City of Kalamazoo, MI
Kalamazoo County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Commission of the City of Kalamazoo as indicated in section histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Display of City flag for advertising purposes — See § 2-2.
Restrictions on advertising signs at filling stations — See § 14-4.
Use of loudspeakers or sound trucks for commercial or advertising purposes — See §§ 21-9, 21-10.
Littering — See § 22-10.
Provisions of traffic code relative to throwing or dropping objects from vehicles — See § 36-14.
Commercial advertising not to be displayed on parking meters — See § 36-175(f).
Signs — See App A, Ch. 7.
STATUTORY REFERENCES
False advertising -- See MSA § 28.222; MCLA § 750.33.

§ 3-1 Posting advertising matter on City property.

[Derived from P&L Code § PL1208.6; amended 9-17-2001 by Ord. No. 1725]
Unless expressly permitted by the City Commission, it shall be unlawful for any person to place, fasten or put, or cause to be placed, fastened or put any advertisement, poster, sign, handbill or placard of any kind upon anything belonging to the City or upon anything which exists on or in City property, including alleys, streets, parks or rights-of-way; it shall also be unlawful, unless expressly permitted by the City Commission, for any person to paint, mark, write, print or impress any sign, mark, advertisement or character of any kind upon anything belonging to the City or upon anything which exists on or in City property, including alleys, streets, parks or rights-of-way. For the purpose of this section, “place” and “put” shall not include the temporary placement of an advertisement, poster, sign, handboard or placard in manner contrary to how such an item would typically be positioned for public viewing (such as being placed horizontally or leaned with its blank side facing out) so long as said item, as placed, does not create a traffic hazard by obstructing vision.

§ 3-2 Posting advertising matter on property of another.

[Derived from P&L Code § PL1208.7; amended 9-17-2001 by Ord. No. 1725]
Unless expressly permitted by the owner, occupant or person in lawful possession of said property, it shall be unlawful for any person to place, fasten or put, or cause to be placed, fastened or put any advertisement, poster, sign, handbill or placard of any kind upon the property of another; it shall also be unlawful, unless expressly permitted by the owner, occupant or person in lawful possession of said property, for any person to paint, mark, write, print or impress any mark, sign or other character for advertising purposes, upon the property of another.

§ 3-3 Posting and removal of circus bills.

[Derived from B&H Code § BH1202.8]
Circus bills may be posted only on an existing sign structure or poster panel and must be removed within 10 days after the last performance advertised thereon. For the purpose of this section, the terms “sign structure” and “poster panel” shall have the meanings ascribed to them in § 29-2 of this Code.

§ 3-4 Placing advertising matter in or on parked vehicles.

[Derived from P&L Code § PL1208.8]
It shall be unlawful for any person to place, fasten or put, or cause to be placed, fastened or put, any advertisement, handbill, poster, card, sign or other advertising matter in or upon any automobile, truck, bus or other vehicle parked or standing in or upon any of the public streets, alleys or public places of the City, without the consent of the owner of such automobile, truck or other vehicle.

§ 3-5 Throwing advertising matter from vehicle or airplane.

[Derived from P&L Code § PL1208.9]
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw or scatter, from any wagon, vehicle, airplane or other conveyance, any advertising circular, card, handbill, paper or other material used solely for advertising articles for sale.

§ 3-6 Deposit of advertising matter on streets or other public places.

[Derived from P&L Code § PL1208.10]
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw or deposit, or cause to be thrown or deposited, in any public place, street or alley, or from any store window, within the City, any paper or other matter advertising articles for sale.

§ 3-7 Injuring, destroying, etc., structures used for advertising purposes.

[Derived from P&L Code § PL1208.11]
No person shall, in any manner, injure, molest, disturb or destroy any structure or part of a structure erected for bill posting or advertising purposes, except by order of the City Commission or City Manager, nor shall any person tear, injure or deface any paper, card, painting or other article placed on such structure for advertising purposes.

§ 3-8 Obscene, indecent, etc., advertising.

[Derived from P&L Code § PL205]
No person shall post, place, expose to public view or distribute, within the limits of the City, any obscene, vulgar, immoral or indecent advertising matter, poster, handbill, placard, billboard, sign or other thing, for any purpose whatsoever.

§ 3-9 False and misleading advertising.

[Derived from P&L Code § PL601]
It shall be unlawful for any person, in any newspaper, magazine, circular, form, letter, or any open publication published, distributed or circulated in the City, or on any billboard, sign, card, label or other advertising medium, or by means of any electric sign, window sign, showcase display, or by any advertising device, or by public outcry, proclamation or conversation to or with a considerable number of persons, to make or disseminate, or cause to be made or disseminated, any statement or assertion of fact in relation to modifying, explaining or in any manner concerning any merchandise offered for sale, barter or trade, or any services, professional or otherwise, offered to be furnished, which statement or assertion of fact takes the form of or has the appearance of, or which is intended to commend such merchandise or service to the public or to a considerable number of persons, and which statement or assertion is untrue in any respect or calculated to mislead or misinform.