City of Scranton, PA
Lackawanna County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Scranton: Art. I, 9-26-1979 as Ch. 3, Art. II, of the 1979 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Littering — See Ch. 305.
[Adopted 9-26-1979 as Ch. 3, Art. I, of the 1979 Code]

§ 140-1 Definitions.

As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BILLPOSTERS
All persons engaged in the business or occupation of posting, by tacking, posting, painting, demonstrating or otherwise, or distributing upon the streets any advertising matter, bills, posters, pictures or any other thing, matter or device whatsoever, advertising the business of any firm or corporation, whether that of merchant, manufacturer, publisher or person engaged in any business or industrial pursuit or of any operas, theaters, shows, circuses or other exhibitions; provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall be construed to apply to the painting of store, office or other signs by sign painters or to the posting of legal notices by public officers or attorneys in the manner and in the places prescribed by law or individuals who are in the business of distributing circulars, almanacs or business cards who place them inside of the doors of dwellings or buildings within the city limits.

§ 140-2 Permit required.

A. 
No person shall be permitted to distribute or circulate printed matter of any character within the city limits before having first registered with the Director of Community Development and upon payment of five dollars ($5.). The Director will issue a permit good for one (1) year to be used only by the person named and transferable only on written authority of the Director.
B. 
Any person detected by any police officer or other official violating this section is to be arrested and disposed of as provided for other similar violations.

§ 140-3 Consent required for posting in public places.

No person shall paint, print, post or in any way affix any picture, bill or advertising matter of any kind upon any post, hydrant, curb, sidewalk or other public improvement in any public ground or street, nor upon any bridge, or part of the same, nor upon public buildings, structures or erections of any kind belonging to the city, nor upon any mast or pole in any street or alley erected or used for supporting or conducting any wire or cable or incidental thereto, nor upon any tree, lamppost or any structure or erection of any kind within the limits of any public street or ground in the city, whether or not the permission therefor has been granted by the owner thereof, unless express consent therefor shall have been first granted by the \Director of the Department of Public Safety.

§ 140-4 Consent for posting on private property.

No person shall paint, print, post or in any way affix any picture, bill or advertising matter of any kind upon any post, fence, billboard, signboard or upon any building or erection or structure of any kind, unless the building or object upon which the same may be placed is the property or under the control of the person so doing, or unless the consent of the owner or the person in control thereof has been obtained.

§ 140-5 Refusing to leave.

Any billposter who enters upon premises owned, leased or rented by another and refuses to leave such premises after having been notified by the owner or occupant of such premises or his agent, to leave the same and not return to such premises shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

§ 140-6 Prohibited where properly posted.

No person shall throw, deposit or distribute any handbill upon any private premises, if requested by anyone thereon not to do so, or if there is placed on such premises a sign bearing the words "No Trespassing," "No Peddlers or Agents," "No Advertisement," or any similar notice, indicating in any manner that the occupants of such premises do not wish to have their right of privacy disturbed or to have any handbills left upon such premises.

§ 140-7 Littering prohibited. [1]

A. 
No person shall loosely scatter or throw any bills or other advertising matter on the surface of any of the public streets or ways or in the public grounds nor within the yards of private residences.
B. 
No billposter or other person shall scatter, daub or leave any paste, glue or other like substance used for affixing bills upon any public sidewalk or pavement, nor scatter or throw any old bills or waste material removed from billboards on the surface of any public street or way, nor on the surface of any private ground.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 305, Littering.

§ 140-8 Obscene matter prohibited.

No billposter or other person shall post or affix any bill or advertisement containing pictures, illustrations or printed matter of any obscene or immoral character.

§ 140-9 License required.

No person shall engage in or carry on the business or occupation of billposting in the city without having first been licensed to carry on such business in accordance with the provisions of this Article.

§ 140-10 Application; fee; bond.

[Amended by Ord. No. 79-1992]
Any person desiring to engage in the business of billposter within said city shall make application, in writing, to the Director of the Department of Community Development of said city for a license so to do and file such application with said Director. The Director may thereupon grant such license and direct that the same be issued to the applicant upon his paying to the City Treasurer the sum of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.) and filing with the Director the Treasurer's receipt therefore, and upon the further condition that the applicant shall file with the City Solicitor a bond in favor of the City of Scranton, with surety to be approved by the City Solicitor, in the penal sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000.), conditioned that the licensee will conform to all ordinances regulating the business of billposters and protect and save harmless said City of Scranton from any and all damages resulting from the erection and construction of any and all billboards. The license shall be signed by the Director of the Department of Community Development.

§ 140-11 Expiration.

[Amended by Ord. No. 79-1992]
The license shall expire on the first Monday of April thereafter.