Sign Ordinances - Artesia

City of Artesia

18747 Clarkdale Ave.
Artesia, CA 90701
Phone: 562-865-6262
Website: http://www.cityofartesia.us/

Prohibition of Temporary Signs on Public Property

  • (a) Prohibition. No person shall paint, mark, post or otherwise affix any handbill or sign to or upon any sidewalk, crosswalk, street, curb, curbstone, street lamp post, traffic signal post, traffic signal switching box, fire hydrant, tree, shrub, tree stake or guard, electric light or power pole, or wire appurtenant thereof or upon any lighting system, public bridge, street sign, traffic sign or other structure or fixture within the public right-of-way. The use of human beings or animals, live or simulated, as signs is also prohibited.
  • (b) Removal.
  • (1) Any handbill or sign found posted or otherwise affixed upon any public or utility property contrary to the provisions of this section may be removed by any company, utility, organization, or individual owning or responsible for maintaining that property, the Sheriff’s Department or the City. The person responsible for any such illegal posting shall be liable for the cost incurred in the removal thereof, and the City Manager is authorized to effect the collection of said cost incurred by the City of Artesia.
  • (2) The City Manager shall determine the verifiable costs to the City incurred in removing handbills and signs pursuant to this section. Such costs shall include, but not be limited to, direct labor, material and equipment costs, as well as departmental and general City overhead costs attributable to the removal of signs. Prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the City may adopt a schedule of charges which persons responsible for the illegal posting of handbills and signs are required to pay pursuant to this subsection, based on those costs.
  • (3) Persons billed for the costs of removing handbills or signs may appeal such cost assessments to the City Council in accordance with rules adopted by the City Council.
  • (c) For purposes of this section, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that: (i) the real estate agent, broker, brokerage firm or other person whose name or telephone number appears on the handbill or sign is the person responsible for posting a handbill or sign advertising property for sale, lease or rent; (ii) the candidate seeking office is the person responsible for posting a handbill or sign promoting the candidate for public office; (iii) the owner, or lessee if the property is leased, of property used for a yard or garage sale is the person responsible for posting a handbill or sign advertising a yard or garage sale; (iv) the owner, or lessee if the property is leased, of property used for a commercial activity or event is the person responsible for posting a handbill or sign advertising the subject commercial activity or event; (v) the person whose name, telephone number or address appears as the sponsor for a sporting event, concert, theatrical performance, or similar activity or event is the person responsible for posting a handbill or sign advertising the subject activity or event; and (vi) the person whose name, telephone number or address appears as the person to contact on any handbill or sign posted is the person responsible for posting the same.
  • (d) Exceptions.
  • (1) Nothing in this section shall apply to the painting of house or street address numbers upon curbs done under permits issued by the City.
  • (2) Nothing in this section shall prohibit the installation of signs on or between street lighting posts provided the sign is a part of a program sponsored by the City and such signs and locations are approved by the City.
  • (3) Nothing in this section shall prohibit the posting of signs authorized pursuant to other provisions of this Code. (Ord. 159, § 76.13; Ord. 512, § 7; Ord. 632, § 8; Ord. 12-785, § 17)
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