Tuesday, March 16, 2010

San Francisco's 'Sit/Lie' Ordinance

BOMA San Francisco Members:

Please take a moment to review the recently introduced 'sit/lie' ordinance, here, that would amend the San Francisco Police Code to prohibit sitting or lying on a public sidewalk during specified hours.  Specifically, this version of the ordinance:

  • Prohibits sitting or lying upon a public sidewalk, or upon a blanket, chair, stool, or any other object placed upon a public sidewalk during the hours between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
    • Exceptions
      • A medical emergency;
      • Use of a wheelchair, walker, or similar devise as the result of a disability;
      • Commercial establishment on a public sidewalk with applicable permit;
      • Participating/attending a parade, festival, performance, rally, demonstration, meeting or similar event conducted on the sidewalk with applicable permit;
      • Sitting on a fixed chair or bench located on the public sidewalk supplied by a public agency or by the abutting private property owner;
      • Sitting in line for goods or services unless the person or person's possession impede the ability of pedestrians to travel along the length of the sidewalk or enter a doorway or other entrance alongside the sidewalk;
      • A child seated in a stroller.

Please email Ken Cleaveland, BOMA San Francisco's Director of Government and Public Affairs, at kenc@boma.com with your feedback.

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