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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 14A:
DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM
 
Affirming City Policy Against Discrimination in Public Contracting; Temporarily Suspending Chapter 12D.A.
Operative Date; Applicability.
Reenacting Emergency Ordinance.
Enacting Chapter 14A as a Non-Emergency Ordinance.
Short Title.
Findings.
Scope.
Definitions.
Powers and Duties of the Commission and the Director.
Powers and Duties of the Controller.
Powers and Duties of the Mayor.
Powers and Duties of Contract Awarding Authorities.
Powers and Duties of the Office of Contract Administration.
Application of Discount.
Bonding and Financial Assistance Program.
Exceptions and Waivers.
Monitoring and Compliance.
Subcontracting Program.
Reporting and Review.
Severability.
General Welfare Clause.
 
SEC. 14A.01.  AFFIRMING CITY POLICY AGAINST DISCRIMINATION IN PUBLIC CONTRACTING; TEMPORARILY SUSPENDING CHAPTER 12D.A.
   The City, and every commission, department, officer and employee, shall fully and vigorously enforce all laws prohibiting discrimination and requiring equal opportunity in City contracting. All City contracts require contractors to comply with all such applicable local, state and federal laws. These include but are not limited to the Unruh Civil Rights Act and Section 3303(a)(4) of the San Francisco Police Code, which prohibit contractors from discriminating against subcontractors on any basis prohibited by law. The City shall fully enforce its contractual rights, and shall consider discrimination by a prime contractor against subcontractors on any basis prohibited by law to be a material breach of contract. The City shall vigorously pursue appropriate remedies for any breach by any contractor of such obligations under law or contract to the maximum extent allowed by law.
   Effective immediately upon the passage of this ordinance, all provisions of Administrative Code Chapter 12D.A and any other contracting program invalidated by the Superior Court order dated July 26, 2004, in Coral Construction, Inc. v. City and County of San Francisco (Sup. Ct. No. 421249) shall be and are suspended and are of no force and effect; provided, however, the provisions of Chapter 12D.A and any other contracting program invalidated by the court order shall be suspended only so long as, and only to the extent that, the City is enjoined by the court from enforcing the provisions of Chapter 12D.A or other similar program. If the injunction is lifted or stayed in its entirety, Chapter 12D.A and any other contracting program previously invalidated by the court order shall automatically become effective and enforceable, and this Chapter 14A shall be suspended for such period of time during which Chapter 12D.A is operative.
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.02.  OPERATIVE DATE; APPLICABILITY.
   This ordinance shall become effective and operative immediately upon passage, and shall expire on the 61st day following passage unless reenacted as provided by Section 2.107 of the San Francisco Charter.
   The provisions of this ordinance are intended to substitute, on a temporary emergency basis, only a DBE program for the MBE and WBE programs that the Superior Court invalidated in its order of July 26, 2004, in Coral Construction, Inc. v. City and County of San Francisco (Sup. Ct. No. 421249). When any provision of local law refers to Chapter 12D.A of the Administrative Code or any other contracting program enjoined by the court's order of July 26, 2004, it shall be read as referring instead to Chapter 14A as set forth in this emergency ordinance.
   This ordinance shall govern all contracts initiated on or after July 26, 2004 and any Amendment to a Pre-existing Contract as that term is defined in Section 14A.4 and as those contracts are governed by Section 14A.14(k).
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.03.  REENACTING EMERGENCY ORDINANCE.
   The emergency ordinance enacted by the Board of Supervisors on August 10, 2004, which amended the San Francisco Administrative Code by adding Chapter 14A to establish a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program and suspend Chapter 12D.A; adopted a declaration of emergency; made applicable certain emergency contracting procedures; and provided for data collection to ensure nondiscrimination in City contracting, is hereby reenacted as provided under Section 2.107 of the San Francisco Charter.
   This ordinance shall become effective and operative immediately upon passage, and shall expire on the 61st day following passage unless reenacted as provided by Section 2.107 of the San Francisco Charter.
(Added by Ord. 247-04, File No. 041172, App. 10-7-04; amended by Ord. 280-04, File No. 041545, App. 12/1/2004; Ord. 22-05, File No. 041740, App. 1/31/2005; Ord. 63-05, File No. 050426, App. 4/1/2005; Ord. 102-05, File No. 050822, App. 6/2/2005; Ord. 202-05, File No. 051286, App. 7/29/2005; Ord. 224-05, File No. 051558, App. 9/28/2005; Ord. 261-05, File No. 051821, App. 11/18/2005; Ord. 23-06, File No. 060074, App. 2/3/2006; Ord. 52-06, File No. 060349, App. 3/30/2006; Ord. 109-06, File No. 060637, App. 5/19/2006)
SEC. 14A.04.  ENACTING CHAPTER 14A AS A NON-EMERGENCY ORDINANCE.
   (A)   This Chapter 14A, which was initially enacted by the Board of Supervisors as an emergency ordinance, is hereby enacted as a non-emergency ordinance. Chapter 14A shall apply to (1) all contracts in which the Contractor agreed to comply with Chapter 14A and any amendment to those contracts and (2) all contracts initiated on or after July 26, 2004 and before September 1, 2006 and any amendment to such contracts; provided, however, that if a competitive solicitation for an agreement to the proposed changes to the contract is required by law, or the law would otherwise require execution of a new contract, rather than an amendment to an existing contract, the provisions of Chapter 14B and not Chapter 14A shall apply.
   (B)   Any amendment to a contract initiated before July 26, 2004 in which the Contractor agreed to comply with Chapter 12D.A shall be governed by Chapter 12D.A; provided, however, that if a competitive solicitation for an agreement to the proposed changes to the contract is required by law, or the law would otherwise require execution of a new contract, rather than an amendment to an existing contract, the provisions of Chapter 14B and not Chapter 12D.A shall apply.
   (C)   All contracts initiated on or after September 1, 2006 shall be governed by Chapter 14B.
(Added Ord. 92-06, File No. 050784, App. 5/11/2006)
SEC. 14A.1.  SHORT TITLE.
   This ordinance shall be entitled the "Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Ordinance."
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.2.  FINDINGS.
   1.   The Board finds that San Francisco's small businesses drive our economy and form the backbone of our neighborhoods. Small businesses pump hundreds of millions of dollars into San Francisco's economy each year. Through payroll taxes alone, small businesses make a significant contribution to the economic health of our City and the quality of life of its citizens and visitors.
   2.   Because San Francisco's small businesses experience higher costs, they suffer disadvantage in any competition with big and/or out-of-town businesses. The Board finds that small local businesses are at a competitive disadvantage in competing for work on public contracts, both as prime contractors and as subcontractors.
   3.   The Board finds that the public has an interest in fostering a strong and vibrant network of small businesses in San Francisco. In part, San Francisco can accomplish this goal by ensuring that small local businesses can compete for public contracts on a level playing field.
   4.   The Board finds that the disadvantages suffered by small local businesses in competing as prime contractors on public contracts can be reduced by discounting their bids and ratings by ten percent. Granting a ten percent discount does not unduly burden businesses not eligible for such discounts, and is similar to the corrective adjustments given to small local businesses in other jurisdictions. The Board also finds that the disadvantages suffered by small local businesses in competing for subcontracting opportunities on public contracts can be reduced by requiring prime contractors to use good faith efforts to use such businesses as subcontractors. Requiring good faith efforts to use small local businesses does not unduly burden prime contractors or businesses not eligible for such efforts, and is similar to subcontracting requirements in other jurisdictions.
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.3.  SCOPE.
   The disadvantaged business enterprise ("DBE") bid/ratings discount shall be afforded to economically disadvantaged local businesses certified under Section 14A.5 in the award of all City contracts subject to exceptions hereinafter specifically enumerated in Sections 14A.12 and 14A.19.
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.4.  DEFINITIONS.
   "Amendment to a Pre-existing Contract" shall mean a substantive change to the terms of any contract the term of which has not expired on or before the date that this emergency ordinance takes effect, but shall not include amendments to decrease the scope of work or decrease the amount to be paid under a contract.
   "Architect/Engineering Contracts" shall mean an agreement for architects, engineers, and other outside temporary professional design, consultant or construction management services for a public work project.
   "Back contracting" shall mean any agreement or other arrangement between a prime contractor and its subcontractor that requires the prime contractor to perform or to secure the performance of the subcontract in such a fashion and/or under such terms and conditions that the prime contractor enjoys the financial benefits of the subcontract. Such agreements or other arrangements include, but are not limited to, situations in which either a prime contractor or subcontractor agrees that any term, condition or obligation imposed upon the subcontractor by the subcontract shall be performed by or be the responsibility of the prime contractor.
   "Best efforts" when required of contract awarding authority shall mean reasonable efforts to include DBEs in City contracting.
   "Bid" shall mean and include a quotation, proposal, solicitation or offer by a bidder or contractor to perform or provide labor, materials, equipment, supplies or services to the City and County of San Francisco for a price.
   "Bidder" shall mean any business that submits a quotation, bid or proposal to provide labor, materials, equipment, supplies or services to the City and County of San Francisco.
   "City" shall mean the City and County of San Francisco.
   "Commercially useful function" shall mean that the business is directly responsible for providing the materials, equipment, supplies or services to the City as required by the solicitation or request for quotes, bids or proposals. Businesses that engage in the business of providing brokerage, referral or temporary employment services shall not be deemed to perform a "commercially useful function" unless the brokerage, referral or temporary employment services are those required and sought by the City. When the City requires and seeks specialty products made to order for the City or otherwise seeks products which, by industry practice, are not regularly stocked in warehouse inventory but instead are purchased directly from the manufacturer, the value of the "commercially useful function" provided by a supplier or distributor shall be valued at no more than five percent of the cost of the product. When the City requires and seeks products which are, by industry practice, stocked in warehouse inventory and are in fact, regularly stocked by the listed supplier or distributor, the value of the "commercially useful function" provided by the supplier or distributor shall not exceed sixty percent of the cost of the product. If the listed supplier or distributor does not regularly stock the required product, the value of the "commercially useful function" provided by the supplier or distributor shall be valued at no more than five percent of the cost of the product.
   "Commission" shall mean the Human Rights Commission of the City and County of San Francisco.
   "Commodity" shall mean products, including materials, equipment and supplies, purchased by the City.
   "Concession" shall mean any privilege conferred by the City on a person to engage in business on property owned or leased by the City.
   "Contract" shall mean and include any agreement between the City and a person to provide or procure labor, materials, equipment, supplies or services to, for or on behalf of the City for a price. A "contract" shall include an agreement between the City and a person or nonprofit entity to perform construction-related services or fund the performance of such services. A "contract" does not include: (1) awards made by the City with federal/State grant or City funds to a nonprofit entity where the City offers assistance, guidance, or supervision on a project or program and the recipient of the grant award uses the grant monies to provide services to the community; (2) sales transactions where the City sells its personal or real property; (3) a loan transaction where the City is acting as a debtor or a creditor; (4) lease, franchise, or concession agreements; (5) agreements to use City real property; (6) gifts of materials, equipment, supplies or services to the City; or (7) agreements with a public agency except as provided in Section 14A.8(E).
   "Contract awarding authority" shall mean the City officer, department, commission, employee or board authorized to enter into contracts on behalf of the City. In the case of an agreement with a person or nonprofit entity to perform or fund the performance of construction-related services, the term "contract awarding authority" shall mean the person or nonprofit entity receiving funds from the City to perform or fund the performance of such services.
   "Contractor" shall mean any person(s), firm, partnership, corporation, or combination thereof, who submits a bid or proposal to perform, performs any part of, agrees with a person to provide services relating to and/or enters into a contract with department heads and officers or contract awarding authorities empowered by law to enter into contracts on the part of the City for public works or improvements to be performed, or for goods or services or supplies to be purchased at the expense of the City or to be paid out of monies deposited in the treasury or out of trust monies under the control of or collected by the City.
   "Control" of a business shall refer to the possession of the legal authority and power to manage business assets, good will and daily operations of the business, and the active and continuous exercise of such authority and power in determining the policies and directing the operations of the business.
   "Director" shall mean the Director of the Human Rights Commission of San Francisco.
   "Disadvantaged Business Enterprise" ("DBE") shall mean a business that meets all the requirements for, and is certified as, a DBE under Section 14A.5(B) and any duly adopted rules and regulations.
   "Discount" shall mean an upward or downward price adjustment, according to the context, that is made pursuant to Section 14A.8.
   "Franchise" shall mean and include the right or privilege conferred by grant from the City, or any contracting agency thereof, and vested in and authorizing a person to conduct such business or engage in such activity as is specified in the grant. A "franchise" shall not include an agreement to perform construction-related services.
   "General services contract" shall mean an agreement for those services that are not professional services. Examples of "General Services" include: janitorial, security guard, pest control, parking lot management and landscaping services.
   "Good-faith efforts" when required of a contract awarding authority or department shall mean the actions undertaken by a department to obtain DBE participation in a contract as prime contractors, and shall include the following efforts: (1) encouraging DBEs to attend prebid meetings scheduled by a department or the Commission to inform potential contractors of contracting opportunities; (2) advertising in general circulation media, trade association publications and local business focused media and posting the contacting opportunity on the Office of Contract Administration's website pursuant to Section 14A.9(3); (3) notifying DBEs that are available to perform the work contemplated in a contract and soliciting their interest in the contract; (4) dividing the contract work into economically feasible units to facilitate DBE participation in the contract; (5) pursuing solicitations of interest by contacting DBEs to determine whether these businesses are interested in participating on the contract; (6) providing DBEs with adequate information about the plan, specifications and requirements of the contract; (7) where applicable, negotiating with DBEs in good faith and demonstrating that DBEs were not rejected as unqualified without sound reasons based on a thorough investigation of their capabilities; and (8) using the services of available community and contractors' groups that provide assistance in the recruitment of DBEs for public sector contracts.
   "Good-faith efforts" when required of a prime City contractor shall mean the steps undertaken to comply with the goals and requirements imposed by the City for participation by DBEs as subcontractors, and shall include the following:
      (1)   Attending any presolicitation or prebid meetings scheduled by the City to inform all bidders of DBE program requirements for the project for which the contract will be awarded;
      (2)   Identifying and selecting specific items of the project for which the contract will be awarded to be performed by DBEs to provide an opportunity for participation by those enterprises;
      (3)   Advertising for DBEs that are interested in participating in the project, not less than 10 calendar days before the date the bids can first be submitted, in one or more daily or weekly newspapers, trade association publications, trade-oriented publications, trade journals, or other media, specified by the City. This paragraph applies only if the City gave public notice of the project not less than 15 calendar days prior to the date the bids can first be submitted;
      (4)   Providing, not less than 10 calendar days prior to the date on which bids can first be submitted, written notice of his or her interest in bidding on the contract to the number of DBEs required to be notified by the project specifications. The City shall make available to the bidder not less than 15 calendar days prior to the date the bids are opened a list or a source of lists of enterprises that are certified by the Director as DBEs;
      (5)   Following up initial solicitations of interest by contacting potential DBE subcontractors to determine with certainty whether those enterprises were interested in performing specific items of the project;
      (6)   Providing interested DBEs with information about the plans, specifications, and requirements for the selected subcontracting or material supply work;
      (7)   Requesting assistance from community organizations; contractor or professional groups; or other organizations that provide assistance in the recruitment and placement of DBEs, if any are available;
      (8)   Negotiating in good faith with interested DBEs, and not unjustifiably rejecting as unsatisfactory bids or proposals prepared by any DBEs, as determined by the City;
      (9)   Where applicable, advising and making efforts to assist interested DBEs in obtaining bonds, lines of credit, or insurance required by the City or contractor;
      (10)   Making efforts to obtain DBE participation that the City could reasonably expect would produce a level of participation sufficient to meet the City's goals and requirements.
   "Human Rights Commission (HRC)" shall mean the Human Rights Commission of San Francisco, hereinafter referred to as the "Commission."
   "Joint venture" shall mean an association of two or more businesses acting as a contractor and performing or providing services on a contract, in which each joint venture partner combines property, capital, efforts, skill, and/or knowledge and each joint venture partner shares in the ownership, control, management responsibilities, risks and profits of the joint venture in proportion to its claimed level of participation.
   "Lease" shall mean and include an agreement by which the City or any contracting agency thereof, grants to a person the temporary possession and use of property for consideration.
   "Lower-tier subcontracting" shall mean any agreement or other arrangement between a subcontractor and a person as defined herein where it is agreed that said person shall perform any term, condition or obligation imposed by the subcontract upon the subcontractor.
   "Office" or "Offices" shall mean a fixed and established place where work is performed of a clerical, administrative, professional or production nature directly pertinent to the business being certified. A temporary location or movable property or one that was established to oversee a project such as a construction project office does not qualify as an "office" under the ordinance. Work space provided in exchange for services (in lieu of monetary rent) does not constitute an "office." The office is not required to be the headquarters for the business but it must be capable of providing all the services to operate the business for which DBE certification is sought.
   "Participation commitment" shall mean the targeted level of DBE subcontractor participation that each prime city contractor has designated in its bid.
   "Participation goals" shall mean the targeted levels of City-wide DBE participation in City prime contracts.
   "Person" includes one or more individuals, partnerships, associations, organizations, trade or professional associations, corporations, cooperatives, legal representatives, trustees, trustees in bankruptcy, receivers, or any group of persons, including any official, agent or employee of the City.
   "Professional services contract" shall mean an agreement for services which require extended analysis, the exercise of discretion and independent judgment in their performance, and/or the application of an advanced, specialized type of knowledge, expertise, or training customarily acquired either by a prolonged course of study or equivalent experience in the field. Examples of professional service providers include licensed professionals such as accountants, and non-licensed professionals such as software developers and financial and other consultants, except that services of architects, engineers, and other outside temporary professional design, consultant or construction management services for a public work project shall be considered architect/engineering contracts and shall not be considered professional services contracts for the purpose of this Ordinance.
   "Public works/construction contract" shall mean an agreement for the erection, construction, renovation, alteration, improvement, demolition, excavation, installation, or repair of any public building, structure, infrastructure, bridge, road, street, park, dam, tunnel, utility or similar public facility performed by or for the City and County of San Francisco, the cost of which is to be paid wholly or partially out of moneys deposited in the treasury of the City and County.
   "Services" shall mean Professional Services and General Services.
   "Subcontractor" shall mean any business providing goods or services to a contractor for profit, if such goods or services are procured or used in fulfillment of the contractor's obligations arising from a contract with the City.
   "Subcontractor participation goals" shall mean the targeted level of DBE subcontractor participation designated by the Director for prime city contracts.
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.5.  POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION AND THE DIRECTOR.
   (A)   In addition to the duties and powers given to the Human Rights Commission elsewhere, the Commission shall:
      1.   Levy the same sanctions that a contracting awarding authority may levy as specified in Section 14A.8(A)(7);
      2.   When necessary, subpoena persons and records, books and documents for a proceeding of the Commission or an investigation by the Director or an audit pursuant to Section 14A.5(E) conducted to further the purposes of this ordinance;
      3.   Adopt rules and regulations establishing standards and procedures for effectively carrying out this ordinance;
      4.   Issue forms for the Controller or contract awarding departments to collect information from contractors as prescribed by this ordinance;
      5.   Hear appeals challenging: (i) the Director's disqualification of a bidder or Contractor as specified in Section 14A.13(B), (ii) the Director's denial of an application for or revocation of the certification of a business as a DBE, as specified in Section 14A.5(B), or (iii) the Director's denial of a request to waive or to reduce subcontractor participation goals as specified in Section 14A.14(H);
      6.   By regulation require contract awarding authorities, departments and the Controller to provide to the Director such information as will be necessary to enable the Director to report to the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors at the end of each fiscal year on the progress each City department has made towards the achievement of DBE participation goals and to perform his/her other duties. The database is a public record available to the public as provided by state and local law;
      7.   Adopt rules and regulations as deemed necessary by the Director to ensure that the joint venture bid/ratings discount is applied only to joint ventures where the DBE has sufficient skill, experience, and financial capacity to perform the portion of the work identified for the DBE.
      8.   Consistent with the provisions of the ordinance make such other rules and regulations as are necessary to guide its implementation.
   (B)   In addition to the duties and powers given to the Director elsewhere, the Director shall have the following duties and powers:
      1.   Through appropriately promulgated procedures, if any, the Director shall certify businesses as a DBE any business that:
         (a)   has average gross annual receipts in the three fiscal years immediately preceding its application for certification as a DBE that do not exceed the following limits: (1) public works/construction; specialty construction contractors; (2) goods/materials/equipment and general services suppliers; (3) professional services and architect/engineering; (4) trucking; and (5) telecommunicationsAny business under common ownership, in whole or in part, with any other business(es) shall meet the requirements of this subparagraph only if the aggregate gross annual receipts of all of the businesses under such common ownership do not exceed the limits specified herein. All businesses owned by married spouses or domestic partners shall be considered under common ownership unless the businesses are in unrelated industries and no community property or other jointly owned assets were used to establish or are used to operate either business.
         (b)   is an independent and continuing business for profit;
         (c)   performs a commercially useful function as defined in Section 14A.4:
         (d)   has fixed offices or distribution points, as defined in Section 14A.4, located within the geographical boundaries of the City where a commercially useful function is performed. Businesses that supply commodities must continuously maintain warehouses stocked with inventory within the geographical boundaries of the City. Truckers must park their registered vehicles and trailers within the geographical boundaries of the City. Post office box numbers or residential addresses shall not suffice to establish a local office;
         (e)   is listed in the Permits and License Tax Paid File with a San Francisco business street address;
         (f)   possesses a current Business and Tax Registration Certificate at the time of the application for certification as a DBE;
         (g)   has been located and doing business in the City for at least six months preceding its application for certification as a DBE;
         (h)   has business cards for the San Francisco office;
         (i)   has business stationary for the San Francisco office;
         (j)   has a written agreement for occupancy of a San Francisco office including documentation of payment of monetary rent (receipts and copies of cancelled checks);
         (k)   is a listed business in an appropriate business buyers guide such as a telephone yellow pages listing San Francisco based businesses;
         (l)   has a San Francisco office in which business is transacted that is appropriately equipped for the type of business for which the enterprise seeks certification as a DBE;
         (m)   has a conspicuously displayed business sign at the San Francisco business premises, except where the business operates out of a residence; and
         (n)   has licenses issued to the business owner appropriate for the type of business for which the enterprise seeks certification.
         Notwithstanding the criteria in this subsection, no business that is owned in part or in whole by a full time City employee or City officer shall be considered a DBE.
      2.   Because San Francisco Administrative Code 12D.A required a business to meet all of the criteria listed in 14A.5(B)1 in order to be certified as a Local Business Enterprise ("LBE") under Section 12D.A, and because every business certified as an LBE under Section 12D.A did meet those criteria, the prior LBE certification under San Francisco Administrative Code 12D.A shall constitute a DBE certification under this ordinance, unless the Director determines that any such business no longer meets the criteria set forth for certification in Section 14A.5(B)1. DBE certification under this Subsection shall expire on the date that the LBE certification under Section 12D.A would have expired.
      3.   The Director shall deem any application for LBE certification under Section 12D.A that is pending on the effective date of this ordinance to be an application for DBE certification under this ordinance.
      4.   Except where the Director cannot certify a business because the business has not been established in San Francisco for the requisite six months, whenever the Director denies an application for or revokes the certification of a business as a DBE because the business is not eligible to be certified as a bona fide DBE, the Director shall, within three working days of his/her decision, notify the aggrieved business in writing of the basis for revocation or denial of certification and the date on which the business will be eligible to reapply for certification. The notice shall be transmitted to the business via certified mail or via facsimile. The Director shall require a business to wait at least six months but not more than two years after the denial or revocation before reapplying to the Director for certification as a DBE. The Director shall provide any business whose certification is revoked an opportunity to be heard within three business days of the revocation. A business may appeal the Director's denial or revocation of certification of a business as a DBE to the Commission. The appeal must be filed with the Commission within three business days following receipt of the Director's decision. Notice by the Director to the business of denial or revocation of certification as a DBE shall apprise the business of its right to appeal the decision;
      5.   The Director shall have the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the necessary data is collected and analyzed. Annually, and more often if the Director deems necessary, the Director shall identify areas of contracting where the City or any of its departments are failing to meet DBE participation goals. In addition, the Director shall identify areas of contracting where the City is meeting and/or exceeding participation goals to such an extent that the DBE discounts can no longer be justified. The results of this study shall be included in the Commission's annual report required by Section 14A.15.
      6.   The Director shall work with the Controller and City departments to implement a City-wide prompt-payment policy requiring that DBEs be paid by the City within 30 days after the date on which the City receives an invoice from a DBE for work performed for the City;
      7.   The Director shall provide information and other assistance to DBEs to increase their ability to compete effectively for the award of City contracts;
      8.   The Director shall assist the City to increase participation by DBEs in City contracts;
      9.   The Director shall continue to develop and to strengthen education and training programs for DBEs and City contract awarding personnel;
      10.   The Director shall grant waivers as set forth in Sections 14A.12 and 14A.14(E) and (F), and may disqualify a bidder or contractor as set forth in Section 14A.13(B).
   (C)   The requirements of this ordinance are in addition to those imposed by the United States or the State of California as a condition of financial assistance or otherwise. In contracts which involve the use of any funds furnished, given or loaned by the government of the United States or the State of California, all laws, rules and regulations of the government of the United States or the State of California or of any of its departments relative to the performance of such work and the conditions under which the work is to be performed, shall prevail over the requirements of this ordinance when such laws, rules or regulations are in conflict. In addition, the Director may authorize the substitution of such State or federal DBE requirements for the requirements of this ordinance whenever such State or federal requirements are substantially the same as those of this ordinance.
   (D)   The Director, with the approval of the Commission, may enter into cooperative agreements with agencies, public and private, concerned with increasing the use of DBEs in government contracting, subject to the approval of this Board.
   (E)   The Director, in cooperation with the Controller, shall randomly audit at least three prime contractors each fiscal year in order to insure their compliance with the provisions of this ordinance. The Director, in cooperation with the Controller, shall furthermore randomly audit 10 percent of the joint ventures granted bid discounts in each fiscal year. The Controller shall have the right to audit the books and records of the contractors, joint venture participants, and any and all subcontractors to insure compliance with the provisions of this ordinance.
   (F)   The powers and duties of the Commission and the Director shall be as set forth in this ordinance, subject to the power to reorganize functions as provided in Section 4.132 of the San Francisco Charter.
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.6.  POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE CONTROLLER.
   (A)   In addition to the duties given to the Controller elsewhere, the Controller shall work cooperatively with the Director to provide such contractual encumbrance and payment data as the Director advises are necessary to monitor the participation of DBEs in City prime contracts. If any department refuses or fails to provide the required data to the Controller, the Controller shall immediately notify the Mayor, this Board and the Director.
   (B)   The Controller shall not certify the award of any contract subject to this ordinance where the Director has notified the Controller that the contract awarding authority has not provided the information the Director advises is necessary under this ordinance.
   (C)   Each request for payment to a City contractor submitted to the contract awarding authority shall be accompanied by a subcontractor participation form approved by the Commission. That form shall contain information that the Commission has determined is necessary to enable the Commission and the Director (1) to monitor compliance by City departments and their prime contractors with their obligations under this ordinance, (2) to determine whether City departments are achieving their prime and subcontracting goals under this ordinance, and (3) to make such other reports and analyses as are required by this ordinance.
      In the event that a request for payment fails to include the information required pursuant to this Section, the contract awarding authority shall, within two working days, notify the Director and the affected prime contractor[s] of the failure and afford each affected prime contractor an opportunity to be heard promptly. That notice shall inform the contractor that the contract awarding authority has tentatively determined that the information has not been provided, what information is missing and that if this failure is substantiated, then the Controller will be notified to withhold 20 percent of the requested payment until the information is provided. If the Controller finds, after consultation with the Director and the notice and opportunity to be heard, that the information has not been provided, the Controller shall withhold 20 percent of the payment otherwise due until the information is provided.
   (D)   It is the City's policy that DBEs should be paid by the City within 30 days of the date on which the City receives an invoice for work performed for the City. The Controller shall work with the Director and representatives of City departments to implement this City-wide prompt-payment policy.
   (E)   The contract awarding authority shall require all prime contractors to submit, within 10 days following payment to the prime contractor of moneys owed for work completed on a project, an affidavit under penalty of perjury, that all subcontractors on the project or job have been paid and the amounts of each of those payments. The name, telephone number and business address of every subcontractor shall be listed on the affidavit. If a prime contractor fails to submit this affidavit, the contract awarding authority shall notify the Director who shall take appropriate action as authorized under Section 14A.13(B) and (F).
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.7.  POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE MAYOR.
   In addition to the duties given to the Mayor elsewhere, the Mayor shall:
   1.   By July 1st of each fiscal year, issue notices to all City departments informing them of their duties under this ordinance. The notice shall contain the following information: (1) the City-wide DBE participation goals that departments are expected to use good-faith efforts to attain during the fiscal year and that a department's failure to use good-faith efforts to attain the DBE participation goals shall be reported to this Board in the Commission's annual report; and (2) the data each department is required to provide the Controller on each contract award;
   2.   Coordinate and enforce cooperation and compliance by all departments with this ordinance.
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.8.  POWERS AND DUTIES OF CONTRACT AWARDING AUTHORITIES.
   (A)   Contract awarding authorities shall:
      1.   Use good-faith efforts as defined in Section 14A.4 for all contracts subject to the bid/ratings discount provisions of this ordinance to solicit and to obtain quotes, bids or proposals from DBEs on all solicitations, or document their unavailability;
      2.   Unless otherwise indicated in this ordinance, extend the following bid/rating discount to all bids, proposals and contracts from DBEs: (1) five percent to a joint venture with DBE participation that equals or exceeds 35 percent but is under 40 percent; or (2) seven and one-half percent to a joint venture with DBE participation that equals or exceeds 40 percent; (3) ten percent to a DBE or a joint venture among DBEs. Contract awarding authorities shall apply the bid/rating discount to each stage of the selection process, including qualifications, proposals and interviews.
         The contract awarding authority shall apply the aforementioned appropriate bid/ratings discount only to a joint venture (1) that meets the requirements contained in this ordinance, and (2) when the DBE is an active partner in the joint venture and performs work, manages the job and takes financial risks in proportion to the required level of participation stated in the bid documents and is responsible for a clearly defined portion of the work to be performed, and shares proportionately in the ownership, control, management responsibilities, risks, and profits of the joint venture. The portion of the DBE joint venture's work shall be set forth in detail separately from the work to be performed by the nonDBE venture partner. The DBE joint venture's portion of the contract must be assigned a commercially reasonable dollar value;
      3.   Arrange contracting by size and type of work to be performed so as most effectively to enhance the opportunity for participation by DBEs to the maximum extent feasible. As soon as practical before soliciting quotes, bids or proposals, all contract awarding authorities or in the case of a professional services contract, the department making the contract award recommendation, shall submit all large proposals to the Director for review. The purpose of the Director's review is to determine whether the proposed project can be divided into smaller projects so as to enhance the opportunity for participation by DBEs in the project. For purposes of this subsection, the term "large project" shall mean the following: (1) any public works/construction project estimated to cost more than $5,000,000; and (2) any professional services contract estimated to cost more than $100,000. If the Director determines, after consulting with the contract awarding authority or department responsible for the project, that the project can be divided into smaller projects, the contract awarding authority or department shall comply with the Director's determination and issue the solicitation for quotes, bids or proposals in accordance with the Director's determination;
      4.   Adjust bid bonding and insurance requirements in accordance with the most current version of the City's "Contract Insurance Manual" or as otherwise authorized by the City Risk Manager, Department of Administrative Services;
      5.   Use the City's Surety Bonding Program set forth in Section 14A.11 to assist DBEs bidding on and performing City pubic works contracts to meet bonding requirements and/or obtain construction loans;
      6.   Submit to the Office of Contract Administration (OCA) in electronic format or a format specified by the OCA all bid opportunities, requests for proposals and solicitations for which published notice or advertising is required, no later than 10 calendar days prior to the announcement of the bid opportunity, request for proposal or solicitation. A contract awarding authority must obtain a waiver from its commission, or in the case of a department that has no commission, from the Board of Supervisors, if it cannot meet the requirements of this Section.
      7.   Impose such sanctions or take such other actions as are designed to ensure compliance with the provisions of this ordinance, which shall include, but are not limited to:
         (a)   Refuse to award a contract,
         (b)   Order the suspension of a contract,
         (c)   Order the withholding of funds,
         (d)   Order the revision of a contract based upon a material breach of contract provisions pertaining to DBE participation,
         (e)   Disqualify a bidder, contractor, subcontractor, or other business from eligibility for providing goods or services to the City for a period not to exceed five years, based on the standards set forth in this ordinance and rules and regulations promulgated by the Commission. Any business disqualified under this subsection shall have a right to review and reconsideration by the Commission after two years upon a showing of corrective action indicating that violations are not likely to recur;
      8.   Not award any contract to a person or business that is disqualified from doing business with the City under the provisions of this ordinance;
      9.   Designate a staff person to be responsible for responding to the Director and Commission regarding the requirements of this ordinance;
      10.   Maintain accurate records as required by the Director and the Commission for each contract awarded, its dollar value, the nature of the goods or services to be provided, the name of the contractor awarded the contract, the efforts made by a contractor to solicit bids from and award subcontracts to DBEs;
      11.   Where feasible, provide technical assistance to DBEs to increase their ability to compete effectively for the award of City contracts;
      12.   Work with the Director and the Controller to implement a City-wide prompt-payment policy requiring that DBEs, be paid by the City within 30 days of the date on which the City receives an invoice from a DBE for work performed for the City;
      13.   Provide the Director with written notice of all contract amendments, modifications, supplements and change orders that cumulatively result in an increase or decrease of the contract's dollar amount of more than 10 percent. Such notice shall be provided within 10 days of each such contract modification;
      14.   Whenever contract amendments, modifications, supplements or change orders cumulatively increase the total dollar value of a contract by more than 10 percent, the contract awarding authority shall require compliance with those DBE provisions of this ordinance that applied to the original contract;
      15.   All contract amendments, modifications, supplements or change orders that cumulatively increase by more than 20 percent the total dollar value of all contracts originally valued at $50,000 or more shall be subject to prior approval of the Director, who shall review the proposed amendment, modification, supplement or change order to correct contracting practices that exclude DBEs from new contracting opportunities.
   (B)   Contract awarding authorities or departments may invite, encourage or request businesses to joint venture on any contract to promote DBE participation.
   (C)   For the purpose of determining DBE participation, contracts awarded to joint ventures in which one or more DBEs are combined with one or more businesses that are not DBEs shall be deemed by the contract awarding authority to be awarded to DBEs only to the extent of the DBE participation in the joint venture. DBE participation in the supply of goods shall be included in determining DBE participation in a joint venture if the goods are supplied in accordance with established general industry practice.
   (D)   Contract awarding authorities shall ensure that all contracts subject to this ordinance include the following requirements, in addition to such other requirements as may be set forth elsewhere:
      1.   Each bidder, proposer and contractor shall be required to sign an affidavit, declaring under penalty of perjury, attesting to its intention to comply fully with the provisions of this ordinance and attesting to the truth and accuracy of all information provided regarding such compliance;
      2.   Each contract shall incorporate this ordinance by reference and shall provide that the wilful failure of any bidder or contractor to comply with any of its requirements shall be deemed a material breach of contract;
      3.   Contracts shall provide that in the event that the Director finds, pursuant to Section 14A.13, that any bidder, subcontractor or contractor wilfully fails to comply with any of the provisions of this ordinance, rules and regulations implementing the ordinance or contract provisions pertaining to DBE participation, the bidder, subcontractor or contractor shall be liable for liquidated damages for each contract in an amount equal to the bidder's or contractor's net profit on the contract, 10 percent of the total amount of the contract or $1,000, whichever is greatest, as determined by the Director pursuant to Section 14A.13(C). All contracts shall also contain a provision in which the bidder, subcontractor or contractor acknowledges and agrees that the liquidated damages assessed shall be payable to the City upon demand and may be set off against any monies due to the bidder, subcontractor or contractor from any contract with the City;
      4.   Contracts shall require all contractors to maintain records, including such information requested by the Director or Commission, necessary for monitoring their compliance with this ordinance and shall require prime contractors to include in any subcontract with a DBE provision requiring the subcontractor to maintain the same records;
      5.   Contracts shall require prime contractors, during the term of the contract, to fulfill the DBE participation commitments submitted with their bids;
      6.   Contracts shall require prime contractors to include in any subcontract with a DBE a provision requiring the prime contractor to compensate any DBE subcontractor for damages for breach of contract or liquidated damages equal to 5% of the subcontract amount, whichever is greater, if the prime contractor fails to comply with its commitment to use the DBE subcontractor as specified in the bid/proposal unless the Commission and the contract awarding authority both give advance approval to the prime contractor to substitute subcontractors or otherwise modify the commitments in the bid/proposal documents. Contracts shall also require prime contractors to compensate any DBE subcontractor for breach of contract or liquidated damages equal to 5% of the subcontract amount, whichever is greater, if the prime contractor does not fulfill its commitment to use the DBE subcontractor as specified in the bid/proposal unless the Commission and the contract awarding authority both give advance approval to the prime contractor to substitute subcontractors or otherwise modify the commitments in the bid/proposal documents. This provision shall also state that it is enforceable in a court of competent jurisdiction;
      7.   Contracts shall require prime contractors, whenever amendments, modifications, supplements, or change orders cumulatively increase the total dollar value of a construction contract by more than 10 percent, to comply with those DBE provisions of this ordinance that applied to the original contract with respect to the amendment, modification, supplement or change order;
      8.   Contracts shall require prime contractors to submit to the Director for approval all contract amendments, modifications, supplements, and change orders that cumulatively increase by more than 20 percent the total dollar value of all contracts originally valued at $50,000 or more. The Director shall review the proposed amendment, modification, supplement or change order to correct any contracting practices that exclude women and minorities from new contracting opportunities;
      9.   Contracts in which subcontracting is used shall prohibit back contracting to the prime contractor or lower-tier subcontracting for any purpose inconsistent with the provisions of this ordinance, rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this ordinance, or contract provisions pertaining to DBE utilization;
      10.   Contracts in which subcontracting is used shall require the prime contractor to pay its subcontractors within three working days after receiving payment from the City unless the prime contractor notifies the Director in writing within 10 working days prior to receiving payment from the City that there is a bona fide dispute between the prime contractor and the subcontractor, in which case the prime contractor may withhold the disputed amount but shall pay the undisputed amount. The Director may, upon making a determination that a bona fide dispute exists between the prime contractor and subcontractor, waive this three day payment requirement. In making the determination as to whether a bona fide dispute exists, the Director shall not consider the merits of the dispute. Contracts in which subcontracting is used shall also require the contractor/consultant, within 10 working days following receipt of payment from the City, to file an affidavit, under penalty of perjury, that he or she has paid all subcontractors. The affidavit shall provide the names and address of all subcontractors and the amount paid to each;
      11.   Contracts shall require contractors and subcontractors to maintain records necessary for monitoring their compliance with this ordinance for three years following completion of the project and shall permit the Commission and Controller to inspect and audit such records.
   (E)   All contracts or other agreements between the City and persons or entities, public or private, in which such persons or entities receive money from or through the City for the purpose of contracting with businesses to perform public improvements, shall require such persons or entities to comply with the provisions of this ordinance in awarding and administering such contracts.
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.9.  POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE OFFICE OF CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION.
   In addition to the duties given the Office of Contract Administration elsewhere in this Section, the Office of Contract Administration shall:
   1.   Maintain, with the assistance of the Director, a current list of DBEs to provide each of those commodities or services subject to this ordinance that the Office of Contract Administration indicates are required by the City;
   2.   Maintain a central office where all bids, requests for proposals and solicitations will be listed and kept current;
   3.   Cause to be posted upon a website the following information concerning current bids, requests for proposals and solicitations: the title and number; the name of the contract awarding authority; and the name and telephone number of the person to be contacted for further information. Such information shall be posted with sufficient lead time to provide adequate notice and opportunity to potential City contractors and vendors to participate in the bid opportunity, request for proposals or solicitation, but in no event less than 10 calendar days prior to the due date for such bid opportunity, request for proposals or solicitation.
SEC. 14A.10.  APPLICATION OF DISCOUNT.
   (A)   Contract awarding authorities shall apply a bid/rating discount as follows:
      1.   Public Works/Construction Contracts. Contract awarding authorities shall apply bid discounts as enumerated in Section 14A.8(A) to all public work/construction contracts the estimated cost of which exceeds $10,000.
      2.   Commodities Contracts. Contract awarding authorities shall apply all bid/rating discounts as enumerated in Section 14A.8(A) to all commodities contracts, the estimated cost of which exceeds $2,500.
      3.   General Services Contracts. Contract awarding authorities shall apply all bid/rating discounts as enumerated in Section 14A.8(A) to all general services contracts, the estimated cost of which exceeds $10,000.
      4.   Architect/Engineering Contracts. Contract awarding authorities and architect/engineering selection panels shall apply all bid/rating discounts as enumerated in Section 14A.8(A) to all bids and proposals for architect/engineering contracts, the estimated cost of which exceeds $10,000.
      5.   Professional Services Contracts. Contract awarding authorities shall apply all bid/rating discounts as enumerated in Section 14A.8(A) to all bids and proposals for all professional service contracts, the estimated cost of which exceeds $10,000.
   (B)   Best Efforts Required For Other Contracts. All City departments, commissions, boards, officers and employees, in the performance of their duties, and in the award of leases, franchises, concessions, and other contracts not subject to the bid/ratings discounts of this ordinance, shall make best efforts to use the services of DBEs.
   (C)   The Director is empowered to take actions to ensure compliance with the provisions of this ordinance, including, without limitation, intervening in the selection process, by modifying the criteria used for selecting selection panelists or contractors to correct any practices that hinder equal business opportunities for DBEs.
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.11.  BONDING AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
   1.   Program Description. The City and County of San Francisco, acting through its Human Rights Commission ("HRC"), intends to provide guarantees to private bonding companies and financial institutions in order to induce those entities to provide required bonding and financing to eligible contractors and subcontractors bidding on and performing City public work contracts. This bonding and financial assistance program is subject to the provisions of this Section 14A.11.
   2.   Eligible Contracts. The assistance described in this Section 14A.11 shall be available for any City public works or construction contract to which this ordinance applies.
   3.   Eligible Businesses. Businesses must meet the following criteria to qualify for assistance under this Section 14A.11:
      (a)   The business may be either a prime contractor or subcontractor; and
      (b)   The business must be certified by the HRC as DBE according to the requirements of Section 14A5(B).
      (c)   The business may be required to participate in a "bonding assistance training program" as offered by the HRC, which is anticipated to provide the following:
         (i)   Bond application assistance,
         (ii)   Assistance in developing financial statements,
         (iii)   Assistance in development of a pre-bond surety profile,
         (iv)   Identification of internal financial control systems,
         (v)   Development of accurate financial reporting tools, and
   4.   Agreements Executed by the Human Rights Commission. The HRC is hereby authorized to enter into the following agreements in order to implement the bonding and financial assistance program described in this Subsection 14A.11:
      (a)   With respect to a surety bond, the agreement to guaranty up to 40 percent of the face amount of the bond or $750,000, whichever is less;
      (b)   With respect to a construction loan to be made to a contractor or subcontractor, an agreement to guaranty up to 50 percent of the original principal amount of the construction loan or 50 percent of the actual loss suffered by the financial institution as a result of a loan default, whichever is less; provided that in any event the City's obligations with respect to a guaranty shall not exceed $750,000;
      (c)   Any other documents deemed necessary by the HRC to carry out the objectives of this program, provided that such documents shall be subject to review and approval by the City Attorney's Office.
   5.   Monitoring and Enforcement. The HRC shall maintain records on the use and effectiveness of this program, including but not limited to (1) the identities of the businesses and bonding companies participating in this program, (2) the types and dollar amounts of public work contracts for which the program is utilized, and (3) the types and dollar amounts of losses which the City is required to fund under this program. The HRC shall submit written reports to the Board of Supervisors every six months beginning January 1, 2005, advising the Board of the status of this program and its funding capacity, and an analysis of whether this program is proving to be useful and needed.
   6.   Funding and Accounts. Funding for this program may be derived from the following sources:
      (a)   The Board of Supervisors has appropriated or will appropriate funds for the operation of this program.
      (b)   Each Department authorized to contract for public works or improvements pursuant to San Francisco Administrative Code Chapter 6 may commit to this program up to ten percent (10%), but not less than one percent (1%), of the budget for every public work or improvement undertaken. (A "public work or improvement" is defined in San Francisco Administrative Code Chapter 6.) This subsection is effective for those public works or improvements where the award of the construction contract (as defined and regulated by Administrative Code Chapter 6) occurs after August 10, 2004.
      (c)   The Treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco is hereby authorized to negotiate a line(s) of credit or any credit enhancement program(s) or financial products(s) with a financial institution(s) to provide funding; the program's guaranty pool may serve as collateral for any such line of credit.
      In the event the City desires to provide credit enhancement under this Subsection for a period in excess of one fiscal year, the full aggregate amount of the City's obligations under such credit enhancement must be placed in a segregated account encumbered solely by the City's obligations under such credit enhancement.
   7.   Term of Bonding Assistance Program. The HRC is authorized to enter into the agreements described in this Section for so long as the Controller is able to certify the availability of funds for any new guarantee agreement.
   8.   Default on Guarantees. The Human Rights Commission shall decertify any contractor that defaults on a loan or bond for which the City has provided a guarantee on the contractor's behalf. However, the Human Rights Commission may in its sole discretion refrain from such decertification upon a finding that the City has contributed to such default.
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.12.  EXCEPTIONS AND WAIVERS.
   (A)   The Director shall waive the DBE bid/ratings discounts and good faith efforts requirements of this ordinance under the following circumstances:
      1.   Whenever the Director finds, with the advice of the contract awarding authority and the Office of Contract Administration, that needed goods or services are available from a sole source that is not currently disqualified from doing business with the City.
      2.   If the contract awarding authority certifies in writing to the Director, prior to the Controller's contract certification, that (a) the contract is being awarded under emergency circumstances as described and defined in Administrative Code Section 6.60 or Administrative Code Section 21.15 and (b) (i) there is no time to apply bid/ratings discounts or establish subcontracting goals, or (ii) there are no immediately available DBEs that are capable of performing the emergency work.
   (B)   The Director shall waive the DBE bid/rating discount for contracts in excess of $5,000,000 whenever a contract awarding authority establishes that:
      1.   Sufficient qualified DBEs capable of providing the needed goods and services required by the contract are unavailable and sufficient qualified businesses located outside San Francisco capable of providing the needed goods and services required by the contract are available; or
      2.   The application of the DBE discount will result in significant additional costs to the City if the waiver of the bid discount is not granted.
   (C)   The bid/ratings discount provisions of this ordinance are not applicable to any contract estimated by the contract awarding authority to cost in excess of $10,000,000.
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.13.  MONITORING AND COMPLIANCE.
   (A)   The Director shall monitor the City's utilization of DBEs in City Contracting. The Director shall issue an exit report for any contract that includes DBE subcontracting participation or DBE prime contract participation as a joint venture partner. The purpose of this exit report is to ensure that prime contractors are complying with their commitments to use DBE subcontractors and DBEs are performing services as set forth in the bid/proposal and contract documents for the joint ventures.
   (B)   Noncompliance By Contractors. In cases in which the Director has cause to believe that a contractor has failed to comply with any of the requirements of this ordinance, rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this ordinance or contract provisions pertaining to DBE participation, the Director shall notify the contract awarding authority and shall attempt to resolve the noncompliance through conference and conciliation. If the noncompliance cannot be resolved, the Director shall conduct an investigation and, where the Director so finds, issue a written finding of noncompliance. The Director's finding shall indicate whether the contractor acted in good faith or whether noncompliance was based on willful or bad faith noncompliance with requirements of this ordinance, rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this ordinance or contract provisions pertaining to DBE participation. Where the Director finds that the contractor acted in good faith, after affording the contractor notice and an opportunity to be heard, the Director shall recommend that the contract awarding authority take appropriate action. Where the Director finds willful or bad faith noncompliance, after affording the contractor notice and an opportunity to be heard, the Director shall impose sanctions for each violation of the ordinance, rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this ordinance or contract provisions pertaining to DBE participation that may include:
      1.   Declaring the bidder or contractor nonresponsive and ineligible to receive the award of any pending contract;
      2.   Declaring the bidder or contractor to be an irresponsible bidder and disqualifying the bidder or contractor from eligibility for providing goods or services to the City for a period of up to five years, with a right of review and reconsideration by the Commission after two years upon a showing of corrective action indicating violations are not likely to recur;
      3.   If the bidder or contractor is a DBE, revoking that business' certification as a DBE;
      4.   Determining that the bidder or contractor has wilfully failed to comply with the provisions of this ordinance and, pursuant to the provision in the contract required by Section 14A.8(B)(3) of this ordinance, calculating the liquidated damages for which the bidder or contractor shall be liable. Thereafter the Director shall send a written notice to the Controller, the Mayor and all contract awarding authorities overseeing any contract with the bidder or contractor, that a determination of willful or bad-faith compliance has been made and that all payments due the bidder or contractor shall be withheld as agreed by the bidder or contractor and the City pursuant to Section 14A.8(B)(3).
   (C)   The bidder or contractor may appeal the Director's decision to the Commission. The Commission may sustain, reverse or modify the Director's findings and sanctions imposed or take such other action to effectuate the purpose of this ordinance. An appeal by a contractor under this subsection shall not stay the Director's findings.
   (D)   The Director may require such reports, information and documentation from contractors, subcontractors, bidders, contract awarding authorities, and heads of departments, divisions, and offices of the City as are reasonably necessary to determine compliance with the requirements of this ordinance.
   (E)   Wilful Noncompliance by Contract Awarding Authority. Whenever the Director finds after investigation that a contract awarding authority has willfully failed to comply with its duties pursuant to Section 14A.8, the Director shall transmit a written finding of noncompliance specifying the nature of the noncompliance, to the contract awarding authority, the Commission, the Mayor and this Board.
      The Director shall attempt to resolve any noncompliance through conference and conciliation. Should such attempt fail to resolve the noncompliance, the Director shall transmit a copy of the finding of noncompliance along with a finding that conciliation was attempted and failed to the Commission and this Board.
      The finding of noncompliance shall be communicated to the Mayor for appropriate action to secure compliance pursuant to Section 14A.7.
   (F)   If the Director has reason to believe that any person has knowingly made, filed, or caused to be filed with the City any materially false or misleading statement or report made in connection with this ordinance, the Director shall report that information to the City Attorney or the District Attorney for appropriate action. The Director shall be empowered to conduct an investigation and for each violation of this Subsection 14A.13(F), to impose sanctions as set forth in Subsection 14A.13.
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.14.  SUBCONTRACTING PROGRAM.
   (A)   For all public works/construction, architect/engineering, professional service, and general service contracts which the contract awarding authority reasonably anticipates will include subcontractor participation, prior to the solicitation of bids or proposals, the contract awarding authority shall provide the Director with a proposed job scope, and may submit written recommendations to the Director regarding DBE subcontractor participation goals to be set for the contract.
   (B)   Upon receipt of a proposed job scope and/or a written recommendation from a contracting awarding authority pursuant to Section 14A.13(A), the Director shall set the DBE participation goals for each public works/construction, architect/engineering, professional service, and general service contract based upon the following factors:
      1.   The extent of subcontracting opportunities presented by the contract;
      2.   The availability of DBE subcontractors capable of providing goods and services on the contract.
   (C)   The Director shall set these goals within 10 working days of the date the Director receives from a contract awarding authority a proposed job scope and/or written recommendation. If the Director fails to act within 10 days, and the contract awarding authority submitted to the Director recommended goals, the recommended goals shall be deemed approved by the Director, provided the goals are based upon the factors identified above.
   (D)   All solicitations for bidders on prime public works/construction, architect/engineering, professional service, and general service contracts shall require each bidder to do the following:
      1.   Demonstrate in its bid that it has used good-faith efforts (as defined in Section 14A.4) to use DBE subcontractors; and
      2.   Identify the particular DBEs subcontractors to be used in performing the contract, specifying for each the dollar value of the participation, the type of work to be performed and such information as may reasonably be required to determine the responsiveness of the bid.
      Except as provided in Section 14A.14, bids not meeting the requirements of Section 14A.14 shall be declared nonresponsive.
   (E)   A contract awarding authority may request that the Director waive or reduce the DBE subcontractor participation goals by submitting the reasons therefor in writing to the Director prior to the solicitation of bids.
   (F)   A bidder or contractor may request that the Director waive or reduce the DBE subcontractor participation goals by submitting in writing with its bid to the contract awarding authority the reasons therefor.
   (G)   The Director may grant the request for waiver or reduction made pursuant to Sections 14A.14(E) and (F) upon a determination that:
      1.   The reasonable and necessary requirements of the contract render subcontracting or the participation of businesses other than the public works/bidder unfeasible;
      2.   Qualified DBEs capable of providing the goods or services required by the contract are unavailable, despite the prime contractor's or the department's good-faith efforts to locate DBEs to meet the participation goals; or
      3.   The available DBEs have given price quotes that exceed competitive levels beyond amounts that can be attributed to the increased costs faced by small local businesses.
   (H)   Whenever the Director denies a contractor's request to waive or reduce the participation goals, the contractor may appeal that denial to the Commission. The Commission's decision on the request shall be final. In reviewing the Director's denial of a contractor's request to waive or to reduce participation goals, the Commission shall consider the extent of subcontracting opportunities presented by the contract and the availability of DBE subcontractors capable of providing goods and services on the contract. The Commission may overrule, sustain or modify the Director's decision by applying the same standards that the Director is required to apply, as set forth in Subsection (G) above.
   (I)   The contract awarding authority shall require bidders or proposers on the contracts to contact DBEs before listing them as subcontractors in the bid or proposal. The contract awarding authority shall declare bids or proposals that fail to satisfy this requirement nonresponsive.
   (J)   During the term of the contract, any failure to comply with the level of DBE subcontractor participation specified in the contract shall be deemed a material breach of contract.
   (K)   The provisions of this subsection (K) shall govern any Amendment to a Pre-existing contract as that term is defined in Section 14A.4 for types of contracts enumerated in subsection (A) of this Section. The Contract Awarding authority shall notify the Director of the proposed Amendment to a Pre-existing Contract and the Director shall set the DBE participation goals for the contract based on the factors set forth in subsection (B) of this Section. The Director may grant a request for a waiver or reduction based on the factors set forth in subsection (G) of this Section. The DBE participation goals shall apply when the Contractor hires new subcontractors. The Director or the Commission may adopt regulations governing the application of DBE participation goals under this subsection.
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.15.  REPORTING AND REVIEW.
   (A)   Reporting by the Director. Commencing October 1, 2004 and no later than the first day of every third month thereafter, the Director shall issue a written report to this Board. That report shall document each City department's performance under the terms of this ordinance, including, among other things, each City department's progress in meeting its DBE goals and the success of each department's prime contractors complying with its best efforts obligations to meet DBE subcontracting goals. That report shall also state whether or not each City department has fully reported all data required by this ordinance or requested by HRC or the Controller.
      1.   Whenever the Director's report concludes that a department management's intentional disregard or negligent performance of obligations imposed by this ordinance has contributed to that department's failure to meet its prime contracting goals or the failure of its prime contractors to use their best efforts to meet their subcontracting goals or whenever the Director's report concludes that a City department has failed to provide any data required by this ordinance or requested by the HRC or the Controller, the Clerk of this Board shall schedule before the appropriate committee of the Board a hearing on that report. The Clerk shall also give notice of that hearing to the heads of the departments identified in the report and request the attendance of the heads of those departments at the committee hearing. The Clerk's notice shall inform the department heads that they must be prepared to respond to the Director's finding of intentional disregard and/or negligent performance and to explain what steps they intend to take to forestall repetition of the problems, identified in the Directors' report. The same procedure shall be followed whenever the Director's report identifies any department as having failed to meet its prime or subcontracting goals for three consecutive quarters. If the Director's report indicates that a City department has not met its goals for three consecutive quarters, HRC and the City department shall institute a targeted program to remedy lack of participation by DBEs in any affected industry.
      2.   The Director shall report to the Commission all waivers acted upon pursuant to Section 14A.12. Such report shall be made on a monthly basis following the granting of the waiver.
   (B)   Reporting by the Commission. By July 1st of each fiscal year subject to this ordinance, the Commission shall submit an annual report to the Mayor and this Board on the progress of the City toward the goals of this ordinance, together with an identification of problems and specific recommendations for: (1) discontinuing the DBE bid discounts in those cases where the bid discounts are no longer needed; and (2) improving the City's performance in fostering DBE participation in City Contracting.
   (C)   This Board shall act upon the Commission's recommendations by the first Board meeting of January in each fiscal year subject to this ordinance.
   (D)   By the last day of each fiscal year, all contract awarding authorities and City departments shall report annually to the Mayor on their progress in the preceding fiscal year toward the achievement of the DBE participation goals.
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.16.  SEVERABILITY.
   The provisions of this ordinance are declared to be separate and severable. The invalidity of any clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, section or portion of this ordinance, or the invalidity of the application thereof to any person or circumstances shall not affect the validity of the remainder of this ordinance, or the validity of its application to other persons or circumstances.
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)
SEC. 14A.17.  GENERAL WELFARE CLAUSE.
   In undertaking the enforcement of this ordinance, the City 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 breach proximately caused injury.
(Added by Ord. 208-04, File No. 041117, App. 8/11/2004)