Chapter 9.48
OBSTRUCTION OR INTERFERENCE WITH FREE PASSAGE

Sections:

9.48.020  Unlawful.

9.48.030  Lying or sitting.

9.48.040  Churches, schools and places of business.

9.48.050  Exceptions as to encroachment permits.

9.48.060  Violations declared misdemeanor – Each day separate offense.

9.48.020  Unlawful.

No person shall stand in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public way open for vehicular or pedestrian travel, or shall otherwise occupy any portion thereof, in such manner as to molest or unreasonably annoy any other person or persons in the vicinity, or so as to obstruct or unreasonably interfere with the free passage of vehicles or persons in public places and places open for the free passage of the public, including the public areas of business buildings, shopping centers and commercial vehicular parking lots. (Ord. 86-8 § 6, 1986; Ord. 408 § 1, 1969).

9.48.030  Lying or sitting.

No person shall sit or lie in or upon any street, sidewalk, or other public way in such manner to unreasonably prevent, delay, hinder, obstruct, or interfere with the free passage of any other persons. The provisions of this section shall not apply to persons sitting on the curb portion of any sidewalk or street while attending or viewing any lawfully conducted parade; nor shall the provisions of this section apply to persons sitting upon benches or other seating facilities lawfully provided for such purpose. (Ord. 408 § 3, 1969).

9.48.040  Churches, schools and places of business.

No person shall block, impede or obstruct any entrance, exit or approach to any hall, church, school or other public place or to any place of business in such manner to unreasonably prevent, hinder, delay, obstruct or interfere with the free passage of any other person who is entering, occupying or leaving any of the aforesaid places, or who is performing any service, or labor, or who is seeking or obtaining employment, or who is purchasing, selling, using, delivering, transporting, or receiving any goods, wares, merchandise, services, entertainment, accommodation, or articles, or who is attempting or seeking to do any of the foregoing; provided, that nothing contained herein shall apply to lawful picketing. (Ord. 408 § 4, 1969).

9.48.050  Exceptions as to encroachment permits.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to encroachments under permits issued pursuant to ordinances of this city. (Ord. 408 § 5, 1969).

9.48.060  Violations declared misdemeanor – Each day separate offense.

Every violation of this chapter is declared to be a misdemeanor. Any person, whether principal, agent, employee or otherwise, who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $500.00, nor less than $25.00, or by imprisonment in the county jail of the county of Sonoma for a term not exceeding six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Such person shall be deemed to be guilty of a separate offense for each and every day during any portion of which any violation of this chapter is committed, continued or permitted by such person, and shall be punishable as herein provided. (Ord. 408 § 6, 1969).