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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 15.77 Division V Graffiti

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DIVISION V. OFFENSES AGAINST PROPERTY

Chapter 15.77
Graffiti

Sections:

15.77.010 Definitions.
15.77.020 Provisions to govern abatement proceedings.
15.77.030 Graffiti prohibited.
15.77.040 Abatement procedure--Private property.
15.77.050 Abatement--Billing for costs.
15.77.060 Right of entry.
15.77.070 Authorization to designate agent.
15.77.080 Enforcement.
15.77.090 Penalty for violation.

15.77.010 Definitions.

As used in this ordinance:

"Forestry Commissioner" means the Forestry Commissioner of the City of St. Louis or his designated employee.

"Graffiti" means any unauthorized inscription, word, figure, picture, or design that is sprayed, marked, posted, pasted or otherwise affixed, drawn, or painted on any surface of public or private property. Graffiti shall not mean a sign lawfully erected and maintained as required by other ordinances.
(Ord. 66934 2, 2005.)

15.77.020 Provisions to govern abatement proceedings.

Any ordinance to the contrary notwithstanding, the ordinance codified in this chapter shall govern proceedings for the abatement of nuisance conditions as defined in this chapter.
(Ord. 66934 3, 2005.)

15.77.030 Graffiti prohibited.

A. It is unlawful for any person to place graffiti upon any public or private property within the City of St. Louis.

B. It is unlawful for any person to maintain graffiti that has been placed upon, or allow graffiti to remain upon, any surface within that person's control, possession or ownership when the graffiti is visible from a public street, public alley, other public right-of-way and other public property.

C. Graffiti prohibited under this chapter is hereby declared a public nuisance.
(Ord. 66934 4, 2005.)

15.77.040 Abatement procedure(Private property.

Graffiti nuisances shall be proceeded against as follows:

A. Upon finding a graffiti nuisance on private property, the Forestry Commissioner shall give notice to the property owner as provided in subsection B of this section. If the condition has not been abated within the time provided in that subsection, the Forestry Commissioner is authorized to abate it.

B. Any notice provided for by this section shall specify the address of the property and the graffiti condition existing on the property. Such notice shall be served:

1. By causing such notice to be delivered to the owner or other person in control; or

2. By mailing such notice, first class postage prepaid, to the property owner or other person in control of the property, either at his place of business or residence address in the City or elsewhere. Such notice shall be deemed served seventy-two (72) hours after the mailing of such notice if it is directed to a business or residence address in the City of St. Louis. If the owner or person in control of such property is a nonresident of the City and has no business address in the City, such notice shall be deemed served at the end of such period after the mailing thereof as in the ordinary course of delivery of mail would be required for delivery of such notice.

3. If no mailing address can be determined for the owner or person in control of such property, a copy of such notice shall be posted upon the lot or land in question; such posted notice shall be deemed served at the end of seventy-two (72) hours after the posting thereof.

4. In giving any notice under this chapter, any City official or employee shall proceed in a manner which is both consistent with this chapter and which is reasonably calculated to cause actual notice to reach the property owner or person in control of the property.

5. Such notice shall state that the graffiti must be removed, and that such removal must begin within two (2) days after such notice is served and be completed within five (5) days after such notice is served.

6. If the graffiti nuisance has not been abated within the time provided in this chapter, the Forestry Commissioner or such entity designated by the Forestry Commissioner is authorized to entry the property and abate the nuisance.
(Ord. 66934 5, 2005.)

15.77.050 Abatement--Billing for costs.

The Forestry Commissioner shall bill the owners of any property on which the City abates a nuisance under this chapter for the cost of such abatement. Any such bill for the abatement of a graffiti nuisance which is unpaid ninety (90) days after it is mailed may be referred to the City Counselor or to a collection agency for collection and shall bear interest at the highest rate allowed by law. Any such bill for the abatement of a graffiti nuisance which the Forestry Commissioner has been unable to collect shall be certified to the comptroller who shall prepare a special tax bill for the amount of the cost certified and shall immediately send the special tax bill to the Collector of Revenue for collection as provided in Section 5.08.010, et seq. of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis, and the certified cost shall be collected in the same manner and procedure for collecting real estate taxes. If the certified cost is not paid, the tax bill shall be considered delinquent, and the collection of the delinquent bill shall be governed by the laws governing delinquent and back taxes. The tax bill from the date of its issuance shall be deemed a personal debt against the owner and shall also be a lien on the property until paid.
(Ord. 66934 6, 2005.)

15.77.060 Right of entry.

Any person employed, or contracted with, for the abatement of a nuisance as provided for in this chapter and any agent or employee of such person shall have the right of entry for that purpose into and upon any premises. Any interference with such entry or entry by any police officer, any officer, agent or employee of the Forestry Division or by any representative of the Forestry Commissioner for the purpose of inspection or the discovery or abatement of any nuisance shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
(Ord. 66934 7, 2005.)

15.77.070 Authorization to designate agent.

The Forestry Commissioner is authorized to designate Operation Brightside or its successor as the agency responsible for the notifications to owners or other persons in control of private property and the removal of graffiti provided for in this chapter.
(Ord. 66934 8, 2005.)

15.77.080 Enforcement.

Enforcement of this chapter shall be the joint responsibility of the Forestry Commissioner and Police Department.
(Ord. 66934 9, 2005.)

15.77.090 Penalty for violation.

Any person who shall violate provisions of this chapter shall upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment for a term not to exceed ninety (90) days, or both, at the discretion of the Court. Each day a graffiti nuisance is unabated after notice has been served pursuant to this chapter, is a separate violation.
(Ord. 66934 10, 2005.)

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