City of Erie, PA
Erie County
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CROSS REFERENCES
Advertising on wire-supporting poles — See S.U. & P.S. 925.20, 925.21.
Deposit of garbage or rubbish — See S.U. & P.S. 951.06, 975.01.
[Ord. 33-1966 § 1, passed 8-3-1966]
No person shall post, stick, stamp, paint or otherwise fix, or cause the same to be done by any person, any notice, placard, bill, card, poster, advertisement or other paper or 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 or public place, or any lamppost, electric light, telegraph or telephone pole, railway structure, hydrant, shade tree or tree box, or upon the piers, columns, trusses, girders, railings, gates or other parts of any public bridge or viaduct or other public structure or building, or upon any pole, box or fixture of the fire alarm or police telegraph system, except such as may be authorized or required by the laws of the United States or the State, and the ordinances, rules and regulations of the City.
[Ord. 33-1966 § 2, passed 8-3-1966]
The posting, sticking, stamping, painting or otherwise affixing, or causing the same to be done, of any notice, placard, bill, card, poster, advertisement or other paper or device calculated to attract the attention of the public to or upon any sidewalk, crosswalk, curb or curbstone, flagstone or other portion or part of any public way or public place, or on any lamppost, electric light, telegraph or telephone pole, railway structure, hydrant, shade tree or tree box, or upon the piers, columns, trusses, girders, railings, gates or other parts of any public bridge or viaduct or other public structure or building, or upon any pole, box or fixture of the fire alarm or police telegraph system, except such as may be authorized or required by the laws of the United States or the State, and the ordinances, rules and regulations of the City, are declared to be a nuisance.
[Ord. 57-1977 § 1, passed 8-10-1977]
(a) 
No corporation, partnership, firm, association or other entity, its agents, servants, employees or representatives, or person shall cast or place in the streets of the City, or upon pavements, sidewalks or footways thereof, or into vestibules, yards or upon the porches of any dwelling or other outbuilding within the City, any papers, advertisements, handbills, circulars, wastepapers or sample of any description without lawful authority or consent, express or implied from the owner. No corporation, partnership, firm, association or other entity, its agents, servants, employees or representatives, or person, other than the owner, shall affix or attach to the doors, walls, windows, columns, trusses, railings, gates, fences, lamp posts, decorative fixtures of any kind or any other part of any dwelling or any outbuilding within the City, any papers, advertisements, handbills, circulars, wastepapers or samples of any description, without lawful authority or consent, express or implied from the owner. Nothing herein contained shall be held to apply to newspapers, mailed matter or addressed envelopes, or signs indicating the availability of property for sale or rent.
(b) 
Every corporation, partnership, firm, association or other entity, its agents, servants, employees or representatives, or any individual engaging in the business or practice of distributing advertisement door to door in the City shall include in their deliveries a notice advising the recipients of such advertisements that they may request that such deliveries be canceled. Such notice shall contain the name and address of the entity or individual making the distribution and the telephone number where the request for cancellation can be made. No corporation, partnership, firm, association or other entity, its agents, servants, employees or representatives, and no individual shall make further deliveries of advertisements to the property of any resident of the City once that resident has requested that delivery be stopped.
(c) 
No corporation, partnership, firm, association or other entity, its agents, servants, employees or representatives, nor any person, shall enter into or onto any building or improved real estate for the purpose of depositing any material, substance, refuse or other article or thing whatsoever without lawful authority or consent, express or implied from the owner.
(d) 
All persons making deliveries to residents of the City, whether employed by a private firm, government agency or government supported corporation, including letter carriers, shall use sidewalks or accepted and approved walkways when making deliveries and shall refrain from traversing lawns or other private property not normally used as a walkway by the general public.
[Ord. 60-1977 § 1, passed 8-24-1977; Ord. 25-1978 § 1, passed 6-28-1978]
(a) 
Definitions. Unless it appears from the context that a different meaning is intended, the following words shall have the meanings given them in this section:
(1) 
CITY — The City of Erie, Pennsylvania.
(2) 
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS — The Director of Public Works of the City of Erie, Pennsylvania.
(3) 
PERSON — Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
(4) 
POLITICAL CAMPAIGN SIGN — Any bill, poster, placard, handbill, flyer, painting, sign or other similar object in any form whatsoever which contains written or printed matter in words, symbols or pictures or any combination thereof.
(b) 
Posting on public right-of-way prohibited. It is unlawful for any person to post a political campaign sign on or over any public property in the City.
(c) 
Posting time limits. It is unlawful for any person to post a political campaign sign more than 90 days prior to an election for which the sign is posted and to fail to remove a political campaign sign within 30 days after the election for which the sign was posted.
(d) 
Removal of illegal signs. The Director of Public Works, or his authorized agents, shall remove any political campaign sign found posted within the City limits that is in violation of this section.
(e) 
Authority of Public Works Director. For the purpose of removing political campaign signs, the Director of Public Works, or his authorized agents, are empowered to enter upon the property where the signs are posted, and the Director is further empowered to enlist the aid or assistance of any other department of the City and to secure legal process to the end that all such signs shall be expeditiously removed from any property where posted in violation of this section.
(f) 
Removal procedure. When the Director or his agents shall find that a political campaign sign has been posted in violation of this section, he shall attempt to contact the candidate, committee or person responsible for posting such sign. If successful, he shall give 24 hours advance telephonic notice of his intention to remove the sign, indicating the nature of the violation and the location of the sign. If, after such notification, the illegal sign remains in violation, the Director or his agents shall remove such sign and store it in a safe location. If, after reasonable diligence, the Director is unable to contact the candidate, committee or person responsible for the sign, he may dispense with the notice requirement and remove the sign, storing it in a safe place.
(g) 
Storage, notice and return. If the Director or his agents remove any political campaign sign, he shall keep a record of the location from which the sign was removed. He shall store the sign in a safe place for at least 90 days, and shall immediately notify by telephone the candidate, committee or person responsible for the posting of the sign, indicating the fact of removal and the location where it may be retrieved. If the Director is unable to make telephone contact, he shall provide written notice, if the address of the candidate, committee or person is known or can be ascertained. The Director shall return any political campaign sign upon the payment of $5 for each sign, to cover the costs of removal, notice and storage.
(h) 
Sign removal charge. The City shall be entitled to receive the sum of $5 for every political campaign sign removed by the Director to cover the expenses of removal, notice and storage. In cases where unusual effort is needed to remove a sign, such as the cutting or removal of supporting structures, use of aerial devices, towing of trailer signs, or other unusual situation, the City shall collect from the person responsible a sum sufficient to cover the costs and hourly wages of the employees so utilized.
(i) 
Persons responsible. In a campaign for political office, the candidate for such office shall be deemed responsible for the posting of his political signs, unless he first notifies the City Clerk and the Director that another person is responsible. In such case, the candidate shall provide the name, address, telephone number and signed consent of such other responsible person. In a campaign regarding a ballot measure, the president of the committee supporting or opposing such ballot measure shall be deemed responsible, unless he first notifies the City Clerk and Director of some other person responsible in the manner herein described. The candidate, or in the case of a ballot measure, the committee president, or other responsible person if so designated, shall be liable to pay any fees or costs for the removal and storage of such illegal signs, as set forth herein. Further, such candidate, committee president or other responsible person shall be subject to criminal prosecution for violation of this section.
(j) 
Illegal signs a public nuisance. Political campaign signs posted in violation of this section are hereby declared to be a public nuisance and may be abated by the City. The collection of removal fees shall not preclude the City from criminally prosecuting any person in violation of this section.
[Ord. 33-1966 § 4, passed 8-3-1966; Ord. 25-1978 § 1, passed 6-28-1978]
(a) 
Whoever violates any provision of this article where another penalty is not otherwise provided is guilty of a summary offense and shall be fined not more than $300 or imprisoned not more than 90 days, or both.
(b) 
Whoever violates any provision of Section 713.04 is guilty of a summary offense and shall be fined $50.