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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 20.22 Areaways, Vaults in Streets and Sidewalks

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Chapter 20.22
Areaways, Vaults in Streets and Sidewalks

Sections:

20.22.010 Permit required--For construction or maintenance in streets.
20.22.020 Permit required--Excavation or construction in sidewalks.
20.22.030 Vaults to be covered.
20.22.040 Covers.

20.22.010 Permit required--For construction or maintenance in streets.

No permit for the construction or maintenance of an areaway or vault in any public street, highway or alley may be issued except by the Board of Public Service. The Board may issue a permit only after the owner of the property adjacent to the portion of the public street, highway or alley in which the areaway or vault is proposed to be constructed or maintained has filed with the Board an application for a permit accompanied by copies of complete detailed plans of the proposed areaway or vault, sufficient in number to meet the needs of the Board. Permits shall be subject to the following conditions:

A. The outer face of the walls of the areaways or vaults shall not extend beyond the curb line of the public street or highway;

B. The outer face of the walls of such areaways or vaults in any public alley shall not be more than five feet from the property line of the adjacent property;

C. No areaway or vault shall extend into the entrance of any public alley between the property line and curb line of any public street or highway;

D. The areaway or vault shall be constructed and maintained in accordance with plans filed with and approved by the Board of Public Service;

E. No steps shall be built or placed in the areaway or vault;

F. The City reserves the right to enter the areaway or vault and take the space deemed necessary by the Board of Public Service for any public purpose or use;

G. The permit is subject to revocation at any time by the Board of Public Service.

H. Other reasonable conditions as the Board of Public Service may impose to insure the public safety and protect the public interest.
(Ord. No. 68604, 7, 3-16-2010.)

20.22.020 Permit required--Excavation or construction in sidewalks.

Except as provided in Sections 20.30.010--20.30.030, no person, property owner, agent or builder shall excavate or construct any vault or areaway in the sidewalk area of any public highway and no person, property owner, agent or builder shall cause any such excavation or construction to be made without having previously obtained from the Board of Public Service a permit for excavation or construction. Any person, property owner, agent or builder who violates the foregoing provision or who, having violated such provision and having been notified by the Director of Streets of the violation, fails to remove the areaway or vault and restore the public highway or areaway or vault to conform to the plans approved by the Board of Public Service, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and every day the vault or areaway is allowed to remain or is not changed or altered to conform to the approved plans shall be deemed a separate offense.
(Ord. No. 68604, 7, 3-16-2010.)

20.22.030 Vaults to be covered.

Whoever shall in this City, dig or cause to be dug, in any highway, thoroughfare or sidewalk, a vault, and shall not arch or cover the same over, and secure the grating or covering of the opening thereof, in such manner as to prevent persons, animals and vehicles from falling therein, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(Ord. No. 68604, 7, 3-16-2010.)

20.22.040 Covers.

Any opening in a paved sidewalk leading into an area or vault beneath, or into a cellar, shall be fitted with wood or iron cover or grating, set in flagging even with the surface of the sidewalk. The covering or grating shall have no lock, hinge or any fastening projecting above the sidewalk, and shall be secured in a manner to prevent accident to any one passing over it. Any person who shall fail to comply with the provisions of this section, or who shall leave an opening in a sidewalk uncovered, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(Ord. No. 68604, 7, 3-16-2010.)

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