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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
ARTICLE 12-A:
PAYROLL EXPENSE TAX ORDINANCE
 
Short Title.
Operation of Definitions.
"Payroll Expense."
Pass-Through Entity.
Imposition of Payroll Expense Tax.
Rate of Payroll Expense Tax.
Apportionment of Payroll Expense.
Small Business Tax Exemption.
Exemption Provisions.
Enterprise Zone Tax Credit.
Biotechnology Exclusion.
Clean Technology Business Exclusion.
Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion.
Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Citizen's Advisory Committee.
Payments, Returns, Installment Payments and Extensions.
Savings Clause.
Amendment of Ordinance.
 
SEC. 901.  SHORT TITLE.
   This ordinance shall be known as the "Payroll Expense Tax Ordinance" and the tax imposed herein shall be known as the "Payroll Expense Tax."
(Ord. 275-70, 9/2/70; amended by Ord. 118-80, App. 3/28/80, App. 3/28/80; Ord. 357-88, App. 8/4/88)
SEC. 902.  OPERATION OF DEFINITIONS.
   Except where the context otherwise requires, terms not defined in this Article that are defined in Article 6 shall have the same meaning as given to them in Article 6.
(Ord. 275-70, 9/2/70; amended by Ord. 118-80, App. 3/28/80; Ord. 357-88, App. 8/4/88; Ord. 26-04, File No. 031990, App. 2/19/2004)
SEC. 902.1.  PAYROLL EXPENSE.
   (a)   The term "Payroll Expense" means the compensation paid to, on behalf of, or for the benefit of an individual, including shareholders of a professional corporation or a Limited Liability Company ("LLC"), including salaries, wages, bonuses, commissions, property issued or transferred in exchange for the performance of services (including but not limited to stock options), compensation for services to owners of pass-through entities, and any other form of compensation, who during any tax year, perform work or render services, in whole or in part in the City; and if more than one individual or shareholders of a professional corporation or members of an LLC, during any tax year performs work or renders services in whole or in part in the City, the term "Payroll Expense" means the total compensation paid including salaries, wages, bonuses, commissions, property issued or transferred in exchange for the performance of services (including but not limited to stock options), in addition to any compensation for services to owners of pass-through entities, and any other form of compensation for services, to all such individuals and shareholders of a professional corporation or members of an LLC.
   (b)   Any person that grants a service provider a right to acquire an ownership interest in such person in exchange for the performance of services shall include in its payroll expense for the tax year in which such right is exercised an amount equal to the excess of (i) the fair market value of such ownership interest on the date such right is exercised over (ii) the price paid for such interest.
   (c)   Any individual compensated in his or her capacity as a real estate salesperson or mortgage processor shall be deemed an employee of the real estate broker or mortgage broker for or under whom such individual performs services, and any compensation received by such individual, including compensation by way of commissions, shall be included in the payroll expense of such broker. For purposes of this Section, "real estate broker" and "mortgage broker" refer to any individual licensed as such under the laws of the State of California who engages the services of salespersons or a salesperson, or of mortgage processors or a mortgage processor, to perform services in the business which such broker conducts under the authority of his or her license; a "salesperson" is an individual who is engaged by a real estate broker to perform services, which may be continuous in nature, as a real estate salesperson under an agreement with a real estate broker, regardless of whether the individual is licensed as a real estate broker under the law of the State of California, a "mortgage processor" is an individual who is engaged by a real estate broker or mortgage broker to perform services which may be continuous in nature, as a mortgage processor under an agreement with such real estate broker or mortgage broker, regardless of whether the mortgage processor is also licensed as a mortgage broker under the laws of the State of California.
   (d)   All compensation, including all pass-through compensation for services paid to, on behalf of, or for the benefit of owners of a pass through entity, shall be included in the calculation of such entity's payroll expense tax base for purposes of determining such entity's tax liability under this Article. For purposes of this section, the "pass-through compensation for services" of a pass-through entity shall be the aggregate compensation paid by such entity for personal services rendered by all such owners, and shall not include any return on capital investment. The taxpayer may calculate the amount of compensation to owners of the entity subject to the Payroll Expense Tax, or the taxpayer may presume that, in addition to amounts reported on a W-2 form, the amount subject to the payroll expense tax is, for each owner, an amount that is two hundred percent (200%) of the average annual compensation paid to, on behalf of, or for the benefit of the employees of the pass-through entity whose compensation is in the top quartile (i.e., 25%) of the entity's employees who are based in the City; provided, the total number of employees of the entity based in the City is not less than four.
(Added as Sec. 902.6 by Ord. 275-70, 9/2/70; amended by Ord. 118-80, App. 3/28/80; Ord. 357-88, App. 8/4/88; redesignated and amended by Ord. 26-04, File No. 031990, App. 2/19/2004; amended by Proposition Q, 11/4/2008)
(Former Sec. 902.1 added by Ord. 275-70, 9/2/70; amended by Ord. 118-80, App. 3/28/80; Ord. 357-88, App. 8/4/88; redesignated as Sec. 6.2-4 and amended by Ord. 26-04, File No. 031990, App. 2/19/2004)
SEC. 902.2.  PASS-THROUGH ENTITY.
   The term "pass-through entity" includes a trust, partnership, corporation described in Subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, professional corporation, and on other person or entity (other than a disregarded entity for federal income tax purposes) which is not subject to the income tax imposed by Subtitle A, Chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or which is allowed a deduction in computing such tax for distributions to the owners or beneficiaries of such person or entity. Any person exempt from payment of the Payroll Expense Tax under Section 905-A or 906 of this Article shall not be disqualified from or denied such exemption as result of being a "pass-through entity" under this Section.
(Added by Proposition Q, 11/4/2008)
(Former Sec. 902.2 added by Ord. 275-70, 9/2/70; amended by Ord. 118-80, App. 3/28/80; Ord. 357-88, App. 8/4/88; redesignated as Sec. 6.2-5 and amended by Ord. 26-04, File No. 031990, App. 2/19/2004)
SEC. 902.4.  [REDESIGNATED.]
(Added by Ord. 275-70, 9/2/70; amended by Ord. 118-80, App. 3/28/80; Ord. 395-84, App. 9/20/84; Ord. 357-88, App. 8/4/88; Ord. 24-98, App. 1/16/98; redesignated as Sec. 6.2-9 and amended by Ord. 26-04, File No. 031990, App. 2/19/2004)
SEC. 902.5.  [REDESIGNATED.]
(Added by Ord. 275-70, 9/2/70; amended by Ord. 118-80, App. 3/28/80; Ord. 357-88, App. 8/4/88; redesignated as Sec. 6.2-10 and amended by Ord. 26-04, File No. 031990, App. 2/19/2004)
SEC. 902.6.  [REDESIGNATED.]
(Added by Ord. 275-70, 9/2/70; amended by Ord. 118-80, App. 3/28/80; Ord. 357-88, App. 8/4/88; redesignated as Sec. 902.1 by Ord. 26-04, File No. 031990, App. 2/19/2004)
SEC. 903.  IMPOSITION OF PAYROLL EXPENSE TAX.
   (a)   A tax for general governmental purposes is hereby imposed upon every person engaging in business within the City as defined in Section 6.2-12 of Article 6; provided, that such tax shall be levied only upon that portion of the person's payroll expense that is attributable to the City as set forth in Section 904.
   (b)   The Payroll Expense Tax is imposed for general governmental purposes and in order to require commerce and the business community to carry a fair share of the costs of local government in return for the benefits, opportunities and protections afforded by the City. Proceeds from the tax shall be deposited in the City's general fund and may be expended for any purposes of the City.
(Added by Ord. 275-70, App. 9/2/70; amended by Ord. 118-80, App. 3/28/80; Ord. 493-84, App. 12/13/84; Ord. 357-88, App. 8/4/88; Ord. 250-89, App. 6/22/89; Ord. 24-98, App. 1/16/98; Ord. 26-04, File No. 031990, App. 2/19/2004)
SEC. 903.1.  RATE OF PAYROLL EXPENSE TAX.
   (a)   Except as provided in subsection (b), the rate of the payroll expense tax shall be 1½ percent. The amount of a person's liability for the payroll expense tax shall be the product of such person's taxable payroll expense multiplied by the rate of the payroll expense tax expressed as a decimal (e.g., for a payroll expense tax rate of 1½ percent, 0.015). The amount of such tax for Associations shall be the sum of the payroll expense of such Association and the total distributions made by such Association by way of salary to those having an ownership interest in such Association, multiplied by the rate of the payroll expense tax expressed as a decimal (e.g., for a payroll expense tax rate of 1½ percent, 0.015). Amounts paid or credited to those having an ownership interest in such Association prior and in addition to the distribution of ownership profit or loss shall be presumed to be distributions "by way of salary" and for personal services rendered, unless the taxpayer proves otherwise by clear and convincing evidence.
   (b)   Commencing on the operative date of the Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance, the rate of the payroll expense tax shall be computed by the Controller in accordance with subsections (c) and (d). The Controller shall certify and publish such rate on or before September 1 of each year.
   (c)   Commencing on the operative date of the Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance:
      (1)   For any tax year in which the payroll expense tax rate, computed in accordance with subsection (d), is less than zero, then the payroll expense tax rate for that year and all subsequent years shall be zero. The Controller shall certify and publish such rate on or before September 1 of that year.
      (2)   Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article or Article 12-A-1, the payroll expense tax rate for 2019 and all future years shall be the rate in effect in tax year 2018. The Controller shall certify and publish such rate on or before September 1, 2019, at which time the Controller's duty to compute, certify and publish the payroll expense tax rate shall cease.
      (3)   Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article or Article 12-A-1, in no event shall the payroll expense tax rate for any year exceed 1½ percent.
   (d)   Payroll Expense Tax Rate Computation. The Controller shall compute the payroll expense tax rate for each tax year according to the following table and formulas:
      (1)   Payroll Expense Tax Rate Computation Table
 
Tax Year
Payroll Expense Tax Rate (PAYRATEyear)
2014
PAYRATE 14 = 1.350%
2015
PAYRATE 15 = 1.125% + PADJ 15
2016
PAYRATE 16 = 0.750% + PADJ 16
2017
PAYRATE 17 = 0.375% + PADJ 17
2018
PAYRATE 18 = 0% + PADJ 18
 
Where: "PADJyear" is the payroll expense tax rate adjustment factor expressed as a percentage and computed in accordance with subsection (d)(2).
      (2)   Payroll Expense Tax Rate Adjustment Factor Computation. Unless the prior year's payroll expense tax rate is zero, in which case the payroll expense tax adjustment factor does not apply, the Controller shall compute the payroll expense tax rate adjustment factor (PADJyear) according to the following table and formulas:
         Payroll Expense Tax Rate Adjustment Factor Computation Table
 
Tax Year
Payroll Expense Tax Rate Adjustment (PADJyear)
2015
PADJ 15 = MR15/(PAYTAX14/PAYRATE14)
2016
PADJ 16 = MR16/(PAYTAX15/PAYRATE15)
2017
PADJ 17 = MR17/(PAYTAX16/PAYRATE16)
2018
PADJ 18 = MR18/(PAYTAX17/PAYRATE17)
 
Where:
         (A)   "PAYTAXyear" = is, for any year, the actual payroll expense tax revenue (not including penalties, interest, or administrative fees) due for that year and collected on or before June 30 of the following year;
         (B)   "PAYRATEyear" = is, for any year, the payroll expense tax rate in effect for that year; and
         (C)   "MRyear" is computed in accordance with subsection (d)(3).
      (3)   Missing Revenue Factor Computation. The Missing Revenue Factor (MRyear) is, for any year, the amount by which the combined revenue actually collected from the payroll expense tax, gross receipts tax, and business registration fee for the previous year differs from the sum of expected payroll tax revenue, business registration fees, and administrative costs for the previous year. Unless the prior year's payroll expense tax rate is zero, in which case the missing revenue factor does not apply, the Controller shall compute the missing revenue factor (MRyear) according to the following table and formulas:
         Missing Revenue Factor Computation Table
 
Tax Year
Missing Revenue (MRyear)
2015
MR 15 = ADM 14 + $37,216,000 + ER 14 – (1.125%/1.350%) × PAYTAX 14 – (25%/10%) × GRTAX 14 – REG 14
2016
MR 16 = ADM 15 + $38,071,000 + ER 15 – (0.750%/PAYRATE 15 ) × PAYTAX 15 – (50%/25%) × GRTAX 15 – REG 15
2017
MR 17 = ADM 16 +$38,951,650+ ER 16 – (0.375%/PAYRATE 16 ) × PAYTAX 16 – (75%/50%) × GRTAX 16 – REG 16
2018
MR 18 = ADM 17 + $39,858,720 + ER 17 – (100%/75%) × GRTAX 17 – REG 17
 
Where:
         (A)   "GRTAXyear" is, for any year, the actual gross receipts tax revenue (not including penalties, interest, or administrative fees) due for that year and collected on or before June 30 of the following year;
         (B)   "REGyear" is, for any year, the business registration fee revenue for the fiscal year beginning in that year and collected on or before June 30 of that year;
         (C)   "ERyear" is the computed in accordance with subsection (d)(4);
         (D)   "$37,216,000," $38,071,000," "38,951,650," and "39,858,720"  are the amounts of total business registration fee revenue expected for the year prior to the year for which MRyear is being computed; and
         (E)   "ADMyear" is an estimate of the additional expense incurred by the Tax Collector in administering the tax. It shall be established annually by the Controller and shall not exceed 2 percent of the sum of the actual payroll expense tax revenue and gross receipts tax revenue for the prior year.
      (4)   Expected Revenue Factor Computation. The Expected Review Factor (ERyear) is, for any year, an estimate of the amount of payroll expense tax that would have been collected had a 1½ percent payroll expense tax rate been in effect based on the actual amount of payroll expense tax collected in the previous year, the previous year's payroll expense tax rate, and an assumed growth of 3 percent in the tax base. Unless the prior year's payroll expense tax rate is zero, the Controller shall compute the expected revenue factor (ERyear) according to the following table and formulas:
         Expected Revenue Factor Computation Table
 
Tax Year
Expected Revenue (ERyear)
2014
ER 14 = PAYTAX 13 × 1.03
2015
ER 15 = (1.500%/1.350%) × PAYTAX 14 × 1.03
2016
ER 16 = (1.500%/PAYRATE 15 ) × PAYTAX 15 × 1.03
2017
ER 17 = (1.500%/PAYRATE 16 ) × PAYTAX 16 × 1.03
 
(Added by Ord. 295-90, App. 8/1/90; amended by Ord. 273-93, App. 8/25/93; Ord. 179-94, App. 5/3/94; Ord. 24-98, App. 1/16/98; Ord. 26-04, File No. 031990, App. 2/19/2004; Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 904.  APPORTIONMENT OF PAYROLL EXPENSE.
   Where payroll expense is incurred by reason of work performed or services rendered by an individual, wholly within the City, all of the payroll expense for such individual shall be attributable to the City and subject to tax hereunder. Where payroll expense is incurred by reason of work performed or services rendered by an individual partly within and partly without the City, the portion of such payroll expense attributable to the City (and subject to tax hereunder) shall be determined as follows:
   (a)   Except as otherwise provided in this section, the portion of such payroll expense attributable to the City shall be the portion of such payroll expense which the total number of working hours employed within the City bears to the total number of working hours within and without the City.
   (b)   If the amount of such payroll expense depends on the volume of business transacted by such individual, then the portion of such payroll expense attributable to the City shall be the portion of such payroll expense which the volume of business transacted by such individual in the City bears to the volume of business transacted by such individual within and without the City.
   (c)   If it is impracticable, unreasonable or improper to apportion such payroll expenses as aforesaid either because of the particular nature of the services of such individual, or on account of the unusual basis of compensation, or for any other reason, then the amount of such payroll earnings reasonably attributable to work performed or services rendered in the City shall be determined on the basis of all relevant facts and circumstances of the particular case, in accordance with any rulings or regulations issued or promulgated by the Tax Collector for the purpose.
   (d)   If the Tax Collector determines that the percentage of payroll expenses attributable to the City, for any one or more persons, is a relatively stable percentage, the Tax Collector may establish that percentage as a prima facie evidence of payroll expense attributable to the City; provided, that the Tax Collector shall condition the establishment of such fixed percentage upon the obligation of the taxpayer to report immediately to the Tax Collector any significant change in the taxpayer's mode of business which may impact the portion of the person's payroll expense which is attributable to the City; and, provided further, that the Tax Collector may rescind any such fixed percentage at any time by providing written notice to the taxpayer of such rescission.
(Added by Ord. 275-70, 9/2/70; amended by Ord. 118-80, App. 3/28/80; Ord. 357-88, App. 8/4/88; Ord. 24-98, App. 1/16/98; Ord. 26-04, File No. 031990, App. 2/19/2004)
SEC. 905.  [REDESIGNATED.]
(Added by Ord. 275-70, 9/2/70; amended by Ord. 118-80, App. 3/28/80; Ord. 357-88, App. 8/4/88; Ord. 24-98, App. 1/16/98; redesignated as Sec. 6.2-12 and amended by Ord. 26-04, File No. 031990, App. 2/19/2004)
SEC. 905-A.  SMALL BUSINESS TAX EXEMPTION.
   (a)   Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Article 12-A, a “small business enterprise” as hereinafter defined, shall be exempt from payment of the payroll expense tax; provided, however, that a small business enterprise shall pay the annual registration fee pursuant to Section 855 of Article 12.
   (b)   The term “small business enterprise” shall mean and include any person whose taxable payroll expense does not exceed $250,000.
   (c)   For the 2011 tax year, and each second succeeding tax year the Tax Collector shall increase the ceiling for the small business tax exemption (rounded to the nearest $10,000 increment) to reflect increases in the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index for all urban customers for the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area for each of the preceding two tax years.
(Amended by Ord. 397-82, App. 8/12/82; Ord. 357-88, App. 8/4/88; Ord. 273-93, App. 8/25/93; Ord. 179-94, App. 5/3/94; Ord. 195-94, App. 5/13/94; Ord. 267-94, App. 7/29/94; Ord. 429-94, App. 12/23/94; Ord. 24-98, App. 1/16/98; Ord. 63-01, File No. 010274, App. 4/25/2001; Ord. 177-01, File No. 010826, App. 8/17/2001; Ord. 26-04, File No. 031990, App. 2/19/2004; Proposition Q, App. 11/4/2008; Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014; Ord. 206-13, File No. 130784, App. 10/11/2013, Eff. 11/10/2013, Oper. 1/1/2014; Ord. 222-14 , File No. 140798, App. 11/7/2014, Eff. 12/7/2014; Ord. 10-18, File No. 171133, App. 2/1/2018, Eff. 3/4/2018)
SEC. 906.  EXEMPTION PROVISIONS.
   (a)   Except as provided in Subsection (b) of this Section, an organization having a formally recognized exemption from income tax pursuant to Sections 501(c) or 501(d) or 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, as qualified by Sections 502, 503 and 504 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, shall be exempt from taxation under this Article.
   (b)   Except for an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, an organization otherwise exempt from taxation under Subsection (a) of this Section that is directly engaged within the City in an unrelated trade or business within the meaning of Section 513(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and has, from its own operations, unrelated business taxable income within the meaning of Section 512(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, shall pay the Payroll Expense Tax equal to the amount calculated by multiplying the tax which would have been due under this Article if the organization were not an exempt organization by the percentage which its unrelated business receipts bear to its total receipts. If it is impracticable, unreasonable or improper to allocate such organization's payroll expense as aforesaid either because of the particular nature of the organization's unrelated trade or business or the particular nature of the services provided to the organization in connection therewith by its employees, or on account of the unusual basis of compensation, or for any other reason, then the amount of such payroll expense reasonably attributable to work performed or services rendered in the City shall be determined on the basis of all relevant facts and circumstances of the particular case, in accordance with any rulings or regulations issued or promulgated by the Tax Collector for the purpose.
   (c)   Blind persons licensed under the provisions of Chapter 6A of Title 12 of the United States Code ("Vending Stands for Blind in Federal Buildings") and Article 5 of Chapter 6 of Part 2 of Division 10 of the Welfare and Institutions Code of the State of California ("Business Enterprises for the Blind") need not include in the computation of payroll expense the first $15,000 of payroll expense in any one year which is attributable to their licensed operations within the City.
   (d)   Skilled Nursing Facilities licensed under the provisions of Title 22, California Administrative Code, Division 5 ("Licensing and Certification of Health Facilities and Referral Agencies") Chapter 3 ("Skilled Nursing Facilities"), shall be exempt from taxation under this Article.
   (e)   For only so long as and to the extent that the City is prohibited from imposing the tax under this Article, the following persons shall be exempt from the Payroll Expense Tax:
      (1)   Banks and financial corporations exempt from local taxation under Article XIII, Section 27 of the California Constitution and Revenue and Taxation Code Section 23182;
      (2)   Insurance companies exempt from local taxation under Article XIII, Section 28 of the California Constitution;
      (3)   Persons engaging in business as a for-hire motor carrier of property under Revenue and Taxation Code Section 7233;
      (4)   Persons engaging in intercity transportation as a household goods carrier under Public Utilities Code Section 5327;
      (5)   Charter-party carriers operating limousines that are neither domiciled nor maintain a business office with the City under Public Utilities Code Section 5371.4;
      (6)   Any person upon whom the City is prohibited under the Constitution or statute of the state of California from imposing the Payroll Expense Tax.
   (f)   To the extent that any taxpayer has paid a substantially similar tax to any other taxing jurisdiction on any payroll expense taxed under this Article, the tax paid to such taxing jurisdiction shall be credited against the tax due under this Article.
   (g)   Nothing in this Article shall be construed as requiring the payment of any tax for engaging in a business or the doing of an act when such payment would be in violation of the Constitution or a statute of the United States or of the Constitution or a statute of the State of California.
(Added by Ord. 275-70, 9/2/70; amended by Ord. 118-80, App. 3/28/80; Ord. 395-84, App. 9/20/84; Ord. 357-88, App. 8/4/88; Ord. 423-91, App. 12/19/91; Ord. 26-04, File No. 031990, App. 2/19/2004)
SEC. 906A.  ENTERPRISE ZONE TAX CREDIT.
   (a)   A credit against this tax shall be allowed for each person who maintains a fixed place of business within the San Francisco Enterprise Zone and who, between January 1, 1992 and the effective date of this legislation, creates one or more new jobs and hires employees who qualify under Subsection (b) of this Section; provided, however, that in no event shall the tax credit reduce a person's tax liability to less than zero. Moreover, the tax credits shall only serve as an offset against the additional tax that would be paid as a result of additional hiring by a business within the zone. Each person claiming this credit shall file with the Tax Collector, on a form prescribed by the Tax Collector, an affidavit attesting to facts establishing his or her entitlement to the tax credit; said affidavit shall be supported by state tax credit forms (EDD, DSS, and PIC).
   (b)   An employee is a "qualified employee" for purposes of computing this tax credit if he or she is newly hired by the taxpayer on or after January 1, 1992 and either (1) is receiving subsidized employment training or services under the terms of the Federal Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA); or (2) is registered in the Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN) Program; or (3) is certified by the Employment Development Department as eligible for the federal Work Opportunity Credit Program; or (4) is receiving General Assistance.
   (c)   The tax credit, for each qualified employee, shall be a varying percentage of the additional tax that would be incurred as a result of additional wages paid for work performed within the Enterprise Zone, and the dollar amount of such tax credit shall depend both upon the duration of employment as of the date payroll taxes are due, and the eligible wages paid, as follows:
      (1)   The eligible wages to which the percentage is applied shall be limited to wages paid for work performed by the qualified employee while physically present within San Francisco.
      (2)   The percentage to be applied to eligible wages shall depend upon the employee's duration of employment as follows:
 
 
Duration of Employment
Credit Allowed on Payroll Tax Liability
First 24 months
100%
Second 24 months
50%
Third 24 months
25%
Fourth 24 months
15%
Fifth 24 months
10%
 
   (d)   On or after the effective date of this legislation a credit against this tax shall be allowed for each person who maintains a fixed place of business within the San Francisco Enterprise Zone and who hires new employees who qualify under Subsection (f) of this Section; provided, however, that in no event shall the tax credit reduce a person's tax liability to less than zero. Moreover, the tax credits shall only serve as an offset against the tax that would be paid as a result of hiring by a business within the zone. Each person claiming this credit shall file with the Tax Collector, on a form prescribed by the Tax Collector, an affidavit attesting to facts establishing his or her entitlement to the tax credit; said affidavit shall be supported by applicable State tax credit forms (EDD, DSS) and an approved state enterprise zone voucher.
   (e)   "Enterprise zone" means the area within the City and County of San Francisco designated as an enterprise zone by the State Department of Housing and Community Development pursuant to Chapter 12.8 (commencing with Section 7070) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code.
   (f)   "Qualified employee" means a San Francisco resident who meets all of the following requirements:
      (1)   At least 90 percent of whose services for the taxpayer during the taxable year are directly related to the conduct of the taxpayer's trade or business located in an enterprise zone.
      (2)   Performs at least 50 percent of his or her services for the taxpayer during the taxable year in an enterprise zone.
      (3)   Is hired by the taxpayer after the date of original designation of the area in which services were performed as an enterprise zone.
      (4)   Is any of the following:
         (i)   Immediately preceding the qualified employee's commencement of employment with the taxpayer, was a person eligible for services under the Federal Job Training Partnership Act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 1501 et seq.), or its successor, who is receiving, subsidized employment, training, or services funded by the Federal Job Training Partnership Act, or its successor.
         (ii)   Immediately preceding the qualified employee's commencement of employment with the taxpayer, was a person eligible to be a voluntary or mandatory registrant under the Greater Avenues for Independence Act of 1985 (GAIN) provided for pursuant to Article 3.2 (commencing with Section 11320) of Chapter 2 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, or its successor.
         (iii)   Immediately preceding the qualified employee's commencement of employment with the taxpayer, was an economically disadvantaged individual 14 years of age or older.
         (iv)   Immediately preceding the qualified employee's commencement of employment with the taxpayer, was a dislocated worker who meets any of the following:
            (aa)   Has been terminated or laid off or who has received a notice of termination or layoff from employment, is eligible for or has exhausted entitlement to unemployment insurance benefits, and is unlikely to return to his or her previous industry or occupation.
            (bb)   Has been terminated or has received a notice of termination of employment as a result of any permanent closure or any substantial layoff at a plant, facility, or enterprise, including an individual who has not received written notification but whose employer has made a public announcement of the closure or layoff.
            (cc)   Is long-term unemployed and has limited opportunities for employment or reemployment in the same or a similar occupation in the area in which the individual resides, including an individual 55 years of age or older who may have substantial barriers to employment by reason of age.
            (dd)   Was self-employed (including farmers and ranchers) and is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions in the community in which he or she resides or because of natural disasters.
            (ee)   Was a civilian employee of the Department of Defense employed at a military installation being closed or realigned under the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990.
            (ff)   Was an active member of the armed forces or National Guard as of September 30, 1990, and was either involuntarily separated or separated pursuant to a special benefits program.
            (gg)   Is a seasonal or migrant worker who experiences chronic seasonal unemployment and underemployment in the agriculture industry, aggravated by continual advancements in technology and mechanization.
            (hh)   Has been terminated or laid off or has received a notice of termination or layoff, as a consequence of compliance with the Clean Air Act.
         (v)   Immediately preceding the qualified employee's commencement of employment with the taxpayer, was a disabled individual who is eligible for or enrolled in, or has completed a state rehabilitation plan or is a service-connected disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era, or veteran who is recently separated from military service.
         (vi)   Immediately preceding the qualified employee's commencement of employment with the taxpayer, was an ex-offender. An individual shall be treated as convicted if he or she was placed on probation by a state court without a finding of guilt.
         (vii)   Immediately preceding the qualified employee's commencement of employment with the taxpayer, was a person eligible for or a recipient of any of the following:
            (aa)   Federal Supplemental Security Income benefits.
            (bb)   Aid to Families with Dependent Children.
            (cc)   Food stamps.
            (dd)   State and local general assistance.
         (viii)   Immediately preceding the qualified employee's commencement of employment with the taxpayer, was a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe, band, or other group of Native American descent.
         (ix)   Immediately preceding the qualified employee's commencement of employment with the taxpayer, was a member of a targeted group, as defined in Section 51(d) of the Internal Revenue Code, or its successor.
   (g)   The tax credit, for each qualified employee, shall be a varying percentage of the tax that would be incurred as a result of wages paid for work performed within the Enterprise Zone, and the dollar amount of such tax credit shall depend both upon the duration of employment as of the date payroll taxes are due, and the eligible wages paid, as follows:
      (1)   The eligible wages to which the percentage is applied shall be limited to wages paid for work performed by the qualified employee while physically present within San Francisco.
      (2)   The percentage to be applied to eligible wages shall depend upon the employee's duration of employment as follows:
 
 
Duration of Employment
Credit Allowed on Payroll Tax Liability
First 24 months
100%
Second 24 months
50%
Third 24 months
25%
Fourth 24 months
15%
Fifth 24 months
10%
 
   (h)   This Section 906A shall expire by operation of law on December 31, 2021, unless extended by the Board of Supervisors or the voters, and the City Attorney shall cause it to be removed from future editions of the Business and Tax Regulations Code.
(Added by Ord. 38-92, App. 2/3/92; amended by Ord. 200-93, App. 6/16/93; Ord. 24-98, App. 1/16/98; Ord. 113-08, File No. 080350, App. 6/30/2008)
SEC. 906B.  [EXPIRED.]
(Added by Ord. 199-93, App. 6/16/93; amended by Ord. 188-96, App. 5/8/96; Ord. 24-98, App. 1/16/98; Ord. 389-98, App. 12/24/98; expired 12/31/2002)
SEC. 906C.  [EXPIRED.]
(Added by Ord. 239-96, App. 6/11/96; amended by Ord. 24-98, App. 1/16/98; expired 12/31/2001)
SEC. 906D.  [EXPIRED.]
(Added by Ord. 11-97, App. 1/3/97; amended by Ord. 166-99, File No. 990335, App. 6/18/99; expired 12/31/2001)
SEC. 906E.  [EXPIRED.]
(Added by Ord. 391-98, App. 12/24/98; amended by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014; expired 12/31/2018)
SEC. 906.1.  BIOTECHNOLOGY EXCLUSION.
   (a)   Any person engaging in biotechnology business within the city may exclude from their payroll expense all compensation paid to, on behalf of or for the benefit of all employees of that person, and all distributions by an Association by way of salary to those having an ownership interest in such Association, who or that perform substantially all work or render substantially all services in direct support of such person's biotechnology business, subject to the conditions and limitations set forth in this Section. For purposes of this Section, outside contractors shall not be considered employees of the biotechnology business. For purposes of this Section, "biotechnology business" means conducting biotechnology research and experimental development, and operating laboratories for biotechnology research and experimental development, using DNA, cells, and/or bioprocessing techniques, as well as the application thereof to the development of therapeutics, diagnostic products and/or devices to improve human health, animal health, and agriculture.
   (b)   For purposes of this section, "DNA" is a nucleic acid sequence, or fragment thereof, that contains the genetic information for cell growth, division, and function. Examples of DNA include recombinant DNA, RNA, mRNA, antisense, RNAi, genes and ESTs.
   (c)   For purposes of this section, "cells" are membrane bound structures containing biomolecules, such as nucleic acids, proteins, and polysaccharides. This definition includes both prokaryotic (bacterial) and eukaryotic (animal or plant) cells. Examples include primary cells, transformed or cultured cells, stem cells, iPS, ESCs, fused cells and cell lines.
   (d)   For purposes of this section, "bioprocessing" is the use of microbial, plant, or animal cells or portions thereof, for the production of therapeutics or diagnostics. Bioprocessing includes the extraction of compounds from biomaterials; reaction of biomaterials, such as microbial fermentation, cell culture, cell fusion or biotransformation by enzymes; and separation of product from biomaterials using filtration, purification, precipitation, centrifugation, solvents, chromatography or other means.
   (e)   The biotechnology exclusion authorized under this Section shall be available to and may be taken by each person engaging in the biotechnology business in the City for a period of seven and one-half years from the effective date of this Section or the commencement of the person's biotechnology business in the City, whichever is later. The date the Director of Public Health or his or her designee received the person's application for a business registration certificate for the person's biotechnology business shall be presumed to be the date of commencement of such business unless the person establishes a different commencement date to the satisfaction of the Tax Collector.
   (f)   In order to be eligible for the payroll expense tax exclusion authorized under this Section, persons wishing to claim the exclusion must:
      (1)   Complete and submit an initial application to the Director of the Department of Public Health or his or her designee for review and evaluation. The Director of the Department of Public Health, or his or her designee shall have authority to develop eligibility criteria for the biotechnology exclusion, which shall include participation in the City's First Source Hiring Program as defined in Section 83.4 of the Administrative Code.
      (2)   After approval, file an annual affidavit with the Department of Public Health affirming that they continue to meet the eligibility criteria as determined by the Department of Public Health. The affidavit must be filed with the Department of Public Health on or before January 31 of every year after the year the application is first approved.
      (3)   Maintain a reasonable method of documentation that can be reviewed or verified objectively that tracks how employees whose compensation qualifies for the payroll expense tax exclusion spend their time at work, and provide such documentation to the Tax Collector upon request.
      (4)   File an annual Payroll Expense Tax Return with the Tax Collector regardless of the amount of tax liability shown on the return after claiming the exclusion provided for in this Section.
      (5)   File annual affidavits with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development detailing the total number of individuals hired, the number of individuals hired who were referred by the San Francisco Workforce Development System, and the duration of employment for each individual hired. The affidavits must be filed with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development on or before January 31 of every year after the year the application is first approved.
   (g)   The biotechnology exclusion authorized under this Section shall expire on the tenth anniversary date of the effective date of this Section. Unless exempted under Sections 906 of this Article, every person engaging in the biotechnology business in the City shall pay the tax imposed under this Article on the full amount of the person's payroll expense attributable to the City from and after the expiration of this Section.
   (h)   If a person's taxable payroll for any year does not exceed the small business exemption amount as defined in Section 905-A, the person shall be exempt from payment of the Payroll Expense Tax for that year.
   (i)   The Tax Collector shall submit an annual report to the Board of Supervisors for each year for which the biotechnology exclusion authorized under this Section is available that sets forth aggregate information on the dollar value of the biotechnology exclusions taken each year, the number of businesses taking the exclusion, the change in the number of biotechnology businesses engaging in business in the City, and any increase or decrease in the number of jobs in the biotechnology business sector compared to the number of jobs in the biotechnology business sector for the immediately preceding calendar year.
   (j)   The Assessor-Recorder and the Tax Collector shall jointly prepare and submit an annual report to the Board of Supervisors for each year for which the biotechnology exclusion authorized under this Section is available that sets forth any increases in property taxes resulting from biotechnology businesses location, relocation or expansion to or within the City.
   (k)   The Mayor's Office of Economic Development shall coordinate community educational workshops on the biotechnology industry.
   (l)   The Controller, after five years from the enactment of this Ordinance, shall perform an assessment and review of the effect of the biotechnology tax exclusion. Based on such assessment and review the Controller shall prepare and submit an analysis to the Board of Supervisors. The analysis shall be based on criteria deemed relevant by the Controller, and may include but is not limited to, data contained in the annual reports to the Board of Supervisors as required by subsections (i) and (j) of this Section.
(Added by Ord. 209-04, File No. 040592, App. 8/12/2004; amended by Ord. 105-10, File No. 091269, App. 5/21/2010; Ord. 75-14 , File No. 140226, App. 5/28/2014, Eff. 6/27/2014)
SEC. 906.2.  CLEAN TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS EXCLUSION.
   (a)   Any person that employs a full-time staff of not more than one hundred employees and is engaging in a clean technology business may exclude from the person's payroll expense all compensation paid to, on behalf of or for the benefit of the person's employees, and all distributions by an association by way of salary to those having an ownership interest in such association, who or that perform substantially all work or render substantially all services in direct support of such person's clean technology business activities, subject to the conditions and limitations set forth in this Section. For purposes of this Section, outside independent contractors shall not be considered employees of the clean technology business.
   (b)   For purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below:
      (1)   The term "person" includes the combination of all domestic subsidiaries, affiliates and other business entities related by ownership including but not limited to partnerships, joint ventures, limited liability companies, corporations and other business organizations of whatever form. Any beneficial ownership of the stock of publicly traded corporations shall not be considered for purposes of this definition.
      (2)   The term "business" is as defined in Section 6.2-5 of Article 6 of the San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code.
      (3)   The term "association" is as defined in Section 6.2-4 of Article 6 of the San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code.
      (4)   "Clean energy" means energy utilizing energy produced by wind, solar energy, landfill gas, geothermal resources, ocean thermal energy conversion, quantifiable energy conservation measures, tidal energy, wave energy, biomass, biofuels, or hydrogen fuels derived from renewable sources, excluding (A) any fossil fuel based energy production, including but not limited to, clean coal, clean diesel, natural gas and hydrogen from natural gas, (B) any nuclear based energy production, (C) waste to energy via combustion or incineration, or/and (D) other technologies that are detrimental to human health.
      (5)   "Clean technology business" means a business in which at least seventy-five percent of all business activities carried on during the tax year are directly related to one or more of the following activities:
         (A)   research and development and/or associated manufacturing applying scientific advances to the production, distribution or storage of clean energy:
         (B)   research and development and/or associated manufacturing applying scientific advances to prototype or commercially viable materials and products powered by clean energy, including but not limited to single passenger vehicles and fueling infrastructure:
         (C)   research and development and/or associated manufacturing applying scientific advances to prototype or commercially viable techniques, materials and products that materially improve energy efficiency, water conservation or air quality;
         (D)   research and development, manufacture and/or installation of solar panels: or
   (c)   In order to be eligible for the payroll expense tax exclusion authorized under this Section, persons wishing to claim the exclusion must:
      (1)   Complete and submit an initial application to the Director of the Department of the Environment for review and evaluation.
      (2)   After approval, file an annual affidavit with the Department of the Environment affirming that they continue to meet the eligibility criteria set forth in regulations adopted by the Department of the Environment. The affidavit must be filed with the Department of the Environment on or before January 31 of every year after the year the application is first approved.
      (3)   Maintain a reasonable method of documentation that can be reviewed or verified objectively that tracks how employees whose compensation qualifies for the payroll expense tax exclusion spend their time at work, and provide such documentation to the Tax Collector upon request.
      (4)   File an annual Payroll Expense Tax Return with the Tax Collector regardless of the amount of tax liability shown on the return after claiming the exclusion provided for in this Section.
      (5)   For clean technology businesses in business sectors eligible for Green Business recognition from the City under Chapter 15 of the Environment Code and implementing regulations, qualify as a Green Business, and (2) complete and submit all required applications for Green Business recognition at least ninety days prior to the close of the tax year for which the payroll tax exemption is requested.
   (d)   The Director of the Department of the Environment shall:
      (1)   No later than the effective date of this ordinance, after a public hearing, adopt rules, regulations and forms regarding eligibility and the application process for the payroll tax expense exclusion. The Director of the Department of the Environment may amend such rules, regulations and forms from time to time as necessary.
      (2)   Review all applications for completeness and if an application is approved issue a certificate of eligibility to the applicant. The Director's decision on the application shall be final.
      (3)   Provide the Tax Collector with a list of persons eligible to claim the tax exclusion authorized under this Section for the preceding tax year by March 1 of each year. The Tax Collector shall grant or deny the tax exclusion on the basis of the Department of the Environment's determination along with the review, at the Tax Collector's option, of the documentation maintained by the employer under Subsection (c)(3) of this Section.
   (e)   The clean technology exclusion authorized under this Section shall be available to and may be taken by a person for each tax year that person holds a valid certificate of eligibility for a period of ten years from the effective date of this Section or the commencement of the person's clean technology business in the City, whichever is later. The date the Tax Collector first received the person's application for a business registration certificate for the person's clean technology business shall be presumed to be the date of commencement of such business unless the person establishes a different commencement date to the satisfaction of the Tax Collector.
   (f)   The clean technology exclusion authorized under this Section shall expire on the fifteenth anniversary date of the effective date of this Section. A person may not use or claim any unused portion of the ten year clean technology exclusion after the expiration date of this Section. Unless exempted under Sections 906 of this Article, every person engaging in a clean technology business in the City shall pay the tax imposed under this Article on the full amount of the person's payroll expense attributable to the City from and after the expiration of this Section.
   (g)   If a person's calculated liability for the Payroll Expense Tax does not exceed the ceiling specified in Section 905-A for the tax year after applying the clean technology exclusion under this Section, the person shall be exempt from payment of the Payroll Expense Tax for that tax year as provided in Section 905-A.
   (h)   The effective date of this Section 906.2 shall be January 1, 2006 except that the amendments to Section 906.2 made by Ordinance 313-08 do not apply to tax years beginning before January 1, 2009.
   (i)   The Tax Collector shall submit an annual report to the Board of Supervisors for each year for which the clean technology exclusion authorized under this Section is available that sets forth aggregate information on the dollar value of the clean technology exclusions taken each year, the number of businesses taking the exclusion, the change in the number of clean technology businesses engaging in business in the City, and any identifiable increase or decrease in the number of jobs in the clean technology business sector compared to the number of jobs in the clean technology business sector for the immediately preceding calendar year.
   (j)   The Assessor-Recorder shall submit an annual report to the Board of Supervisors for each year for which the clean technology exclusion authorized under this Section is available that sets forth any identifiable increases in property taxes resulting from clean technology businesses location, relocation or expansion to or within the City.
   (k)   The Controller, after three years from the enactment of this Ordinance, shall perform an assessment and review of the effect of the clean technology tax exclusion. Based on such assessment and review the Controller shall prepare and submit an analysis to the Board of Supervisors. The analysis shall be based on criteria deemed relevant by the Controller, and may include but is not limited to, data contained in the annual reports to the Board of Supervisors as required by subsections (i) and (j) of this Section.
   (l)   A misrepresentation or misstatement by any person regarding eligibility for the clean technology payroll expense tax exclusion authorized by this section that results in the underpayment or underreporting of the payroll expense tax shall be subject to penalties as provided in Section 6.17-2 of Article 6 of the San Francisco Business and Tax Administrative Code.
(Added by Ord. 249-05, File No. 050922, App. 11/10/2005; amended by Ord. 21-06, File No. 051818, App. 2/3/2006; Ord. 313-08, File No. 081449, 12/19/2008; Ord. 75-14 , File No. 140226, App. 5/28/2014, Eff. 6/27/2014)
SEC. 906.3.  CENTRAL MARKET STREET AND TENDERLOIN AREA PAYROLL EXPENSE TAX EXCLUSION.
   (a)   An exclusion from the payroll expense tax shall be allowed for each person who maintains a fixed place of business within the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area for payroll expense attributable to that fixed location; provided, however, that in no event shall the tax exclusion reduce a person's tax liability to less than the person's Base Year payroll expense tax liability.
   (b)   For purposes of this Section, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below:
      (1)   "Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area" means the area located in downtown San Francisco, generally including: parcels fronting the south side of Market Street from Eleventh Street to Sixth Street; a portion of the parcels fronting the south side of Market Street from Sixth Street to Fifth Street (odd numbered addresses from 999 to 933 Market Street); parcels fronting the north side of Market Street from Van Ness Avenue to Eighth Street; 875 Stevenson Street; and parcels in the area bordered by: Ellis Street from Polk Street to Mason Street (south side only); Mason Street, from Ellis Street to Market Street (west side only); Market Street, from Mason Street to Charles J. Brenham Place (north side only); Charles J. Brenham Place, from Market Street to McAllister Street (east side only); McAllister Street, from Charles J. Brenham Place to Larkin Street (north side only); Larkin Street, from McAllister Street to Eddy Street (east side only); Eddy Street, from Larkin Street to Polk Street (north side only); and Polk Street, from Eddy Street to Ellis Street (east side only). The exclusion applies exclusively to the following Assessor's Lots:  the entirety of Blocks 0331, 0332, 0333, 0334, 0335, 0336, 0337, 0338, 0339, 0340, 0342, 0343, 0344, 0345, 0346, 0347, 0348, 0349, 0350, and 0740; Block 0813, Lots, 7, 8, 9 and 10; Block 0835, Lots 1, 2 and 3; Block 3701, Lots 50 and 59; Block 3702, Lots 1, 45, 46, 47, 48, 48A, and 53; Block 3703, Lots 1, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 70, 74, 75, 76, 78 and 88; Block 3704, Lots 70, 69, 68, 67 and 78; Block 3507, Lots 39 and 41; Block 3508, Lots 1 and 39; Block 0355, Lots 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 15; and Block 0351, Lots 1, 22, 39, 41, 46, 47, 49 and 51.
      (2)   "Base Year" means the 2010 tax year for a person who maintains a fixed place of business in the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area on the effective date of this ordinance, provided that the person maintained a fixed place of business in the Area for the entirety of such tax year. If the person did not maintain a fixed place of business in the Area for the entirety of 2010, then the first full tax year that person maintains a fixed place of business in the Area shall be the Base Year. For a person who moves a business to the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area from another part of San Francisco, Base Year means that person's full tax year for the year prior to entering into a lease agreement or buying real property in the Area, provided that person was doing business in San Francisco for the entirety of such tax year. For a person who commences to maintain a fixed place of business in San Francisco after the effective date of this ordinance, Base Year means that person's first full tax year in the Area.
   (c)   In order to be eligible for the payroll expense tax exclusion authorized under this Section, persons wishing to claim the exclusion must:
      (1)   Complete and submit an initial application to the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for review and evaluation. The Office of Economic and Workforce Development will use this application to verify that applicants claiming the payroll expense tax exclusion under this Section meet the eligibility requirements outlined in this subsection (c). The Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector shall prescribe the form of the application and, consistent with this ordinance, the rules and regulations regarding eligibility for the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area payroll expense tax exclusion, which shall include participation in the City's First Source Hiring Program as defined in Section 83.4 of the Administrative Code.
      (2)   File an annual affidavit with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development affirming that they continue to meet the eligibility criteria as determined by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. The annual affidavit should detail the total number of individuals hired during the year, the number of individuals who were referred by the San Francisco Workforce Development System during the year, and the duration of employment for each individual hired during the year. The affidavit must be filed with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development on or before December 31 of each year subsequent to the Office of Economic and Workforce Development's initial approval of the application.
      (3)   Maintain records and documents in a manner acceptable to the Tax Collector.  Such records and documents must objectively substantiate any exclusion claimed under this Section and be provided to the Tax Collector upon request.
      (4)   File a timely annual Payroll Expense Tax Return and affidavit with the Tax Collector regardless of the amount of tax liability, if any, shown on the return after claiming the exclusion provided for in this Section.
      (5)   Any person whose annual payroll expense exceeds one million dollars ($1,000,000) shall enter into a binding Community Benefit Agreement with the City Administrator in order to be eligible for the payroll expense tax exclusion under this Section.  Such Community Benefit Agreement may include commitments to engage in community activities in the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area as well as participation in workforce development opportunities.
   (d)   The Office of Economic and Workforce Development shall:
      (1)   Together with the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector, adopt rules, regulations and forms regarding eligibility and the application process for the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area payroll expense tax exclusion. The rules, regulations and forms may be amended from time to time as necessary.
      (2)   Review all applications for completeness and upon approval, issue a certificate of eligibility to the applicant. The decision of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development regarding eligibility for the exclusion may not be appealed by an applicant.
      (3)   Provide the Tax Collector with a list of persons eligible to claim the tax exclusion authorized under this Section for the preceding tax year by March 1 of each year.
   (e)   The Tax Collector shall verify that any exclusion claimed pursuant to this Section is appropriate.
   (f)   The Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area exclusion authorized under this Section shall be available to and may be taken by each person for each tax year that person holds a valid certificate of eligibility for a period not to exceed six years from the effective date of this ordinance or the commencement of the person's business in the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area, whichever is later. The date the Tax Collector first received the person's application for a business registration certificate for the person's Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area business shall be presumed to be the date of commencement of such business unless the person establishes a different commencement date to the satisfaction of the Tax Collector.
   (g)   The Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area exclusion authorized under this Section shall expire on the eighth anniversary date of the effective date of this Section. A person may not use or claim any unused portion of the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area exclusion after the expiration date of this Section. Unless exempted under Section 906 of this Article, every person engaging in a business in the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area in the City shall pay the tax imposed under this Article on the full amount of the person's payroll expense attributable to the City from and after the expiration of this Section.
   (h)   If a person's calculated liability for the payroll expense tax does not exceed the ceiling specified in Section 905-A for the tax year after applying the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area exclusion under this Section, the person shall be exempt from payment of the payroll expense tax for that tax year as provided in Section 905-A.
   (i)   The Tax Collector shall submit an annual report to the Board of Supervisors for each year for which the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area exclusion authorized under this Section is available that sets forth aggregate information on the dollar value of the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area exclusions taken each year, the number of businesses taking the exclusion and the change in the number of businesses located in the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area of the City.
   (j)   The Office of the City Administrator shall submit an annual report to the Board of Supervisors for each year for which the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area exclusion authorized under this Section is available that sets forth any and all Community Benefit Agreements that have been entered into with the Office of the City Administrator during that year.
   (k)   The Assessor-Recorder shall submit an annual report to the Board of Supervisors for each year for which the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area exclusion authorized under this Section is available that sets forth any identifiable increases in property value resulting from businesses' location, relocation or expansion to or within the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area.
   (l)   The Controller, not later than three years after the effective date of this ordinance, shall perform an assessment and review of the effect of the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area payroll expense tax exclusion on the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area. Based on such assessment and review the Controller shall prepare and submit an analysis to the Board of Supervisors. The analysis shall be based on factors that the Controller deems relevant, and may include, but shall not be limited to, data contained in the annual reports to the Board of Supervisors as required by subsections (i), (j) and (k) of this Section.
   (m)   The Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area payroll expense tax exclusion set forth in this Section may not be claimed concurrently with any other payroll expense tax exclusion.
   (n)   A misrepresentation or misstatement by any person regarding eligibility for the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area payroll expense tax exclusion authorized by this Section that results in the underpayment or underreporting of the payroll expense tax shall be subject to penalties.
(Added by Ord. 68-11, File No. 110155, App. 4/20/2011, Eff. 5/20/2011; amended by Ord. 206-13 , File No. 130784, App. 10/11/2013, Eff. 11/10/2013)
SEC. 906.3-1.  CENTRAL MARKET STREET AND TENDERLOIN AREA CITIZEN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
   (a)   There shall be a Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Citizen’s Advisory Committee (the “Citizen’s Advisory Committee”).
   (b)   The Citizen’s Advisory Committee shall be an advisory body whose purpose is to make recommendations to the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, City Administrator, and Office of Economic and Workforce Development on policies and programs that mitigate the effects of development, bolster economic development, local employment, and community sustainability, and seek to stabilize and protect existing tenants, community based organizations, and small businesses in and around the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area.
   (c)   Duties of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee shall include:
      (1)   Advise the City Administrator of community issues in order to better align the Community Benefit Agreements called for under the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion in Section 906.3 of this Code, with the community needs.
      (2)   Make recommendations to the City Administrator about terms and conditions in the Community Benefit Agreements called for under the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion.
      (3)   Provide a report in March and October of each year to the Board of Supervisors regarding the implementation and execution of the Community Benefit Agreements called for under the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion. The report shall include, at minimum, a summary of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee’s recommendations and votes regarding proposed Community Benefit Agreements, a summary of actions taken by the City Administrator in response to the Citizen’s Advisory Committee’s recommendations, and a list of vacant seats on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee.
      (4)   Make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development on policies, initiatives, and programs that bolster economic development, local employment, and community sustainability and seek to stabilize and protect existing tenants, community based organizations, and small businesses in and around the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area.
      (5)   Advise the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, and City Administrator on the creation of a community development fund that may support workforce development, community infrastructure and programs to mitigate potential displacement of small businesses, community based organizations, and tenants.
      (6)   Help facilitate partnerships between persons claiming the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion and  community organizations, local schools, and small businesses.
      (7)   Hold public hearings regarding Community Benefit Agreements as set forth in subsection 906.3-1(i).
   (d)   The Citizen’s Advisory Committee shall be composed of five members appointed by the Board of Supervisors:
      (1)   Seat 1 shall be held either by a person with expertise in job creation or workforce development or by a person who is a resident of the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area or Adjacent Area.
      (2)   Seat 2 shall be held either by a person who represents a community-based organization or provides direct services to the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area or Adjacent Area or by a person who is a resident of the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area or Adjacent Area.
      (3)   Seat 3 shall be held either by a person with expertise on homelessness, transitional age youth, or supportive housing, and familiarity with the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area or Adjacent Area or by a person who is a resident of the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area or Adjacent Area.
      (4)   Seats 4 and 5 shall be held by residents of the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area or Adjacent Area with expertise or life experience involving homelessness or affordable housing.
   (e)   For purposes of this Section 906.3-1, “Adjacent Area” shall mean the area in District 6, bounded on the southern side by 13th Street and Townsend Street.
   (f)   The terms of members of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee in office on the effective date of the ordinance in Board of Supervisors File No. 170741 and whose seats were not eliminated by that ordinance shall continue; provided that the terms then in effect for members in renumbered Seats 1 and 3 shall end at noon on November 2, 2017; and the terms then in effect for members in renumbered Seats 2, 4, and 5 shall end at noon on November 2, 2019. The Board of Supervisors shall appoint members to new terms, which shall commence on the expiration of the previous terms. All of the new terms shall end on January 31, 2021. All members shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors and may be removed by the Board of Supervisors at any time.
   (g)   Once each year, the Citizen’s Advisory Committee members shall select such officer or officers as deemed necessary by the Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The Citizen’s Advisory Committee shall promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary for the conduct of its business under this Section 906.3-1. In the event a vacancy occurs, a successor shall be appointed to fill the vacancy consistent with the process and requirements to appoint the previous appointee. When a vacancy occurs for a reason other than the expiration of a term of office, the appointee to fill such vacancy shall hold office for the unexpired term of his or her predecessor. Any member who misses four meetings within a twelve-month period, without the approval of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee at or before each missed meeting, shall be deemed to have resigned from the Citizen’s Advisory Committee ten days after the fourth unapproved absence. The City Administrator shall inform the Clerk of the Board of any such resignation.
   (h)   The Citizen’s Advisory Committee shall comply with all applicable public records and meetings laws and shall be subject to all applicable conflict-of-interest provisions in State and local law.
   (i)   Duties of the City Administrator.
      (1)   The City Administrator shall provide administrative support for the Citizen’s Advisory Committee, and shall arrange for the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to meet no less than four times each calendar year.
      (2)   At least 15 days before entering into negotiations regarding the terms of a Community Benefit Agreement, the City Administrator shall inform the members of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee in writing about the initiation of negotiations. After receiving the written notice, the Citizen’s Advisory Committee may submit written recommendations to the City Administrator regarding the possible terms of the Community Benefit Agreement.
      (3)   Within five days of reaching tentative agreement regarding the terms of a Community Benefit Agreement, the City Administrator shall transmit copies of the proposed agreement to the Citizen’s Advisory Committee, and shall coordinate with the members of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to convene a meeting to review the agreement. At any such meeting, the Citizen’s Advisory Committee may recommend that the City Administrator execute the Community Benefit Agreement, recommend that the City Administrator not execute the Community Benefit Agreement, or make no recommendation. If the Citizen’s Advisory Committee does not recommend that the City Administrator execute the Community Benefit Agreement, the Committee shall state the reasons therefor. The City Administrator shall not execute any Community Benefit Agreement until after the Citizen’s Advisory Committee has held at least one meeting to review and provide recommendations regarding the agreement; provided that the City Administrator may execute the agreement if the Citizen’s Advisory Committee fails to meet within 45 days after the transmission of the proposed agreement to the Citizen’s Advisory Committee. Within five days after executing the agreement, the City Administrator shall transmit the agreement to the Citizen’s Advisory Committee with a report describing the City Administrator’s response to each of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee’s recommendations, if any.
      (4)   If the Citizen’s Advisory Committee fails to provide a biannual report to the Board of Supervisors in March or October as required in subsection 906.3-1(c)(3), the City Administrator shall prepare and submit a report to the Board of Supervisors providing the same information by April 15 or November 15, respectively.
   (j)   Unless the Board of Supervisors by ordinance extends the term of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee, this Section 906.3-1 shall expire by operation of law, and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee shall terminate, on January 31, 2021. In that event, after that date, the City Attorney shall cause this Section 906.3-1 to be removed from the Business and Tax Regulations Code.
(Added by Ord. 103-11, File No. 110435, App. 6/20/2011, Eff. 7/20/2011; amended by Ord. 223-12, File No. 111160, App. 10/29/2012, Eff. 11/28/2012; Ord. 75-14 , File No. 140226, App. 5/28/2014, Eff. 6/27/2014; Ord. 199-17, File No. 170741, App. 10/5/2017, Eff. 11/4/2017)
SEC. 906.4. [EXPIRED.]
(Added by Ord. 87-11, File No. 110337, App. 6/3/2011, Eff. 7/3/2011; expired 12/31/2017)
SEC. 906.5.  [EXPIRED.]
(Added by Ord. 160-12 , File No. 120377, App. 7/12/2012, Eff. 8/11/2012; amended by Ord. 233-12 , File No. 120965, App. 11/20/2012, Eff. 12/20/2012; expired 12/31/2015)
SEC. 907.  PAYMENTS, RETURNS, INSTALLMENT PAYMENTS AND EXTENSIONS.
   (a)   Payments, returns, installment payments and extensions for persons subject to this Article shall be as prescribed in the common administrative provisions set forth in Article 6.
   (b)   For tax years commencing after December 31, 2013, a combined group as described in Section 956.3 of Article 12-A-1 must file a single payroll expense tax return; the combined group must choose a single person to file the return on its behalf. Each person within the combined group engaging in business in the City must provide a power of attorney to the person filing the return, authorizing the person filing the return to file said return and to act on behalf of each person with respect to payments, refunds, audits, resolutions, and any other items related to the tax liability reflected in the return. The power of attorney shall be substantially in a form prescribed or approved by the Tax Collector. Each return filed by a combined group constitutes a combined return under this Article and Article 6. The person filing any combined return shall pay the tax liability reflected on the return and any liability determined on audit at the time and in the manner set forth for returns and liabilities in Article 6. The payroll expense tax liability of each person within a combined group, including any applicable exemptions or exclusions, shall be computed as if that person was filing its own separate return. The total liability on the combined return shall be the sum of the liabilities of each person within the combined group.
(Ord. 275-70, App. 9/2/70; amended by Ord. 118-80, App. 3/28/80; Ord. 395-84, App. 9/20/84; Ord. 357-88, App. 8/4/88; Ord. 273-93, App. 8/25/93; Ord. 26-04, File No. 031990, App. 2/19/2004; Ord. 271-13, File No. 131031, App. 11/27/2013, Eff. 12/27/2013, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 908.  SAVINGS CLAUSE.
   No section, clause, part or provision of this Article shall be construed as requiring the payment of any tax for engaging in a business or the doing of an act when such payment or act would constitute an unlawful burden upon or an unlawful interference with interstate or foreign commerce, or which payment or act would be in violation of the United States Constitution or a statute of the United States or of the California Constitution or a statute of the State of California. If any section, clause, part or provision of this Article, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is held invalid or unconstitutional, the remainder of this Article, including the application of such part or provision to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected thereby and shall continue in full force and effect. To this end, the provisions of this Article are severable.
(Added by Ord. 63-01, File No. 010274, App. 4/25/2001)
SEC. 909.  AMENDMENT OF ORDINANCE.
   The Board of Supervisors may amend or repeal Article 12-A of the Business and Tax Regulations Code without a vote of the people except as limited by Article XIIIC of the California Constitution.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 917.1.  [REPEALED.]
(Ord. 275-70, App. 9/2/70; amended by Ord. 118-80, App. 3/28/80; Ord. 357-88, App. 8/4/88; Ord. 24-98, 1/16/98; repealed by Ord. 63-01, File No. 010274, App. 4/25/2001)