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Commercial Dog Walking Legislation

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ARTICLE 39: COMMERCIAL DOG WALKING REGULATIONS

SEC. 3901  DEFINITIONS.

For the purpose of this Article 39, the following words and phrases shall mean and include:

 

(a)    "City." The City and County of San Francisco.

 

(b)    "Commercial Dog Walking" or "Commercial Dog Walking Business." Doing business as a
         permittee under this Article 39.

 

(c)    "Department." The Animal Care and Control Department of the City and County of
        San Francisco.

 

(d)    "Director." The Director of the Animal Care and Control Department, or his or her designee.

 

(e)    "Enforcement Officer."

 

        (1)    An officer or employee of the Department designated by the Director to enforce this
                Article 39;

 

        (2)    an officer or employee of the Port of San Francisco, the Recreation and Park Department, 
                or the Public Utilities Commission designated by the Port Director, the General Manager
                of the Recreation and Park Department, or the General Manager of the Public Utilities
                Commission, respectively, to enforce this Article 39 on property under the jurisdiction of
                the Port, Recreation and Park, or the Public Utilities Commission, respectively; or

 

        (3)    any peace officer authorized under California Penal Code Section 830.1(a)

 

                An officer or employee of the Department designated by the Director to enforce
                this Article may refer possible violations occurring on Port, Recreation and Park, or Public
                Utilities property to designated  enforcement officers from those departments, who
                shall have primary responsibility for enforcement of  the Article on properties under their
                respective jurisdictions.

 

(f)    "Park Property." All grounds, roadways, avenues, squares, recreation facilities, and
        other property placed under the control, management and direction of the Recreation and
        Park Commission by the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco, and the open
        space on the blocks bounded by Market, Folsom, Third and Fourth Streets which is under
        the control, management and direction of the Redevelopment Agency of the City and County
        of San Francisco, otherwise known as the "Yerba Buena Gardens."

 

        "Park Property" shall also include property under the jurisdiction of the Port of San Francisco
        that the Port Commission has designated for inclusion under this Article 39, and property
        under the jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Commission that the General Manager of the
        Public Utilities Commission has designated for inclusion under this Article 39.

 

(g)     "Tax Collector." The Tax Collector of the City and County of San Francisco.

 

        It shall be unlawful for any person to walk four or more dogs at any one time for consideration
        on Park Property without first having obtained a permit under this Article from the Director of
        the Animal Care and Control Department.

SEC. 3902  PERMIT REQUIRED.

It shall be unlawful for any person to walk four or more dogs at any one time for consideration on Park Property without first having obtained a permit under this Article from the Director of the Animal Care and Control Department.

SEC. 3909  DIRECTOR'S REGULATIONS.

The Director may, after a noticed public hearing, adopt administrative regulations supplemental to this Article 39 and not in conflict therewith. Except in cases of emergency, the regulations shall become effective no sooner than 10 days after adoption by the Director.

SEC. 3913  OPERATIVE DATE; PUBLIC EDUCATION.

The provisions of this Article 39 shall become operative and enforceable on January 1, 2013. The Director may postpone the operative date, not beyond July 1, 2013, by posting a notice on the Department's website, if the Director determines that the City needs additional time to successfully implement the provisions of this Article. During the period between the effective date of the ordinance adopting these provisions and the operative date, the Director and the Department shall conduct a public outreach and education campaign to alert dog walkers and the public about the requirements of this Article.

Last updated: 1/10/2014 10:31:00 AM