City of Cortland, NY
Cortland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Cortland 8-5-1969 as Ch. 8, Art. III, of the 1969 Code of Ordinance. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Excavations — See Ch. 127.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 138.
Littering — See Ch. 181.

§ 293-1 Prohibited deposits in watercourses.

It shall be unlawful for any person to place, dump, deposit or permit to be placed, dumped or deposited any debris, fill, sand, stone or any other matter, either organic or solid, into any drainage ditch, creek, stream, river or other watercourse or drainage systems located within the City limits.

§ 293-2 Permit required to divert or alter natural flow of water.

It shall be unlawful for any person to fill, obstruct, dam, divert or otherwise change or alter the natural flow of water through any drainage ditch, creek, stream, river or other watercourses or drainage systems located within the City limits, without first securing a permit therefor.

§ 293-3 Application for permit.

Any person may apply for the permit required in Section 8-18 by submitting a written application therefor to the Superintendent of Public Works. The Superintendent of Public Works shall examine the merits of each such application to determine that such act will not be detrimental to the overall drainage system and will not be detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the people of the City.

§ 293-4 Fee.

[Amended 12-15-1979 by Ord. No. 1970-27]
A fee of $25 shall be paid to the City with each application for permit submitted as provided in § 293-3.

§ 293-5 Appeals.

Upon issuance or denial of a permit required as provided in § 293-2 by the Superintendent of Public Works, any aggrieved party may appeal such decision to the Board of Public Works. All appeals must be filed in writing with the Board of Public Works within five days after such decision of the Superintendent of Public Works.

§ 293-6 Applicability.

A. 
This chapter shall apply to all drainage ditches, creeks, streams, rivers or other watercourses or drainage systems which are seasonal in nature, in addition to those carrying water all year.
B. 
This chapter shall not apply to the City, or any of its departments, while acting in the performance of its municipal duties, nor shall this chapter have any effect or regulation upon a state or federal agency.