Chapter 9.36


9.36.020    Sitting or lying down on public street – Penalty.

9.36.020 Sitting or lying down on public street – Penalty.

A. It is unlawful for any person or persons to sit or lie down upon a public street or sidewalk, or upon a blanket, chair, stool, or any other object placed upon a public street or sidewalk during the hours between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the commercial zone districts of the city.

B. The prohibition in subsection (A) of this section shall not apply to any person:

1. Sitting or lying down on a public sidewalk or street due to a medical emergency;

2. Who, as a result of a disability, utilizes a wheelchair, walker, or similar device to move about the public street or sidewalk;

3. Operating or patronizing a commercial establishment conducted on the public street or sidewalk pursuant to a right-of-way permit; or a person participating in or attending a parade, festival, rally, demonstration, meeting or similar event conducted on the public street or sidewalk pursuant to any applicable permit;

4. Sitting on a chair or bench located on the public sidewalk which is supplied by a public agency or by the abutting private property owner; and

5. Sitting on a public sidewalk within a bus stop zone while waiting for public or private transportation.

C. No person shall be cited under this section unless the person engages in conduct prohibited by this section after having been notified by a law enforcement or city official that the conduct violates this section.

D. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a civil infraction. Each day of violation after written notice of the violation has been served upon the alleged violator shall be a separate civil infraction in any sum not exceeding $100.00. [Ord. 1443 § 1 (Att. A), 2013; Ord. 115 § 2, 1913.]

V. Offenses Against Property