City of Ithaca, NY
Tompkins County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Ithaca as Ch. 65, Art. II, of the 1974 Municipal Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 128.
Assemblies and parades — See Ch. 132.
Commons — See Ch. 157.
Dogs and other animals — See Ch. 164.
Noise — See Ch. 240.
Shopping carts — See Ch. 268.
Streets and sidewalks — See Chs. 285 and 342.
Recreational vehicles — See Ch. 316.
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 336.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 346.
[Amended 2-3-1999 by Ord. No. 99-1]
A. 
No person, other than the owner, shall by any means affix, mark, or place or cause to be placed, or hire or direct any other person to so place any sign, poster, notice or advertisement on City property or upon any publicly or privately owned tree, pole, sidewalk, or structure thereon situated, other than such signs as may be needed by the companies or institutions owning or operating such site and other than such public notice as may be authorized or required by law, without the written consent or the posted invitation of the property owner.
B. 
No person, other than the owner, shall by any means affix, mark or place, or cause to be so placed or hire or direct any other person to place any sign, poster, advertisement, notice or other matter upon private property except with written permission of the owner of said property and in accordance with all other provisions of this municipal code.
C. 
Where the sign, poster, advertisement, notice or other matter consists of a commercial advertisement, it shall be presumed that the vendor of the specified product, service or entertainment is a person who placed such advertisement or caused it to be placed upon the property. For the purposes of this section, the term "vendor" shall mean all persons and/or legal entities who are intended to benefit financially from such advertisement.
D. 
Where the sign, poster, advertisement, notice or other matter consists of a noncommercial advertisement, it shall be presumed that the organizer or sponsor of the specified event, service entertainment, or group is a person who placed such advertisement or caused it to be placed upon the property. For the purposes of this section, the term "organizer" or "sponsor" shall mean all persons and/or legal entities who are involved in organizing or sponsoring this event.
E. 
Any person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment of not more than 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment, provided that the penalty shall be not less than $80 for a second offense within a twelve-month period, and not less than $100 for a third offense within a twelve-month period. Each day on which the violation exists may be charged and shall be considered as a separate offense.
F. 
If any clause, sentence, paragraph, word, section or part of this section shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, section or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.[2]
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Editor's Note: Original § 65.23, Curfew, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 8-5-1992 by L.L. No. 3-1992.
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Editor's Note: Original § 65.21, Prohibited activities in streets and parks, which immediately preceded this section and was amended 8-17-1977 by Ord. No. 77-9, was repealed 8-5-1992 by L.L. No. 3-1992.
No person shall willfully annoy the occupants of any building by knocking or rattling at the door, window or gate thereof or by ringing the doorbell or in any other manner.
[Amended 8-9-1978 by Ord. No. 78-12; 1-29-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-3]
No person shall bathe in, swim in, or for purposes of swimming and/or bathing enter any of the waters within the City of Ithaca except in those waters officially designated as swimming or bathing waters.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original § 65.26, Fortunetellers, clairvoyants and similar pursuits, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 8-5-1992 by L.L. No. 3-1992.
[Amended 4-1-1998 by Ord. No. 98-4]
A. 
Property generally. No person shall willfully and maliciously injure or deface in any way property, public or private, whether a building, fence, tree, shrubbery, ornament or other thing.
B. 
Monuments. No person shall deface, displace, remove or in any manner injure or destroy any monument in the City cemetery or any other public place within the city.
C. 
Street barriers, danger lights and parking signs. No person shall, without authority, remove or interfere with barriers which may be erected upon the streets or public places of the City or any danger lights which may be used in connection with such barriers or with any parking signs or other devices placed in a public place for the direction and guidance of public traffic.
A. 
City cemetery. No person shall loiter within the limits of the City cemetery.
B. 
Buildings. No person shall loiter in or around any public buildings or obstruct corridors, stairways or doorways so as to prevent free access by members of the public, officers or employees.
C. 
Streets. No person shall, by his/her presence or by means, either alone or in consort with others, loiter and obstruct unnecessarily the true movement of the public in and along public streets and sidewalks or unnecessarily interfere with public officials or employees in the exercise of their duties.
[Amended 6-2-1976 by Ord. No. 76-4; 5-2-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-05]
No person shall park or permit to be parked any automobile or other vehicle upon private property without the consent of the owner or lessee. Any parcel of land not conspicuously marked "municipal parking" or "public parking" shall be deemed to be private property with regard to this section. Notwithstanding § 250-10 of this chapter, any violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $30 and not more than $250.
No person shall enter any public toilet designated for use by one of the opposite sex unless he/she is the regular caretaker thereof.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original § 65.31, Improper use of telephone, and § 65.32, Noise and disturbances, which immediately followed this section, were repealed 8-5-1992 by L.L. No. 3-1992.
[Added 7-11-1990 by Ord. No. 90-6; amended 3-6-1991 by Ord. No. 91-8]
A. 
No person shall urinate or defecate in a public place except in a rest room facility. For the purpose of this section, "public place" shall mean any place to which the public or a substantial group of persons has access, and includes but is not limited to highways, pedestrian malls, streets, sidewalks, parking areas, municipal parking ramps, other transportation facilities, pools, places of amusement, parks, playgrounds and hallways, lobbies and other portions of apartment houses and hotels not constituting rooms or apartments designed for actual residence.
B. 
The violation of this section shall be a violation and shall be punishable by a fine not greater than $250 and/or not more than 15 days in jail, and not less than $100 or 25 hours of community service, provided that a person who violates this section after having been convicted of a violation of this section within the preceding three years shall be punishable by a fine not greater than $350 and/or not more than 15 days in jail, and not less than $100 or 25 hours of community service, and further provided that a person who violates this section after having been convicted two or more times of a violation of this section within the preceding three years shall be punishable by a fine not greater than $500 and/or not more than 15 days in jail, and not less than $100 or 25 hours of community service.
[Amended 4-1-1998 by Ord. No. 98-4]
[Added 3-1-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-6]
A. 
Findings.
(1) 
The Common Council finds that aggressive solicitation negatively affects the following significant governmental interests:
(a) 
Protection of citizens from physical threats or injury and from damage to property;
(b) 
Prevention of harassment and intimidation of members of the public;
(c) 
Prevention of violent crimes;
(d) 
Traffic control and public safety.
(2) 
The Common Council finds that aggressive solicitation is extremely disturbing and disruptive to the public and contributes to a loss of access to and enjoyment of a public place and to an enhanced sense of fear, intimidation and disorder. This section is intended to combat the negative effects of aggressive solicitation. It is not intended to limit any persons from exercising their constitutional right to solicit funds, picket, protest or engage in other constitutionally protected activity.
B. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AGGRESSIVE MANNER
Any of the following:
(1) 
Without invitation, consent or acquiescence by the person being solicited, speaking to that person in a manner which is intended to cause that person, or is likely to cause a reasonable person, to fear bodily harm to one's self or to another;
(2) 
Without invitation, consent or acquiescence by the person touched, intentionally touching another person during an act of soliciting;
(3) 
Without invitation, consent or acquiescence by the person being solicited, intentionally blocking or interfering with the safe or free passage of a pedestrian or vehicle by any means, including unreasonably causing a pedestrian or vehicle operator to take substantial evasive action to avoid physical contact;
(4) 
Using violent or obscene gestures toward a person solicited;
(5) 
Continuing to solicit from a person or continuing to engage that person after the person has given a negative response to such soliciting or after that person walks away from the person soliciting;
(6) 
Following the person being solicited, while continuing to solicit.
PUBLIC PLACE
A place owned by a municipality, including but not limited to street or highway; public parking lot; public plaza; public transportation structure, facility or vehicle; public park or playground; public sidewalk; and the Ithaca Commons.
SOLICITING
Asking, verbally or nonverbally, for money or objects of value in a public place, with the intention that the money or object be transferred at that time and at that place. However, this section is not intended to proscribe any demand for payment for services rendered or goods delivered; nor does this section or the definition of "solicitation" proscribe fixed advertising attached to an existing premises, or signs and/or written material allowed under any other applicable City ordinance, regulation, license or permit.
C. 
Prohibited act. No person shall solicit in an aggressive manner in any public place.
D. 
Penalties for offenses. Any violation of the provisions of this section shall be punishable as a civil offense in accordance with § 1-1 of the City of Ithaca Municipal Code.
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Editor's Note: Former § 250-9, Curfew, added 8-5-1992 by Ord. No. 92-10, expired 6-16-1993, pursuant to a resolution of the Common Council passed 5-5-1992.
[Amended 8-5-1992 by L.L. No. 3-1992; 4-1-1998 by Ord. No. 98-4]
Except as otherwise provided in this chapter or the Penal Law, any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be punished as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Art. I, Penalties.
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Editor's Note: This section was originally included as § 250-9 but was redesignated as § 250-10 by Ord. No. 92-10, adopted 8-5-1992.