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No person shall engage in the business of selling or distributing salvaged goods or merchandise, as defined in Section 706 of this Article, in the City and County of San Francisco, nor shall any person sell or distribute, or offer for sale or distribution, any salvaged goods or merchandise in said City and County without first obtaining a permit to do so from the Director of Public Health.
(a) Applications. Applications for such permits shall be upon blanks provided by the Department of Public Health and shall state the name of the person applying for same, the general character of salvaged goods or merchandise which will be dealt in, sold or distributed, and the place where said business is to be carried on, and if said applicant is not regularly engaged in the business of dealing in salvaged goods and merchandise, then the place where the sale or distribution of said salvaged goods and merchandise shall take place, as well as the place where the said salvaged goods and merchandise are stored and the general character thereof. Nothing contained in this Section or in Sections 706, 708 and 709 of this Article shall prevent a person who is not a salvage "dealer" as defined in Section 706 of this Article and who is the owner or custodian of any salvaged goods or merchandise from selling or distributing the same if said salvaged goods or merchandise are inspected by the Department of Public Health and a permit for the sale and distribution thereof is issued by said Department; the cost of said inspection to be paid for by the person requesting said permit before the same is issued at the rate of $7.50 per hour.
The permit provided in Section 707 shall set forth the commercial uses permitted and shall be valid until suspended or revoked. Said permit shall not be transferable and shall be deemed revoked upon sale, transfer or assignment of the commercial use for which the permit was issued.
A permit may at any time be suspended or revoked for cause after a hearing by the Department of Public Health. Upon suspension or revocation the premises for which the permit was issued shall be posted with the order of the Department.
(b) Investigation of Applicants. The Director of Public Health, before issuing any permit to any person to engage in the business of selling or distributing salvaged goods or merchandise, shall make an investigation of the character of the applicant, his methods of storing, handling and receiving said salvaged goods and merchandise, and shall exercise his sound discretion in granting or refusing to grant said permit, and if said permit is requested by a person not regularly engaged in the business of dealing in salvaged goods or merchandise, the said Director of Public Health shall investigate the condition of said salvaged goods or merchandise to be sold or distributed by said person, and if he finds that said salvaged goods or merchandise are in such condition that the same may be used for the purpose for which they were manufactured or packed, he may issue a permit for the sale and distribution of the same.
Any person not regularly engaged in the business of selling or disposing of salvaged goods or merchandise and who is the owner of, or has under his control any such goods or merchandise may sell or dispose of the same to a licensed "dealer" as defined in Section 706 of this Article, and any person who shall receive salvaged goods or merchandise from any licensed "dealer" or from any person having a permit to sell the same, need not obtain any additional permit for the purpose of selling or distributing the same to the general public; provided, that said salvaged goods or merchandise have been inspected by the Department of Public Health and approved for sale to the public.
(Amended by Ord. 93-68, App. 4/19/68)