a. No person shall distribute or cause others to distribute, as defined in Section 10-8-325, commercial advertising material by means of posting, sticking, stamping, tacking, painting or otherwise fixing any sign, notice, placard, bill, card, poster, advertisement or other device calculated to attract the attention of the public, to or upon any sidewalk, crosswalk, curb or curbstone, flagstone or any other portion or part of any public way, lamppost, electric light, traffic light, telegraph, telephone or trolley line pole, hydrant, shade tree or tree-box, or upon the piers, columns, trusses, girders, railings, gates or parts of any public bridge or viaduct, or upon any pole box or fixture of the police and fire communications system, except such as may be required by the laws of the state and the ordinances of the city, or on any bus shelter, except that the city may allow the posting of decorative banners in accordance with Section 10-8-340 below.
b. There shall be a rebuttable presumption that any person, business or entity whose goods, services, or activities are promoted in the commercial advertising matter distributed in violation of this section is a person who distributed it or caused it to be distributed.
c. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be fined not less than $200.00 nor more than $1,000.00 for each offense.
d. In addition, any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be liable to the city for the cost of repair of any damage caused by the hanging, presence or removal of any such sign and for any and all claims arising out of the hanging, presence or removal of any such sign, including any claims relating to signs or the structures upon which they are hung falling on people or property.
(Prior code § 36-30; Amend Coun. J. 7-31-96, p. 26982; Amend Coun. J. 12-4-02, p. 99931, § 7.1; Amend Coun. J. 6-8-05, p. 49253, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 2-7-07, p. 98140, § 1)