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No permit to conduct a public bath house shall be issued unless an inspection by the Director reveals that the establishment complies with each of the following minimum requirements:
(a) Construction of rooms used for toilets, tubs, steam baths, and showers shall be made waterproof with approved waterproofed materials and shall be installed in accordance with the San Francisco Building Code. Plumbing fixtures shall be installed in accordance with the San Francisco Plumbing Code.
(1) For toilet rooms, toilet room vestibules and rooms containing bathtubs, there shall be a waterproof floor covering, which will be carried up all walls to a height of at least six inches. Floor shall be covered up on base with at least ¾ inch cover. The walls of all toilet rooms and rooms containing bathtubs shall be finished to a height of six feet from a smooth, nonabsorbent finish surface of Keene cement, tile, or similar material.
(2) Steam rooms and shower compartments shall have approved waterproof floors, walls and ceilings.
(3) Floors of wet and dry heat rooms shall be adequately pitched to one or more floor drains properly connected to the sewer.
(Exception: Dry heat rooms with wooden floors need not be provided with pitched floors and floor drains.)
(4) A source of hot water shall be available within the immediate vicinity of dry and wet heat rooms to facilitate cleaning.
(b) Toilet facilities shall be provided in convenient locations. When five or more employees and patrons of different sexes are on the premises at the same time, separate facilities shall be provided. A single water closet per sex shall be provided for each 20 or more employees or patrons of that sex on the premises at any one time. Urinals may be substituted for water closets after one water closet has been provided when five or more employees and patrons of different sexes are on the premises. All toilet rooms shall be equipped with selfclosing doors opening in the direction of ingress to the toilet rooms. Toilets shall be designated as to the sex accommodated therein.
(c) Lavatories or wash basins provided with both hot and cold running water shall be installed in either the toilet room or the vestibule. Lavatories or wash basins shall be provided with soap in a dispenser and with sanitary towels.
(d) All portions of public bath house establishments and baths shall be provided with adequate light and ventilation by means of windows or skylights with an area of not less than of the total floor area, or shall be provided with approved artificial light and a mechanical operating ventilating system. When windows or skylights are used for ventilation, at least ½ of the total required total window area shall be operable.
To allow for adequate ventilation, cubicles, rooms, and areas provided for patrons' use not served directly by a required window, skylight, or mechanical system of ventilation shall be constructed so that the height of partitions does not exceed 75 percent of the floor-to-ceiling height of the area in which they are located.
(e) All electrical equipment shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of the San Francisco Electrical Code.
(f) Nothing contained herein shall be construed to impose new requirements to existing public bath house establishments under the City's Building, Health and Fire Codes.
(Added by Ord. 23-73, App. 1/19/73)