Chapter 11.62
PROHIBITION OF SIGNS OF PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY

Sections:

11.62.010    Purpose of sign prohibition on right-of-way.

11.62.020    Signs prohibited on public right-of-way.

11.62.030    Removal of unlawful signs in public right-of-way.

11.62.040    Penalty for violation of chapter.

11.62.050    Severability.

11.62.010 Purpose of sign prohibition on right-of-way.

The prohibition of signs, except civic banners, portable off-premises real estate open house or directional signs, political signs and sale of household goods signs on all areas of the public right-of-way is hereby declared to be necessary to promote the public health, safety, welfare, convenience and enjoyment of public travel in the city, to protect the public investment in the street systems of the city, to promote aesthetic values within the city and to insure that information in the specific interest of passing motorists is presented safely and effectively. (Ord. 2310 § 2, 2000)

11.62.020 Signs prohibited on public right-of-way.

All signs of any kind temporarily or permanently placed or fixed on the ground, sidewalk, any pole, any structure or other device within the full width of the public right-of-way are prohibited, except civic banners, portable off-premises real estate open house or directional signs, political signs and sale of household goods signs (see LMC Title 21, Zoning, for regulations of these signs); provided directional signs during construction activities or otherwise which are necessary for convenient and safe travel are allowed upon review and approval of city public works department. (Ord. 2310 § 2, 2000)

11.62.030 Removal of unlawful signs in public right-of-way.

The city may remove all signs located in the public right-of-way. Such removed signs shall be stored not less than 30 days by the city for recovery by the owner of such sign. The city shall take all reasonable steps to identify the owner of the removed sign(s) and advise such owner that the sign can be recovered by contacting the city. Should the owner not be identified or should the owner not respond to the notice by the city of such owners right to recover the sign within the 30-day period, the city may destroy or otherwise dispose of the sign(s). (Ord. 1960 § 5, 1993)

11.62.040 Penalty for violation of chapter.

In addition to other powers, any intentional violation of the provisions of this chapter as now or hereafter amended is a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $300.00 or by imprisonment not to exceed 90 days or both. Each day such violation continues shall be considered an additional and separate misdemeanor offense. (Ord. 1960 § 6, 1993)

11.62.050 Severability.

If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, paragraph, phrase or word of this chapter should be held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity or unconstitutionality thereof shall not affect the validity or constitutionality of any other section, subsection, sentence, clause, paragraph, phrase or word of this chapter. (Ord. 1960 § 7, 1993)