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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 1:
GENERAL PROVISIONS
 
How Code Designated and Cited.
Catchlines of Sections.
Official Flag.
Official Flower Designated.
Official Song and Ballad Designated.
Official Colors Designated.
Official Bird Designated.
Official Band Designated.
Corporate Seal.
Official Key.
Disclaimers in Eminent Domain Proceedings Brought by United States.
Dismissal of Public Nuisance Abatement Action.
Dismissal of Action by Attorney for the Tax Collector When Full Amount Paid.
Inspection of Agricultural Products Prior to Shipment – Duty of County Agricultural Commissioner.
Inspection of Agricultural Products Prior to Shipment – Inspection Fees.
Farmers' Market Certification Fee.
Quarantine Inspection Fees.
Salad Products Processor Inspection Fees.
Inspection of Agricultural Products Prior to Shipment – Inspection of Imported Vegetables.
Inspection of Agricultural Products Prior to Shipment – Inspection of Imported Vegetables – Fees.
Inspection of Agricultural Products Prior to Shipment – Certificate of Inspection; Destruction of Unfit Vegetables.
Registration Fees – Structural Pest Control Operators, Pest Control Operators and Advisers.
Enforcement of Shell Egg Standards.
Agricultural and/or Pesticide-Related Contracts.
Inspection of Nursery Stock.
Weights and Measures – Permits and Fees.
Quantity Control of Prepackaged Items.
Kosher Food Records.
Petroleum Products.
Pest Detection and Trapping.
Weights and Measures – Scales to be Sealed by Sealer of Weights and Measures.
Weights and Measures – Scales of Peddlers and Hawkers.
Fees for Testing Weighing and Measuring Devices.
Taximeters.
Annual Tax Rate Ordinance: Amendment to the Annual Appropriation Ordinance.
Distribution of Tax Proceeds Levied in Accordance with Section XIII-A of California Constitution and Distributed in Accordance with State Law.
Limitation on Special Assessments.
Payment of Fees by the Public Administrator to the County Clerk.
Hold Harmless Agreements.
Authority of Police Chief, District Attorney and Sheriff with Respect to Contracts with State for Witness Protection.
Voting Requirements for Members of Commissions, Committees and Other Bodies Created by Legislative Action.
Authorizing Contracts with Public Utilities for the Removal of Hazardous Materials.
Telpak Circuit System; Stolen Vehicles.
Alameda County Police Information Network System.
City Store – Merchandise – Profits.
Officers of the City and County.
Procedure by General Law or Ordinance.
Repair of Accepted Streets.
Sewer, Water and Other Connections.
Annual Reports.
Online Database Concerning Appointments to Advisory Bodies
Findings and Purpose.
Definitions.
Online Database of Appointments.
Annual Audit.
Enforcement.
Permits for United Nations and Hallidie Plazas.
Transfer of Institutional Police Department.
Board Review of Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
Anti-Discriminatory Housing Policies Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
Restaurant Week.
Neighborhood Noticing Ordinance.
 
SEC. 1.1.  HOW CODE DESIGNATED AND CITED.
   This ordinance shall constitute and be designated and shall be cited as the San Francisco Administrative Code.
SEC. 1.2.  CATCHLINES OF SECTIONS.
   The catchlines of the several sections of this code printed in boldface type are intended as mere catchwords to indicate the contents of the section and shall not be deemed or taken to be titles of such section, nor as any part of the section, nor, unless expressly so provided, shall they be so deemed when any of such sections, including the catchlines, are amended or re-enacted.
SEC. 1.3.  OFFICIAL FLAG.
   The City and County shall have an official flag to be known as "The Flag of San Francisco."
   The flag shall be as follows:
   A phoenix rising from the flames, below which shall appear the motto "Oro en Paz – Fierro en Guerra" (gold in peace; iron in warfare), both in a golden hue on a field of white, with the flag itself bordered with gold.
   The words "San Francisco" shall appear horizontally along the lower portion of the flag, below the phoenix and the motto, in letters of appropriate size, rich blue in coloring.
(Ord. No. 979 (1939), Sec. 1)
SEC. 1.5.  OFFICIAL FLOWER DESIGNATED.
   The Dahlia is hereby designated the official flower of the City and County.
(Reso. No. 26244 (N.S.))
SEC. 1.5-1.  OFFICIAL SONG AND BALLAD DESIGNATED.
   The musical composition "San Francisco" with music by Bonislaw Kaper and Walter Jurmann and lyrics by Gus Kahn is hereby designated as the official song of the City and County, and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" with music by George Cory and lyrics by Douglass Cross is hereby designated as the official ballad of the City and County.
(Added by Ord. 307-69, App. 10/24/69; amended by Ord. 247-84, App. 5/23/84)
SEC. 1.5-2.  OFFICIAL COLORS DESIGNATED.
   The colors black and gold are hereby designated as the official colors of the City and County of San Francisco.
(Added by Ord. 93-79, App. 3/2/79)
SEC. 1.5-3.  OFFICIAL BIRD DESIGNATED.
   The California Quail (Callipepla californica) is hereby designated the official bird of the City and County of San Francisco.
(Added by Ord. 246-00, File No. 001436, App. 10/27/2000)
SEC. 1.5-4.  OFFICIAL BAND DESIGNATED.
   The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band is hereby designated as the official band of the City and County of San Francisco.
(Added by Ord. 297-18, File No. 180960, App. 12/18/2018, Eff. 1/18/2019)
SEC. 1.6.  CORPORATE SEAL.
   (a)   A corporate seal of the City and County is hereby adopted and established as the official seal of the City and County.
   (b)   The official seal is described as follows: A shield supported by a miner on the left and a sailor on the right, with a device of a steamship passing the Golden Gate; at the foot of the supporters, emblems of commerce, navigation and mining; at the crest, a phoenix issuing from flames, below which shall appear a motto consisting of the words "Oro en Paz – Fierro en Guerra" (gold in peace; iron in warfare); and around the margin the words "Seal of the City and County of San Francisco."
   (c)   The Clerk of the Board of Supervisors shall have the custody of the corporate seal. The use of the corporate seal of the City and County of San Francisco shall be for purposes directly connected with official business of the City and County; and those matters approved by the Board of Supervisors by resolution.
   (d)   The Clerk of the Board is empowered to authorize the use of the City seal on items that are offered for sale by the City and County of San Francisco for the purpose of promoting the City and County of San Francisco. Prior to authorizing such use, the Clerk shall procure from the Director of Administrative Services a plan describing the items that would bear the City seal. Such plan shall include the criteria used in determining the proposed items and an analysis of the marketability of each item. Only those items bearing the City seal that have been authorized by the Clerk pursuant to this Section may be offered for sale by the City and County of San Francisco. The Clerk of the Board is empowered to authorize the use of the City seal on the face of San Francisco Affinity Credit Cards and San Francisco Affinity Prepaid Phone Cards that are offered for sale in connection with San Francisco Affinity Credit Card and San Francisco Affinity Prepaid Phone Card Programs to be developed by the City.
   (e)   Every person who maliciously or for commercial purposes, or without the prior approval of the Board of Supervisors, uses or allows to be used any reproduction or facsimile of the Seal of the City and County of San Francisco in any manner whatsoever is guilty of a misdemeanor.
(Added by Ord. 534-79, App. 11/2/79; amended by Ord. 98-99, File No. 990407, App. 4/30/99)
SEC. 1.6-1.  OFFICIAL KEY.
   The City and County shall have an official key to be known as "The Key To The City of San Francisco."
   The Mayor of the City and County shall have custody of the official key to the City of San Francisco and shall have sole authority to designate the recipients thereof. In the exercise of said authority the mayor shall be guided by the established rules of protocol or by the performance, in his or her judgment, of significant services to the City and County of San Francisco.
(Added by Ord. 257-65, App. 10/8/65; amended by Ord. 98-99, File No. 990407, App. 4/30/99)
SEC. 1.7.  DISCLAIMERS IN EMINENT DOMAIN PROCEEDINGS BROUGHT BY UNITED STATES.
   The City Attorney is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to file a disclaimer in eminent domain proceedings brought by the United States of America in actions involving parcels of land in which the City and County claims no right, title or interest.
(Ord. No. 1848 (1939), Sec. 1)
SEC. 1.7-1.  DISMISSAL OF PUBLIC NUISANCE ABATEMENT ACTION.
   Any action or proceeding, heretofore or hereafter commenced by the City Attorney for the purpose of abating or enjoining the maintenance, operation, construction or use of any premises, building, structure or part thereof, as a public nuisance by reason of violation therein of the San Francisco Municipal Code or State law, may be dismissed. The City Attorney is hereby authorized and directed to dismiss any such action or proceeding when, before judgement in said action or proceeding, the department head or other administrative official of the City and County of San Francisco having jurisdiction over the enforcement of the San Francisco Municipal Code or State law pertaining to the maintenance, operation, construction or use of said premises, building or structure finds, and he or she advises the City Attorney in writing that he or she has so found, that said premises, building, structure, or part thereof, or the use thereof, no longer constitute a public nuisance and that legal proceedings in relation thereto are no longer necessary.
   Nothing herein contained shall authorize or require the City Attorney to dismiss any such action or proceeding wherein, in addition to seeking an abatement of or injunction against any such public nuisance, money damages are claimed.
(Added by Ord. 112-63, App. 5/15/63)
SEC. 1.7-2.  DISMISSAL OF ACTION BY ATTORNEY FOR THE TAX COLLECTOR WHEN FULL AMOUNT PAID.
   The Attorney for the Tax Collector is hereby authorized to dismiss with prejudice any action brought by him or her when the full amount due the City and County of San Francisco is paid in full.
(Added by Ord. 175-65, App. 6/30/65)
SEC. 1.9.  INSPECTION OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS PRIOR TO SHIPMENT – DUTY OF COUNTY AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER.
   It shall be the duty of the County Agricultural Commissioner, at the request of any shipper desiring to ship agricultural products, and upon the payment of the fees required by the following section, to inspect the products to be shipped and to issue to the shipper thereof a certificate certifying to the inspection and to the condition of the products.
(Bill No. 679, Ord. No. 3.04142 (C.S.), Sec. 3)
SEC. 1.10.  INSPECTION OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS PRIOR TO SHIPMENT – INSPECTION FEES.
   (a)   The fees to be charged for inspection and certificates for agricultural products to be shipped, effective January 1, 2013, shall be $40.00.
   (b)   The fees for each certificate of fumigation shall be $30.00.
   (c)   Twenty-five dollars shall be the minimum charge for any single certificate.
   (d)   State of California Fees. In addition to the fees set forth above, the California Code of Regulations, Title 3, Division 4, Chapter 7, Subchapter 1, Section 4603, requires each county agricultural commissioner to collect the following fees on behalf of the California Department of Food and Agriculture for recovery of the Department's administrative costs, and to remit these funds to the Department.
      (1)   Federal Phytosanitary Certificates, per certificate:
         (A)   U.S. Department of Agriculture Phytosanitary Certificate Tracking System (PCIT) . . . . $5.30
         (B)   If PCIT is not used . . . . $5.30
      (2)   State of California Certificates, per certificate:
         (A)   Original State of California phytosanitary certificate or certificate of quarantine issued for interstate movement, if PCIT is used . . . . $5.30
         (B)   If PCIT is not used . . . . $5.30
   (e)   The County Agricultural Commissioner may develop procedures for the collection of any fees authorized by this Section.
   (f)   Beginning with fiscal year 2013-2014, the fee set forth in the Section may be adjusted each year, without further action by the Board of Supervisors, as set forth in this Section. Not later than April 1, the Director shall report to the Controller the revenues generated by the fee for the prior fiscal year and the prior fiscal year's costs of operation, as well as any other information that the Controller determines appropriate to the performance of the duties set forth in this Section.
   (g)   Not later than May 15, the Controller shall determine whether the current fee has produced or is projected to produce revenues sufficient to support the costs of providing the services for which the fee is assessed and that the fee will not produce revenue which is significantly more than the costs of providing the services for which the fee is assessed. The Controller shall, if necessary, adjust the fee upward or downward for the upcoming fiscal year as appropriate to ensure that the program recovers the costs of operation without producing revenue which is significantly more than such costs. The adjusted fee shall become operative on July 1.
(Amended by Ord. 176-80, App. 5/2/80; Ord. 363-91, App. 10/14/91; Ord. 315-95, App. 10/13/95; Ord. 139-03, File No. 030628, App. 6/20/2003; Ord. 80-13, File No. 130131, App. 5/15/2013, Eff. 6/14/2013; Ord. 75-14, File No. 140226, App. 5/28/2014, Eff. 6/27/2014)
SEC. 1.10-1.  FARMERS' MARKET CERTIFICATION FEE.
   (a)   Imposition of Fee. The County Agricultural Commissioner is hereby authorized to impose a fee for the issuance, modification, verification and renewal of a farmers’ market certificate for any “certified farmers’ market,” as defined in Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 1392.2(a), as may be amended from time to time, operating within the City and County of San Francisco. For purposes of this Section 1.10-1, a “vendor” includes persons who sell agricultural products and persons who sell non-agricultural products. The fees to be charged are:
      For a Certified Farmers’ Market with fewer than 16 vendors:    $500
      For a Certified Farmers’ Market with 16 – 45 vendors:    $1,000
      For a Certified Farmers’ Market with more than 45 vendors:    $1,500
   (b)   Procedures. The County Agricultural Commissioner may develop procedures for the collection of any fee authorized by this Section 1.10-1.
   (c)   Beginning with fiscal year 2019-2020 and annually thereafter, the fees set forth in this Section 1.10-1 may be adjusted each year, without further action by the Board of Supervisors, as set forth in this subsection. Not later than April 1, the Director of the Department of Public Health shall report to the Controller the revenues generated by the fees for the prior fiscal year and the prior fiscal year’s costs of operation. Not later than May 15, the Controller shall determine whether the current fees have produced or are projected to produce revenues sufficient to support the costs of providing the services for which the fee is assessed, and that the fees will not produce revenue that is significantly more than the costs of providing the services for which the fee is assessed. The Controller shall, if necessary, adjust the fees upward or downward for the upcoming fiscal year as appropriate, to ensure that the program recovers the costs of operation without producing revenue that is significantly more than such costs. The adjusted rates shall become operative on July 1.
(Added by Ord. 316-95, App. 10/13/95; amended by Ord. 285-19, File No. 190869, App. 12/20/2019, Eff. 1/20/2020)
SEC. 1.10-2.  QUARANTINE INSPECTION FEES.
   The County Agricultural Commissioner is hereby authorized to impose fees for the inspection of shipments of any agricultural products sent to the City and County of San Francisco, to ensure compliance with California quarantine law, as follows:
   (a)   Inspections Made Outside Regular Business Hours. In the case of inspections which must be made outside of regular business hours or on any weekend day or legal holiday, due to the time of arrival of the shipment in the City and County of San Francisco, the fee authorized by this Section shall be a minimum of $135 plus $45 per hour for any hour or portion thereof in excess of three hours required to complete the inspection, and $0.30 per mile traveled to perform such inspections.
   (b)   Inspections of Quarantine Shipments Which Require Special Handling. In the case of (1) shipments of agricultural products sealed at the California state border by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, which includes shipments with a "Warning Hold Notice," and (2) any shipments which have not passed an initial inspection and which require follow-up inspection by the County Agricultural Commissioner to ensure compliance with California quarantine law, the fee authorized by this Section shall be $35 per hour, and $0.30 per mile traveled to perform such inspections.
   (c)   Procedures. The County Agricultural Commissioner may develop procedures for the collection of any fees authorized by this Section.
   (d)   Effective Date. This Section shall be effective as of October 1, 1995.
(Added by Ord. 317-95, App. 10/13/95)
SEC. 1.10-3.  SALAD PRODUCTS PROCESSOR INSPECTION FEES.
   (a)   Imposition of Fee. The County Agricultural Commissioner is hereby authorized to impose a fee for inspection of salad products processors in an amount of 4½ cents per 20-pound master carton or .0025 cents per pound. Such inspections are authorized pursuant to Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations, Sections 1438.22 et seq. Where repeated violations of those sections occur, the County Agricultural Commissioner is hereby authorized to impose fees necessary to cover the cost of additional inspections necessitated by such violations.
   (b)   Procedures. The County Agricultural Commissioner may develop procedures for the collection of any fees authorized by this Section.
   (c)   Effective Date. This Section shall be effective as of October 1, 1995.
(Added by Ord. 318-95, App. 10/13/95)
SEC. 1.11.  INSPECTION OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS PRIOR TO SHIPMENT – INSPECTION OF IMPORTED VEGETABLES.
   It shall be the duty of the County Agricultural Commissioner, at the request of the consignor or consignee, to inspect all vegetables shipped from any point outside of the United States of America to the City and County (irrespectively as whether such vegetables are shipped directly to the City and County or by reshipment from points within the United States) for the purpose of ascertaining if the vegetables are fit for human consumption. The inspection may be made either at the time of arrival of the vegetables in the City and County or at any other time before they are finally disposed of.
(Bill No. 679, Ord. No. 3.04142 (C.S.), Sec. 5)
SEC. 1.12.  INSPECTION OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS PRIOR TO SHIPMENT – INSPECTION OF IMPORTED VEGETABLES – FEES.
   The fees to be paid by the person requesting the inspection provided for by the preceding section shall be two cents for each package (not above standard size) inspected by the County Agricultural Commissioner.
(Bill No. 679, Ord. No. 3.04142 (C.S.), Sec. 6)
SEC. 1.13.  INSPECTION OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS PRIOR TO SHIPMENT – CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION; DESTRUCTION OF UNFIT VEGETABLES.
   The County Agricultural Commissioner shall, on the payment of the fees provided in Sections 1.10 and 1.12 of this Code, furnish to the person requesting the inspection a certificate showing the total number of packages of vegetables inspected, the number fit for human consumption and the number unfit for human consumption; and shall destroy all of such vegetables found to be unfit for human consumption.
(Bill No. 679, Ord. No. 3.04142 (C.S.), Sec. 7)
SEC. 1.13-1.  REGISTRATION FEES – STRUCTURAL PEST CONTROL OPERATORS, PEST CONTROL OPERATORS AND ADVISERS.
   Pursuant to the California Food and Agricultural Code, Sections 11734, 12034, 15204 and 15204.5, giving the Board of Supervisors authority to establish reasonable fees for registration of Structural Pest Control Operators, Pest Control Operators and Pest Control Advisers, the fees to be charged are:
      $25 for Branch 1 Fumigation Structural Pest Control Operator.
      $10 for each Branch 1 Fumigation Structural Pest Control Operator Registration Amendment.
      $10 for Branch 2 or 3 Fumigation Structural Pest Control Operator.
      $10 for each Branch 2 or 3 Fumigation Structural Pest Control Operator Registration Amendment.
      $50 for Agricultural Pest Control Operators.
      $25 for Maintenance Gardeners.
      $10 for Structural Pest Control Operators.
      $10 for a resident Agricultural Pest Control Adviser, and
      $5 for a nonresident Agricultural Pest Control Adviser.
(Added by Ord. 177-80, App. 5/2/80; amended by Ord. 359-88, App. 8/5/88; Ord. 176-10, File No. 100718, App. 7/23/2010)
SEC. 1.13-2.  ENFORCEMENT OF SHELL EGG STANDARDS.
   The President of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to execute an annual contract between the Director of Agriculture of the State of California and the Board of Supervisors of the City and County for services for enforcement of State standards for shell eggs and enforcement of federal surveillance program for shell eggs as provided in Section 40531 and 40532 of the Agricultural Code of the State of California.
(Added by Ord. 202-72; App 7/13/72)
SEC. 1.13-3.  AGRICULTURAL AND/OR PESTICIDE-RELATED CONTRACTS.
   The President of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to execute all contracts between the City and County of San Francisco and the California Department of Pesticide Regulations, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and any other State agencies with jurisdiction over agricultural and/or pesticide-related activities for the performance of such activities by or under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco County Agricultural Commissioner.
(Added by Ord. 581-80, App. 12/19/80; amended by Ord. 362-91, App. 10/14/91; Ord. 347-95, App. 11/13/95; Ord. 483-96, App. 12/20/96)
SEC. 1.13-4.  INSPECTION OF NURSERY STOCK.
   The President of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to execute an annual contract between the Director of Food and Agriculture of the State of California and the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco for inspection of nursery stock at producers, and retail nursery locations in San Francisco.
(Added by Ord. 128-83, App. 3/11/83)
SEC. 1.13-5.  WEIGHTS AND MEASURES – PERMITS AND FEES.
   (a)   Registration Fees. All weighing and measuring devices used for commercial purposes, as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 12500 of the Business and Professions Code, shall be registered annually with the County Sealer of Weights and Measures. The fee charged by the County Sealer for such registration shall be used to offset the costs of inspecting and testing of said devices pursuant to Section 12240 of the Business and Professions Code and to recover the cost of carrying out Business and Professions Code Section 12211.
   (b)   Calculation of Fees. The amount of the fees shall be set to recover the total costs of inspection and testing incurred by the County Sealer for each annual registration, but shall not exceed the maximum annual charges authorized under California Business and Professions Code Section 12240. Each registration fee shall include a business location component; a device fee component; and a State of California administrative charge. The registration fees shall be according to the following schedule:
      Beginning January 1, 2013, and thereafter, the registration fee shall be one hundred dollars ($100) per business location, plus a device fee listed in subsections (c)(1)below.
   (c)   Device Fees.
      (1)   For large capacity weighing devices, other than livestock, with capacities of 10,000 pounds or greater, the device fee shall not exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250) per device;
      (2)   For smaller capacity weighing devices, other than livestock scales, with capacities of a least 2,000 pounds but less than 10,000 pounds, the device fee shall not exceed one hundred fifty dollars ($150) per device;
      (3)   For livestock scales with capacities of 10,000 pounds or greater, the device fee shall not exceed one hundred fifty dollars ($150) per device;
      (4)   For livestock scales with capacities of at least 2,000 pounds but less than 10,000 pounds, the device fee shall not exceed one hundred dollars ($100) per device;
      (5)   For liquefied petroleum gas meters, truck mounted or stationary, the device fee shall not exceed one hundred eighty-five dollars ($185) per device.
      (6)   For wholesale and vehicle meters, the device fee shall not exceed seventy-five dollars ($75) per device;
      (7)   For computing scales, the device fee shall not exceed twenty ($20) per device. For purposes of this subsection, a computing scale shall be a weighing device with a capacity of less than 100 pounds that indicates the money value of any commodity weighed, at predetermined unit prices, throughout all or part of the weighing range of the scale. For the purposes of this subsection, the portion of the annual registration fee consisting of the business location fee and the device fees authorized by this subsection shall not exceed the sum of one thousand dollars ($1000) for each business location.
      (8)   For jewelry and prescription scales, the device fee shall not exceed eighty dollars ($80) per device. For purposes of this subsection, a jewelry or prescription scale is a scale that meets the specifications, tolerances and sensitivity established pursuant to California Business and Professions Code Section 12107.
      (9)   For weighing devices, other than computing, jewelry and prescription scales as defined in subsection (7), with capacities of at least 100 pounds, but less than 2,000 pounds, the device fee shall not exceed fifty dollars ($50) per device.
      (10)   For vehicle odometers utilized to charge mileage usage fees in vehicle rental transactions or in computing other charges for service, including, but not limited to, ambulance, towing or limousine services, the device fee shall not exceed sixty dollars ($60) per device.
         (A)   This subsection does not apply to odometers in rental passenger vehicles, as defined by California Vehicle Code Section 465, that are subject to California Civil Code Section 1936. If a person files a complaint with the County Sealer of Weights and Measures, regarding the accuracy of rental passenger vehicle odometer, the County Sealer may charge a fee to the operator of the vehicle rental business sufficient to recover, but not to exceed, the reasonable cost of testing the device in investigation of the complaint.
         (B)   For vehicle odometers utilized to charge mileage usage fees in vehicle rental transactions involving nonpassenger vehicles that are not subject to California Civil Code Section 1936, the portion of the annual registration fee consisting of the business location fee and the device authorized under subsection (10) shall not exceed three hundred forty dollars ($340) for each business location.
      (11)   For all other commercial weighing or measuring devices not listed above, the device fee shall not exceed twenty dollars ($20) per device. For purposes of this subsection (c)(11), the total annual registration fee shall not exceed the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each business location.
   (d)   Business Locations. For purposes of this Section, a single business location is defined as:
      (1)   each vehicle, except for those vehicles that are employed in vehicle rental transactions containing one or more commercial devices; or,
      (2)   (A)   for vehicles that are employed in vehicle rental transactions that are not subject to Cal. Civil Code Section 1936, each business location at which vehicles are stored or maintained by a vehicle rental company for the purposes of renting vehicles to customers.
         (B)   A facility that meets all of the following criteria shall not be considered a business location for the purposes of this paragraph:
            (i)   The facility is not wholly, or in any part, owned, leased or operated by the vehicle rental company.
            (ii)   The facility is not operated or staffed by an employee of the vehicle rental company.
            (iii)   The facility stores or maintains, on a temporary basis, vehicles at the location for customer convenience.
         (C)   If a person files a complaint with the county sealer regarding the accuracy of an odometer in vehicle found or located at facility described in subsection (B), above, the county sealer may charge a fee to the operator of vehicle rental company sufficient to recover, but not to exceed the reasonable cost of testing the device in investigation of the complaint.
      (3)   each business location that uses different categories or types of commercial devices that require the use of specialized testing equipment and that necessitates not more than one inspection trip by a weights and measures official.
   (e)   Utility Meters. For marinas, mobilehome parks, recreational vehicle parks, and apartment complexes, where the owner of the marina, park, or complex owns and is responsible for the utility meters, the device fee shall not exceed the following:
      (1)   For water submeters, two dollars ($2) per device per space or apartment.
      (2)   For electric submeters, three dollars ($3) per device per space or apartment.
      (3)   For vapor submeters, four dollars ($4) per device per space or apartment.
      Marinas, mobilehome parks, recreational vehicle parks, and apartment complexes for which the above fees are assessed shall be inspected and tested as frequently as required by regulation.
   (f)   State of California Fees. In addition to the fees set forth above, the California Code of Regulations, Title 4, Division 9, Chapter 3, Article 3, Section 4075, requires each county office of weights and measures to collect the following fees on behalf of the California Department of Food and Agriculture for recovery of the Department's administrative costs, and to remit these funds to the Department.
 
 
Device Category
Administrative Fee
Electric Submeter
$0.10
Water Submeter
$0.10
Vapor Submeter
$0.10
CNG Meter
$1.10
Fabric, Cordage, Wire Meter
$1.10
Grease and Lube Meter
$1.10
Odometer
$1.10
Retail Motor Fuel Dispenser
$1.10
Retail Meter
$1.10
Retail Water Meter
$1.10
Tank (Liquid Test)
$1.10
Taximeter
$1.10
Vehicle Meter
$1.10
Wholesale Meter
$1.10
Miscellaneous Measuring Device
$1.10
Scales  less than 2,000 pounds capacity
$1.10
Liquified Gas Meter
$8.00
Scales 2,000 to 10,000 pounds capacity
$8.00
Scales greater than 10,000 pounds capacity
$12.00
 
   (g)   Rules and Regulations. The County Sealer shall promulgate such rules and regulations as are reasonable and necessary to implement this ordinance.
   (h)   Penalties. The penalty for fees not paid within 30 days of billing shall be 100 percent.
(Amended by Ord. 20-86, App. 2/7/86; Ord. 236-88, App. 6/10/88; Ord. 421-94, 12/23/94; Ord. 30-06, File No. 060030, App. 2/23/2006; Ord. 175-10, File No. 100717, App. 7/23/2010; Ord. 81-13, File No. 130132, App. 5/15/2013, Eff. 6/14/2013; Ord. 75-14, File No. 140226, App. 5/28/2014, Eff. 6/27/2014)
SEC. 1.13-6.  QUANTITY CONTROL OF PREPACKAGED ITEMS.
   The Sealer of Weights and Measures is hereby authorized to execute an annual agreement between the Director of Agriculture of the State of California and the City and County of San Francisco to provide services for quantity control of prepackaged items and maintain a viable weights and measures program.
(Added by Ord. 314-87, App. 7/17/87; amended by Ord. 57-89, App. 3/9/89)
SEC. 1.13-7.  KOSHER FOOD RECORDS.
   The President of the Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to execute an annual contract between the Director of Agriculture of the State of California and the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco to provide services for inspection of kosher food records.
(Added by Ord. 328-87, App. 7/31/87)
SEC. 1.13-8.  PETROLEUM PRODUCTS.
   The Sealer of Weights and Measures is hereby authorized to execute an annual agreement between the Director of Agriculture of the State of California and the City and County of San Francisco to provide services for inspection of establishments that sell or distribute petroleum products.
(Added by Ord. 57-89, App. 3/9/89)
SEC. 1.13-9.  PEST DETECTION AND TRAPPING.
   The President of the Board of Supervisors or his or her designee is hereby authorized to execute an annual contract between the City and County of San Francisco and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to authorize the County Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer of Weights and Measures to perform exotic pest detection and trapping on behalf of the State of California.
(Added by Ord. 318-96, App. 8/8/96; amended by Ord. 187-04, File No. 040759, App. 7/22/2004)
SEC. 1.14.  WEIGHTS AND MEASURES – SCALES TO BE SEALED BY SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES.
   It shall be unlawful for any person, at any place of business in the City and County, to advertise, offer for sale or sell, or to cause or knowingly permit the advertising, offering for sale or selling of any smoked, fresh or pickled meats, poultry, rabbits or fish, except shanks, offal, heads and plucks, other than by weight, determined on a scale by weight or a beam, properly sealed by the Sealer of Weights and Measures.
(Bill No. 891, Ord. No. 11.1 71 (C.S.), Sec. 1)
SEC. 1.15.  WEIGHTS AND MEASURES – SCALES OF PEDDLERS AND HAWKERS.
   All itinerant peddlers and hawkers using scales, balances, weights or measures shall take the same to the office of the Sealer of Weights and Measures, before any use is made thereof, and have the same sealed and adjusted annually. Tax Collector shall issue a license to such peddlers only upon a certificate from the Sealer of Weights and Measures that this Section has been complied with.
(Ord. No. 2698 (N.S.), Sec. 8)
SEC. 1.15.1.  FEES FOR TESTING WEIGHING AND MEASURING DEVICES.
   (a)   For purposes of this Section, the term "commercial purposes" shall have the meaning prescribed in Section 12500 of the California Business and Professions Code.
   (b)   Pursuant to the California Business and Professions Code, Division 5, Chapter 2, Article 2, Sections 12210(b) and 12210.5, the Board of Supervisors hereby directs the County Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer of Weights and Measures to calibrate, test, weigh, and measure, and certify to the accuracy of, weights and measures and weighing and measuring devices and instruments, tools and accessories connected therewith, whether or not used for commercial purposes, upon the written request of any person. The Board of Supervisors hereby authorizes the County Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer of Weights and Measures to establish a schedule of fees for testing of weighing and measuring devices initiated by written request. Pursuant to Section 12210.5 of the California Business and Professions Code, the fee schedule established shall be in accordance with those fees established by the Director of Agriculture of the State of California. The fee schedule shall be ratified by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.
   (c)   After any commercial weighing or measuring instrument or device has been tested as prescribed by Section 12210(a) of the California Business and Professions Code and found to be outside the tolerances or specifications set by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the County Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer of Weights and Measures may reinspect, retest and recertify such an instrument or device in order to determine if it is within those tolerances and specifications. Owners or operators of commercial weighing or measuring devices that fail such an initial test shall be charged for any required retesting the same fee established for tests conducted upon written request.
   (d)   Immediately upon the approval of a change in the fees by the State of California, the County Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer of Weights and Measures shall forward to the Board of Supervisors, for the Board's ratification, the change in the fees.
(Added by Ord. 155-81, App. 4/3/81; amended by Ord. 449-88, App. 10/6/88; Ord. 417-93, App. 12/23/93; Ord. 187-04, File No. 040759, App. 7/22/2004)
SEC. 1.15.2.  TAXIMETERS.
   There shall be no fee charged for the retesting, reinspection or recertification of taximeters occasioned by any taxicab rate change adopted by the Board of Supervisors during 1998, subject to the following conditions:
      (1)   The fee waiver shall begin the day the rate change takes effect;
      (2)   The waiver shall only apply to those taxicabs and taximeters for which the registration fee for 1998 has been paid; and
      (3)   The waiver shall only apply to those taxicabs and taximeters which already have been inspected and sealed, and for which the taximeter is found to be initially correct and accurate in service at the newly approved taximeter rate. If the taximeter fails to pass the required inspection for the new rate accuracy test, a fee of two times the regular test fee shall be charged for the reinspection.
(Added by Ord. 192-98, App. 6/12/98)
SEC. 1.19.  ANNUAL TAX RATE ORDINANCE: AMENDMENT TO THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE.
   In order to comply with the time limitation set forth in Section 6.208 of the Charter, the Controller is hereby authorized and directed to prepare and submit to the Board of Supervisors, not later than August 28th of each year, an ordinance, designated the Annual Tax Rate Ordinance, providing for the levying of a tax, the estimated proceeds of which, together with the total amount of receipts and revenues estimated to be received from all sources, will be sufficient to meet all appropriations made by the Annual Appropriation Ordinance.
   As a prerequisite to the levying of a tax pursuant to Section 6.208 of the Charter, the Controller is further authorized and directed, concurrently and in conjunction with the submission of the Annual Tax Rate Ordinance, to prepare and submit to the Board of Supervisors, without reference or amendment to the Annual Budget, an amendment to the Annual Appropriation Ordinance to effect necessary adjustments pursuant to Section 6.208 of the Charter and other requirements.
(Added by Ord. 254-63, App. 9/12/63)
SEC. 1.19-1.  DISTRIBUTION OF TAX PROCEEDS LEVIED IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION XIII-A OF CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION AND DISTRIBUTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE LAW.
   The Controller is hereby authorized and directed to apportion and distribute the proceeds from the annual tax rate levy as follows:
      The San Francisco United School District shall receive 7.732047 percent of the proceeds;
      The Community College District of the City and County of San Francisco shall receive 1.438021 percent of the proceeds;
      The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District shall receive 0.630043 percent of the proceeds;
      The Bay Area Air Quality Management District shall receive 0.208429 percent of the proceeds;
      The County Superintendent of Schools shall receive 0.103108 percent of the proceeds;
      The City and County of San Francisco shall receive 89.888352 percent of the proceeds.
   The above distribution is exclusive of that amount levied and collected to pay the interest and redemption charges on any indebtedness approved by the voters. The percentage distribution of the tax rate proceeds received by any district may be reduced proportionately to reflect any benefits from the State for restrictive or nonrestrictive purposes.
(Amended by Ord. 464-79, App. 9/21/79)
SEC. 1.20.  LIMITATION ON SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS.
   Special assessments shall not exceed 50 percent of the assessed value of the land on which the special assessment is levied, except that when such assessments are authorized to be paid in installments over a period not to exceed 10 years, no annual installment payment shall exceed 25 percent of the assessed value of the land on which the special assessment is levied.
(Added by Ord. 439-96, App. 11/8/96)
SEC. 1.22.  PAYMENT OF FEES BY THE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR TO THE COUNTY CLERK.
   No fee shall be due from the Public Administrator to the County Clerk at the time of filing of any petition nor at the time of performance of any other official service performed by the County Clerk in the course of the proceeding.
   In each such proceeding, the said fee or other charges for any other official service performed by the County Clerk in the course of the proceeding shall be due and payable to the County Clerk from the Public Administrator within 30 days from and after receipt of funds by the Public Administrator belonging to the said estate, provided, further, that said fee or other charges for any other official service performed by the County Clerk in the course of the proceeding shall be reduced to the extent that the full amount thereof shall not exceed the available funds belonging to the said estate.
(Added by Ord. 55-70, App. 3/20/70)
SEC. 1.24.  HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENTS.
   The City's Risk Manager is authorized to approve hold harmless agreements between the City and other persons or entities, if the Risk Manager determines that: (1) entering into such an agreement either (a) falls within normal business practices or (b) represents a prudent decision in light of all the circumstances; (2) the cost of the hold harmless provision is reflected in the price of the agreement; and (3) the hold harmless provision is necessary in order for the City to carry out a public purpose. The Risk Manager shall confer with the Controller and the City Attorney as necessary and appropriate in making his or her determinations.
   The Risk Manager may approve hold harmless agreements by specific transaction or by general category. Any prior authorization for hold harmless agreements granted by the Board of Supervisors, either for specific transactions or for general categories of transactions, shall remain in effect.
   The Risk Manager shall maintain a record of all hold harmless agreements he or she has approved and shall submit a copy of that list to the Board of Supervisors, with copies to the Controller and the City Attorney, on a quarterly basis.
(Added by Ord. 98-99, File No. 990407, App. 4/30/99)
SEC. 1.27.  AUTHORITY OF POLICE CHIEF, DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND SHERIFF WITH RESPECT TO CONTRACTS WITH STATE FOR WITNESS PROTECTION.
   The Chief of Police, District Attorney and Sheriff are hereby authorized to enter into contracts with the State of California, Department of Justice, in order to participate in the California Witness Protection Program.
(Amended by Ord. 99-81, App. 2/26/81)
SEC. 1.29.  VOTING REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERS OF COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES AND OTHER BODIES CREATED BY LEGISLATIVE ACTION.
   Each member of a commission, committee, task force, council, or other body created by legislative action who is present at a meeting of such body when a question is put to a vote shall vote "yes" or "no" on the question, unless the member is excused from voting by a motion adopted by a majority of the members present or unless voting on the question would constitute a violation of applicable provisions of City or State law pertaining to conflict of interest.
(Added by Ord. 478-81, App. 9/21/81; amended by Ord. 98-99, File No. 990407, App. 4/30/99)
SEC. 1.30.  AUTHORIZING CONTRACTS WITH PUBLIC UTILITIES FOR THE REMOVAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS.
   (a)   The Mayor is hereby authorized to execute contracts with public utilities under the regulatory authority of any State or federal agency and beyond the jurisdiction of the police power of the City and County of San Francisco for the purpose of securing the removal from the City and County of San Francisco of the following hazardous materials:
      1.   Polychlorinated biphenols.
   (b)   Said contract shall secure the prompt removal from the City and County of San Francisco of the hazardous materials listed in Subsection (a).
   (c)   Said contract is subject to the review and approval or disapproval of the Board of Supervisors. Thereafter, the Mayor shall submit the contract to the state or federal agency for the approval necessary to ensure its enforcement.
   (d)   In negotiating a timetable for the prompt removal of the hazardous materials listed in Subsection (a), the Mayor shall consider, inter alia, the danger to the public posed by the presence of such material, the feasibility and cost of removal, the availability of alternative materials and devices, and the capability of the utility to accomplish the removal of such hazardous materials.
(Added by Ord. 500-83, App. 10/14/83)
SEC. 1.35.  TELPAK CIRCUIT SYSTEM; STOLEN VEHICLES.
   The Police Commission, subject to the budget and fiscal provisions of the Charter, is hereby authorized to enter into an agreement with the State of California, acting by and through the California Highway Patrol, for the use of the Telpak Circuit System in connection with the reporting and recovery of stolen vehicles.
(Added by Ord. 70-65, App. 3/19/65; amended by Ord. 151-00, File No. 000803, App. 6/30/2000)
SEC. 1.36.  ALAMEDA COUNTY POLICE INFORMATION NETWORK SYSTEM.
   The Police Commission, subject to the budget and fiscal provisions of the Charter, is hereby authorized to enter into an agreement with the County Law Enforcement of Alameda, State of California, to provide for the participation of the San Francisco Police Department in the police information network system maintained by said county to serve participating law enforcement agencies.
(Added by Ord. 252-66, App. 9/27/66; amended by Ord. 151-00, File No. 000803, App. 6/30/2000)
SEC. 1.48.  CITY STORE – MERCHANDISE – PROFITS.
   (a)   Findings. The Board of Supervisors hereby finds and declares that the establishment of a San Francisco City Store which sells surplus or salvage City goods and souvenir merchandise bearing City marks, logos, emblems and symbols to the public shall serve the purpose of increasing public awareness of and participation and civic pride in the City and County of San Francisco. It shall also help to promote the City as a worldwide tourist destination and convention center, thereby benefiting the overall economy of the City.
   (b)   Establishment of a City Store. The Director of Administrative Services or the Purchaser is hereby authorized to take all actions necessary to establish a San Francisco City Store for the purpose of selling to the public City surplus or salvage goods offered by any department or commission for such purpose, newly manufactured souvenir merchandise bearing City marks, logos, emblems, symbols and designs and duplicates of unique goods routinely purchased by the City to promote and advertise the City and County of San Francisco.
      (1)   The Director of Administrative Services or the Purchaser may also provide for the sale of City Store merchandise through direct mail catalogue programs and agreements with retailers and distributors.
      (2)   The Director of Administrative Services or Purchaser shall ensure that a portion of the profits from the sale of City surplus or salvage goods is credited to the department or commission which offered them for sale, with the exception that all revenues received by City from the sale of salvage goods which were originally purchased with monies from a special fund shall be credited to the account of such special fund.
(Added by Ord. 236-95, App. 7/7/95; amended by Ord. 278-96, App. 7/3/96)
SEC. 1.50.  OFFICERS OF THE CITY AND COUNTY.
   The officers of the City and County shall be the officers elected by vote of the people, members of the Board of Education, members of boards and commissions appointed by the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors, members of the Building Inspection Commission, members of the Ethics Commission, members of the Elections Commission, members of the Retirement Board, members of the Health Service Board, members of the Retiree Health Care Trust Fund Board, members of the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, members of the Youth Commission, members of the Small Business Commission, members of the Board of Law Library Trustees, the Superintendent of Schools, the executive appointed as the chief executive officer under each board or commission, the Controller, the City Administrator, the head of each department under the Mayor, and such other officers as may hereafter be provided by law or so designated by ordinance.
(Added by Proposition E, 11/4/2003; amended by Ord. 46-15 , File No. 131122, App. 4/17/2015, Eff. 5/17/2015)
(Former Sec. 1.50 added by Ord. 277-96, App. 7/3/96; amended by Ord. 98-99, File No. 990407, App. 4/30/99; Ord. 186-00, File No. 000859, App. 8/11/00; repealed by Proposition E, 11/4/2003)
SEC. 1.51.  PROCEDURE BY GENERAL LAW OR ORDINANCE.
   Where a procedure for the exercising of any rights and powers belonging to a city, or a county, or a city and county, relative to the establishment or change of grades and the layout, extension, opening, widening, changing, closing, vacating, paving, repaving or otherwise improving streets and highways and public places and constructing sewers, drains, conduits and culverts, subways, tunnels, viaducts, and bridges, or other public improvements incidental or appurtenant thereto, to planting trees, constructing parking and removing weeds or the executing of any other public work or improvement hereby or hereafter placed under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Works, and the payment of damages, or levying of special assessment to defray the whole or part of the cost of such works or improvements is provided by statute of the State of California, such procedure shall control and be followed, unless a different procedure is provided in or under authority of the Charter or by ordinance continued by the Charter or any such ordinance hereafter amended or by ordinance passed by the Board of Supervisors, and the Board of Supervisors is hereby empowered to provide by ordinance for any such purpose.
(Added by Ord. 439-96, App. 11/8/96)
SEC. 1.52.  REPAIR OF ACCEPTED STREETS.
   When any roadway of a street or portion thereof for not less than one continuous block has been paved in accordance with the specifications of the Department of Public Works, and is in good condition, and sewer, gas and water pipes have been laid therein, the same shall be accepted by the Supervisors by ordinance on the written certificate of the City Engineer, and thereafter such portion of the roadway of said street shall be kept in repair and improved by the City and County. It shall be the duty of the owner of any property fronting on a public street to keep the sidewalk in front thereof in good repair and condition and the Board of Supervisors is hereby empowered to provide by ordinance for the repair of such sidewalks in all cases where the owner fails and neglects to repair the same.
   Nothing herein contained shall relieve any railway company from making repairs to the roadway of any street in conformity with the terms of its franchise or as provided by law.
(Added by Ord. 439-96, App. 11/8/96)
SEC. 1.53.  SEWER, WATER AND OTHER CONNECTIONS.
   The Director of Public Works shall have authority, in the manner provided by ordinance by the Board of Supervisors:
   (a)   To order the laying of sewer, water, gas and other mains, conduits or connections, whenever, in view of contemplated street improvements or as a sanitary regulation, such construction is recommended by the City Engineer; and
   (b)   To order that excavations, fences, embankments or grades on private property in a condition deemed by him as endangering the persons or property of those using the abutting streets, shall be put in such condition as to insure the safety of the public.
(Added by Ord. 439-96, App. 11/8/96)
SEC. 1.56.  ANNUAL REPORTS.
   (a)   Subject to the requirements of Section 8.12.5, every board or commission of the City and County shall prepare an annual report describing its activities as part of the Annual Statement of Purpose required under Charter Section 4.102(2). The report shall contain a general summary of the department's services and programs presented in terms and format accessible to the average citizen, and any highlights and achievements of the prior year that the department wishes to include.
   (b)   Boards, commissions and department heads required to prepare annual reports pursuant to this Section or Section 2A.30 shall post the reports on the City's official website, and transmit the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for each report to the Documents Department of the San Francisco Public Library within 10 days of final approval of the report. The Documents Department shall maintain a directory of the URLs for posted reports.
   (c)   Where no date is otherwise specified by law, each board, commission or department head required to prepare an annual report pursuant to this Section or Section 2A.30 shall inform the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors in writing of the date by which the board, commission or department head shall annually post the report.
(Added by Ord. 311-98, App. 10/16/98; amended by Ord. 14-03, File No. 021815, App. 1/31/2003; Ord. 316-10, File No. 101098, App. 12/21/2010)
[SEC. 1.57.  ONLINE DATABASE CONCERNING APPOINTMENTS TO ADVISORY BODIES]
Editor's Note:
   This bracketed division header has been provided by the editor as an aid for the user and is not an official part of the Code.
SEC. 1.57-1.  FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.
   (a)   The Board of Supervisors finds and declares that a large, untapped reservoir of talent exists among the residents of the City and County of San Francisco, and that many San Franciscans are unaware of the opportunities to participate in, and serve on, city boards, commissions, taskforces and committees. The vast diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives among the citizenry of San Francisco would contribute significantly to the development and administration of local government.
   (b)   The Board further finds and declares that the general public of San Francisco has traditionally been denied access to specific and current information regarding vacancies on such boards, commissions, task forces and committees. As a result, the City is denying many residents and interest groups the opportunity to be considered by the Appointing Authorities. Further, the respective Appointive Authorities have not been able to take advantage of a largely untapped talent resource. It is therefore the intent of the Board of Supervisors that this Section shall apply to all appointments made by all Appointing Authorities in the City and County of San Francisco.
   (c)   The Board further finds and declares that all citizens of the City and County should have equal access to specific and current information about the many opportunities for appointment to city boards, commissions, taskforces and committees. An online database, publicly accessible via a universally accessible website, can provide the greatest level of access to up-to-date information to the most citizens of the City and County of San Francisco. Therefore, this Section shall provide for the establishment and maintenance of a centralized and publicly accessible online database of information concerning all appointments to all City and County of San Francisco boards, commissions, task forces, or committees by any Appointing Authority.
(Added by Ord. 265-10, File No. 101008, App. 11/5/2010)
SEC. 1.57-2.  DEFINITIONS.
   For the purposes of this Section, certain terms are defined as follows:
   (a)   "Appointing Authority" means the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, the District Attorney, the Public Defender, and any other city officer authorized to make appointments to any city boards, commissions, task forces or committees, other than passive meeting bodies.
   (b)   "Advisory Body" means all City and County of San Francisco boards, commissions, task forces and committees with one or more appointed seats.
   (c)   "Department Liaison" means any advisory body's secretary or staff designee.
   (d)   "Appointments" means all appointments to advisory bodies made by an Appointing Authority.
   (e)   "Centralized" means a single database containing all required information.
   (f)   "Publicly accessible" means universally accessible and open for use by the general public.
   (g)   "Online database" means a catalogue of all appointments information, stored online, and publicly accessible via a website. The website must be hyperlinked from the front page of the City's official website. It must be universally accessible, easily searchable, and provide a user friendly interface with hyperlinks, to enable the public to access and search the database without difficulty.
   (h)   "Administrator" means the Office of the City Administrator.
   (i)   "Deliver to the Administrator quarterly" means to provide the required information to the Administrator in-person, or by certified U.S. mail, e-mail, or fax on or before January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1 of each year.
(Added by Ord. 265-10, File No. 101008, App. 11/5/2010; amended by Ord. 50-12, File No. 120044, App. 3/26/2012, Eff. 4/25/2012)
SEC. 1.57-3.  ONLINE DATABASE OF APPOINTMENTS.
   (a)   General Information. Not later than January 1, 2011, the Administrator shall establish a centralized and publicly accessible online database of information regarding all appointments. The Appointing Authority shall provide the Administrator with the following information and shall reside on the online database:
      (1)   a description of each advisory body, with reference to the authorizing legislation or Charter provision;
      (2)   the total number of appointed positions on the advisory body;
      (3)   the appointing authority for each position;
      (4)   the necessary qualifications for each position,
      (5)   information regarding how to apply for a position, if applicable; and,
      (6)   identification of the Department Liaison for the advisory body.
   (b)   Quarterly information. The Department Liaison shall provide the following appointment information to the Administrator:
      (1)   the name of the appointee currently holding the appointment, or clear identification of an open seat;
      (2)   the start date of the appointment;
      (3)   the date the appointment expires; and,
      (4)   the term limits of the seat, if applicable.
      Further, all Department Liaisons shall notify the Administrator should the status of an appointment change before the required reporting date within 30 days of such change. The Administrator shall publish this information on the website quarterly, and upon notification that the status of an appointment has changed, so that upcoming vacancies are searchable immediately by the public.
   (c)   Duties of the Administrator. The Administrator shall be responsible for maintaining the database and website, and updating all required information quarterly, or upon notification from a Department Liaison that any of the information contained in subsection (a) or (b) of this Section has changed.
(Added by Ord. 265-10, File No. 101008, App. 11/5/2010; amended by Ord. 50-12, File No. 120044, App. 3/26/2012, Eff. 4/25/2012)
SEC. 1.57-4.  ANNUAL AUDIT.
   At the end of each fiscal year, each Department Liaison shall submit a written report to the Administrator detailing all changes concerning appointments throughout the year.
(Added by Ord. 265-10, File No. 101008, App. 11/5/2010; amended by Ord. 50-12, File No. 120044, App. 3/26/2012, Eff. 4/25/2012)
SEC. 1.57-5.  ENFORCEMENT.
   The Administrator shall publish quarterly on the website any failure by the Department Liaison to comply with this ordinance.
(Added by Ord. 265-10, File No. 101008, App. 11/5/2010; amended by Ord. 50-12, File No. 120044, App. 3/26/2012, Eff. 4/25/2012)
SEC. 1.58.  PERMITS FOR UNITED NATIONS AND HALLIDIE PLAZAS.
   (a)   Definitions. For purposes of this Section:
   "United Nations Plaza" shall mean the area comprised of Fulton Street between Hyde and Market Streets and Leavenworth Street between McAllister and Fulton Streets, previously closed to vehicular traffic by the Board of Supervisors.
   "Hallidie Plaza" shall mean the area bounded by the northwesterly line of Market Street, the southerly line of Eddy Street and the westerly line of Lot 13, Assessor's Block 341.
   (b)   Permitting Authorities. Permits for the use of United Nations Plaza and Hallidie Plaza shall be issued by the Recreation and Park Department or the Recreation and Park Commission according to the procedures and standards established for the issuance of permits for the use of property under the jurisdiction of the Recreation and Park Commission; provided, however, that the Recreation and Park Department and the Recreation and Park Commission shall only issue permits for activities that are recreational in nature or that are engaged in primarily for the purpose of espousing or advocating causes or ideas, which activities are generally recognized as protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Permits to engage in any other type of activity in United Nations or Hallidie Plaza shall be issued by the Board of Supervisors.
   (c)   Appeals. An appeal from the denial of a permit application by the Recreation and Park Department or the Recreation and Park Commission for the use of United Nations Plaza or Hallidie Plaza shall be made to the Board of Supervisors. An appropriate committee of the Board of Supervisors shall consider the appeal before it goes to the full Board, unless there is insufficient time before the date of the proposed event for committee review. If a quorum of the full Board cannot be convened in time to consider the appeal before the date of the proposed event, the procedure to be followed shall be that established in the Park Code or by Commission resolution for the appeal of the denial of a permit application by the Recreation and Park Department when a quorum of the Recreation and Park Commission cannot be convened in a timely manner to consider the appeal. In the event that neither the Code nor a Commission resolution contains such a procedure, the decision of the Recreation and Park Department shall be final.
   (d)   Procedures; Restitution. All procedures and standards, other than procedures for appeal from the denial of a permit application, shall be the same for permits issued by the Recreation and Park Department for the use of United Nations Plaza and Hallidie Plaza as they are for permits issued for the use of park property. If a permittee uses United Nations Plaza or Hallidie Plaza and damages it, or fails to clean up after the permitte