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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-1:
GROSS RECEIPTS TAX ORDINANCE
 
Findings and Purpose.
Short Title.
Definitions.
Advance Payment.
Cash Discount.
Gross Receipts.
NAICS Code.
Related Entity.
Sale and Sell.
Imposition of Gross Receipts Tax.
Gross Receipts Tax Applicable to Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; and Certain Services.
Gross Receipts Tax Applicable to Manufacturing; Transportation and Warehousing; Information; Biotechnology; Clean Technology; and Food Services.
Gross Receipts Tax Applicable to Accommodations; Utilities; and Arts, Entertainment and Recreation.
Gross Receipts Tax Applicable to Private Education and Health Services; Administrative and Support Services; and Miscellaneous Business Activities.
Gross Receipts Tax Applicable to Construction.
Gross Receipts Tax Applicable to Financial Services; Insurance; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
Gross Receipts Tax Applicable to Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Services.
Tax on Administrative Office Business Activities.
Persons or Combined Groups Engaged in Multiple Business Activities.
Exemptions and Exclusions.
Small Business Exemption.
Persons Deriving No Gross Receipts from Business Activities Outside the City.
Allocation and Apportionment for All Persons Deriving Gross Receipts from Business Activities Both Within and Outside the City.
Allocation of Receipts from Real, Personal, Tangible and Intangible Property.
Apportionment of Receipts Based on Payroll.
Combined Returns.
Tax Collector Authorized to Determine Gross Receipts.
Administration of the Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance.
Rate of Gross Receipts Tax: Controller Computation.
The "Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion" Credit.
Central Market Street Limit.
Amendment of Ordinance.
Effect of State and Federal Authorization.
Severability.
Savings Clause.
 
SEC. 950.  FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.
   The voters hereby find and declare as follows:
   1.   San Francisco is the only major city in California that levies its entire business tax on payroll expense. This exclusive payroll-based tax discourages job creation and economic growth, lowers wages, and provides an unstable revenue stream.
   2.   San Francisco currently charges a flat rate on its payroll expense tax base. Instituting a tiered rate structure, in which businesses are taxed based on their gross receipts, will better distribute the tax burden according to a business's ability to pay.
   3.   Gross receipts is the most common business tax base among California's largest cities.
   4.   Amending San Francisco's business tax system to include a gross receipts tax will promote revenue stability by diversifying the tax base.
   5.   The rate schedules and the small business exemption for businesses with receipts under $1,000,000 provide particular tax relief to small businesses.
   6.   The legislation will gradually phase in the new gross receipts tax over a five-year period, beginning in tax year 2014, to allow businesses time to adjust to the change and to minimize the risk to the City and to taxpayers of instability in City revenues during the transition from the payroll expense tax to a gross receipts tax.
   7.   Also beginning in tax year 2014, the payroll expense tax will be adjusted, over the same period, in increments that are consistent with the phase in of the gross receipts tax.
   8.   Each year during the phase-in period, the formula dictates an increase in the gross receipts tax rate and an adjustment in the payroll expense tax rate that is expected to reduce the payroll expense tax rate to zero by or before 2018. The Controller will calculate the annual increase in the gross receipts tax rate and the adjustment in the payroll expense tax rate by applying formulas specified in this legislation.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 951.  SHORT TITLE.
   This Article shall be known as the "Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance" and the tax this Article imposes shall be known as the "Gross Receipts Tax."
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 952.  DEFINITIONS.
   Except where the context otherwise requires, the terms used in this Article shall have the meanings given to them in Sections 6.2-1et seq. of Article 6 and in Article 12-A.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 952.1.  ADVANCE PAYMENT.
   "Advance payment" means a nonrefundable payment for the purchase of property or services to be delivered or performed in the future.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 952.2.  CASH DISCOUNT.
   "Cash discount" means a deduction from the invoice price of goods or charge for services which is allowed if the bill is paid on or before a specified date, or paid in cash rather than by credit card.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 952.3.  GROSS RECEIPTS.
   (a)   "Gross receipts" means the total amounts received or accrued by a person from whatever source derived, including, but not limited to, amounts derived from sales, services, dealings in property, interest, rent, royalties, dividends, licensing fees, other fees, commissions and distributed amounts from other business entities. Except as otherwise specifically provided in this Article, gross receipts includes but is not limited to all amounts that constitute gross income for federal income tax purposes. Except as otherwise specifically provided in this Article, gross receipts includes all receipts, cash, credits and property of any kind or nature and including any amount for which credit is allowed by the seller to the purchaser, without any deduction therefrom on account of the cost of the property sold, the cost of materials used, labor or service costs, interest paid or payable, losses or any other expense whatsoever, except that cash discounts allowed or taken on sales shall not be included as gross receipts. Gross receipts, including advance payments, shall be included in a taxpayer's gross receipts at the time such receipts are recognized as gross income for federal income tax reporting purposes.
   (b)   "Gross receipts" with respect to any lease or rental shall include payment for any services that are part of the lease or rental, whether received in money or otherwise, that are paid to, on behalf of, or for the benefit of, the lessor, and all receipts, cash, credits, property of any kind or character and the fair market value of services so paid or rendered by the lessee.
   (c)   Treatment of Taxes. "Gross receipts" shall not include the amount of any federal, state, or local tax imposed on or with respect to retail sales whether imposed upon the retailer or upon the purchaser and regardless of whether the amount of tax is stated as a separate charge, or such part of the sales price of any property previously sold and returned by the purchaser to the seller which is refunded by the seller by way of cash or credit allowances given or taken as part payment on any property so accepted for resale. Gross receipts shall also not include any federal, state or local tax imposed upon a person for which that person is reimbursed by means of a separately stated charge to a purchaser, lessee, licensee or customer. Gross receipts shall not include any amount of third-party taxes that a taxpayer collects from or on behalf of the taxpayer's customers and remits to the appropriate governmental entity imposing such tax. Gross receipts shall not include any tax refunds received by a person from a governmental entity. Gross receipts shall include any federal, state or local tax not specifically excluded in this subsection.
   (d)   "Gross receipts" shall not include any amount received from or charged to any person that is a related entity to the taxpayer. Nor shall gross receipts include any grants received from governmental entities or any gifts. Gross receipts shall not include any investment receipts. "Investment receipts" includes interest, dividends, capital gains, other amounts received on account of financial instruments, and distributions from business entities, provided such items are directly derived exclusively from the investment of capital and not from the sale of property other than financial instruments, or from the provision of services, to any person. Gross receipts also shall not include any allocations of income or gain, or distributions (such as dividends, interest and other returns on capital) from an entity treated as a pass-through entity for federal income tax purposes, provided such allocations or distributions are derived exclusively from an investment in such entity, and not from any other property sold to, or services provided to, such entity. Any gross receipts of a pass-through entity which is subject to the gross receipts tax shall not also constitute gross receipts of any owner of that entity.
   (e)   Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), "gross receipts" from the sale or exchange of stocks or other similar written instruments evidencing a right to participate in the assets of any business, or of bonds or other evidence of indebtedness, or of any other marketable securities (collectively referred to in this Article as "financial instruments"), or of any real property, shall not include the cost to acquire the financial instrument(s), or real property, sold or otherwise exchanged or converted. Nor shall "gross receipts" include the amount received by the original issuer of a financial instrument in exchange for such issuance. To the extent that any loss on the sale or exchange of financial instruments reduces the gross income of a person for federal income tax purposes in the year the loss is incurred, that loss shall reduce gross receipts from the sale or exchange of financial instruments, but in no event shall those receipts be less than zero, and in no event may any such loss be carried back or carried forward to reduce gross receipts in a tax year other than that in which the loss was incurred.
   (f)   No person shall be deemed to be engaging in business in the City if that person is an individual whose only gross receipts within the City are derived from investments of that individual's own funds in financial instruments. Gross receipts of an individual shall not include interest, dividends, capital gains and similar items or investment income earned from the investment of that individual's own capital.
   (g)   For purposes of this Article and Article 12, and notwithstanding Section 6.2-12 of Article 6, no person shall be deemed to be engaging in business within the City if its activities in the City consist solely of one or more of the following:
      (1)   contracting with, acting through, or otherwise using the services of, any investment advisor or affiliate thereof which is not a related entity;
      (2)   maintaining documents of formation, incorporation, or registration within the City;
      (3)   being an owner, member, or other participant in an entity engaging in business within the City which is a pass-through entity for federal income tax purposes; or
      (4)   having trustees or directors who meet or reside within the City.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 952.4.  NAICS CODE.
   "NAICS code" means the numerical classification for business activities established in the North American Industry Classification System used by federal governmental agencies to classify business establishments; references in this Article to particular numerical NAICS codes are intended to apply the definitions and descriptions adopted in that system as of the effective date of this Article.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 952.5.  RELATED ENTITY.
   A person is a "related entity" to a taxpayer if that person and the taxpayer are permitted or required by the California Franchise Tax Board under Section 25102 et seq. of the California Revenue and Taxation Code, or any successor, to have their income reflected on the same combined report. For purposes of this Article, if two or more persons derive gross receipts solely from sources within California, and their business activities are such that, if conducted both within and outside California, a combined report would be required under the California Revenue and Taxation Code, or any successor, then those persons are related entities regardless of whether they file a combined report under the California Revenue and Taxation Code, or successor.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 952.6.  SALE AND SELL.
   "Sale" and "sell" mean the making of any transfer of title, in any manner or by any means whatsoever, to property for a price, and to the serving, supplying or furnishing, for a price, of any property fabricated or made at the special order of consumers who do or who do not furnish directly or indirectly the specifications or materials therefor. A transaction whereby the possession of property is transferred but the seller retains the title as a security for the payment of the price shall likewise be deemed a sale.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 953.  IMPOSITION OF GROSS RECEIPTS TAX.
   (a)   Except as otherwise provided under this Article, the City imposes and every person engaging in business within the City shall pay an annual gross receipts tax measured by the person's gross receipts from all taxable business activities attributable to the City. A person's liability for the gross receipts tax shall be calculated according to Sections 953.1 through 953.7.
   (b)   The gross receipts tax is a privilege tax imposed upon persons engaging in business within the City for the privilege of engaging in a business or occupation in the City. The gross receipts tax is imposed for general governmental purposes. Proceeds from the tax shall be deposited in the City's general fund and may be expended for any purposes of the City.
   (c)   The voters intend by adopting this measure to authorize application of the gross receipts tax in the broadest manner consistent with the provisions of this Article and the requirements of the California Constitution, the United States Constitution, and any other applicable provision of federal and state law.
   (d)   The gross receipts tax imposed under this Article is in addition to the payroll expense tax imposed under Article 12-A. Persons not otherwise exempt from the gross receipts tax or payroll expense tax shall pay both taxes. Persons exempt from either the gross receipts tax or payroll expense tax, but not both, shall pay the tax from which they are not exempt.
   (e)   Except for subsection (d) of this Section, the tax on Administrative Office Business Activities imposed by Section 953.8 is intended as a complementary tax to the gross receipts tax, and shall be considered a gross receipts tax for purposes of this Article.
   (f)   For a five year period beginning in 2015, the Treasurer, Controller, and Chief Economist shall jointly prepare an annual report to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors on the implementation of the measure. The report shall include projections of collections of the gross receipts tax, compare these projections to those anticipated in preparation of the measure, and outline impacts of the measure on San Francisco's economy and business community. The report may recommend policy, administrative, or technical changes for the consideration of the Mayor and Board of Supervisors that further the goals established in the measure.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 953.1.  GROSS RECEIPTS TAX APPLICABLE TO RETAIL TRADE; WHOLESALE TRADE; AND CERTAIN SERVICES.
   (a)   The base gross receipts tax rate provided by this Section is applicable to the business activities of retail trade, wholesale trade, and certain services. Commencing on the operative date of the Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance, the Controller shall compute the tax rate in accordance with Section 959, but the base tax rate provided by this Section is:
   0.075% (e.g., $0.75 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $0 and $1,000,000
   0.100% (e.g., $1 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $1,000,001 and $2,500,000
   0.135% (e.g., $1.35 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $2,500,001 and $25,000,000
   0.160% (e.g., $1.60 per $1,000) for gross receipts over $25,000,000
   (b)   Retail trade includes the activity of retailing any type of personal property, generally without significantly transforming its characteristics, and rendering services incidental to the retail sale of property; it includes business activity described in NAICS codes 44 and 45.
   (c)   Wholesale trade includes the activity of wholesaling property, generally without transformation, and rendering services incidental to the sale of property on a wholesale basis; it includes business activity described in NAICS code 42.
   (d)   Certain services includes the repair and maintenance services, personal and laundry services, and religious, grantmaking, civic, professional and similar organizations that are not otherwise exempt; it includes business activity described in NAICS codes 811, 812 and 813.
   (e)   The amount of gross receipts from retail trade activities and from wholesale trade activities subject to the gross receipts tax shall be one-half of the amount determined under Section 956.1 plus one-half of the amount determined under Section 956.2.
   (f)   The amount of gross receipts from certain services activities subject to the gross receipts tax shall be the total amount determined under Section 956.2.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 953.2.  GROSS RECEIPTS TAX APPLICABLE TO MANUFACTURING; TRANSPORTATION AND WAREHOUSING; INFORMATION; BIOTECHNOLOGY; CLEAN TECHNOLOGY; AND FOOD SERVICES.
   (a)   The base gross receipts tax rate provided by this Section is applicable to the business activities of manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, information, biotechnology, clean technology, and food services. Commencing on the operative date of the Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance, the Controller shall compute the tax rate in accordance with Section 959, but the base tax rate provided by this Section is:
   0.125% (e.g., $1.25 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $0 and $1,000,000
   0.205% (e.g., $2.05 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $1,000,001 and $2,500,000
   0.370% (e.g., $3.70 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $2,500,001 and $25,000,000
   0.475% (e.g., $4.75 per $1,000) for gross receipts over $25,000,000
   (b)   Manufacturing includes the activity of transforming materials, substances or components into new products by mechanical, physical or chemical means; it includes the activity of assembling component parts of manufactured products; it includes business activity described in NAICS codes 31, 32 and 33.
   (c)   Transportation and warehousing includes the activities of providing transportation of passengers and/or goods, warehousing and storage for goods, scenic and sightseeing transportation, and support activities related to modes of transportation; it includes business activity described in NAICS codes 48 and 49.
   (d)   Information includes producing and distributing information or cultural products; providing the means to transmit or distribute those products; and processing data; it includes business activity described in NAICS code 51.
   (e)   For purposes of this Article, biotechnology includes the activity of biotechnology business as defined in Section 906.1 of Article 12-A, and clean technology includes the activity of clean technology business as defined in Section 906.2 of Article 12-A.
   (f)   Food services includes the activity of preparing meals, snacks and/or beverages to customer order for immediate on-premises or off-premises consumption; it includes drinking places; it includes business activity described in NAICS code 722.
   (g)   The amount of gross receipts from all business activities described in this Section subject to the gross receipts tax shall be one-half of the amount determined under Section 956.1 plus one-half of the amount determined under Section 956.2.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 953.3.  GROSS RECEIPTS TAX APPLICABLE TO ACCOMMODATIONS; UTILITIES; AND ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT AND RECREATION.
   (a)   The base gross receipts tax rate provided by this Section is applicable to each of the following business activities: accommodations; utilities; and arts, entertainment and recreation. Commencing on the operative date of the Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance, the Controller shall compute the tax rate in accordance with Section 959, but the base tax rate provided by this Section is:
   0.300% (e.g., $3 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $0 and $1,000,000
   0.325% (e.g., $3.25 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $1,000,001 and $2,500,000
   0.325% (e.g., $3.25 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $2,500,001 and $25,000,000
   0.400% (e.g., $4 per $1,000) for gross receipts over $25,000,000
   (b)   Accommodations includes the activity of providing lodging or short-term accommodations for travelers, vacationers, or others; it includes business activity described in NAICS code 721.
   (c)   Utilities includes the activities of the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power, the distribution of natural gas, the provision and distribution of steam supply, the treatment and distribution of water supply, and the removal of sewage; it includes business activity described in NAICS code 22; it excludes establishments primarily engaged in waste management services.
   (d)   Arts, entertainment and recreation include the activity of operating facilities or providing services to meet cultural, entertainment or recreational interests of customers or patrons; it includes business activity described in NAICS code 71.
   (e)   The amount of gross receipts and from accommodations subject to the gross receipts tax shall be the total amount of gross receipts derived from or related to properties located or used within the City.
   (f)   The amount of gross receipts from utilities subject to the gross receipts tax shall be one-half of the amount determined under Section 956.1 plus one-half of the amount determined under Section 956.2.
   (g)   The amount of gross receipts from arts, entertainment and recreation subject to the gross receipts tax shall be the total amount determined under Section 956.2.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 953.4.  GROSS RECEIPTS TAX APPLICABLE TO PRIVATE EDUCATION AND HEALTH SERVICES; ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUPPORT SERVICES; AND MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS ACTIVITIES.
   (a)   The base gross receipts tax rate provided by this Section is applicable to the business activities of private education and health services, and administrative and support services. This rate also applies to all business activities not otherwise exempt and not elsewhere subjected to a gross receipts tax rate or an administrative office tax by this Article. Commencing on the operative date of the Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance, the Controller shall compute the tax rate in accordance with Section 959, but the base tax rate provided by this Section is:
   0.525% (e.g., $5.25 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $0 and $1,000,000
   0.550% (e.g., $5.50 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $1,000,001 and $2,500,000
   0.600% (e.g., $6 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $2,500,001 and $25,000,000
   0.650% (e.g., $6.50 per $1,000) for gross receipts over $25,000,000
   (b)   Private education and health services include the activity by persons other than governmental agencies of providing instruction and training in any subject, or of providing health care or social assistance for individuals; it includes business activity described in NAICS codes 61 and 62.
   (c)   Administrative and support services includes the activity of performing routine support activities for the day-to-day business activities of others; it includes business activity described in NAICS code 56.
   (d)   The amount of gross receipts from all business activities described in this Section subject to the gross receipts tax shall be determined under Section 956.2.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 953.5.  GROSS RECEIPTS TAX APPLICABLE TO CONSTRUCTION.
   (a)   The base gross receipts tax rate provided by this Section is applicable to the business activity of construction. Commencing on the operative date of the Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance, the Controller shall compute the tax rate in accordance with Section 959, but the base tax rate provided by this Section is:
   0.300% (e.g., $3 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $0 and $1,000,000
   0.350% (e.g., $3.50 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $1,000,001 and $2,500,000
   0.400% (e.g., $4 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $2,500,001 and $25,000,000
   0.450% (e.g., $4.50 per $1,000) for gross receipts over $25,000,000
   (b)   Construction includes the activity of preparing sites for, subdividing land for, or working on, buildings or engineering projects (including highways and utility systems); it includes business activity described in NAICS code 23.
   (c)   The amount of gross receipts from construction subject to the gross receipts tax shall be one-half of the amount determined under Section 956.1 plus one-half of the amount determined under Section 956.2. The amount of gross receipts so determined shall then be reduced by any amounts which were included in a person's gross receipts within the City pursuant to Section 956.1, and which that person paid to a subcontractor possessing a valid business registration certificate with the City during the tax year. There shall be no reduction for any other costs, including without limitation costs for materials, fees, equipment, or other services. In order to claim such a reduction, a person must maintain an itemized schedule of payments to subcontractors and information sufficient to enable the Tax Collector to verify that the subcontractor possessed a valid business registration certificate with the City.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 953.6.  GROSS RECEIPTS TAX APPLICABLE TO FINANCIAL SERVICES; INSURANCE; AND PROFESSIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL SERVICES.
   (a)   The base gross receipts tax rate provided by this Section is applicable to the business activities of financial services; insurance; and professional, scientific and technical services. Commencing on the operative date of the Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance, the Controller shall compute the tax rate in accordance with Section 959, but the base tax rate provided by this Section is:
   0.400% (e.g., $4 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $0 and $1,000,000
   0.460% (e.g., $4.60 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $1,000,001 and $2,500,000
   0.510% (e.g., $5.10 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $2,500,001 and $25,000,000
   0.560% (e.g., $5.60 per $1,000) for gross receipts over $25,000,000
   (b)   Financial services includes the activities of engaging in or facilitating financial transactions; it includes business activities described in NAICS codes 521, 522 and 523.
   (c)   Insurance includes the activities of facilitating or supporting the pooling of risk by underwriting insurance and annuities; the activities covered by this Section include those of persons not exempt from the gross receipts tax based on business activities described in NAICS code 524.
   (d)   Professional, scientific and technical services includes the activity of providing for others, specialized professional, scientific, or technical services that require a high degree of expertise and training; it includes business activity described in NAICS code 54.
   (e)   The amount of gross receipts from the activities described in this Section subject to the gross receipts tax shall be the amount determined under Section 956.2.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 953.7.  GROSS RECEIPTS TAX APPLICABLE TO REAL ESTATE AND RENTAL AND LEASING SERVICES.
   (a)   The base gross receipts tax rate provided by this Section is applicable to the business activities of real estate and rental and leasing services. Commencing on the operative date of the Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance, the Controller shall compute the tax rate in accordance with Section 959, but the base tax rate provided by this Section is:
   0.285% (e.g., $2.85 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $0 and $1,000,000
   0.285% (e.g., $2.85 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $1,000,001 and $5,000,000
   0.300% (e.g., $3.00 per $1,000) for gross receipts between $5,000,001 and $25,000,000
   0.300% (e.g., $3.00 per $1,000) for gross receipts over $25,000,000
   (b)   Real estate and rental and leasing services includes the activities of renting, leasing, or otherwise allowing the use of tangible or intangible assets, and the activity of providing related services; it includes business activity described in NAICS code 53.
   (c)   The amount of gross receipts from real estate and rental and leasing services subject to the gross receipts tax shall be the total amount of gross receipts derived from or related to properties located or used within the City. Gross receipts shall not include amounts derived from or related to properties located or used outside the City.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 953.8.  TAX ON ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE BUSINESS ACTIVITIES.
   (a)   Except as provided in this Section, notwithstanding any other provision of this Article and in lieu of the other taxes provided by this Article and Article 12-A for any person or combined group, commencing on the Operative Date of the Gross Receipts' Tax Ordinance, every person engaging in business within the City as an administrative office, as defined below, shall pay an annual administrative office tax measured by its total payroll expense that is attributable to the City. If a person is a member of a combined group, then its tax shall be measured by the total payroll expense of the combined group attributable to the City. Such combined group shall pay only the administrative office tax. The administrative office tax rate for each tax year is 1.400 percent.
   (b)   "Engaging in business within the City as an administrative office" means that:
      (1)   a person is engaging in business within the City during the tax year and over 50 percent of the total combined payroll expense within the City of that person and its related entities for the preceding tax year was associated with providing administrative or management services exclusively to that person or related entities;
      (2)   the total combined number of employees of that person and its related entities within the United States as of the last day of the preceding tax year exceeded 1,000; and
      (3)   the total combined gross receipts of that person and its related entities reported on United States federal income tax return(s) for the preceding tax year exceeded $1,000,000,000.
   (c)   For purposes of subsection (b) only, a related entity shall include any person who could be included in the same combined report under California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 25102 but for the existence of a water's edge election under Section 25110 of that Code.
   (d)   "Administrative or management services" comprises internal support services provided on an enterprise-wide basis, such as executive office oversight, company business strategy, recordkeeping, risk management, personnel administration, legal, accounting, market research and analysis, and training services; it does not include sales personnel or personnel actively engaged in marketing, research and development, direct customer service, and product support services. The Tax Collector is authorized to classify in its reasonable discretion which personnel employed by any person provide administrative or management services.
   (e)   A person provides administrative office services exclusively for itself or a related entity only if the final recipient of those services is at a location where that person or a related entity conducts business activities.
   (f)   "Payroll expense" for purposes of this Section shall have the meaning given to that term by Sections 902.1et seq. of Article 12-A, except that Section 902.1(b) of Article 12-A shall not apply for purposes of determining whether a person is engaging in business within the City as an administrative office. Section 902.1(b) shall apply for all other purposes under this Section. The portion of the payroll expense of a person or combined group that is attributable to the City shall be determined as set forth in Section 904 of Article 12-A.
   (g)   In addition to the administrative office tax provided in subsection (a), any person engaging in business within the City as an administrative office exclusively for itself or a related entity shall apply for a registration certificate and pay a registration fee, as provided in Article 12.
   (h)   Except as provided in this Section, the provisions of Article 6 and Article 12 apply to the administrative office tax. In particular, and without limiting the applicability of the balance of Article 6, the provisions of Sections 6.9-1 through 6.9-3, inclusive, of Article 6, regarding due dates, returns and prepayments, apply to the administrative office tax.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 953.9.  PERSONS OR COMBINED GROUPS ENGAGED IN MULTIPLE BUSINESS ACTIVITIES.
   If a person, or a combined group as described in Section 956.3, engages in business activities described in more than one of Sections 953.1 through 953.7, inclusive, of this Article, the rate or rates of gross receipts tax to be applied to that person or group, and the method for determining gross receipts in the City, shall be determined as follows:
   (a)   If more than 80 percent of its gross receipts, determined in accordance with Section 956, are derived from business activities described in only one of Sections 953.1 through 953.7, inclusive, then the rules of that applicable Section apply to all of its gross receipts derived from all business activities.
   (b)   If its business activities in the City are described in more than one of Sections 953.1 through 953.7, inclusive, and subsection (a) of this Section does not apply, then such person or combined group shall separately compute the gross receipts tax for each set of business activities as provided in the Section applicable to that particular set of business activities, modified as follows:
      (1)   if the set of business activities described in any of Sections 953.1 through 953.7, inclusive, generates less than 20 percent of the total gross receipts of the person or group, then the receipts and payroll of any such set of activities may be combined for all purposes related to computing the gross receipts tax with whichever set of that person's or group's activities are taxed at the highest rate;
      (2)   the small business exemption provided in Section 954.1 shall apply only if the sum of receipts within the City from all sets of business activities does not exceed $1,000,000 in total;
      (3)   the progressive rates described in Sections 953.1 through 953.7 apply on an aggregate basis for businesses with multiple sets of activities;
      (4)   the applicable rate for each set of business activities shall be determined in numbered order of the Sections describing each set of business activities; i.e., the gross receipts and tax for business activities described in Section 953.1 should be determined first, Section 953.2 second, and so on;
      (5)   the rate(s) applicable to any set of activities after the first shall be determined by adding together the gross receipts determined for all previous sets of activities and applying the rate scale commencing with the total gross receipts so determined; and
      (6)   the gross receipts tax liability for the person or combined group shall be the sum of the liabilities for each set of business activities.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 954.  EXEMPTIONS AND EXCLUSIONS.
   (a)   Except as provided in subsection (b) of this Section, an organization that is exempt from income taxation by Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 23701) of Part 11 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code or Subchapter F (commencing with Section 501) of Chapter 1 of Subtitle A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, as qualified by Sections 502, 503, 504 and 508 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, shall be exempt from taxation under this Article, only so long as those exemptions continue to exist under state or federal law.
   (b)   An organization otherwise exempt from income taxation under subsection (a) 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 gross receipts tax on its gross receipts from its unrelated trade or business activities that are attributable to the City. If it is impracticable, unreasonable or improper to allocate such organization's gross receipts as aforesaid either because of the particular nature of the organization's unrelated trade or business or for any other reason, then the amount of gross receipts reasonably attributable to the organization's unrelated trade or business in the City shall be determined on the basis of all of the relevant facts and circumstances of the particular case, in accordance with any rulings or regulations issued or promulgated by the Tax Collector for this purpose.
   (c)   Gross receipts as defined in Section 952.3 shall not include receipts from business activities if, and only so long as and to the extent that, the City is prohibited from taxing such receipts under the Constitution or laws of the United States or under the Constitution or laws of the State of California.
   (d)   Rent Controlled Buildings Exclusion. A person subject to the tax may exclude from gross receipts in any tax year 50 percent of the total amount received from the rental of real property to tenants in occupancy at any location in the City, which is subject to limits on rent increases pursuant to the Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Ordinance, San Francisco Administrative Code, Chapter 37, Section 37.1et seq.
   (e)   Exclusion of Certain Sales of Real Property. Gross receipts as defined in Section 952.3 shall not include receipts from any sales of real property with respect to which the Real Property Transfer Tax imposed by Article 12-C has been paid to the City.
   (f)   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 gross receipts 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 within the City under Public Utilities Code Section 5371.4; and
      (6)   Any person upon whom the City is prohibited under the Constitution or laws of the State of California from imposing the gross receipts tax.
   (g)   To the extent that any taxpayer has paid a substantially similar tax to any other taxing jurisdiction on any gross receipts attributed to the City and taxed under this Article, the tax paid to such taxing jurisdiction shall be credited against the tax due under this Article; in no event shall this credit reduce the taxpayer's liability to less than zero.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 954.1.  SMALL BUSINESS EXEMPTION.
   (a)   Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article 12-A-1, a “small business enterprise,” as hereinafter defined for purposes of this Article, shall be exempt from payment of the gross receipts tax, nevertheless, a small business enterprise shall pay the annual registration fee pursuant to Section 855 of Article 12.
   (b)   For purposes of this Article 12-A-1, the term “small business enterprise” shall mean and include any person or combined group, except for a lessor of residential real estate, whose gross receipts within the City for the preceding tax year did not exceed $1,000,000, adjusted annually in accordance with the increase in the Consumer Price Index: All Urban Consumers for the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose Area for All Items as reported by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, or any successor to that index, as of December 31 of the preceding year, beginning with December 31, 2014.
   (c)   For purposes of this Article 12-A-1, and notwithstanding any other provision of this Section 954.1, a lessor of residential real estate is a “small business enterprise” if and only if the lessor leases fewer than 4 units in any individual building. “Residential real estate” means real property where the primary use of or right to use the property is for the purpose of dwelling, sleeping or lodging other than as part of the business activity of accommodations. For purposes of this Article 12-A-1, Article 12-A, and Article 12, a lessor of residential real estate is treated as a separate person with respect to each individual building in which it leases residential real estate units, notwithstanding Section 6.2-15 of Article 6, or Section 956.3 of this Article 12-A-1. The provisions of this subsection (c) apply only to leasing residential real estate units within a building, and not to any business activity related to other space, either within the same building or other buildings, which is not residential real estate. The Tax Collector is authorized to determine what constitutes a separate building and the number of units in a building.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014; amended by 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. 955.  PERSONS DERIVING NO GROSS RECEIPTS FROM BUSINESS ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE CITY.
   Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, any person subject to the gross receipts tax who derives non-exempt gross receipts from business activities within the City and derives no gross receipts from business activities outside the City is subject to tax on all non-exempt gross receipts.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 956.  ALLOCATION AND APPORTIONMENT FOR ALL PERSONS DERIVING GROSS RECEIPTS FROM BUSINESS ACTIVITIES BOTH WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE CITY.
   All persons deriving gross receipts from business activities both within and outside the City shall allocate and/or apportion their gross receipts to the City, using the rules set forth in Section 956.1 and 956.2, in the manner directed in Sections 953.1 through 953.7, inclusive, and in Section 953.9 of this Article.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 956.1.  ALLOCATION OF RECEIPTS FROM REAL, PERSONAL, TANGIBLE AND INTANGIBLE PROPERTY.
   (a)   For all persons required to determine an amount of gross receipts pursuant to this Section, that amount shall be all non-exempt gross receipts within the City as determined hereunder.
   (b)   Gross receipts from the sale, lease, rental or licensing of real property are in the City if the real property is located in the City.
   (c)   Gross receipts from sales of tangible personal property are in the City if the property is delivered or shipped to a purchaser within the City regardless of the f.o.b. point or other conditions of the sale.
   (d)   Gross receipts from the rental, lease or licensing of tangible personal property are in the City if the property is located in the City.
   (e)   Gross receipts from services are in the City to the extent the purchaser of the services received the benefit of the services in the City.
   (f)   Gross receipts from intangible property are in the City to the extent the property is used in the City. In the case of financial instruments, sales are in the City if the customer is located in the City.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 956.2.  APPORTIONMENT OF RECEIPTS BASED ON PAYROLL.
   (a)   For all persons required to determine an amount of gross receipts pursuant to this Section, that amount shall be all non-exempt combined gross receipts of the person multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is payroll in the City and the denominator of which is combined payroll.
   (b)   Combined gross receipts are the total worldwide gross receipts of the person and all related entities to the person, unless the election provided for in California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 25110 is in effect for the person, in which case combined gross receipts shall be computed consistently with the water's edge election, as set forth therein.
   (c)   Combined payroll is the total worldwide compensation paid by the person and all related entities to the person, unless the election provided for in California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 25110 is in effect for the person, in which case combined payroll shall be computed consistently with the water's edge election, as set forth therein. A person who has no combined payroll in a tax year shall have no gross receipts under this Section for that tax year.
   (d)   Payroll in the City is the total amount paid for compensation in the City by the person and by all related entities to the person.
   (e)   Compensation paid in the City shall be determined as set forth in Section 904 of Article 12-A.
   (f)   "Compensation" means wages, salaries, commissions and any other form of remuneration paid to employees for services. In the case of any person who has no employees, compensation shall also include all taxable income for federal income tax purposes of the owners or proprietors of such person who are individuals. Those owners or proprietors shall be treated as individuals to whom compensation is paid for purposes of subsection (e).
   (g)   The apportionment provided by this Section shall not include in either the numerator or the denominator any payroll of persons exempt from tax under subsections (a), (b), or (f) of Section 954.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 956.3.  COMBINED RETURNS.
   A person engaging in business within the City must file gross receipts tax returns as provided in Article 6. Those returns must be filed on a combined basis with all of that person's related entities. That person, and all of that person's related entities, constitute a combined group. Every combined group must file a single 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.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014; amended by Ord. 271-13, File No. 131031, App. 11/27/2013, Eff. 12/27/2013, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 957.  TAX COLLECTOR AUTHORIZED TO DETERMINE GROSS RECEIPTS.
   The Tax Collector may, in his or her reasonable discretion, independently establish a person's gross receipts within the City and establish or reallocate gross receipts among related entities so as to fairly reflect the gross receipts within the City of all persons. This authority extends to determining whether any amount excluded from gross receipts by virtue of Section 952.3(f) is in whole or in part compensation or payment for services and thus included in gross receipts.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 958.  ADMINISTRATION OF THE GROSS RECEIPTS TAX ORDINANCE.
   Except as otherwise provided under this Article, the Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance shall be administered pursuant to Article 6 of the San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 959.  RATE OF GROSS RECEIPTS TAX: CONTROLLER COMPUTATION.
   (a)   Commencing on the operative date of the Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance, the Controller shall compute the rate of gross receipts tax for Sections 953.1 through 953.7 in accordance with subsection (b) of this Section. The Controller shall certify and publish such rates on or before September 1 of each year.
   (b)   Gross Receipts Tax Computation. The Controller shall compute the gross receipts tax rates for each tax year by multiplying each base rate in Sections 953.1 through 953.7 by the "Gross Receipts Tax Rate Adjustment Factor," which shall be determined according to the following table and formulas, but no gross receipts tax rate shall exceed the base rates provided by Sections 953.1 through 953.7.
 
Gross Receipts Tax Rate Adjustment Factor Computation Table
 
Tax Year
Gross Receipts Tax Rate Adjustment Factor (GADJyear)
2014
GADJ14 = 10%
2015
GADJ15 = 25% + EXP15
2016
GADJ16 = 50% + EXP16
2017
GADJ17 = 75% + EXP17
2018
GADJ18 = 100% + EXP18
 
Where: "EXPyear" is the "Excess Payroll Expense Tax Revenue Factor," a percentage that reduces the gross receipts tax rate adjustment factor for a year in which the payroll expense tax rate determined under Section 903.1 of Article 12-A becomes zero, and which adjusts for excess payroll expense tax revenue collected for that tax year. The Controller shall compute EXPyear according to the following table and formulas:
      (1)   In any year in which PAYRATEyear is greater than zero, where PAYRATEyear is determined under Section 903.1 of Article 12-A, EXPyear is zero.
      (2)   In the first year in which PAYRATEyear is zero, where PAYRATEyear is determined under Section 903.1 of Article 12-A, EXPyear shall be computed according to the following table and formulas. In subsequent years, GADJyear shall be the same value it was in the prior year:
 
Excess Payroll Expense Tax Revenue Factor Computation Table
 
Tax Year
Excess Payroll Expense Tax Revenue Factor (EXPyear)
2015
EXP15 = [(1.125% + PADJ15) × (PAYTAX14/PAYRATE14)]/(GRTAX14/10%)
2016
EXP16 = [(0.750% + PADJ16) × (PAYTAX15/PAYRATE15)]/GRTAX15/25%)
2017
EXP17 = [(0.375% + PADJ17) × (PAYTAX16/PAYRATE16)]/GRTAX16/50%)
2018
EXP18 = [PADJ18 × (PAYTAX17/PAYRATE17)]/(GRTAX17/75%)
 
Where: PADJyear, PAYTAXyear, and GRTAXyear are determined under Section 903.1 of Article 12-A.
   (c)   Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, in any year in which the payroll expense tax rate determined under Section 903.1 of Article 12-A is zero, the gross receipts tax rates for that year and all future years shall be as the Controller computed for that year, except that for tax year 2021 and all future years, the rate under Section 953.7(a), for gross receipts over $25,000,000 only, shall be the sum of the rate established under this Section 959(c) and 0.025%. In no event shall the rate established under Section 953.7(a) by the preceding sentence, for gross receipts over $25,000,000, exceed 0.325%. The Controller shall certify and publish such rates by September 1 of that year.
   (d)   Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the gross receipts tax rates for 2019 and all future years shall be the rates in effect in tax year 2018, except that for tax year 2021 and all future years, the rate under Section 953.7(a), for gross receipts over $25,000,000 only, shall be the sum of the rate established under this Section 959(c) and 0.025%. In no event shall the rate established under Section 953.7(a) by the preceding sentence, for gross receipts over $25,000,000, exceed 0.325%. The Controller shall certify and publish such rates 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.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 960.  THE "PAYROLL EXPENSE TAX EXCLUSION" CREDIT.
   (a)   "Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion Credit" means the dollar amount by which a person would have been able to reduce its payroll expense tax liability pursuant to the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit under Section 906A of Article 12-A, the Biotechnology Exclusion under Section 906.1 of Article 12-A, and/or the Clean Technology Business Exclusion under Section 906.2 of Article 12-A, as if the payroll expense tax were in full force and effect and calculated at a rate of 1½ percent.
   (b)   "Combined Business Tax Liability" means the sum of the gross receipts tax and the payroll expense tax a person owes for a tax year.
   (c)   For so long as a particular payroll expense tax exclusion listed under subsection (a) is in effect, without regard to whether the payroll expense tax is otherwise in effect, a person may credit against its combined business tax liability for a tax year the amount of a particular payroll expense tax exclusion credit to which it would be entitled under the payroll expense tax; however, in no event shall such credit reduce a person's combined business tax liability to less than zero. Any person who claims the credit under this Section must meet all of the eligibility requirements of the payroll expense tax exclusion(s) it claims. The credit may be claimed against the tax liability only of the person who qualified for the payroll expense tax exclusion and not against any liability of related entities or other members of that person's combined group.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 961.  CENTRAL MARKET STREET LIMIT.
   (a)   The "Central Market Street Limit" means a person's payroll expense tax liability for a tax year as determined under the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion under Section 906.3 of Article 12-A, calculated at a rate of 1½ percent.
   (b)   "Combined Business Tax Liability" means the sum of the gross receipts tax and the payroll expense tax a person owes that is attributable to location(s) in the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area as defined in Section 906.3(b) of Article 12-A for a tax year under the rates established for that year.
   (c)   For so long as the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion is in effect, without regard to whether the payroll expense tax is otherwise in effect, a person shall owe the lesser of its combined business tax liability or the amount of its Central Market Street limit. Any person who claims the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion must meet all of the eligibility requirements of that exclusion.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
Editor's Note:
   See Sec. 906.3, "Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion."
SEC. 962.  AMENDMENT OF ORDINANCE.
   The Board of Supervisors may amend or repeal Article 12-A-1 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. 963.  EFFECT OF STATE AND FEDERAL AUTHORIZATION.
   To the extent that the City's authorization to impose or collect any tax imposed under this Article 12-A-1 is expanded or limited as a result of changes in state or federal law, no amendment or modification of this Article 12-A-1 shall be required to conform the taxes to those changes, and the taxes are hereby imposed and the Tax Collector shall collect them to the full extent of the City's authorization up to the full amount and rate of the taxes imposed under this Article 12-A-1.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 964.  SEVERABILITY.
   Except as provided in Section 965(b) below, if any section, sentence, clause, phrase, or portion of Article 12-A-1 is for any reason held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining sections, sentences, clauses, phrases, or portions of this Article shall nonetheless remain in full force and effect. The people of the City and County of San Francisco hereby declare that, except as provided in Section 965(b), they would have adopted each section, sentence, clause, phrase, or portion of this Article, irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, sentences, clauses, phrases, or portions of this Article be declared invalid or unenforceable and, to that end, the provisions of this Article are severable.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)
SEC. 965.  SAVINGS CLAUSE.
   (a)   No section, clause, part or provision of this Article shall be construed as requiring the payment of any tax that would be in violation of the Constitution or laws of the United States or of the Constitution or laws of the State of California. Except as provided in subsection (b) of this Section, 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.
   (b)   If the imposition of the gross receipts tax in Section 953, or any portion of the rate computation under Section 959, of this Article is held invalid or unconstitutional in a final court determination, the remainder of this Article shall be null and void and of no force and effect. For any tax year for which this Article is invalidated pursuant to this Section, the payroll expense tax provided by Article 12-A may be assessed against any person engaging in business in the City during that tax year as if this Ordinance had not been passed, except that such assessment may be made and collected notwithstanding any statute of limitations provided by Article 6.
(Added by Proposition E, App. 11/6/2012, Oper. 1/1/2014)