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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 15.18 Division II Discrimination Practices Part III

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Division II. Discrimination

Chapter 15.18
Discrimination Practices
PART III. REAL ESTATE SIGNS

Sections:

15.18.155 Prohibited.
15.18.160 Administration.
15.18.165 Prosecution.
15.18.170 Application for sign use.
15.18.175 Sign size and contents.
15.18.180 Permit.
15.18.185 Appeal.
15.18.190 Penalty for violation of Section 15.18.155.
15.18.195 Applicability.

For other regulations, see Ch. 15.90

Prior history: Ch. 741, 1960 code.

15.18.155 Prohibited.

Notwithstanding Chapter 15.90, it is unlawful for any person to place any sign on property, public or private, located in zoning districts A, B, C, or D, which indicates that any property in such zoning district is "for sale," "open" for inspection, or otherwise available for purchase, or that any property in such zoning district has been "sold," either directly by or from the owner or by or through a real estate agent or broker.
(Ord. 55382 1, 1969.)

Cases:

Ordinance prohibiting "for sale," "open," and "sold" signs within certain zoning districts was constitutional. Howe v. City of St. Louis, 512 S.W. 2d 127 (1974).

15.18.160 Administration.

The administration of this part shall be the responsibility of the Council on Human Relations. The Anti-discrimination Division shall have full operating responsibility under the supervision of the Council for carrying out the provisions of this part. In addition to any powers or duties conferred on the Council it shall have the power and duty to:

A. Initiate on its own or receive, investigate and seek to adjust all complaints or discriminatory practices prohibited by this part;

B. By itself or through its Anti-discrimination Division, to hold public or private hearings, subpoena witnesses and compel their attendance, administer oaths, take the testimony of any person under oath relating to any matter under investigation or in question. The Council may make rules as to the procedure for the issuance of subpoenas by the Anti-discrimination Division. Contumacy or refusal to obey a subpoena issued pursuant to this section may be certified to a City court for appropriate action.
(Ord. 55382 2 (a), 1969.)

15.18.165 Prosecution.

Upon certification by the Division the City Counselor may, if in his judgment the violation appears clear and the proof thereof available, institute a charge in the City Courts against the alleged violator and prosecute the same to final conclusion.
(Ord. 55382 2 (b), 1969.)

15.18.170 Application for sign use.

Notwithstanding Section 15.18.155, the Council shall on the application of the owner of any property, grant such person a numbered permit to place a sign on the subject property if it shall find that the placing of the sign on subject property will not result in or cause a representation that any block, neighborhood, or area has undergone, will or might undergo a change with respect to the religious, racial or nationality composition of the block, neighborhood, or area, which would discourage the purchase or encourage the sale of any property in a particular area because of the real or possible change.
(Ord. 55606 1 (part), 1970: prior Ord. 55382 2 (c, i), 1969.)

15.18.175 Sign size and contents.

Any sign as used in this part shall not exceed four square feet in surface area and shall indicate only that the property is "for sale"; that any person may inquire within or a telephone number or the name of a real estate company which may be called and the permit number. The permit for the sign shall be issued only after the payment of a filing fee of five dollars by the applicant.
(Ord. 55606 1 (part), 1970: prior Ord. 55382 2 (c, ii), 1969.)

15.18.180 Permit.

In accordance with this part, the Council may on proper hearing following thirty days public notice thereof, find that the signs will not within a certain specified area, result in the discriminatory representations specified in Section 15.18.170. After the finding and until the finding is altered, amended, or reversed by the Council after proper hearing following thirty days public notice thereof, the permit shall be issued to all applicants within the area, upon payment of the filing fee required in Section 15.18.175.
(Ord. 55606 1 (part), 1970: prior Ord. 55382 2 (c, iii), 1969.)

15.18.185 Appeal.

Any person or persons jointly or severally aggrieved by any decision of the Council may present to the Circuit Court of the City a petition, duly verified, setting forth that the decision is illegal in whole or in part, and specifying the grounds of the illegality. The petition shall be presented to the Court within thirty days after the filing of the Council's decision in the office of the Council with a copy forwarded by mail to the address of the applicant the same day. Upon the presentation of the petition the Court may review such decision of the Council, as provided by law for the review of administrative decisions.
(Ord. 55606 1 (part), 1970: prior Ord. 55382 2 (c, iv), 1969.)

15.18.190 Penalty for violation of Section 15.18.155.

Any person convicted of a violation of Section 15.18.155 shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars and not more than two hundred fifty dollars or by imprisonment for ten days or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(Ord. 55382 3, 1969.)

15.18.195 Applicability.

Nothing in this part shall prohibit any person, from advertising the availability of any property for purchase in any newspaper, or radio, or television, nor shall it preclude signs indicating the availability of rental or lease space of any property.
(Ord. 55382 4, 1969.)

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