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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 25:
MEDICAL WASTE GENERATOR REGISTRATION, PERMITTING, INSPECTIONS AND FEES
 
Findings and Intent.
Definitions.
Authority to Adopt Rules and Regulations.
Registration Requirements For Small Quantity Generators.
Requirements For Nonregistrant Small Quantity Generators.
Medical Waste Haulers.
Permit Requirements For Common Storage Facilities.
Registration Requirements For Large Quantity Generators.
Permit Requirements For On-Site Medical Waste Treatment Facilities.
Containment and Storage Requirements.
Treatment Requirements.
Enforcement.
Inspection and Investigation Fees.
Fees.
Severability.
 
SEC. 1501.  FINDINGS AND INTENT.
   (a)   The California Medical Waste Management Act, California Health and Safety Code, Division 20, Chapter 6.1, authorizes the California State Department of Health Services and local public health departments to register, permit, inspect and collect fees from facilities that generate medical waste to determine whether those facilities store, treat and dispose of those wastes in a manner that complies with the medical waste requirements of state law.
   (b)   The Board of Supervisors finds that public health and the environment in the City and County of San Francisco will be significantly enhanced by authorizing the Director of Public Health to implement and enforce a medical waste management program as set forth in Section 25034.3 of the California Health and Safety Code.
   (c)   It is the intent of the Board of Supervisors that, when necessary for the protection of public health, and as authorized under Section 25018 of the Health and Safety Code, the medical waste management program of the City and County of San Francisco shall be more stringent than state law whenever required by this ordinance or by the Director.
(Added by Ord. 375-92, App. 12/23/92)
SEC. 1502.  DEFINITIONS.
   The following definitions are applicable to this Article 25.
   (a)   "Act" means the Medical Waste Management Act, Chapter 6.1, Division 20, California Health and Safety Code.
   (b)   "Biohazard bag" means a disposable red bag which is impervious to moisture and has a strength sufficient to preclude ripping, tearing, or bursting under normal conditions of usage and handling of the waste-filled bag. A biohazard bag shall be constructed of material of sufficient single thickness strength to pass the 165-gram dropped dart impact resistance test as prescribed by Standard D 1709-85 of the American Society for Testing and Materials and certified by the bag manufacturer.
   (c)   "Biohazardous waste" means any of the following:
      (1)   Laboratory waste, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
         (A)   Human or animal specimen cultures from medical and pathological laboratories,
         (B)   Cultures and stocks of infectious agents from research and industrial laboratories,
         (C)   Wastes from the production of bacteria, viruses, or the use of spores, discarded live and attenuated vaccines, and culture dishes and devices used to transfer, inoculate, and mix cultures;
      (2)   Waste containing any microbiologic specimens sent to a laboratory for analysis;
      (3)   Human surgery specimens or tissues removed at surgery or autopsy, which are suspected by the attending physician, surgeon or dentist of being contaminated with infectious agents known to be contagious to humans. Human surgery specimens or tissues which have been fixed with formaldehyde or other fixatives are not biohazardous waste;
      (4)   Animal parts, tissues, fluids, or carcasses suspected by the attending veterinarian of being contaminated with infectious agents known to be contagious to humans;
      (5)   Waste, which at the point of transport from the generator's site, at the point of disposal, or thereafter, contains recognizable fluid blood, fluid blood products, containers, or equipment containing blood that is fluid or blood from animals known to be infected with diseases which are highly communicable to humans;
      (6)   Waste containing discarded materials contaminated with excretion, exudate, or secretions from humans who are required to be isolated by the infection control staff, the attending physician or surgeon, the attending veterinarian, or the Director, to protect others from highly communicable diseases or isolated animals known to be infected with diseases which are highly communicable to humans.
   (d)   "Common storage facility" means any on-site designated accumulation area maintained in accordance with this Chapter, used by small quantity generators otherwise operating independently, for the storage of medical waste for collection by a hazardous waste hauler.
   (e)   "Common storage facility permit" means a permit issued by the Director regulating the operation of a common storage facility.
   (f)   "Container" means the bag or rigid container in which medical waste is placed prior to transporting for purposes of storage or treatment.
   (g)   "Department" means the California Department of Health Services, Environmental Health Division.
   (h)   "Director" means the Director of Public Health or his designee, including any agents or registered environmental health specialists appointed by the Director.
   (i)   "Hazardous waste hauler" means a person registered as a hazardous waste hauler pursuant to Division 20, Chapter 6.5, Articles 6 (commencing with Section 25160) and 6.5 (commencing with Section 25167.1) of the California Health and Safety Code, and Chapter 30 (commencing with Section 66001) of Division 4 of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations.
   (j)   "Highly communicable diseases" means diseases, such as those caused by organisms classified by the Federal Centers for Disease Control as Biosafety Level IV organisms, which, in the opinion of the Director, the infection control staff, the department, attending physician, surgeon, or attending veterinarian, merit special precautions to protect staff, patients, and other persons from infection. "Highly communicable diseases" does not include diseases such as the common cold, influenza, or other diseases not representing a significant danger to nonimmunocompromised persons.
   (k)   "Household waste" means any material, including garbage, trash, and sanitary wastes in septic tanks and medical waste, which is derived from households, farms or ranches.
   (l)   "Infectious agent" means a type of microorganism, bacteria, mold, parasite, or virus which normally causes, or significantly contributes to the cause of, increased morbidity or mortality of human beings.
   (m)   "Large quantity generator" means a medical waste generator that generates 200 or more pounds per month of medical waste.
   (n)   (1)    "Medical waste" means waste which meets both of the following requirements:
         (A)   The waste is composed of waste which is generated or produced as a result of any of the following:
            (i)   Diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals,
            (ii)   Research pertaining to the activities specified in subparagraph (i),
            (iii)   The production or testing of biologicals;
         (B)   The waste is any of the following:
            (i)   Biohazardous waste,
            (ii)   Sharps waste.
      (2)   Medical waste may contain infectious agents.
      (3)   For purposes of this subsection, "biologicals" means medicinal preparations made from living organisms and their products, including, but not limited to, serums, vaccines, antigens and antitoxins.
      (4)   Medical waste which has been treated in accordance with Section 1511 and which is not otherwise hazardous, shall be considered solid waste as defined in Section 40191 of the California Public Resources Code, and not medical waste. Sharps waste rendered noninfectious pursuant to Paragraph (a)(4) of Section 1511 may be disposed of as solid waste if the waste is not otherwise hazardous.
      (5)   Medical waste does not include any of the following:
         (A)   Waste containing microbiological cultures used in food processing and biotechnology and any containers or devices used in the preparation and handling of these cultures, that is not considered to be an infectious agent pursuant to Subsection 1502(j);
         (B)   Urine, feces, saliva, sputum, nasal secretions, sweat, tears, and vomitus, unless they contain fluid blood, except as defined in Paragraph (c)(6) of Section 1502;
         (C)   Waste which is not biohazardous, such as paper towels, paper products, articles containing nonfluid blood, and other medical solid waste products commonly found in the facilities of medical waste generators;
         (D)   Hazardous waste, radioactive waste, or household waste;
         (E)   Waste generated from normal and legal veterinarian agricultural, and animal livestock management practices on a farm or ranch.
   (o)   "Medical waste generator" means any person, whose act or process produces medical waste and includes, but is not limited to, a provider of health care as defined in Subdivision (a) of Section 56.05 of the Civil Code. All of the following are examples of businesses which generate medical waste:
      (1)   Medical and dental offices, clinics, hospitals, surgery centers, laboratories, research laboratories, other health facilities required to be licensed pursuant to Division 2 (commencing with Section 1200), and unlicensed facilities;
      (2)   Veterinary offices, clinics, and hospitals;
      (3)   Pet shops.
   (p)   "Medical waste management plan" means a document which is completed by generators of medical waste pursuant to Sections 1504 and 1508, on forms prescribed by the Director.
   (q)   "Medical waste permit" means a permit issued by the Director to a medical waste treatment facility.
   (r)   "Medical waste registration" means a registration issued by the Director to a medical waste generator.
   (s)   "Medical waste treatment facility" means all land and structures, and other adjacent land, including appurtenances or improvements thereon, used for treating medical waste or for associated handling and storage of medical waste. "Adjacent," for purposes of the preceding sentence, means real property within 400 yards from the property boundary of the existing medical waste treatment facility. Medical waste treatment facilities are those facilities treating waste pursuant to Paragraphs (a)(1) or (a)(3) of Section 1511. A medical waste treatment method approved pursuant to Paragraph (a)(4) of Section 1511 may be designated as a medical waste treatment facility by the Director if approved by the Department.
   (t)   "Mixed waste" means mixtures of medical and nonmedical waste. Mixed waste is medical waste, except for all of the following:
      (1)   Medical waste and hazardous waste is hazardous waste and is subject to regulation as specified in the statutes and regulations applicable to hazardous waste;
      (2)   Medical waste and radioactive waste is radioactive waste and is subject to regulation as specified in the statutes and regulations applicable to radioactive waste;
      (3)   Medical waste, hazardous waste, and radioactive waste is radioactive mixed waste and is subject to regulation as specified in the statutes and regulations applicable to hazardous waste and radioactive waste.
   (u)   "Off-site" means any location which is not on-site.
   (v)   "On-site," unless otherwise specified, means a medical waste treatment facility or a common storage facility on the same or adjacent property as the generator of the medical waste being treated or stored. "Adjacent," for purposes of the preceding sentence, means real property within 400 yards from the property boundary of the medical waste generator.
   (w)   "Person" means an individual, trust, firm, joint stock company, business concern, corporation, including but not limited to, a government corporation, partnership, and association. "Person" also includes any city, county, district, commission, the State or any division, agency, or political subdivision thereof, the Regents of the University of California, any interstate body, and the Federal Government or any Department or agency thereof to the extent permitted by law.
   (x)   "Sharps container" means a rigid puncture-resistant container which, when sealed, is leak resistant and cannot be reopened without great difficulty.
   (y)   "Sharps waste" means any device having acute rigid corners, edges, or protuberances capable of cutting or piercing, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
      (1)   Hypodermic needles, syringes, blades, and needles with attached tubing;
      (2)   Broken glass items, such as Pasteur pipettes and blood vials contaminated with other medical waste.
   (z)   "Small quantity generator" means a medical waste generator that generates less than 200 pounds per month of medical waste.
   (aa)   "Storage" means the holding of medical wastes at a designated accumulation area, as specified in Section 1510.
   (bb)   "Tracking document" means a medical waste tracking document prescribed by the Director or substantially similar thereto, which contains the following information regarding each load of medical waste being transported off-site:
      (1)   The name, address, and telephone number of the hazardous waste hauler, unless the medical waste is being transported pursuant to a Section 1506 hauling exemption;
      (2)   The type and quantity of medical waste transported;
      (3)   The name of the medical waste generator;
      (4)   The name, address, telephone number, and the signature of the authorized representative of the permitted treatment or transfer station receiving the medical waste.
   (cc)   "Transfer station" means any off-site location where medical waste is loaded, unloaded, or stored during the normal course of transportation of the medical waste. "Transfer station" does not include common storage facilities, large quantity generators used for consolidation of medical waste, or on-site treatment facilities. Transfer stations shall be permitted by the Department pursuant to the Act and this Article.
   (dd)   "Treatment" means any method, technique, or process designed to change the biological character or composition of any medical waste so as to eliminate its potential for causing disease, as specified in Section 1511.
(Added by Ord. 375-92, App. 12/23/92)
SEC. 1503.  AUTHORITY TO ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS.
   (a)   Program Implementation. The Director is authorized to implement and administer a medical waste management program as approved pursuant to the California Health and Safety Code. The Director may adopt and from time to time amend reasonable rules, regulations and guidelines consistent with and implementing the provisions of this Article. Prior to adoption of any rule or regulation under this Article, the Director shall provide a 30-day public comment period by providing published notice in an official newspaper of general circulation in the City and County of San Francisco of the intent to issue or amend the rule or regulation. Rules and regulations shall be approved by the Health Commission at a public hearing. In addition to the notices required by law, the Secretary of the Health Commission shall send written notice, at least 15 days prior to the hearing, to any interested party who sends a written request to the Health Commission for notice of hearings on medical waste regulation. Regulations promulgated by the Director and approved by the Health Commission shall be maintained in the office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors.
   (b)   Hearings on Permits and Administrative Orders. Whenever notice and a hearing are required for the Director's action on a permit, or for issuance of an administrative order, such notice shall be sent by certified mail to the permit applicant, permittee, property owner or facility operator. Notice of a hearing shall also be given by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the City for at least two days and not less than 10 days prior to the date of such hearing. Any hearing under this Article may be continued by the person conducting the hearing for a reasonable time for the convenience of a party or a witness.
      (1)   The notice of hearing shall set forth the time and place of the hearing, the ground or grounds upon which the action is based, the pertinent code section or sections, and a brief statement of the factual matters in support thereof. The notice shall be given at least 15 days prior to the hearing date.
      (2)   In any hearing under Sections 1509 or 1512, all parties involved shall have the right to offer testimonial, documentary, and tangible evidence bearing on the issues, to see and copy all documents and other information the City relies on in the proceeding, and to be represented by counsel.
(Added by Ord. 375-92, App. 12/23/92)
SEC. 1504.  REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR SMALL QUANTITY GENERATORS.
   (a)   On-Site Treatment Registration. Each small quantity generator using on-site steam sterilization, incineration, or microwave technology to treat medical waste shall register with the Director.
      (1)   Small quantity generators using on-site treatment, as specified in Subsection (a), which operate as a business in the same building, or which are associated with a group practice in the same building, may register as one generator.
      (2)   Small quantity generators using on-site treatment, as specified in Subsection (a), operating as specified in Paragraph (a)(1) in different buildings on the same or adjacent property, or as approved by the Director, may register as one generator.
      (3)   "Adjacent," for purposes of paragraph (a)(2), means real property within 400 yards from the property boundary of the primary registration site.
   (b)   Registration Deadline. Small quantity generators subject to Subsection 1504(a) shall register with the Director and pay the required fee no later than 120 days after the effective date of this Article. In those cases where the generation of medical waste begins after the effective date of this Article, registration shall be completed pursuant to this Article prior to commencement of the generation of medical waste.
   (c)   Registration by Filing Management Plan. Any small quantity generator required to register with the Director pursuant to this Section shall file with the Director a medical waste management plan, on forms prescribed by the Director containing, but not limited to, all of the following:
      (1)   The name of the person responsible for operation of the small quantity generator, or with direct responsibility for management of medical waste;
      (2)   The business address of the person specified in Paragraph (1);
      (3)   The type of business;
      (4)   The types, and the estimated average monthly quantity, of medical waste generated;
      (5)   The type of treatment used on-site;
      (6)   The name and business address of the hazardous waste hauler used by the generator for backup treatment and disposal, for waste for which the on-site treatment method is not appropriate due to the hazardous or radioactive characteristics of the waste, or the name of the hazardous hauler used by the generator to have untreated medical waste removed for treatment and disposal;
      (7)   A statement indicating that the generator is hauling the medical waste generated in his or her business pursuant to Section 1506 and the name and any business address of the treatment and disposal facilities to which the waste is being hauled, if applicable;
      (8)   The name and business address of the hazardous waste hauler service provided by the building management to which the building tenants may subscribe or are required by the building management to subscribe and the name and business address of the treatment and disposal facilities used, if applicable;
      (9)   A statement certifying that the information provided is complete and accurate.
   (d)   Inspection and Additional Permitting Requirements. Small quantity generators required to register under Subsection 1504(a) are subject to biennial inspection of the on-site treatment facility by the Director and may be subject to the permitting requirements of Section 1509 for on-site medical waste treatment facilities as determined by the Director. The inspection and permitting requirements of this paragraph do not apply when on-site steam sterilization is not used for the treatment or disposal of medical waste.
   (e)   Duration of Registration; Renewal and Update of Information. Each small quantity generator registration issued by the Director under Subsection 1504(a) shall be valid for two years. Applications for renewal of the registration shall be filed with the Director on or before the expiration date. Small quantity generators shall submit an updated application form within 30 days of any change in the medical waste management plan information specified in Paragraphs (c)(1) to (c)(9) of this Section.
   (f)   Recordkeeping Requirements. Any medical waste generator required to register pursuant to this Section shall maintain individual treatment and tracking records, including tracking documents if applicable, for three years, or for the period specified in the Director's regulations, and shall report or submit to the Director, upon request, both of the following:
      (1)   Treatment operating records;
      (2)   An emergency action plan complying with regulations adopted by the State of California, pursuant to the Act.
   (g)   Containment and Storage Requirements. Containment and storage of medical waste shall be in accordance with Section 1510.
   (h)   Treatment Requirements. Treatment of medical waste shall be in accordance with Section 1511.
   (i)   Fees For Small Quantity Generator Registration. The registration and inspection fee for small quantity generators required to register under Subsection 1504(a) is $524.
(Added by Ord. 375-92, App. 12/23/92; amended by Ord. 176-04, File No. 040734, App. 7/22/2004; Ord. 148-08, File No. 080745, App. 7/30/2008)
SEC. 1505.  REQUIREMENTS FOR NONREGISTRANT SMALL QUANTITY GENERATORS.
   (a)   Recordkeeping by Nonregistrants. Small quantity generators who are not required to register pursuant to this Article shall maintain on file in their office all of the following:
      (1)   An information document stating how the generator contains, stores, treats, and disposes of any medical waste generated through any act or process of the generator. The information document may be prepared using the medical waste management plan form prescribed by the Director pursuant to Subsection 1504(d);
      (2)   Records of any medical waste transported off-site for treatment and disposal, including the quantity of waste transported, the date transported, and the name of the hazardous waste hauler or individual hauling the waste pursuant to Subsection 1506(b). The small quantity generator shall maintain these records for not less than two years.
   (b)   Nonregistrant Fee and Notification. Every small quantity generator subject to Subsection 1505(a) shall mail a copy of the information document specified in Paragraph (a)(1) to the Director no later than 120 days after the effective date of this Article. In those cases where the generation of medical waste begins after the effective date of this Article, the information document shall be mailed to the Director within 30 days of commencement of the generation of medical waste.
      (1)   The information document shall be accompanied by a one-time fee of $154.
      (2)   A new information document and fee shall be submitted only if the generator moves to a new location more than 400 yards from the boundary of the location specified in the previous information document.
(Added by Ord. 375-92, App. 12/23/92; amended by Ord. 176-04, File No. 040734, App. 7/22/2004; Ord. 148-08, File No. 080745, App. 7/30/2008)
SEC. 1506.  MEDICAL WASTE HAULERS.
   (a)   Transportation of Waste. Except as otherwise exempted pursuant to Subsection 1506(b), all medical waste shall be transported off-site by a hazardous waste hauler in leak-resistant and fully enclosed rigid containers in vehicle compartments. Medical waste shall be transported off-site only to a permitted medical waste treatment facility, a permitted transfer station, or a permitted large quantity generator for the purpose of consolidation before treatment and disposal pursuant to this Article and the Act; provided that, no large quantity generator shall accept off-site medical waste for purposes of consolidation before treatment and disposal without written permission from the Director or as provided in a permit under this Article.
      (1)   No person shall transport medical waste in the same vehicle with other waste unless the medical waste is separately contained in rigid containers or kept separate by barriers from other waste, unless all of the waste is to be handled as medical waste under this Article.
      (2)   Any persons manually loading or unloading containers of medical waste shall be provided by their employer at the beginning of each shift with, and shall be required to wear, clean and protective gloves and coveralls, changeable lab coats, or other protective clothing.
   (b)   Application for Exemption. Small quantity generators may apply to the Director for an off-site limited-quantity hauling exemption, if the generator meets all of the following requirements:
      (1)   The generator generates less than 20 pounds of medical waste per week, transports less than 20 pounds of medical waste at any one time, and has a management plan pursuant to Subsection 1504(d) or an information document pursuant to Subsection 1505(b) on file in the Director's office.
      (2)   The generator transports the waste himself or herself, or directs a member of his or her staff to transport the waste, to a permitted medical waste treatment facility or a permitted transfer station before consolidation or treatment and disposal.
      (3)   The generator maintains a tracking document.
         (A)   Any person transporting medical waste off-site in a vehicle shall have a tracking document in his or her possession while transporting the waste.
         (B)   The original tracking document shall be provided to the facility receiving the medical waste.
   (c)   Issuance of Hauling Exemption; Fee. The Director may issue or modify small quantity generator hauling exemptions with such conditions as necessary to protect public health and welfare. Every applicant for an exemption shall pay a fee of $175 in addition to the small quantity generator registration fee under Section 1504 or the nonregistrant fee under Section 1505.
(Added by Ord. 375-92, App. 12/23/92; amended by Ord. 176-04, File No. 040734, App. 7/22/2004; Ord. 148-08, File No. 080745, App. 7/30/2008)
SEC. 1507.  PERMIT REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMON STORAGE FACILITIES.
   (a)   Permit Requirement. Every common storage facility shall have a permit issued by the Director. A permit for any common storage facility may be obtained by any one of the following:
      (1)   A provider of health care as defined in Section 56.05(d) of the Civil Code;
      (2)   The hazardous waste hauler responsible for collection of medical waste from the common storage facility;
      (3)   The property owner;
      (4)   The property management firm responsible for providing tenant services to the medical waste generators.
   (b)   Permit Application Deadlines. Any person under Subsection 1507(a) responsible for the operation of a common storage facility shall apply for a permit from the Director within 120 days of the effective date of this Article, where the storage of medical waste in the common storage facility began prior to that date. In those cases where the storage of medical waste begins after the effective date of this Article, a permit application shall be submitted to the Director and issued prior to commencement of storage of medical waste in the common storage facility. The Director is authorized to take enforcement action against unpermitted common storage facilities under Section 1512.
   (c)   Permit Issuance and Denial Process. The Director shall issue, renew, modify or deny common storage facility permits after notice and an opportunity for a hearing under Section 1503. The Director shall hold a hearing upon request of the applicant or any interested person. Permit application forms shall be prescribed by the Director.
   (d)   Fee for Common Storage Facility Permits. The annual permit fee for a common storage facility permitted pursuant to this Section is the amount specified in the following schedule:
      (1)   For storage facilities serving 10 or fewer generators, the permit fee is $438.
      (2)   For storage facilities serving 11 to 49 generators, the permit fee is $699.
      (3)   For storage facilities serving 50 or more generators, the permit fee is $873.
(Added by Ord. 375-92, App. 12/23/92; amended by Ord. 176-04, File No. 040734, App. 7/22/2004; Ord. 148-08, File No. 080745, App. 7/30/2008)
SEC. 1508.  REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR LARGE QUANTITY GENERATORS.
   (a)   Registration Requirements. Each large quantity generator, except as specified in paragraphs (1) and (2), shall register with the Director. Large quantity generators owning or operating an on-site medical waste treatment facility shall also apply for a permit for that treatment facility pursuant to Section 1509.
      (1)   Large quantity generators operating as a business in the same building, or which are associated with a group practice in the same building, may register as one generator.
      (2)   Large quantity generators as specified in Paragraph (1), operating in different buildings on the same or adjacent property, or as approved by the Director, may register as one generator.
      (3)   "Adjacent" for purposes of Paragraph (2), means real property within 400 yards from the property boundary of the primary registration site.
   (b)   Registration Deadline. Large quantity generators subject to Subsection 1508(a) shall register with the Director and pay the required fee no later than 120 days after the effective date of this Article. In those cases where the generation of medical waste begins after the effective date of this Article, registration shall be completed prior to commencement of the generation of medical waste.
   (c)   Registration by Filing Management Plan. Any large quantity generator required to register pursuant to Subsection 1508(a) shall file with the Director a medical waste management plan, on forms prescribed by the Director containing, but not limited to, all of the following:
      (1)   The name of the person responsible for operation of the large quantity generator, or with direct responsibility for management of medical waste;
      (2)   The business address and telephone number of the person in Paragraph (1);
      (3)   The type of business;
      (4)   The types, and the estimated average monthly quantity, of medical waste generated;
      (5)   The type of treatment used on-site, if applicable. For generators with on-site medical waste treatment facilities, including incinerators or steam sterilizers or other treatment facilities as determined by the Director, the treatment capacity of the on-site treatment facility;
      (6)   The name and business address of the hazardous waste hauler used by the generator to have untreated medical waste removed for treatment, if applicable;
      (7)   The name and business address of the hazardous waste hauler service provided by the building management to which the building tenants may subscribe or are required by the building management to subscribe, if applicable;
      (8)   The name and business address of the off-site medical waste treatment facility to which any medical waste is being hauled, if applicable;
      (9)   An emergency action plan complying with regulations adopted by the Director and approved by the department, if applicable;
      (10)   A statement certifying that the information provided is complete and accurate.
   (d)   Inspections. Every large quantity generator shall be subject to at least annual inspection by the Director.
   (e)   Duration of Registration; Renewal and Update of Information. Each large quantity generator registration issued by the Director shall be valid for one year.
      (1)   An application for renewal of the registration shall be filed with the Director not less than 90 days prior to the expiration date. Failure to meet this requirement shall result in assessment of a late fee.
      (2)   Every large quantity generator shall submit an updated application form within 30 days of any change in the medical waste management plan information specified in Subsection (c) above.
   (f)   Recordkeeping Requirements. Any large quantity generator required to register pursuant to this Section shall maintain individual treatment and tracking records, including tracking documents if applicable, for three years or for the period specified in the Director's regulations.
   (g)   Containment and Storage Requirements. Containment and storage of medical waste shall be in accordance with Section 1511.
   (h)   Waste Treatment Requirements. Treatment of medical waste shall be in accordance with Section 1511.
   (i)   Annual Fee For Large Quantity Generators. The registration and annual fee for large quantity generators shall be set in following amounts:
      (1)   A general acute care hospital, as defined in Subdivision (a) of Section 1250, Division 2, Chapter 2 of the Health and Safety Code, which has one or more beds, but not more than 99 beds, shall pay $1,048; a facility with 100 or more beds, but not more than 199 beds, shall pay $1,573; a facility with 200 or more beds, but not more than 250 beds shall pay $2,097; and a facility with 251 or more beds shall pay $2,971.
      (2)   A specialty clinic, providing surgical, dialysis, or rehabilitation services, as defined in Subdivision (b) of Section 1204, Division 2, Chapter 1 of the Health and Safety Code, shall pay $1,224.
      (3)   A skilled nursing facility, as defined in Subdivision (c) of Section 1250, Division 2, Chapter 2 of the Health and Safety Code, which has one or more beds, but not more than 99 beds shall pay $524; a facility with 100 or more beds, but not more than 199 beds shall pay $699; and a facility with 200 or more beds shall pay $573.
      (4)   An acute psychiatric hospital, as defined in Subdivision (b) of Section 1250, Division 2, Chapter 2 of the Health and Safety Code, shall pay $1,224.
      (5)   An intermediate care facility, as defined in Subdivision (d) of Section 1250, Division 2, Chapter 2 of the Health and Safety Code, shall pay $1,224.
      (6)   A primary care clinic, as defined in Section 1200.1, Division 1, Chapter 1 of the Health and Safety Code, shall pay $1,224.
      (7)   A licensed clinical laboratory, as defined in Paragraph (3) of Subdivision (a) of Section 1206, of the Business and Professions Code, shall pay $524.
      (8)   A health care service plan facility, as defined in Subdivision (f) of Section 1345, Division 2, Chapter 2.2 of the Health and Safety Code, shall pay $1,224.
      (9)   A veterinary clinic or veterinary hospital shall pay $524.
      (10)   A large quantity generator medical office shall pay $524.
(Added by Ord. 375-92, App. 12/23/92; amended by Ord. 176-04, File No. 040734, App. 7/22/2004; Ord. 148-08, File No. 080745, App. 7/30/2008)
SEC. 1509.  PERMIT REQUIREMENTS FOR ON-SITE MEDICAL WASTE TREATMENT FACILITIES.
   (a)   Permit Requirement; Inspections. All on-site medical waste treatment facilities shall be permitted and inspected by the Director pursuant to this Section.
   (b)   Permit Application Deadlines. Within 120 days of the effective date of this Article, each person owning or operating a medical waste treatment facility shall apply for a permit pursuant to this Section. If the medical waste treatment facility begins operation after the effective date of this Article, the permit shall be obtained pursuant to this Section prior to commencement of the treatment facility's operation. Registered small quantity generators shall obtain a permit if required by the Director pursuant to Subsection 1504(e).
   (c)   Medical Waste from Adjacent Small Quantity Generators. A health care facility accepting medical waste for treatment from small quantity generators located on property adjacent to the facility shall be classified as an on-site treatment facility. The word "adjacent" as used in this subsection means real property within 400 yards of the property boundary of the health care facility accepting medical waste for treatment.
   (d)   Permit Application. Any person required to obtain a permit pursuant to this Section shall file an application on forms prescribed by the Director, containing, but not limited to, all of the following information:
      (1)   The name of the applicant;
      (2)   The business address of the applicant;
      (3)   The type of treatment provided, the treatment capacity of the facility, a characterization of the waste treated at this facility, and the estimated average monthly quantity of waste treated at the facility;
      (4)   A disclosure statement, as provided in Section 25112.5 of the California Health and Safety Code;
      (5)   Evidence satisfactory to the Director that the operator of the medical waste treatment facility has the ability to comply with this Article and other requirements of State or local law;
      (6)   Any other information required by the Director for the administration or enforcement of this Article.
   (e)   Issuance or Renewal of Permit; Grounds for Denial.
      (1)   Prior to issuing or renewing a permit under this Section, the Director shall review the compliance history of the applicant, under any local, state, or federal law or regulation governing the control of medical waste or pollution.
      (2)   The Director shall, pursuant to this Section, deny a permit, or specify additional permit conditions, to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, if the Director determines that in the three- year period preceding the date of application the applicant has violated laws or regulations identified in Paragraph (1) at a facility owned or operated by the applicant, and the violations demonstrate a recurring pattern of noncompliance or pose, or have posed, a significant risk to public health and safety or to the environment.
      (3)   In addition to any other information required to be submitted for the permitting of a facility pursuant to this Section, an applicant who has owned or operated a facility regulated by the Director shall provide a description of all violations described in Paragraph (1), which occurred at any facility permitted and owned or operated by the applicant in the City and County of San Francisco in the three years prior to the date of application.
      (4)   In making the determination of whether to deny a permit or to specify additional permit conditions pursuant to Paragraph (2), the Director shall take both of the following into consideration:
         (A)   Whether a permit denial or permit condition is appropriate or necessary given the severity of the violation;
         (B)   Whether the violation has been corrected in a timely fashion.
   (f)   Recordkeeping Requirements.
      (1)   The Director shall evaluate, inspect, and review the records of on-site medical waste treatment facilities for compliance with this Article. Commencing on the thirtieth day after the effective date of this Article, all persons operating an on- site medical waste treatment facility shall maintain individual records for a period of three years and shall report or submit to the Director upon request, all of the following information:
         (A)   The type of treatment facility and its capacity;
         (B)   All treatment facility operating records;
         (C)   If applicable, copies of the tracking documents for all medical waste it receives for treatment from off-site generators or from hazardous waste haulers.
   (g)   Duration, Renewal and Transfer of Permits.
      (1)   A medical waste permit issued by the Director to a medical waste treatment facility shall be valid for five years.
      (2)   An application for renewal of the permit shall be filed with the Director not less than 90 days prior to the expiration date. If a permittee fails to make a timely application for renewal, the medical waste permit shall expire on the expiration date.
      (3)   A medical waste permit may be renewed if the Director finds the permittee has been in substantial compliance with this Article and any regulations adopted pursuant hereto during the preceding permitted period, or that the permittee corrected previous violations in a timely manner.
      (4)   Upon approval of the Director, a permit may be transferred from one subsidiary to another subsidiary of the same corporation, from a parent corporation to one of its subsidiaries or from a subsidiary to a parent corporation.
   (h)   Termination of Permit Prior to Expiration Date. A person required to obtain a medical waste permit shall at all times, possess a valid permit for each facility in operation. A medical waste permit shall terminate prior to its expiration date if suspended or revoked pursuant to Section 1512 or, notwithstanding Section 1512, if either of the following occurs:
      (1)   The permittee sells or otherwise transfers the facility except as specified in Paragraph (g)(4) of this Section;
      (2)   The permittee surrenders the permit to the Director because the permittee ceases operation.
   (i)   Permit Issuance Procedures.
      (1)   Permits shall be issued, renewed, denied or modified only after notice and a hearing pursuant to Subsection 1503(b).
      (2)   The Director shall issue a medical waste permit upon evaluation, inspection, or records review of the applicant if the applicant is in substantial compliance with this Article and the applicant has corrected any previous violations. A decision to issue or not to issue the permit shall be made by the Director within 120 days of the time that the application is filed, unless waived by the applicant.
   (j)   Permit Provisions. When issuing, renewing, or revising any treatment facility permit, the Director may prohibit or condition the handling or treatment of medical waste to protect public health and safety.
   (k)   Fees for Medical Waste Treatment Facilities.
      (1)   The annual permit fee for an on-site treatment facility shall be set at the following amount:
         (A)   The fee for an autoclave is $524.
         (B)   The fee for an incinerator or other approved technology is $353.
         (C)   The Director shall charge an application fee for an on-site treatment facility equal to $166 for each hour spent processing the application.
(Added by Ord. 375-92, App. 12/23/92; amended by Ord. 176-04, File No. 040734, App. 7/22/2004; Ord. 148-08, File No. 080745, App. 7/30/2008)
SEC. 1510.  CONTAINMENT AND STORAGE REQUIREMENTS.
   (a)   Medical Waste Requirements. Every person subject to this Article shall comply with the following requirements to containerize or store medical waste:
      (1)   Medical waste shall be contained separately from other waste at the point of origin in the generating facility. Sharps containers may be placed in biohazard bags or in containers with biohazard bags.
      (2)   Biohazardous waste shall be contained in a red biohazard bag in accordance with this Section, conspicuously labeled with the words "Biohazardous Waste" or with the international biohazard symbol and the word "BIOHAZARD."
      (3)   Sharps waste shall be contained in a sharps container pursuant to Subsections 1510(b) and (c).
   (b)   Biohazardous Waste in Biohazard Bag. Every person subject to this Article shall comply with the following requirements to containerize biohazardous waste in a biohazard bag:
      (1)   The bags shall be tied to prevent leakage or expulsion of contents during all future storage, handling or transport.
      (2)   Biohazardous waste shall be bagged in accordance with Paragraph (a)(2) and placed for storage, handling, or transport in a rigid or disposable container. The container shall be leak resistant, have tight fitting covers, and be kept clean and in good repair. The container may be of any color and shall be labeled with the words "Biohazardous Waste," or with the international biohazard symbol and the word "BIOHAZARD," on the lid and on the sides so as to be visible from any lateral direction. Containers meeting the requirements specified in Section 66840 of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations may also be used until the replacement of the containers is necessary or existing stock has been depleted.
      (3)   No bagged biohazardous waste shall be removed from the bag until treatment as prescribed in Section 1511 is completed. Biohazardous waste shall not be disposed of before being treated as prescribed in Section 1511.
         (A)   Biohazardous or sharps waste shall not be contained or stored above 0Centigrade (32Fahrenheit) for more than seven days at any on-site location without the written approval of the Director.
         (B)   Biohazardous or sharps waste may be stored at or below 0Centigrade (32 Fahrenheit) for up to 90 days at any on-site location; provided that any such storage shall not exceed 90 days without written permission of the Director.
         (C)   Biohazardous or sharps waste shall be stored off-site only as provided in Subsection 1506(a).
         (D)   If any on-site or off-site facility is unable to control the odor from its stored waste and the odor poses a public nuisance, the Director may require more frequent removal or take such other action as allowed by law.
   (c)   Sharps Waste. Every person subject to this Article shall comply with the following requirements to containerize sharps:
      (1)   All sharps waste shall be placed into a sharps container;
      (2)   Full sharps containers ready for disposal shall be taped or tightly lidded to preclude loss of contents;
      (3)   Sharps containers ready for disposal shall not be stored for more than seven days without the written approval of the Director;
      (4)   Sharps containers shall be labeled with the words "sharps waste" or with the international biohazard symbol and the word "BIOHAZARD."
   (d)   Storage in Common Storage Facility. Any small quantity generator who has properly containerized the medical waste according to the requirements of this Section, and is otherwise in compliance with the registration and notification requirements of this Article may store the waste in a permitted common storage facility.
   (e)   Rigid Containers for Waste; Washing and Decontamination. Every person subject to this Article shall thoroughly wash and decontaminate reusable rigid containers for medical waste by a method approved by the Director each time they are emptied, unless the surfaces of the containers have been completely protected from contamination by disposable liners, bags, or other devices removed with the waste. These containers shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary manner. Approved methods of decontamination include, but are not limited to, agitation to remove visible soil combined with one of the following procedures:
      (1)   Exposure to hot water of at least 82° Centigrade (180° Fahrenheit) for a minimum of 15 seconds.
      (2)   Exposure to chemical sanitizer by rinsing with, or immersion in, one of the following for a minimum of three minutes:
         (A)   Hypochlorite solution (500 ppm available chlorine);
         (B)   Phenolic solution (500 ppm active agent);
         (C)   Iodoform solution (100 available iodine);
         (D)   Quaternary ammonium solution (400 ppm active agent).
   (f)   Decontamination of Leaks or Spills. Any leak or spill of a medical waste by a medical waste generator, medical waste treatment facility, common storage facility, or any person subject to this Article shall be decontaminated by procedures adopted by the Director, as approved by the department.
   (g)   Use of Containers for Solid Waste. No person subject to the requirements of this Article shall use, allow or make available reusable pails, drums, dumpsters, or bins used for medical waste for the containment of solid waste, or for other purposes, except after being decontaminated by the procedures specified in Subsections (e) and (f) of this Section, and removal of all medical waste labels.
   (h)   Security of Storage Areas. Any enclosure or designated accumulation area used for the storage of medical waste containers, including common storage facilities, shall be secured so as to deny access to unauthorized persons and shall be marked with warning signs on, or adjacent to, the exterior of entry doors, gates, or lids. The storage area may be secured by use of locks on entry doors, gates, or receptacle lids.
      (1)   The wording of warning signs shall be in English, "CAUTION-BIOHAZARDOUS WASTE STORAGE AREA-UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS KEEP OUT," and in Spanish, "CUIDADO-ZONA DE RESIDUOS-BIOLOGICOS PELIGROSOS-PROHIBIDA LA ENTRADA A PERSONAS NO AUTORIZADAS," or in another language, in addition to English, determined to be appropriate by the infection control staff, the person responsible for medical waste management or the Director. Warning signs shall be readily legible during daylight from a distance of at least 25 feet.
      (2)   Any enclosure or designated accumulation area shall provide medical waste protection from animals and natural elements and shall not provide a breeding place or a food source for insects or rodents.
   (i)   Trash Chutes. No person shall use a trash chute to transfer medical waste.
   (j)   Compacters or Grinders. Compacters or grinders shall not be used to process medical waste until after the waste has been treated pursuant to Section 1511 and rendered solid waste, unless the grinding or compacting is an integral part of the treatment method and allowed by the facility permit. Medical waste in bags or other disposable containers shall not be subject to compaction by any compacting device and shall not be placed for storage or transport in a portable or mobile trash compactor.
(Added by Ord. 375-92, App. 12/23/92)
SEC. 1511.  TREATMENT REQUIREMENTS.
   (a)   Methods of Treatment for On-Site Treatment Facilities. Any person treating medical waste shall ensure that the medical waste is treated by one of the following methods, thereby rendering it solid waste, which is not otherwise hazardous, prior to disposal:
      (1)   Incineration at a permitted medical waste treatment facility in a controlled-air, multichamber incinerator, or other method of incineration approved by the department which provides complete combustion of the waste into carbonized or mineralized ash. Monitoring for release of airborne pathogens from medical waste incinerations shall be conducted as required by the medical waste treatment permit.
      (2)   Discharge to the sewerage system as defined in the San Francisco Public Works Code, if the medical waste is liquid or semiliquid. Any such medical waste discharge shall be consistent with the waste discharge requirements placed on the City and County of San Francisco by state or federal law, and with any pretreatment permit issued by the Department of Public Works pursuant to the Public Works Code; provided that such discharge shall not consist of either of the following:
         (A)   Liquid or semiliquid laboratory waste, as defined in Subsection 1502(c).
         (B)   Microbiological specimens, including those specified in Subsection 1502(c).
      (3)   Steam sterilization at a permitted medical waste treatment facility or by other sterilization, in accordance with all of the following operating procedures for steam sterilizers or other sterilization:
         (A)   Standard written operating procedures shall be established for biological indicators, or for other indicators of adequate sterilization approved by the department and included in the applicable permit, for each steam sterilizer, including time, temperature, pressure, type of waste, type of container, closure on container, pattern of loading, water content, and maximum load quantity.
         (B)   Recording or indicating thermometers shall be checked during each complete cycle to ensure the attainment of 121° Centigrade (250° Fahrenheit) for at least one-half hour, depending on the quantity and density of the load, in order to achieve sterilization of the entire load. Thermometers shall be checked for calibration annually. Records of the calibration checks shall be maintained as part of the facility's files and records for a period of three years or for the period specified in the regulations.
         (C)   Heat-sensitive tape, or another method acceptable to the Director, shall be used on each container that is processed to indicate the attainment of adequate sterilization conditions.
         (D)   The biological indicator Bacillus stearothermophilus, or other indicator of adequate sterilization as approved by the department and included in the applicable permit, shall be placed at the center of a load processed under standard operating conditions at least monthly to confirm the attainment of adequate sterilization conditions.
         (E)   Records of the procedures specified in Subparagraphs (A), (B), and (D) shall be maintained for a period of not less than three years.
      (4)   Rendered noninfectious prior to disposal, if sharps waste, by one of the following methods:
         (A)   Incineration;
         (B)   Steam sterilization;
         (C)   Disinfection and encasement using an alternative treatment method approved by the Department. Sharps waste which is encased in a sharps container which complies with Subsection 1502(x) meets the encasement requirements of this Paragraph, and may be disposed of solid waste pursuant to Paragraph (n)(4) of Section 1502.
      (5)   Other alternative medical waste treatment methods which are both of the following:
         (A)   Approved by the Department and included in the applicable permit;
         (B)   Result in the destruction of pathogenic microorganisms.
(Added by Ord. 375-92, App. 12/23/92)
SEC. 1512.  ENFORCEMENT.
   (a)   Entry and Inspection Authority. Upon presentation of proper credentials, the Director may, at any reasonable time, enter and inspect the following facilities, or take any of the following actions:
      (1)   Enter and inspect any facility for which a medical waste permit, common storage facility permit, or medical waste registration has been filed, or which is subject to registration or permitting requirements pursuant to this Article;
      (2)   Enter and inspect any facility for which a nonregistrant information document has been filed pursuant to Section 1505, upon receipt of information that a violation of this Article has occurred;
      (3)   Enter and inspect a vehicle for which a limited-quantity exemption application has been filed or granted, or which is subject to registration or permit requirements pursuant to this Article;
      (4)   As part of any entry, take photographs or videotapes, take samples, inspect and copy any records, reports, test results, or other information related to the requirements of this Article.
   (b)   Consent to Entry. The Director's inspection shall be made with the consent of the owner or possessor of the facilities. If entry or inspection authorization is denied, the Director shall obtain a proper inspection warrant or other remedy provided by law to secure entry.
   (c)   Emergency Inspection Authority. Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection (b), if the Director determines that a violation or an emergency may endanger public health or safety, an inspection may be made without consent or issuance of a warrant.
   (d)   Notice of Violation and Administrative Orders. The Director is authorized to enforce the requirements of this Article, including the provisions of any regulation, permit, registration, or hauling exemption. Upon receipt of information that a violation has occurred or may occur, the Director may take any, or any combination, of the following actions.
      (1)   Serve notice requiring correction of violations of this Article upon any person, including the owner, operator, permittee or registrant of the facility or vehicle where the violation occurred or may occur, and on any other person responsible for violation of this Article. Corrective action may be required immediately or upon a schedule specified by the Director.
      (2)   After notice and hearing, issue an order to cease or abate the violation and to take any necessary remedial action. The order shall be served personally or by certified mail on the owner, operator, permittee or registrant of the facility where a violation occurred or may occur, and on any other person responsible for violation of this Article.
      (3)   After notice and hearing, issue an order to the person responsible for a violation of this Article specifying a schedule for compliance, or imposing an administrative penalty of not more than $1,000 per violation, or both. Any person who violates an order issued pursuant to this Subsection 1512(d) shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
      (4)   Request the City Attorney to bring an action to enjoin any violation or threatened violation of this Article, to enforce an order issued under this Section, and to recover civil penalties.
   (e)   Unauthorized Treatment or Disposal of Medical Waste; Penalties. No person shall haul, transport, store, treat, dispose, or cause the treatment or disposal of medical waste in a manner not authorized by a valid order, permit, registration, or hauling exemption issued under this Article, or any regulations adopted pursuant hereto. Any person who stores, treats, disposes, or causes the treatment or disposal of medical waste in violation of this Article is guilty of an offense as follows:
      (1)   For a small quantity generator, a first offense is an infraction, punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.
      (2)   For a person other than a small quantity generator, a first offense is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $2,000, or by up to one year in county jail, or by both fine and imprisonment.
      (3)   Any person convicted of a second or subsequent violation of this Subsection 1512(e) within three years of the prior conviction shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year or by imprisonment in state prison for one, two, or three years or by a fine of not less than $5,000 or more than $25,000, or by both the fine and imprisonment. This Paragraph (3) shall not apply unless any prior conviction is charged in the accusatory pleading and admitted by the defendant or found to be true by the trier of fact. If the defendant is a corporation which operates medical facilities in more than one geographic location, this subdivision shall apply only if the offense involves an adjacent facility involved in the prior conviction.
      (4)   Any person who knowingly treats or disposes, or causes the treatment or disposal of, medical waste in violation of this chapter shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year or by imprisonment in the state prison for one, two, or three years, or by a fine of not less than $5,000 or more than $25,000, or by both the fine and imprisonment.
      (5)   Any person who intentionally makes any false statement or representation in any application, label, tracking document, record, report, permit, registration, or other document filed, maintained, or used for purposes of compliance with this chapter which materially affects the health and safety of the public is liable for a civil penalty of not more than $10,000 for each separate violation, or for continuing violations, for each day that the violation continues.
      (6)   Any person who fails to register or fails to obtain a medical waste permit in violation of this Article, or otherwise violates any provision of this Article, including any order or permit, shall be liable for a civil penalty of not more than $10,000 for each violation of a separate provision of this Article, or for continuing violations, for each day that the violation continues.
   (f)   Suspension or Revocation of Permits. The Director may, after notice and a hearing, suspend, revoke or modify any medical waste permit or common storage facility permit upon making a finding that:
      (1)   The permittee has violated the provisions of this Article, or any regulation adopted pursuant to this Article;
      (2)   The permittee has violated any term or condition of a permit or administrative order issued pursuant to this Article;
      (3)   The permittee has aided or abetted the violations specified in Paragraphs (1) and (2), or has interfered with the performance of any activity or duty of the Director;
      (4)   The permittee has intentionally made false statements, or intentionally failed to disclose fully all relevant facts, in any material regard, in an application for a medical waste permit or common storage facility permit;
      (5)   A temporary or permanent modification, reduction or termination of the permitted operation is necessary to bring it into compliance with the provisions of this Article.
   (g)   Emergency Enforcement Authority. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, whenever the Director determines that medical waste may cause an imminent danger to the health or welfare of any person, the Director may take all necessary actions to immediately abate the threat without notice or a hearing. Any person subject to this Article shall immediately cease any activity, or commence abatement or mitigation action upon verbal or written notification by the Director that an imminent danger is presented by medical waste.
   (h)   Liens. Costs and charges incurred by the City by reason of the abatement of any violation of this Article, or abatement of any imminent danger, including but not limited to monitoring and inspection costs, and any administrative civil penalties assessed against any person for violations of this Article, shall be an obligation owed by the owner of the property where the violation originated or by the person against whom the penalty was assessed to the City. Such obligation may collected by means of the imposition of a lien against the property of the owner where the violation originated or of the person against whom the final administrative civil penalty was assessed. The City shall mail to the owner of the property where the violation occurred and to the person or business against whom the final administrative civil penalty was assessed (if different from the owner of the property) a notice of the amounts due and a warning that lien proceedings will be initiated against the property if the amounts are not paid within 30 days after mailing of the notice.
   (i)   Liens shall be created and assessed in accordance with the requirement of Article XX of Chapter 10 of the San Francisco Administrative Code (commencing with Section 10.230).
(Added by Ord. 375-92, App. 12/23/92; amended by Ord. 322-00, File No. 001917, App. 12/28/2000)
SEC. 1513.  INSPECTION AND INVESTIGATION FEES.
   (a)   Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the Director may conduct an investigation and an inspection pursuant to Section 1512 whenever information is received that any medical waste generator or any person is in violation of this Article. The Director may require any person subject to this Article to pay an inspection and investigation fee equal to $167 for each hour or portion thereof spent by the Department of Public Health in conducting such activities.
   (b)   A notice of payment due shall be sent by the Director to the medical waste generator and the owner of the property inspected, advising of the amount of any fee and containing the following information:
      (1)   The date and location of the Director's investigation and inspection activities;
      (2)   The amount of the fee;
      (3)   A statement advising the generator and property owner that he or she is liable under this Article for the fee in the amount indicated in the notice and that payment to the City is due within 30 days of the mailing date of the notice;
      (4)   A statement advising the generator and property owner that a penalty of 10 percent plus interest at the rate of one percent per month on the outstanding balance shall be added to the costs from the date that payment is due under Subsection (b)(3);
      (5)   A statement advising the property owner that if payment of the costs is not received within 90 days of the mailing date, a lien may be imposed on the property of the owner where the generator is located, or where the violation occurred, pursuant to the provisions of this Section;
      (6)   A statement that the generator or property owner may appeal the fee determination contained in the notice of payment due to the Director. Said appeal must be filed in writing with the Director no later than 30 days after the date the notice of payment due is issued. The Director's decision on the appeal shall be final.
   (c)   If full payment of the costs is not received within 30 days after the notice of payment due was sent, a second notice of payment due shall be sent by the Director to the generator and property owner. The second notice shall state that the generator and property owner are liable for the payment of the costs indicated on the notice.
   (d)   If full payment of the costs is not received within 30 days after the second notice of payment due was sent, a third (and final) notice of payment due shall be sent by the Director to the generator and property owner. The third notice shall state that the generator and property owner are liable for the payment of the costs indicated on the notice and that if payment of such costs is not received within 30 days of the mailing date of the third notice, lien proceedings may be initiated against the subject property pursuant to the provisions of this Article.
   (e)   If payment is not received within 30 days following mailing the third notice, the Department shall initiate lien proceedings pursuant to the provisions of of the San Francisco Administrative Code.
(Added by Ord. 375-92, App. 12/23/92; amended by Ord. 322-00, File No. 001917, App. 12/28/2000; Ord. 176-04, File No. 040734, App. 7/22/2004; Ord. 148-08, File No. 080745, App. 7/30/2008)
SEC. 1514.  FEES.
   Beginning with fiscal year 2007-2008, no later than April 15 of each year, the Controller shall adjust the fees provided in this Article to reflect changes in the relevant Consumer Price Index, without further action by the Board of Supervisors. In adjusting the fees, the Controller may round these fees up or down to the nearest dollar, half-dollar or quarter-dollar. The Director shall perform an annual review of the fees scheduled to be assessed for the following fiscal year and shall file a report with the Controller no later than May 1st of each year, proposing, if necessary, an adjustment to the fees to ensure that costs are fully recovered and that fees do not produce significantly more revenue than required to cover the costs of operating the program. The Controller shall adjust fees when necessary in either case.
(Added by Ord. 176-04, File No. 040734, App. 7/22/2004) (Former Sec. 1514 added by Ord. 375-92, App. 12/23/92; renumbered as Sec. 1515 by Ord. 176-04; Ord. 148-08, File No. 080745, App. 7/30/2008)
SEC. 1515.  SEVERABILITY.
   If any section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, or phrase of this Article, is for any reason held to be unconstitutional, invalid or ineffective by any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity or effectiveness of the remaining portions of this Article. The Board of Supervisors declares that it would have passed each section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, or phrase of this Article irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, paragraphs, subparagraphs, clauses, or phrases could be declared unconstitutional, invalid or ineffective.
(Formerly Sec. 1514; added by Ord. 375-92, App. 12/23/92; renumbered by Ord. 176-04, File No. 040734, App. 7/22/2004)