMELESSNESS GROSS RECEIPTS TAX ORDINANCE
ARTICLE 32: TRAFFIC CONGESTION MITIGATION TAX
References to Ordinances
San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code
San Francisco Environment Code
ENVIRONMENT CODE
THE SAN FRANCISCO CODES
PREFACE TO THE ENVIRONMENT CODE
CHAPTER 1: PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE POLICY STATEMENT
CHAPTER 2: ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERABLE PURCHASING ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 3: INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
CHAPTER 4: HEALTHY AIR AND CLEAN TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM
CHAPTER 5: RESOURCE CONSERVATION ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 7: GREEN BUILDING REQUIREMENTS FOR CITY BUILDINGS
CHAPTER 8: TROPICAL HARDWOOD AND VIRGIN REDWOOD BAN
CHAPTER 9: GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS TARGETS AND DEPARTMENTAL ACTION PLANS
CHAPTER 10: TRANSPORTATION OF AGGREGATE MATERIALS
CHAPTER 11: CELL PHONE DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS
CHAPTER 12: URBAN FORESTRY COUNCIL
CHAPTER 13: ARSENIC-TREATED WOOD
CHAPTER 14: CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS RECOVERY ORDINANCE*
CHAPTER 15: GREEN BUSINESS PROGRAM
CHAPTER 16: FOOD SERVICE AND PACKAGING WASTE REDUCTION ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 17: PLASTIC BAG REDUCTION ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 18: SOLAR ENERGY INCENTIVE PROGRAM
CHAPTER 19: MANDATORY RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING
CHAPTER 20: EXISTING BUILDINGS ENERGY PERFORMANCE
CHAPTER 21: CLEAN ENERGY FULL DISCLOSURE ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 22: SAFE DRUG DISPOSAL
CHAPTER 23: DRINK TAP ORDINANCE
CHAPTER 24: BOTTLED DRINKING WATER
CHAPTER 25: CLEAN CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC WORKS
CHAPTER 26: BETTER ROOF REQUIREMENTS
CHAPTER 27: ANTIBIOTIC USE IN FOOD ANIMALS
CHAPTER 28: FLAME RETARDANT CHEMICALS IN UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE AND JUVENILE PRODUCTS
CHAPTER 29: ELECTRIC VEHICLE READINESS IMPLEMENTATION*
CHAPTER 30: RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS
CHAPTER 31: ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND CHARGING IN COMMERCIAL PARKING LOTS AND GARAGES*
References to Ordinances
San Francisco Fire Code
San Francisco Health Code
HEALTH CODE
THE SAN FRANCISCO CODES
PREFACE TO THE HEALTH CODE
ARTICLE 1: ANIMALS
ARTICLE 1A: ANIMAL SACRIFICE
ARTICLE 1B: PERFORMANCE OF WILD OR EXOTIC ANIMALS FOR PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT OR AMUSEMENT
ARTICLE 1C: SALE OF ANIMALS
ARTICLE 1D: ANIMAL FUR PRODUCTS
ARTICLE 2: COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
ARTICLE 3: HOSPITALS
ARTICLE 4: DECEASED PERSONS
ARTICLE 5: PUBLIC HEALTH - GENERAL
ARTICLE 6: GARBAGE AND REFUSE
ARTICLE 7: LAUNDRIES
ARTICLE 8: FOOD AND FOOD PRODUCTS
ARTICLE 8A: CANNABIS CONSUMPTION PERMITS
ARTICLE 9: DAIRY AND MILK CODE
ARTICLE 10: MEAT AND MEAT PRODUCTS
ARTICLE 11: NUISANCES
ARTICLE 11A: BED BUG INFESTATION PREVENTION, TREATMENT, DISCLOSURE, AND REPORTING
ARTICLE 12: SANITATION - GENERAL
ARTICLE 12A: BACKFLOW PREVENTION
ARTICLE 12B: SOIL BORING AND WELL REGULATIONS
ARTICLE 12C: ALTERNATE WATER SOURCES FOR NON-POTABLE APPLICATIONS
ARTICLE 14: AMBULANCES AND ROUTINE MEDICAL TRANSPORT VEHICLES
ARTICLE 15: PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS
ARTICLE 16: REGULATING THE USE OF 'ECONOMIC POISONS'
ARTICLE 17: DISPOSAL OF UNCLAIMED PERSONAL PROPERTY AT SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL HOSPITAL
ARTICLE 18: PROVIDING FOR ISSUANCE OF CITATIONS TO VIOLATORS
ARTICLE 19: SMOKING POLLUTION CONTROL
ARTICLE 19A: REGULATING SMOKING IN EATING ESTABLISHMENTS [SUSPENDED]
ARTICLE 19B: REGULATING SMOKING IN SHARED OFFICE WORKPLACE [SUSPENDED]
ARTICLE 19C: REGULATING SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES AND IN HEALTH, EDUCATIONAL AND CHILD CARE FACILITIES [SUSPENDED]
ARTICLE 19D: PROHIBITING CIGARETTE VENDING MACHINES
ARTICLE 19E: PROHIBITING SMOKING IN PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT AND CERTAIN SPORTS ARENAS [SUSPENDED]
ARTICLE 19F: PROHIBITING SMOKING IN ENCLOSED AREAS, CERTAIN UNENCLOSED AREAS, AND SPORTS STADIUMS
ARTICLE 19G: ENFORCEMENT OF SMOKING PROHIBITIONS
ARTICLE 19H: PERMITS FOR THE SALE OF TOBACCO
ARTICLE 19I: PROHIBITING SMOKING IN CITY PARK AND RECREATIONAL AREAS AND FARMERS' MARKETS
ARTICLE 19J: PROHIBITING PHARMACIES FROM SELLING TOBACCO PRODUCTS
ARTICLE 19K: PROHIBITING SALES OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS ON PROPERTY OWNED BY OR UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO
ARTICLE 19L: PROHIBITING SMOKING AT CERTAIN OUTDOOR EVENTS
ARTICLE 19M: DISCLOSURE TO PROSPECTIVE RESIDENTIAL TENANTS OF WHETHER A UNIT IS SMOKE FREE OR SMOKING OPTIONAL, AND INFORMING EXISTING RESIDENTIAL TENANTS WHERE SMOKING IS OPTIONAL
ARTICLE 19N: ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES - RESTRICTIONS ON SALE AND USE
ARTICLE 19O: [SMOKELESS TOBACCO - USE PROHIBITED AT ATHLETIC VENUES]
ARTICLE 19P: PROHIBITING THE SALE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS TO PERSONS AGED 18, 19, OR 20
ARTICLE 19Q: PROHIBITING THE SALE OF FLAVORED TOBACCO PRODUCTS
ARTICLE 19R: PROHIBITING THE SALE OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES LACKING FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION PREMARKET APPROVAL
ARTICLE 19S: PROHIBITING THE SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS IN SAN FRANCISCO
ARTICLE 20: ALKYL NITRITES
ARTICLE 21: HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
ARTICLE 21A: RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
ARTICLE 22: HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT
ARTICLE 22A: ANALYZING SOILS FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE
ARTICLE 22B: CONSTRUCTION DUST CONTROL REQUIREMENTS
ARTICLE 23: VIDEO DISPLAY TERMINAL WORKER SAFETY
ARTICLE 24: CHLOROFLUOROCARBON RECOVERY AND RECYCLING
ARTICLE 25: MEDICAL WASTE GENERATOR REGISTRATION, PERMITTING, INSPECTIONS AND FEES
ARTICLE 26: COMPREHENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL LEAD POISONING INVESTIGATION, MANAGEMENT AND ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM
ARTICLE 27: HEALTH SERVICE SYSTEM AGREEMENT
ARTICLE 28: MEDICAL CANNABIS USER AND PRIMARY CAREGIVER IDENTIFICATION CARDS
ARTICLE 29: LICENSING AND REGULATION OF MASSAGE PRACTITIONERS AND MASSAGE BUSINESSES
ARTICLE 30: REGULATION OF DIESEL BACKUP GENERATORS
ARTICLE 31: HUNTERS POINT SHIPYARD
ARTICLE 32: DISEASE PREVENTION DEMONSTRATION PROJECT
ARTICLE 33: MEDICAL CANNABIS ACT
ARTICLE 34: HEALTHY PRODUCTS, HEALTHY CHILDREN ORDINANCE
ARTICLE 35: BIOLOGICAL AGENT DETECTORS
ARTICLE 36: CHILD COUGH AND COLD MEDICINE WARNING ORDINANCE
ARTICLE 37: TRANS FAT FREE RESTAURANT PROGRAM ORDINANCE
ARTICLE 38: ENHANCED VENTILATION REQUIRED FOR URBAN INFILL SENSITIVE USE DEVELOPMENTS
ARTICLE 39: COMMERCIAL DOG WALKING
ARTICLE 40: SAFE BODY ART
ARTICLE 41: MENTAL HEALTH
ARTICLE 42: SUGAR-SWEETENED BEVERAGES
ARTICLE 43: SURPLUS MEDICATION REPOSITORY AND DISTRIBUTION
ARTICLE 45: CITY-OPERATED ADULT RESIDENTIAL FACILITY
References to Ordinances
San Francisco Municipal Elections Code
San Francisco Park Code
San Francisco Planning Code
San Francisco Zoning Maps
San Francisco Police Code
POLICE CODE
THE SAN FRANCISCO CODES
PREFACE TO THE POLICE CODE
ARTICLE 1: PUBLIC NUISANCES
ARTICLE 1.1: REGULATING THE USE OF VEHICLES FOR HUMAN HABITATION
ARTICLE 1.2 DISCRIMINATION IN HOUSING AGAINST FAMILIES WITH MINOR CHILDREN
ARTICLE 1.3: TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON RENTAL INCREASES RENT ROLLBACK BASED UPON APRIL 15, 1979, RENTAL RATES AND REFUNDING ANY RENT INCREASES
ARTICLE 1.5: DISPLAY OF LIFE AND PROPERTY CONSERVATION DECALS
ARTICLE 2: DISORDERLY CONDUCT
ARTICLE 3: GAMES OF CHANCE
ARTICLE 4: PARADES
ARTICLE 4.5: FUNERAL PROCESSION ESCORTS
ARTICLE 5: OFFENSIVE POWDERS
ARTICLE 6: FRAUD AND DECEIT
ARTICLE 7: ANIMALS AND BIRDS
ARTICLE 7.1: HORSE-DRAWN VEHICLES
ARTICLE 8: MINORS
ARTICLE 9: MISCELLANEOUS CONDUCT REGULATIONS
ARTICLE 9.5: PROHIBITING OF PROFESSIONAL STRIKEBREAKERS
ARTICLE 9.6: REGULATIONS FOR SOLICITATION FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES
ARTICLE 10: REGULATIONS FOR ADVERTISING
ARTICLE 10.1: REGULATING EXPOSURE OF PHOTOGRAPHS, CARTOONS OR DRAWINGS ON NEWSRACKS
ARTICLE 10.2: REGULATION OF COMPUTER RENTAL BUSINESSES
ARTICLE 11: REGULATIONS FOR AMUSEMENTS
ARTICLE 11.1: COMMERCIAL DISPLAY OF DEAD HUMAN BODIES
ARTICLE 11.2: REGULATIONS FOR ADULT THEATERS AND ADULT BOOKSTORES PERMIT AND LICENSE PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 12: REGULATIONS FOR AUTOMOBILES
ARTICLE 13: MISCELLANEOUS REGULATIONS FOR PROFESSIONS AND TRADES
ARTICLE 13.1: JUNK DEALERS - PERMIT AND REGULATION
ARTICLE 13.2 BICYCLE MESSENGER BUSINESSES
ARTICLE 13.3: CAR RENTAL BUSINESSES
ARTICLE 13.4: REDUCING RENTAL-CAR BURGLARIES
ARTICLE 14: LICENSES FOR ADVERTISING
ARTICLE 15: LICENSES FOR AMUSEMENTS
ARTICLE 15.1: ENTERTAINMENT REGULATIONS PERMIT AND LICENSE PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 15.2: ENTERTAINMENT REGULATIONS FOR EXTENDED-HOURS PREMISES
ARTICLE 15.3: PROHIBITING NUDE PERFORMERS, WAITERS AND WAITRESSES
ARTICLE 15.4: ENCOUNTER STUDIOS
ARTICLE 15.5: NUDE MODELS IN PUBLIC PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS
ARTICLE 15.6: ESCORT SERVICES
ARTICLE 15.7: EVENT PROMOTERS
ARTICLE 16: REGULATION OF CANNABIS
ARTICLE 17: MISCELLANEOUS LICENSE REGULATIONS
ARTICLE 17.1: REGULATIONS FOR FORTUNETELLING; PERMIT AND LICENSE PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 18: SAN FRANCISCO POLICE PISTOL RANGE
ARTICLE 19: DISPOSAL OF UNCLAIMED PROPERTY
ARTICLE 20: REPRODUCING AND FURNISHING REPORTS
ARTICLE 22: CITATIONS FOR VIOLATIONS OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE HEALTH CODE AND POLICE CODE
ARTICLE 23: REGULATIONS FOR PORT AREA*
ARTICLE 24: REGULATING STREET ARTISTS*
ARTICLE 25: REGULATIONS FOR PRIVATE PROTECTION AND SECURITY SERVICES*
ARTICLE 26: REGULATIONS FOR PUBLIC BATH HOUSES
ARTICLE 27: REGULATIONS FOR MORTGAGE MODIFICATION CONSULTANTS
ARTICLE 28: REGULATIONS FOR PAWNBROKERS PERMIT AND LICENSE PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 29: REGULATION OF NOISE
ARTICLE 30: PERMITS FOR TOW CAR DRIVERS
ARTICLE 30.1: PERMITS FOR TOW CAR FIRMS
ARTICLE 31: REGULATIONS FOR TEMPORARY HELIPORTS AND PERMIT PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 32: REGULATIONS FOR CONDUCTING BINGO GAMES
ARTICLE 32A: REGULATIONS FOR CONDUCTING POKER GAMES
ARTICLE 33: PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, COLOR, ANCESTRY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, PLACE OF BIRTH, SEX, AGE, RELIGION, CREED, DISABILITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, WEIGHT, OR HEIGHT
ARTICLE 33A: PROHIBITION OF EMPLOYER INTERFERENCE WITH EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES AND REGULATIONS OF EMPLOYER DRUG TESTING OF EMPLOYEES
ARTICLE 33B: PROHIBITION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION BY CLUBS OR ORGANIZATIONS WHICH ARE NOT DISTINCTLY PRIVATE
ARTICLE 33C: DISPLACED WORKER PROTECTION
ARTICLE 33D: GROCERY WORKER RETENTION
ARTICLE 33E: HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY WORKER RETENTION
ARTICLE 33F: HOURS AND RETENTION PROTECTIONS FOR FORMULA RETAIL EMPLOYEES
ARTICLE 33G: PREDICTABLE SCHEDULING AND FAIR TREATMENT FOR FORMULA RETAIL EMPLOYEES
ARTICLE 33H: PAID PARENTAL LEAVE
ARTICLE 33I: LACTATION IN THE WORKPLACE
ARTICLE 33J: PARITY IN PAY
ARTICLE 34: REGULATIONS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS - PERMIT AND LICENSE PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 35: FIREARM STRICT LIABILITY ACT
ARTICLE 36: PROHIBITING THE CARRYING OF A FIREARM WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF AN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE OR DRUG, OR POSSESSION OF A FIREARM WHILE UPON PUBLIC PREMISES SELLING OR SERVING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
ARTICLE 36A: [SALE, MANUFACTURE, AND DISTRIBUTION OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION; POSSESSION OF HANDGUNS]
ARTICLE 36B: STORAGE OF FIREARMS IN MOTOR VEHICLES
ARTICLE 36C: PROHIBITION OF FIREARMS AT PUBLIC GATHERINGS
ARTICLE 37: POLICE EMERGENCY ALARM ORDINANCE
ARTICLE 38: PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF AIDS AND ASSOCIATED CONDITIONS
ARTICLE 39: PEDICABS
ARTICLE 40: DRUG FREE WORKPLACE ORDINANCE
ARTICLE 41: PROHIBITING THE SALE OR POSSESSION OF REPLICA HYPODERMIC NEEDLES OR SYRINGES
ARTICLE 42: SALE AND DISPLAY OF AEROSOL PAINT CONTAINERS AND MARKER PENS
ARTICLE 42A: COLOR TIRES
ARTICLE 42B: MERCURY THERMOMETERS
ARTICLE 42D: SALE AND DISPLAY OF PRODUCTS CONTAINING HYDROFLUORIC ACID
ARTICLE 43: ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
ARTICLE 44: CLOSED CAPTIONS ACTIVATION REQUIREMENT ORDINANCE
ARTICLE 45: FIREARMS AND WEAPONS VIOLENCE PREVENTION ORDINANCE
ARTICLE 46: PROHIBITING SELF-SERVICE MERCHANDISING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS EXCEPT IN PLACES TO WHICH MINORS HAVE NO ACCESS
ARTICLE 47: PERSONAL WATERCRAFT
ARTICLE 48: LASER POINTERS
ARTICLE 49: PROCEDURES FOR CONSIDERING ARRESTS AND CONVICTIONS AND RELATED INFORMATION IN EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING DECISIONS
ARTICLE 50: CRIMINAL HISTORY IN ADMISSION TO POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
ARTICLE 51: STORMWATER FLOOD RISK DISCLOSURE
ARTICLE 52: OCCUPANT'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE A COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES PROVIDER
ARTICLE 55: ACCEPTANCE OF CASH BY BRICK-AND-MORTAR BUSINESSES
References to Ordinances
San Francisco Port Code
San Francisco Public Works Code
PUBLIC WORKS CODE
THE SAN FRANCISCO CODES
PREFACE TO THE PUBLIC WORKS CODE
ARTICLE 1: GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
ARTICLE 2: PUBLIC CONTRACT PROCEDURE
ARTICLE 2.1: PERMIT FEES AND OCCUPANCY ASSESSMENTS
ARTICLE 2.3: HUNTERS POINT SHIPYARD
ARTICLE 2.4: EXCAVATION IN THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY
ARTICLE 3: REGULATIONS IN REGARD TO WORKING CONDITIONS
ARTICLE 4: SEWERS
ARTICLE 4.1: INDUSTRIAL WASTE
ARTICLE 4.2. SEWER SYSTEM MANAGEMENT
ARTICLE 4.3: SEWERS
ARTICLE 5: STREET FLOWER MARKETS
ARTICLE 5.1: ANTI-LITTER RECEPTACLES
ARTICLE 5.2: TABLES AND CHAIRS IN PUBLIC SIDEWALK OR ROADWAY AREAS
ARTICLE 5.3: DISPLAY OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES OR NONFOOD MERCHANDISE ON PUBLIC SIDEWALKS
ARTICLE 5.4: REGULATION OF NEWSRACKS
ARTICLE 5.5: DISTRIBUTION OF FREE SAMPLE MERCHANDISE ON PUBLIC PROPERTY
ARTICLE 5.6: POSTING OF SIGNS ON CITY-OWNED LAMP POSTS OR UTILITY POLES
ARTICLE 5.7: HANDBILL DISTRIBUTION ON PRIVATE PREMISES; DISPLAY OF BANNERS
ARTICLE 5.8: PERMIT REGULATIONS FOR MOBILE FOOD FACILITIES CONCERNING PRODUCTS FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION
ARTICLE 6: STREET IMPROVEMENT PROCEDURE
ARTICLE 6.1: IMPROVEMENT PROCEDURE CODE
ARTICLE 7: MAINTENANCE DISTRICTS
ARTICLE 9: UNACCEPTED STREETS
ARTICLE 11: SPUR TRACKS
ARTICLE 13: ENGINEERING INSPECTION
ARTICLE 14: UNDERGROUND PIPES, WIRES AND CONDUITS
ARTICLE 15: MISCELLANEOUS
ARTICLE 16: URBAN FORESTRY ORDINANCE
ARTICLE 16.1: TREE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
ARTICLE 17: CONTROL OF DUMPS DISPOSING OF MATERIALS FROM CONSTRUCTION OR DEMOLITION
ARTICLE 18: UTILITY FACILITIES
ARTICLE 19: PUBLIC TELEPHONE BOOTHS ON PUBLIC SIDEWALKS
ARTICLE 20: PROHIBITED BICYCLE ACTIONS AND TRANSACTIONS
ARTICLE 21: RESTRICTION OF USE OF POTABLE WATER FOR SOIL COMPACTION AND DUST CONTROL ACTIVITIES
ARTICLE 22: RECLAIMED WATER USE
ARTICLE 23: GRAFFITI REMOVAL AND ABATEMENT
ARTICLE 24: SHOPPING CARTS
ARTICLE 25: PERSONAL WIRELESS SERVICE FACILITIES
ARTICLE 26*: ILLEGAL DUMPING
ARTICLE 27: SURFACE-MOUNTED FACILITIES
References to Ordinances
San Francisco Subdivision Code
San Francisco Transportation Code
San Francisco Building Inspection Commission (BIC) Codes
Comprehensive Ordinance List
CHAPTER 20:
SOCIAL SERVICES
 
 
Article
IN GENERAL
PRESERVATION OF EMERGENCY NATURE OF SHELTER; PREVENTION OF LOSS OF SHELTER BED BASED SOLELY ON INCOME; PROHIBITION AGAINST PRIORITIZATION OR SET-ASIDES OF SHELTER BEDS BASED SOLELY ON INCOME
PARTICIPATION IN THE SUPPORTIVE TRANSITIONAL EMANCIPATION PROGRAM (STEP)
DELINQUENCY PREVENTION COMMISSION
CHILD CARE FOR LOW INCOME FAMILIES
ENROLLMENT IN SOCIAL SERVICES
COUNTY ADULT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
SHELTER MONITORING COMMITTEE
STANDARD OF CARE FOR CITY SHELTERS
TENANT EVICTION ANNUAL REPORTS
CAAP DISCONTINUANCE RENTAL ASSISTANCE PILOT PROJECT
COORDINATED ENTRY SYSTEM; PRIORITIZATION AND COORDINATION OF CARE FOR PERSONS DISCHARGED FROM RESIDENTIAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAMS
EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION FOR ALL
 
ARTICLE I:
IN GENERAL
 
Designation of Department of Human Services as County Department for the Administration of Public Social Services.
Dependent Children – Responsibility of Care Conferred on Department of Human Services Exception as to Juvenile Court; Delegation of Duties of Probation Officer Concerning Dependent Children to Department of Human Services.
Fingerprint Imaging of Human Services Clients.
Disposition of Case Histories after Three Years.
 
SEC. 20.1.  DESIGNATION OF DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES AS COUNTY DEPARTMENT FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF PUBLIC SOCIAL SERVICES.
   Pursuant to Section 200 et seq. of the Welfare and Institutions Code of the State, the Department of Human Services, established by Section 3.570 of the Charter, is hereby designated as the county department which shall be the county agency for the administration of public social services and to promote public understanding of the public social services provided under the Welfare and Institutions Code of the State and the problems with which they deal.
(Amended by Ord. 185-64, App. 7/1/64; amended by Ord. 339-99, File No. 992045, App. 12/30/99)
SEC. 20.8.  DEPENDENT CHILDREN – RESPONSIBILITY OF CARE CONFERRED ON DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES EXCEPTION AS TO JUVENILE COURT; DELEGATION OF DUTIES OF PROBATION OFFICER CONCERNING DEPENDENT CHILDREN TO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES.
   In addition to the powers and authority now conferred on the Department of Human Services by law or by ordinance, the Board of Supervisors does hereby confer on and delegate to the Department of Human Services the following duties and functions:
   (a)   The right and responsibility of securing or providing for the care of dependent children in danger of becoming dependent, neglected or delinquent in need of such services; provided, that nothing herein is to be construed to prevent the Juvenile Court from exercising its jurisdiction in any cases requiring such action; and
   (b)   All of the duties of the probation officer concerning dependent children described by Section 300 of the Welfare and Institutions Code to the extent such duties are delegable pursuant to Section 272 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(Amended by Ord. 269-81, App. 5/21/81; amended by Ord. 339-99, File No. 992045, App. 12/30/99)
SEC. 20.30.  FINGERPRINT IMAGING OF HUMAN SERVICES CLIENTS.
   The Department of Human Services shall not require biometric imaging of clients in order to access services, unless required by State, Federal, or grant programs, or those expressly authorized by voter initiative.
(Added by Ord. 200-05, File No. 051137, App. 7/29/2005)
SEC. 20.31.  DISPOSITION OF CASE HISTORIES AFTER THREE YEARS.
   The Social Services Department is hereby authorized and empowered to destroy or dispose of the case history, or any part thereof, of any recipient of public assistance who has not received such assistance from the City and County of San Francisco for a period of three years prior to such destruction or disposition; provided, however, that no case history containing an agreement to reimburse for moneys expended or aid granted or given or in which welfare fraud is suspected shall be destroyed or disposed of as long as there is a possibility of recovery of funds, in whole or in part, thereunder.
(Amended by Ord. 312-85, App. 6/20/85)
ARTICLE II:
PRESERVATION OF EMERGENCY NATURE OF SHELTER; PREVENTION OF LOSS OF SHELTER BED BASED SOLELY ON INCOME; PROHIBITION AGAINST PRIORITIZATION OR SET-ASIDES OF SHELTER BEDS BASED SOLELY ON INCOME
 
Findings.
Definitions.
Preservation of Emergency Nature of Shelter.
No Displacement Based on Income.
Limitation of Liability.
Severability.
 
SEC. 20.40.  FINDINGS.
   The Board of Supervisors finds and declares the following:
   (a)   Due to the shortage of affordable housing in San Francisco, many people suffer from a lock of permanent housing and seek emergency shelter services on a temporary basis; and
   (b)   Emergency shelter services in San Francisco are a limited resource and should be preserved for individuals that lack permanent housing and who currently face a housing crisis; and
   (c)   Shelter services provided by the City should not be used as a long-term or permanent solution to homelessness.
(Added by Ord. 198-03, File No. 030737, App. 8/1/2003)
SEC. 20.41.  DEFINITIONS.
   For the purposes of this Chapter, the following definitions shall apply to the terms used herein.
   (a)   "Shelter" or "Shelter services" means any shelter provided by the City on City owned or leased property or through a contractual arrangement that offers temporary overnight sleeping space on a short-term basis.
   (b)   "Emergency" means an immediate and urgent need for assistance or relief or a time of crisis that requires immediate action.
   (c)   "Entities that refer individuals to shelter" means any government agency or community based organization that contracts with the City to provide shelter services, including but not limited to non-profit organizations and religious institutions, that refer individuals for emergency shelter or shelter services.
   (d)   For purposes of the requirements of Article II, Sections 20.40 through 20.45 only, "income" shall include benefits received under government entitlement or assistance programs.
(Added by Ord. 198-03, File No. 030737, App. 8/1/2003)
SEC. 20.42.  PRESERVATION OF EMERGENCY NATURE OF SHELTER.
   Individuals that access the City's shelters and entities that refer individuals to shelter shall only utilize the shelter system in emergency situations and shall preserve shelter beds for individuals that face an immediate and urgent shelter need, thereby preserving the emergency nature of the shelter system.
(Added by Ord. 198-03, File No. 030737, App. 8/1/2003)
SEC. 20.43.  NO DISPLACEMENT BASED ON INCOME.
   Under this Chapter, there shall be no displacement of any individual using an emergency shelter bed based on that individual's lack of or source of income, nor shall there be any prioritization or set asides of emergency shelter beds based on income that would result in any individual seeking an emergency shelter bed from being unable to obtain such a bed, except for the duration of presumptive eligibility for CAAP recipients.
(Added by Ord. 198-03, File No. 030737, App. 8/1/2003)
SEC. 20.44.  LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.
   By adopting this Article, the City and County of San Francisco is assuming an undertaking only to promote the general welfare. It is not assuming, nor is it imposing on its officers and employees, an obligation for breach of which it is liable in money damages to any person who claims that such a breach proximately caused injury.
(Added by Ord. 198-03, File No. 030737, App. 8/1/2003)
SEC. 20.45.  SEVERABILITY.
   If any section, subsection, clause, phrase or portion of this Chapter is for any reason held invalid or unconstitutional by any court or federal or State agency of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct and independent provision and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions thereof.
(Added by Ord. 198-03, File No. 030737, App. 8/1/2003)
ARTICLE III:
PARTICIPATION IN THE SUPPORTIVE TRANSITIONAL EMANCIPATION PROGRAM (STEP)
 
Findings.
Definitions.
Participation in the "STEP" Program.
Transitional Independent Living Plan Requirement.
Notification and Funding Requirements.
 
SEC. 20.46.  FINDINGS.
   The Board of Supervisors finds and declares the following:
   (a)   Foster youth are a vulnerable population at risk of homelessness, indigence, welfare dependency, incarceration and other adverse outcomes if they exit foster care without the proper skills to become self-sufficient; and
   (b)   Many foster youth who exit from the foster care system cannot depend on their family for ongoing financial support while they pursue post-secondary education or career development; and
   (c)   When many foster youth exit the foster care system, their primary source of financial support, AFDC-Foster Care payments, terminates at 18 years of age, diminishing their resources for self-support; and
   (d)   Some foster youth cannot successfully complete education or training programs due to trauma suffered while in the care of their parents, and possibly from multiple placements while in the foster care system.
(Added by Ord. 3-04, File No. 031242, App. 1/16/2004)
SEC. 20.47.  DEFINITIONS.
   For the purposes of this Article only, the following definitions shall apply to the terms used herein.
   (a)   "Supportive Transitional Emancipation Program" (STEP) means the program codified in section 11403.1 of the Welfare and Institutions Code in which eligible foster youth receive ongoing financial support up to 21 years of age while participating in an educational or training program, or any activity consistent with their transitional independent living plan.
   (b)   "Eligible foster youth" means a person who meets all of the following eligibility criteria:
      1.   the person was in foster care and emancipated upon reaching the age limitations under Welfare and Institutions Code section 11401, or received aid from the Kin-GAP program under Welfare and Institutions Code section 11360, and emancipated upon reaching the age limitations under Welfare and Institutions Code section 11363;
      2.   the person is participating in an educational or training program, or any activity consistent with his or her transitional independent living plan;
      3.   the person is under 21 years of age; and
      4.   the person has emancipated from a county that is participating in the STEP program.
(Added by Ord. 3-04, File No. 031242, App. 1/16/2004)
SEC. 20.48.  PARTICIPATION IN THE "STEP" PROGRAM.
   The City and County of San Francisco hereby elects to participate in the STEP program, pursuant to section 11403.1 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, and shall meet the funding ratios specified in that section.
(Added by Ord. 3-04, File No. 031242, App. 1/16/2004)
SEC. 20.48A.   TRANSITIONAL INDEPENDENT LIVING PLAN REQUIREMENT.
   Aid under this section shall be provided pursuant to a transitional independent living plan agreed upon by both the eligible foster youth and either the Department of Human Services, the Juvenile Probation Department, or an independent living program coordinator or supervisor. The transitional independent living plan shall be reviewed annually, and shall meet the requirements under Welfare and Institutions Code section 11403.1(c).
(Added by Ord. 3-04, File No. 031242, App. 1/16/2004)
SEC. 20.49.  NOTIFICATION AND FUNDING REQUIREMENTS.
   The San Francisco Department of Human Services shall notify all foster youth in its jurisdiction, including those foster youth receiving Kin-GAP, ages 16years old, inclusive, of the existence of the STEP program. In addition, the Department of Human Services shall seek any federal funds available for implementing the STEP program, and shall seek any waiver from the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that is necessary to implement the STEP program.
(Added by Ord. 3-04, File No. 031242, App. 1/16/2004)
ARTICLE IV:
DELINQUENCY PREVENTION COMMISSION
 
Delinquency Prevention Commission; Establishment; Composition; Purpose.
Members' Appointment; Terms; Expenses; Vacancies.
Funding.
 
Editor’s Note:
   On November 4, 2003, the electorate adopted Proposition I, which designated new provisions as Chapter 20, Article IV. Because Article IV already existed, the editor has codified Proposition I as Chapter 20, Article V, Sections 20.53-100 through 20.53-107.
SEC. 20.50.  DELINQUENCY PREVENTION COMMISSION; ESTABLISHMENT; COMPOSITION; PURPOSE.
   Pursuant to the provisions of Section 233 of the Welfare and Institutions Code of the State of California, there is hereby established a Delinquency Prevention Commission ("Commission") composed of 11 citizens, to coordinate the work of those governmental and nongovernmental organizations engaged in activities designed to prevent juvenile delinquency within the City and County of San Francisco. Each individual Supervisor on the Board of Supervisors shall appoint one commissioner to the Commission through the Rules Committee.
   The Commission is to review and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors ("Board") on possible legislative and budgetary actions regarding: (1) the coordination of City agencies and community-based organizations aimed at the prevention of juvenile delinquency; (2) the allocation of City, state and federal funding for the prevention of juvenile delinquency; (3) programmatic changes to improve the cost-effectiveness and quality of care programs and services; and (4) any other matters pertaining to the prevention of juvenile delinquency referred to it by the Board.
(Amended by Ord. 177-73, App. 5/3/73; Ord. 232-01, File No. 011450, App. 12/7/2001)
SEC. 20.51.  MEMBERS' APPOINTMENT; TERMS; EXPENSES; VACANCIES.
   Members of the Delinquency Prevention Commission shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors, through the Rules Committee, to serve a term of four years, and they shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The Commission shall have at least five members who have advanced degrees or at least five-years experience in: (1) law enforcement or criminal justice, (2) social services, (3) mental health, (4) education, and (5) physical health, respectively. At least two of the remaining members of the Commission shall be persons between the ages of 14 and 21 years of age. Upon a vacancy occurring in the membership of the Commission and upon the expiration in the term of office of any member a successor shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors. When a vacancy occurs for any reason other than the expiration of a term of office, the appointee to fill such vacancy shall hold office for the unexpired term of his or her predecessor.
(Amended by Ord. 114-75, App. 4/4/75; Ord. 14-00, File No. 992232, App. 2/11/2000; Ord. 232-01, File No. 011450, App. 12/7/2001)
SEC. 20.52.  FUNDING.
   The Department of Children, Youth and Their Families shall provide staff, administrative support, and other services to the Commission as needed. The Board of Supervisors may, subject to the budget and fiscal provisions of the Charter, provide funds to pay for such staff personnel services and facilities as may be reasonably necessary to enable the Delinquency Prevention Commission to exercise its powers and perform its duties under the Welfare and Institutions Code.
   Nothing in this provision shall prevent the Commission from receiving and expending funds from other governmental and nongovernmental sources to assist the Commission in carrying out specific projects designed to accomplish its objectives.
(Amended by Ord. 407-76, App. 10/8/76; Ord. 232-01, File No. 011450, App. 12/7/2001)
ARTICLE V:
CHILD CARE FOR LOW INCOME FAMILIES
 
Findings.
Definitions.
Smart Start for San Francisco Kids.
Smart Start for San Francisco Kids Fund.
Promulgation of Regulations.
Evaluation.
General Welfare.
Severability.
 
Editor’s Note:
   This article, as adopted by the electorate on November 4, 2003, was designated Chapter 20, Article IV, Sections 20.100 through 20.107. Because that article and those section numbers were already occupied by other legislation, the editor has designated these provisions as Article III, Sections 20.53-100 through 20.53-107.
SEC. 20.53-100.  FINDINGS.
   The people of the City and County of San Francisco hereby find and declare the following:
   (a)   California subsidizes early childhood education for children whose families earn up to 75 percent of the State Median Income, but state funding limitations allow only an estimated 50 to 60 percent of eligible San Francisco families actually to receive the subsidy; and
   (b)   Children who attend high quality early education programs demonstrate higher rates of high school graduation, higher incomes as adults, and lower rates of arrest, dropout, teen pregnancy, and welfare dependence; and
   (c)   Every $1 invested in high quality early childhood education saves approximately $7 later in remedial education, welfare, and incarceration; and
   (d)   California is moving toward providing universal preschool through the First Five California Commission, established by the cigarette tax approved by the electorate in 1998, and has made available $100 million to increase access to pre-school by funding demonstration projects, expanding the pre-school teacher workforce, and matching funds for counties that establish programs to raise levels of pre-school attendance; and
   (e)   An estimated 1,650 3 to 5 year old children in San Francisco are not receiving the state early education subsidies for which they are eligible, and these children of working parents need access to full-day, full-year care to help these families stay in San Francisco; and
   (f)   San Francisco has a strong, existing network of licensed early childhood education and family child care home providers to help young children become "school ready"; and
   (g)   San Francisco has an existing infrastructure through the Department of Children, Youth and Families and its subcontractors to administer subsidies through a voucher system for eligible families, so that expanding San Francisco children's access to early childhood education can be done without creating new rules and regulations for licensing and eligibility; and
   (h)   An expanded system of early childhood education in San Francisco could qualify for matching funds from the First Five California Commission; and
   (i)   Portable subsidies linked to the consumer rather than the agency allow parents to choose culturally, linguistically appropriate child care providers close to work or home; and
   (j)   Annual reports from administrators to the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor will provide program evaluation and accountability.
(Added by Proposition I, 11/4/2003)
SEC. 20.53-101.  DEFINITIONS.
   For the purposes of this Article only, the following definitions shall apply to the terms used herein:
   (a)   "Licensed Early Care and Education" shall mean care and educational services provided to children prior to enrollment in kindergarten, including those provided by family child care providers, as determined by the Director of the lead agency.
   (b)   "Eligible Working Family" shall mean a family that meets all of the following eligibility criteria:
      1.   The family has at least one child between the ages of 3 and 5.
      2.   The family resides in the City and County of San Francisco.
      3.   The family's income is at 75% or below of the California median income.
      4.   The family applies for any state subsidy for which they are eligible but does not currently receive a subsidy from the State of California pursuant to Education Code Section 8263.1.
   (c)   "Ages 3 to 5" shall mean any child who is at least 3 years of age and determined to be too young for kindergarten as determined by the San Francisco Unified School District.
   (d)   "Subsidy" shall mean the difference between the actual cost of the service and the amount allowed for by the most current "Regional Market Rate Survey of California Child Care Providers." Families will pay a family fee based on the State family fee schedule.
(Added by Proposition I, 11/4/2003)
SEC. 20.53-102.  SMART START FOR SAN FRANCISCO KIDS.
   There is hereby established a "Smart Start for San Francisco Kids" program to be administered by a lead agency designated by the Mayor within 90 days from enactment of this measure. The program shall provide a portable subsidy for licensed early care and education to any eligible working family for the purposes of providing these services to any child ages 3 to 5. Nothing in this section is intended to preclude the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors from making subsides for licensed early care and education available to children between the ages of 0 and 2.
(Added by Proposition I, 11/4/2003)
SEC. 20.53-103.  SMART START FOR SAN FRANCISCO KIDS FUND.
   There is hereby established a fund to be known as "Smart Start for San Francisco Kids Fund," which shall contain all appropriations for the implementation of this ordinance. This fund shall be a Category 8 fund, meaning that funds shall automatically be appropriated, interest shall accumulate and that any fund balance shall carry forward from year to year. The fund shall contain all monies appropriated from any lawful source for this purpose pursuant to Article IX of the City Charter, except that no funds provided by the Children's Fund (Charter Section 16.108(c)) may be used in the "Smart Start for San Francisco Kids Fund."
(Added by Proposition I, 11/4/2003)
SEC. 20.53-104.  PROMULGATION OF REGULATIONS.
   The Director of the lead agency shall have the authority to promulgate regulations in collaboration with the Department of Children, Youth and Families, the Human Services Commission, the Children and Families Commission, the Child Care Planning and Advisory Council and any interested community organizations. Such regulations shall require approval by the Children and Families Commission. On an annual basis, the director of the lead agency shall provide a report to the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors.
(Added by Proposition I, 11/4/2003)
SEC. 20.53-105.  EVALUATION.
   Within two years from the effective date of this initiative, the Controller shall audit and evaluate the efficacy of this program. The Controller shall also advise on additional steps to expand early childhood education opportunities.
(Added by Proposition I, 11/4/2003)
SEC. 20.53-106.  GENERAL WELFARE.
   In undertaking this program, the City and County of San Francisco is assuming an undertaking only to promote the general welfare. It is not assuming, nor is it imposing on its officers, commissions, and employees, an obligation for breach of which it is liable in money damages to any person who claims that such breach proximately caused injury.
(Added by Proposition I, 11/4/2003)
SEC. 20.53-107.  SEVERABILITY.
   If any section, subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this initiative or any part thereof is, for any reason, held to be unconstitutional or invalid or ineffective by any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity or effectiveness of the remaining portions of this Chapter or any part thereof. The people hereby declare that they would have passed each section, subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase thereof irrespective of the fact that any one or more section, subsections, subdivisions, paragraphs, sentences, clauses or phrases be declared unconstitutional or invalid or ineffective.
(Added by Proposition I, 11/4/2003)
ARTICLE VI:
ENROLLMENT IN SOCIAL SERVICES
 
Title.
Definitions.
Contract Requirements.
Documents to Be Created by the Department of Human Services.
No Conflict with Federal or State Law.
 
SEC. 20.54.1.  TITLE.
   This Article VI shall be known as the "Public Benefits Utilization Ordinance."
(Added by Ord. 1-16, File No. 150624, App. 1/19/2016, Eff. 2/18/2016, Oper. 4/18/2016)
SEC. 20.54.2.  DEFINITIONS.
   For purposes of this Article VI the following definitions shall apply.
   " CalFresh " shall mean the program that provides monthly benefits to low-income households that can be used for the purchase of food, as set forth in California Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 18900 et seq., including any future amendments to those sections.
   " CALM " shall mean Cash Assistance Linked to Medi-Cal, as set forth in Administrative Code, Chapter 20, Article X, including any future amendments to that Article.
   "CalWORKs " shall mean the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program as set forth in California Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 11200 et seq., including any future amendments to those sections.
   " City " shall mean the City and County of San Francisco.
   " Client " shall mean any person residing in or seeking to reside in Permanent Supportive Housing. "Client" shall include any dependent children under 18 years of age residing with or seeking to reside with the Client in Permanent Supportive Housing.
   " General Assistance " shall mean the General Assistance Program as set forth under Article VII of this Chapter, Sections 20.55et seq.
   " Housing Provider " shall mean any Person that contracts with the Department of Human Services or the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing to administer Permanent Supportive Housing.
   " Housing-Related Contract " shall mean any City-funded contract, lease, memorandum of understanding, or other agreement or amendment thereto entered into on or after the operative date of this Article VI between the Department of Human Services or the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing and a Housing Provider that provides for the administration of Permanent Supportive Housing to Clients of the Department of Human Services. "Housing-Related Contract" shall not include agreements between the San Francisco Housing Authority and the City, or contracts to provide City-funded services at Housing Authority developments.
   " IHSS " shall mean the In-Home Supportive Services Program, as set forth in Administrative Code, Chapter 70, including any future amendments to that Chapter.
   " Medi-Cal " shall mean the Medi-Cal Program as set forth in California Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 14000 et seq., including any future amendments to those sections.
   " PAES " shall mean the Personal Assisted Employment Services Program, as set forth in Administrative Code, Chapter 20, Article IX, including any future amendments to that Article.
   " Permanent Supportive Housing " shall mean housing units for Clients that include on-site supportive services, including, without limitation, intake and assessment of Clients' needs, outreach to the Clients to assist them with health or social needs, management of the health or social needs of Clients, mediation of disputes with the property management, and referrals for services to the Clients.  "Permanent Supportive Housing" shall not include any shelter that offers temporary overnight sleeping space on a short-term basis provided by the City on City-owned or leased property or through a contractual arrangement.
   " Person " shall mean an individual, proprietorship, corporation, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability partnership or company, trust, business trust, estate, association, joint venture, agency, instrumentality, or any other legal or commercial entity, whether domestic or foreign.
   " Public Benefits " shall mean CalFresh, CalWORKs, General Assistance, Medi-Cal, SSI, VA Benefits, PAES, IHSS, SSIP, and CALM.
   " SSI " shall mean Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Program for Aged, Blind, and Disabled as set forth in California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 12000 et seq., including any future amendments to those sections.
   " SSIP " shall mean Supplemental Security Income Pending, as set forth in Administrative Code, Chapter 20, Article XI, including any future amendments to that Article.
   " VA Benefits " shall mean benefits and entitlements provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, as set forth in 38 U.S.C. Sections 101 et seq., including any future amendments to those sections.
(Added by Ord. 1-16, File No. 150624, App. 1/19/2016, Eff. 2/18/2016, Oper. 4/18/2016; amended by Ord. 116-16, File No. 160638, App. 6/29/2016, Eff. 7/29/2016)
SEC. 20.54.3.  CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS.
   Every Housing-Related Contract executed after the operative date of this Article VI shall contain provisions in which the Housing Provider agrees to the following requirements:
   (a)   (1)   The Housing Provider shall make reasonable efforts to help Clients determine the Public Benefits for which they may be reasonably eligible, and help Clients enroll in all Public Benefits for which they may be reasonably eligible. "Reasonable efforts" within the meaning of the previous sentence shall include but not be limited to meeting, or attempting to meet, with all Clients within three months of the Client's placement in Permanent Supportive Housing and at least once per calendar year thereafter to discuss the Public Benefits the Client is receiving, the Public Benefits for which the Client has applied, and the Public Benefits for which the Client may be eligible but for which the Client has not applied. A Housing Provider satisfies the requirement of "attempting to meet" with a Client within the meaning of the previous sentence if the Housing Provider supplies the Client with a written notice of the date, time, and location of the proposed meeting at least two weeks before the meeting, then attempts to notify the Client at least twice by phone and at least once in person of the date, time, and location of the meeting. A Client "may be reasonably eligible" for a Public Benefit within the meaning of this Section 20.54.3 if the Housing Provider determines that the Client satisfies all of the criteria set forth on the worksheet created by the Department of Human Services pursuant to Section 20.54.4 of this Article VI.
      (2)   During each meeting with the Client described in subsection (a)(1), the Housing Provider shall provide the Client with a document listing all Public Benefits for which the Client may be reasonably eligible and the different manners in which the Client may apply for those Public Benefits. The Provider shall assist the Client to apply for all Public Benefits for which the Client may be reasonably eligible by: making an intake appointment for the Client at the Department of Human Services and providing the date, time and location of the appointment to the Client in writing; by assisting the Client to apply online; by assisting the Client to fill out and mail a paper application; or by assisting the Client to call the Department of Human Services to apply by phone.
   (b)   During each meeting with the Client described in subsection (a)(1), the Housing Provider shall provide the Client with the release described in subsection (b) of Section 20.54.4 of this Article VI. The Housing Provider shall explain to the Client the purpose of the release.
   (c)   Each Housing Provider shall produce and provide to the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing and Department of Human Services a report each year that includes the following information:
      (1)   The percentage of Clients enrolled in each Public Benefit;
      (2)   The percentage of Clients who have applied for all of the Public Benefits for which they may be reasonably eligible;
      (3)   A summary of the reasonable efforts made pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section 20.54.3 to help Clients enroll in all Public Benefits for which they may be reasonably eligible; and
      (4)   If all Clients are not enrolled in the maximum Public Benefits for which they may be reasonably eligible, an explanation as to why a higher percentage of Clients are not so enrolled and a description of efforts that will be made to enroll more Clients in all Public Benefits for which they may be reasonably eligible.
      A Housing Provider's first report required by this subsection (c) shall be due one year from the execution of any Housing-Related Contract entered into after operative date of this Article VI.
   (d)   Each Housing Provider shall retain for three years copies of all documents generated or received pursuant to this Section 20.54.3 of this Article VI.
   (e)   Each Housing Provider shall cooperate fully with the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing when it conducts its annual contract monitoring visit, as well as any audits and investigations, including allowing the Department full and complete access to documents and employees.
   (f)   No Housing Provider shall discharge, reduce in compensation, or otherwise discriminate against any employee for notifying the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing of a possible violation of this Article VI.
(Added by Ord. 1-16, File No. 150624, App. 1/19/2016, Eff. 2/18/2016, Oper. 4/18/2016; amended by Ord. 116-16, File No. 160638, App. 6/29/2016, Eff. 7/29/2016)
SEC. 20.54.4.  DOCUMENTS TO BE CREATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES.
   (a)   The Department of Human Services shall create a worksheet that lists the general criteria for eligibility for each Public Benefit. The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing shall provide this worksheet to all Housing Providers and shall post this worksheet on its website. The Department of Human Services shall regularly update this worksheet to reflect any changes that are made to the laws regarding eligibility for Public Benefits.
   (b)   The Department of Human Services shall create a consent to release information form that allows the Housing Providers, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing to exchange information regarding the public aid status of the Client. The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing shall provide this release to all Housing Providers and shall post this release on its website.
(Added by Ord. 1-16, File No. 150624, App. 1/19/2016, Eff. 2/18/2016, Oper. 4/18/2016; amended by Ord. 116-16, File No. 160638, App. 6/29/2016, Eff. 7/29/2016)
SEC. 20.54.5.  NO CONFLICT WITH FEDERAL OR STATE LAW.
   Nothing in this Article VI shall be interpreted or applied so as to create any requirement, power, or duty in conflict with any federal or state law.
(Added by Ord. 1-16, File No. 150624, App. 1/19/2016, Eff. 2/18/2016, Oper. 4/18/2016)
ARTICLE VII:
COUNTY ADULT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
   Editor’s Note: As part of the revision and consolidation of Administrative Code provisions relating to indigent aid programs, Ordinance 153-16 (approved 8/1/2016, effective 8/31/2016, operative 1/1/2017) repealed former Articles IX, X, and XI, and incorporated successor provisions into this Article, which was amended essentially in its entirety.
 
Title.
Authority and Mandate.
Definitions.
Purposes and Principles.
Policy and Administration.
Eligibility for Aid.
Administration of Family General Relief Program; Maximum Grant Amount; Promulgation of Program Rules.
Proration of Income Over Contract Period.
Rebuttable Presumption of Ineligibility – Students.
Rebuttable Presumption of Ineligibility – Current Income or Expenses.
Residency Requirement.
Allowable Real Property.
Allowable Personal Property.
Exempt Income or Resources.
Reimbursement Agreement.
Identification.
Finger-Imaging and Photo- Imaging.
Exemption for Terminal Illness.
Ineligibility of Fleeing Felons.
Ineligibility of Individuals who Have Reached the Time Limit for Receipt of CalWORKs Aid Under State Law.
Computation and Payment of Aid Grants; Amounts Payable.
Housing.
Basic Needs; Personal Needs.
Special Allowances; Income-in-Kind Value Exceeds Monthly Maximum Grant.
Continuing Eligibility.
Work Requirements and Exemptions.
Intensive Employment Services Program.
Termination of Employment.
Good Cause.
Use of Minimum Hourly Wage Rate to Calculate Maximum Number of Hours of Service.
Emergency Aid Payments.
Aid Payments; In General.
Aid Payments; Mandatory Direct Rent Payment Program.
Aid Payments; In-Kind Aid.
Aid Payments; To Whom Paid and Delivered.
Aid Payments; Administrative Discontinuance.
Aid Payments; Lost, Forged or Stolen Warrants; Loss or Theft of Warrant Proceeds.
Fair Administration; Disclosures; Overpayment.
Quality Control Program; Requirements.
Quality Control Program; Reports.
Records; Maintenance of.
Records; Confidentiality.
Records; Destruction of.
Fraud in Obtaining Aid.
Hearing; Opportunity.
Notice of Proposed Action.
Request for Hearing.
Aid Paid Pending.
Hearing; Notice of Hearing; When Held.
Impartial Hearing Officer.
Hearing; Hearing Rights.
Informality, Evidence, Appearance, and Counsel.
Hearing Decision.
Hearing; Finality; Effect of Nonappearance.
Funding.
Evaluation.
Severability.
Promotion of the General Welfare.
 
SEC. 20.7-1.  TITLE.
   This Article VII shall be known as the “County Adult Assistance Programs of the City and County of San Francisco.”
(As Sec. 20.55, amended by Ord. 212-80, App. 5/16/80; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/8/98; redesignated as Sec. 20.7-1 and amended by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.7-2.  AUTHORITY AND MANDATE.
   (a)   The County Adult Assistance Programs consist of the General Assistance Program, the Personal Assisted Employment Services (PAES) Program, the Cash Assistance Linked to Medi-Cal (CALM) Program, the Supplemental Security Income Pending (SSIP) Program, and the Family General Relief Program.
   (b)   The General Assistance program is established pursuant to California Welfare and Institutions Code Division 9, Part 5, Chapter 1, commencing with Section 17000.
   (c)   Any amendments to the above authority, adopted subsequent to the effective date of this Article VII, shall not invalidate any provisions of this Article. Any amendments to the Welfare and Institutions Code that may be inconsistent with the administration of the General Assistance Program, as set forth in this Article, shall govern.
   (d)   The provisions of this Article VII shall govern in relation to all other ordinances of the City and County of San Francisco and rules and regulations pursuant thereto. In the event of any inconsistency or conflict between the provisions of this Article and other provisions of the Administrative Code, the most specific shall prevail.
   (e)   The PAES, CALM, SSIP, and Family General Relief Programs, as set forth in this Article VII, are not established pursuant to Chapter 1, Part 5, Division 9 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code and may be amended or terminated by the Board of Supervisors at any time, for any reason. In the event that PAES, CALM, SSIP, and/or Family General Relief are terminated, all Applicants for and participants in those programs shall be transitioned to the General Assistance Program without need to reapply, in accordance with the rules and regulations of that program.
(As Sec. 20.55.1, amended by Ord. 212-80, App. 5/16/80; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/8/98; redesignated as Sec. 20.7-2 and amended by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.7-3.  DEFINITIONS.
   For the purposes of this ordinance:
   “Applicant” is a person who is in the process of applying for benefits under the County Adult Assistance Programs.
   “CalFresh” means the food assistance program as defined in Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 18900) of Part 6 of Division 9 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code, or any successor program.
   “CALM” means the Cash Assistance Linked to Medi-Cal Program as set forth in this Article VII.
   “CalWORKs” means the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids as defined in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11200) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code or any successor program.
   “CAPI” means the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants as defined in Chapter 10.3 (commencing with Section 18937) of Part 6 of Division 9 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code or any successor program.
   “City” means the City and County of San Francisco.
   “Decrease” means any reduction in a Recipient’s current cash grant amount.
   “Denial” means a determination, based on a County Adult Assistance Programs application, that the Applicant is not eligible for aid.
   “Department” means the Department of Human Services of the City and County of San Francisco.
   “Discontinuance” means the termination of a person’s entitlement to aid.
   ”Electronic benefit transfer” means a method of transferring benefits through a centralized computer system so that an Applicant/participant may obtain his or her benefits at facilities such as automated teller machines (ATM) and point-of-sale (POS) terminals using an access device such as a magnetic stripe plastic card. “Electronic benefit transfer” includes direct deposits.
   “Executive Director” means the Executive Director of the Department of Human Services of the City and County of San Francisco.
   “PAES” means the Personal Assisted Employment Services Program as set forth in this Article VII.
   “Recipient” is a person who is receiving assistance under this Article VII.
   “Recoupment” means the collection of past overpayments by making deductions from current grants.
   “Resident of a state or private institution” shall mean that the Applicant/Recipient is staying in a facility that provides housing and three meals a day.
   “SSI/SSP” means Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Program for Aged, Blind, and Disabled Californians as defined in California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 12000, et seq.
   “SSIP” means the Supplemental Security Income Pending Program as set forth under this Article VII.
   “State” means the State of California.
   “TANF” means Temporary Assistance to Needy Families as defined in Part A (commencing with Section 601) of Subchapter 4 of Chapter 7 of Title 42 of the United States Code.
   “Withholding” means the retention of aid payments.
(As Sec. 20.55.2, amended by Ord. 271-81, App. 5/21/81; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/8/98; redesignated as Sec. 20.7-3 and amended by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.55.3.  [REPEALED.]
(Amended by Ord. 212-80, App. 5/16/80; repealed by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.7-4.  PURPOSES AND PRINCIPLES.
   (a)   This Article VII is enacted to establish rules and requirements for the administration of aid to the indigent and dependent poor of the City and to adopt standards and conditions for such aid.
   (b)   The purpose of General Assistance is to provide short-term financial or in-kind assistance and other services to indigent residents of the City and County who are unable to support themselves and have exhausted their own means of support; and are not residents of state or private institutions. General Assistance is intended to enable and encourage persons aided to:
      (1)   Find employment if employable;
      (2)   Receive support from other federal or State sources; and
      (3)   Reduce or eliminate the conditions that have led to indigency and dependency.
   (c)   The purposes of the PAES Program are: (1) to provide quality evaluation of vocational experience, qualifications, strengths, and needs; and (2) to provide the participant with the supportive services and activities necessary to assist the participant in obtaining paid employment.
   (d)   The purpose of the CALM Program is to provide cash payments to those individuals who have been determined to be eligible for Medi-Cal, the State health care program, as set forth in California Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 14000 et seq., on the basis of being aged, blind, or disabled, and who meet specific financial criteria, but who are not eligible for federal or State support.
   (e)   The purpose of the SSIP Program is to provide cash payments to those individuals with medical verification of a permanent disabling condition pending their application for federal disability benefits.
   (f)   The purpose of the Family General Relief Program is to provide assistance to indigent families with minor children who are ineligible for CalWORKs as a result of the application of the income deeming rule for sponsored noncitizens.
   (g)   Assistance is to be administered in a manner which is consistent with and will help achieve basic program purposes and which respects individual privacy and personal dignity. The following policies and principles govern the public social services:
      (1)   Assistance is to be administered promptly and humanely, without discrimination on account of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.
      (2)   Assistance is to be so administered as to encourage self-respect, self-reliance, and the desire to be a productive citizen.
      (3)   Assistance is to be administered with courtesy, consideration, and respect, and without attempting to elicit any unnecessary information.
      (4)   Duties should be performed in such a manner as to secure for every Applicant or Recipient the amount of aid to which he or she is entitled under the law.
      (5)   Duties should be performed in a manner that usefully assists all employable Recipients in seeking employment and all unemployable Recipients in obtaining other appropriate public benefits.
      (6)   There is to be no question, inquiry, or recommendation relating to the political or religious opinions or affiliations of any Applicant or Recipient.
      (7)   Assistance is to be administered in the most cost-effective manner possible.
(As Sec. 20.55.4, amended by Ord. 271-81, App. 5/21/81; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/8/98; redesignated as Sec. 20.7-4 and amended by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.7-5.  POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION.
   (a)   The Board of Supervisors has authority for establishing the policies under which the County Adult Assistance Programs are administered, and any change or exceptions, except as otherwise provided, may be made only upon its authorization.
   (b)   The Department shall administer the County Adult Assistance Programs. The Executive Director shall establish rules and regulations for the proper administration of the County Adult Assistance Programs.
   (c)   In actual emergencies, the Executive Director may make exceptions to policies pending action by the Board of Supervisors. Such action shall be reported to the Board of Supervisors within five working days.
(As Sec. 20.55.5, amended by Ord. 212-80, App. 5/16/80; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/8/98; redesignated as Sec. 20.7-5 and amended by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.55.6.  [REPEALED.]
(Amended by Ord. 212-80, App. 5/16/80; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/12/98; repealed by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.7-6.  ELIGIBILITY FOR AID.
   (a)   Aid, services, or both shall be granted under the provisions of this Article VII and subject to the regulations of the Department to individuals and to families, as that term is defined in  Section 20.7-21 of this Article.
   (b)   Eligibility for General Assistance. Applicants and Recipients shall be eligible for benefits under the General Assistance Program if they meet the eligibility standards set forth in this Article VII , and any rules or regulations promulgated thereunder.
   (c)   Eligibility for the PAES Program. Applicants and Recipients shall be eligible for benefits under the PAES Program if they meet the eligibility standards set forth in this Article VII , and any rules or regulations promulgated thereunder, and:
      (1)   Have been determined to be employable based on the Department’s assessment of their physical and mental health, and their ability to perform work;
      (2)   Meet the residency requirement set forth in Section 20.7-11; and
      (3)   Agree to fulfill the job readiness activities required of PAES participants as set forth in Section 20.7-26.
   (d)   Eligibility for the CALM Program. Applicants and Recipients shall be eligible for benefits under the CALM Program if they meet the eligibility standards set forth in this Article VII , and any rules or regulations promulgated thereunder, and:
      (1)   Submit to the Department a complete Medi-Cal application; and
      (2)   Are determined to be eligible for Medi-Cal benefits for the aged, blind, or disabled, based upon State eligibility criteria.
   (e)   Eligibility for the SSIP Program. Applicants and Recipients shall be eligible for benefits under the SSIP Program if they meet the eligibility standards set forth in this Article VII , and any rules or regulations promulgated thereunder, and have a permanent disability, as determined by the Department.
   (f)   Eligibility for the Family General Relief Program. Applicants and Recipients shall be eligible for benefits under the Family General Relief Program if:
      (1)   There is a minor in the Applicant household;
      (2)   The Applicant household has demonstrated that it would be eligible for CalWORKs cash assistance, but for application of the deeming rule for sponsored noncitizens, as set forth in California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11008.135, as such sections may be amended from time to time; and
      (3)   The Applicant household has no other source of income.
   (g)   Eligibility criteria applicable to all Applicants and Recipients of the General Assistance, PAES, CALM, and SSIP Programs.
      (1)   Unemployment due to a bona fide strike, lockout, or other labor dispute in and of itself shall have no effect on eligibility for assistance under this Article VII, provided the Applicant or Recipient meets all other eligibility requirements and actively seeks and accepts offers of employment.
      (2)   Initial aid payments shall be conditional upon attendance at Department orientation programs.
      (3)   All Applicants shall seek other means of federal or State support, where available, including, but not limited to, support available under State and federal programs such as SSI/SSP, CalWORKs, CAPI, Medi-Cal, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, CalFresh or any successor program administered under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
      (4)   Residents of a state or private institution shall be ineligible for assistance under this Article VII, per California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 17000.
      (5)   An individual serving a sanction for fraud under any of the County Adult Assistance Programs set forth in this Article VII is ineligible to receive benefits under any of the other County Adult Assistance Programs until that sanction period is completed.
(As Sec. 20.56, amended by Ord. 271-81, App. 5/21/81; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/12/98; redesignated as Sec. 20.7-6 and amended by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.7-7.  ADMINISTRATION OF FAMILY GENERAL RELIEF PROGRAM; MAXIMUM GRANT AMOUNT; PROMULGATION OF PROGRAM RULES.
   (a)   The Department of Human Services shall administer the Family General Relief Program.
   (b)   For each eligible individual or for each eligible family of two or more persons who qualify for aid under the Family General Relief program, the maximum monthly amount of aid to which such Recipients are entitled shall be equal to the maximum monthly grant to which a household of the same size is eligible under the CalWORKs program. For purposes of this subsection (b), household size shall be determined based on the number of minors who are eligible for Family General Relief.
   (c)   The Department of Human Services shall promulgate regulations for the administration of the Family General Relief Program. The regulations shall be aimed at meeting the needs of households with minors and shall promote the efficient administration the program. The regulations shall establish procedures for determining eligibility for Family General Relief, processing applications, recertifications, sanctions, discontinuances, notices and administrative appeals, and such other procedures as the Director determines would serve the interest of the program.
(Added by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016; Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.56.1.  [REPEALED.]
(Amended by Ord. 212-80, App. 5/16/80; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/12/98; repealed by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.7-8.  PRORATION OF INCOME OVER CONTRACT PERIOD.
   The income of any person under a contract of employment who works and receives income from such contract shall be prorated over the period of the contract for the purposes of this Article VII.
(As Sec. 20.56.2, amended by Ord. 212-80, App. 5/16/80; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/12/98; redesignated as Sec. 20.7-8 and amended by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017; amended by Ord. 250-18, File No. 180002, App. 11/2/2018, Eff. 12/3/2018)
SEC. 20.56.3.  [REPEALED.]
(Amended by Ord. 212-80, App. 5/16/80; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/12/98; repealed by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.56.4.  [REPEALED.]
(Amended by Ord. 212-80, App. 5/16/80; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/12/98; repealed by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.7-9.  REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION OF INELIGIBILITY – STUDENTS.
   Status as a full-time student shall create a rebuttable presumption that such person is unavailable for, or unable to accept, offers of employment. The presumption may be rebutted by satisfactory evidence presented to the Department of the student’s opportunity, availability, and intent to seek employment on a full-time basis.
(As Sec. 20.56.5, amended by Ord. 212-80, App. 5/16/80; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/12/98; redesignated as Sec. 20.7-9 and amended by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.7-10.  REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION OF INELIGIBILITY – CURRENT INCOME OR EXPENSES.
   Verified paid income or expenses during a current month of eligibility and/or application which exceed the otherwise eligible Applicant/Recipient’s total monthly income and/or assets shall create a rebuttable presumption of ineligibility for aid.
(As Sec. 20.56.6, amended by Ord. 271-81, App. 5/21/81; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/12/98; redesignated as Sec. 20.7-10 and amended by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.56.7.  [REPEALED.]
(Amended by Ord. 212-80, App. 5/16/80; repealed by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.7-11.  RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT.
   (a)   Residency in the City for 15 continuous days, prior to the time of application, is a requirement of eligibility for General Assistance, the CALM Program, and the SSIP Program. Residency in the City for 30 continuous days, prior to the time of application, is a requirement of eligibility for the PAES Program. No aid shall be paid until such residency is verified. Residency in the City is established by physical presence and intent to reside in the City which is satisfactorily substantiated by the Applicant or Recipient. An Applicant who may not lawfully reside in the City shall not meet the residency requirement and shall not be eligible for aid under this Article VII.
   (b)   Eligibility for assistance under this Article VII will terminate immediately upon abandonment of residency in the City.
(As Sec. 20.56.8, amended by Ord. 212-80, App. 5/16/80; amended by Proposition V, 11/2/93; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/8/98; redesignated as Sec. 20.7-11 and amended by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.7-12.  ALLOWABLE REAL PROPERTY.
   An Applicant or Recipient of assistance under this Article VII may retain real property used as his or her home, provided that the Applicant’s or Recipient’s net monthly housing expense does not exceed the otherwise eligible Applicant/Recipient’s total monthly income and/or assets.
(As Sec. 20.56.9, amended by Ord. 212-80, App. 5/16/80; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/8/98; redesignated as Sec. 20.7-12 and amended by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.7-13.  ALLOWABLE PERSONAL PROPERTY.
   No aid under this Article VII shall be granted or paid for any person who has not exhausted all assets and resources available to such person, provided, however, that the following properties and assets shall be considered “exempt” and shall not be counted in determining eligibility:
   (a)   Cash assets, savings and/or checking accounts, the total of which does not exceed the maximum property reserve permitted under the Medi-Cal program, as set forth in Section 50420 of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations, or any successor regulations;
   (b)   Personal effects, exclusive of luxury jewelry;
   (c)   Household furnishings;
   (d)   Tools, trade equipment, and fixtures used in the individual’s regular trade or work;
   (e)   Insurance policies or funds placed in trust for the provision of interment or for funeral expenses to the extent of not more than $1,500 per family;
   (f)   An interment plot for use by members of the Applicant’s or Recipient’s family;
   (g)   A vehicle with a cash value that does not exceed the maximum equity value of a vehicle permitted under the CalWORKs program, as set forth in California Welfare and Institutions Code section 11155(c), or any successor statute; and
   (h)   Life insurance policies with a combined face value of up to $1,500.
(As Sec. 20.56.10, amended by Ord. 271-81, App. 5/21/81; Ord. 125-93, App. 4/30/93; Ord. 419-94, App. 12/23/94; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/8/98; redesignated as Sec. 20.7-13 and amended by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)
SEC. 20.7-14.  EXEMPT INCOME OR RESOURCES.
   For the purpose of this Article VII, the following types of income and resources shall not be considered available to the Applicant or Recipient in determining eligibility:
   (a)   Income from relocation payments to individuals receiving aid under this Article VII being displaced by a redevelopment agency or any successor agency;
   (b)   SSI/SSP benefits and resources of a member of the Applicant’s or Recipient’s household;
   (c)   Any verified grants or loans made to a Recipient or to an Applicant in the month of application, or one month immediately prior to application for the purpose of enabling that Recipient or Applicant to pay his or her rent, or for the purpose of payment of first and last month’s rent and any lawful rental deposit;
   (d)   Income tax refunds, including the State and federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), issued to the Applicant or Recipient;
   (e)   Payments made to the Applicant or Recipient under the Foster Care, Adoption Assistance, or KinGAP Programs;
   (f)   Payments made to an Applicant or Recipient as a result of participation in job readiness or training programs, exclusive of wages earned through subsidized employment;
   (g)   The portion of any student grants or loans that is paid directly to the educational institution for tuition, fees, and/or books; and
   (h)   Payments made to the Applicant or Recipient as part of a locally-funded work incentive program.
(As Sec. 20.56.11, amended by Ord. 212-80, App. 5/16/80; Ord. 1-95, App. 1/13/95; Ord. 152-98, App. 5/8/98; redesignated as Sec. 20.7-14 and amended by Ord. 153-16, File No. 160636, App. 8/1/2016, Eff. 8/31/2016, Oper. 1/1/2017)