§ 29.12.


All massage establishments must comply with the following reasonable health and safety requirements:


Toilet rooms shall be provided for patrons in convenient locations.


Construction of rooms used for toilets, as well as rooms used for, tubs, steam baths, and showers shall be made waterproof with hard nonabsorbent materials which are easily cleaned and shall be installed in accordance with the San Francisco Building Code.


Plumbing fixtures in toilet rooms as well as rooms used for, tubs, steam baths, and showers shall be installed in accordance with the San Francisco Plumbing Code.


Urinals may be substituted for toilets after one toilet has been provided.


Doors to toilet rooms shall open inward and be self-closing.


Toilet rooms shall be designated as to the gender accommodated therein.


Handwashing facilities shall be provided within or adjacent to the toilet rooms and shall be equipped with an adequate supply of hot and cold running water under pressure.


Lavatories or wash basins must have soap in a dispenser and sanitary towels.


Handwashing facilities shall be readily accessible to the massage practitioner.


All portions of the massage establishment 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 an approved artificial light and a mechanical operating ventilating system.


Toilet, dressing and massage rooms shall be provided with at least 108 lux (10 foot candles) of light.


All electrical equipment shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of the San Francisco Electrical Code.


A room, enclosure, or designated area shall be provided where patrons can change and store their clothes.


A room, enclosure, or designated area, which is separate from the toilet, massage room(s), steam room, or other common areas shared by the patrons shall be made available for each employee.


Every portion of a massage establishment, including appliances and apparatus, shall be kept clean and operated in a sanitary condition.


Adequate and suitable space shall be provided for storage of clean linens, including but not limited to, sheets, towels, apparel.


Every massage establishment shall provide clean laundered sheets and towels and shall launder them after each use and store them in a sanitary manner.


No towels or sheets shall be laundered or dried in any massage establishment unless such massage establishment is provided with laundry facilities for such laundering and drying.


The massage establishment shall provide smooth, cleanable appropriately labeled receptacles for the storage of soiled linens and paper towels.


The massage establishment shall appropriately bag and dispose of soiled refuse.


Every massage establishment shall thoroughly clean its wet and dry heat rooms, shower compartments, and toilet rooms each business day.


Bathtubs shall be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after each use.


Any room in which a massage establishment provides massage services shall not be used for residential or sleeping purposes; provided, however, that the Director may allow such room to be used for residential or sleeping purposes if the Director finds that the health and safety of the patrons of the massage establishment will not be jeopardized.


Massage practitioners shall not engage in lewd or lascivious acts on the premises of a massage establishment during business hours, including but not limited to: the performance of acts, or simulated acts, of sexual intercourse, masturbation, sodomy, bestiality, copulation (oral, anal or vaginal), flagellation; the actual or simulated caressing or fondling by one adult human being of the anus or genitals of another adult human being; the actual or simulated displaying of the pubic hair, anus, vagina, penis, vulva, buttocks, areola, or any other external genitalia of the human body.


Massage practitioners shall be fully clothed in clean, non-transparent clothing at all times that shall not expose their genitals, pubic area, buttocks or chest, nor shall the operator of a massage business allow or permit any person providing services at the massage establishment to dress in non-conforming clothing.


Massage Establishment interior and exterior doors shall remain unlocked during business hours except in establishments where all practitioners are certified by the CAMTC, when there is no staff available to ensure security for clients and massage staff who are behind closed doors.


No alcoholic beverages or drugs may be sold, served, used, or possessed on the premises of any massage establishment during business hours. “Alcoholic beverage” includes a mixture of one or more alcoholic beverages ingested separately or as a mixture as defined in Section 23004 of the California Business and Professions Code. “Drug” shall include all narcotics, drugs, or controlled substances as defined in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the California Health and Safety Code.


Unless the massage establishment operator and all practitioners are CAMTC certified, the operator of the establishment must post a notice informing the public and victims of human trafficking of telephone hotline numbers to seek help or report unlawful activity in English, Spanish, Cantonese and Vietnamese, and other appropriate languages as determined by the Department in a conspicuous place near the public entrance of the massage establishment or in another conspicuous location in clear view of the public and employees where similar notices are customarily posted pursuant to Cal. Civil Code Section 52.6.


(Added as Sec. 1910 by Ord. 269-03, File No. 030995, App. 12/5/2003; redesignated and amended by Ord. 262-13, File No. 130400, App. 11/27/2013, Eff. 12/27/2013; amended by Ord. 266-13, File No. 130789, App. 11/27/2013, Eff. 12/27/2013)


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