Chapter 12.48


12.48.010    Permit – Required.

12.48.020    Permit – When Authorized.

12.48.030    Permit – Application – Liability Insurance.

12.48.040    Permit – Conditions.

12.48.050    Violation – Penalty.

12.48.010 Permit – Required.

It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to erect or maintain any street banner or decoration over or across the roadway portion of any County road or alley except when authorized by a special temporary street banner permit issued pursuant to a proper application and subject to the conditions and regulations stated in this Chapter. (Prior Code § 35.16.010)

12.48.020 Permit – When Authorized.

The County Engineer is authorized to issue a special temporary street banner permit for the temporary erection of street banners or decorations used to advertise or promote projects of community or sectional or regional fairs or celebrations, Christmas decorations or projects of community clubs or other affairs that may be of interest to the entire community. (Prior Code § 35.16.020)

12.48.030 Permit – Application – Liability Insurance.

A.    Before any special temporary street banner permit shall be issued, the applicant shall file an application for the same with the County Engineer, together with a detailed plan of the proposed street banner showing its location, size, height above roadway, materials of construction, size of supporting cables and anchors, and the proposed wording and/or display of the banner; provided, however, that a special temporary street banner permit may be issued for the erection of Christmas or similar decorations without a detailed plan when a general description of the decorations and their method of support is filed with the application.

B.    Before any special temporary street banner permit shall be issued, the applicant must file with the County Engineer a Certificate of Insurance issued by a company authorized to do business in the State of Washington, naming Pierce County as an additional insured with minimum public liability bodily injury limits of $500,000.00 per person and per occurrence and minimum property damage limits of $250,000.00 per occurrence that will protect the applicant and Pierce County for injury, death or damage arising out of any one accident or occurrence caused by the erection or maintenance of such street banner or decoration. The Certification of Insurance must be approved by the Finance Department.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 91-51 § 1, 1991; prior Code § 35.16.030)

12.48.040 Permit – Conditions.

Any special temporary street banner permit issued pursuant to this Chapter shall be subject to the following regulations, in addition to any specially recommended by the County Engineer after studying the plan:

A.    Such street banners or decorations shall not advertise or promote the sale of any product or commodity.

B.    The street banners or decorations shall be erected and maintained with a minimum clearance of 20 feet from the road below.

C.    The street banners or decorations shall not interfere with the clear view of any traffic light or traffic control sign or device.

D.    A special temporary street banner permit shall be valid only for a period of 15 days following the date of issuance; provided, however, that the County Engineer may extend the time, not more than 30 days, if inspection indicates that the original installation of the banner and the condition of the banner is safe for continued use.

E.    Such street banners shall be constructed from a good grade of canvas or similar material that will not stretch or distort out of shape. They shall be supported by steel cables of sufficient size to safely support a wind load of 30 pounds per square foot of exposed area. Such cable shall be anchored to safely carry the loads imposed. They shall not be anchored to any fire escape, existing sign, utility pole, window frame or parapet wall.

(Prior Code § 35.16.040)

12.48.050 Violation – Penalty.

Any person who violates or fails to comply with any of the provisions of this Chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor. (Prior Code § 35.16.050)