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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 20.55 Street Performers

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Chapter 20.55
Street Performers

Sections:

20.55.010 Definitions.
20.55.020 Permit--Required.
20.55.030 Permit--Conditions.
20.55.040 Permit--Display.
20.55.050 Permit--Revocation.
20.55.060 Rules and regulations.
20.55.070 Acceptance of contributions.
20.55.080 Special events.
20.55.090 Violation--Penalty.

20.55.010 Definitions.

The following terms are defined for the purpose of this chapter as follows:

"Perform" includes, but is not limited to, the following activities: acting, singing, pantomime, juggling, magic, dancing and playing musical instruments, radios or other machines or devices for the producing or reproducing of sound.

"Performer" means an individual to whom a permit has been issued for the purpose of performing on the public area.

"Public area" means and includes any public sidewalk, alley, parkway, playgrounds or public right of way or easement located in any nonresidential dwelling district, as so designated in the zoning ordinance, within the City of St. Louis, except the 8th, 11th, 20th, 24th and 27th Wards, Metrolink transit platforms and stations operated by Bi-State Development Agency and any area in which performing is prohibited or otherwise regulated by law.
(Ord. No. 68604, 24, 3-16-2010.)

20.55.020 Permit--Required.

No person may perform in a public area without have obtained a permit issued under Section 20.55.030.
(Ord. No. 68604, 24, 3-16-2010.)

20.55.030 Permit--Conditions.

A. A permit shall be issued by the Director of Streets to each applicant therefor in exchange for a completed application and a fee of $25.00.

B. A completed application for a permit shall contain the applicant's name, address, telephone number and type of performance and shall be signed by the applicant.

C. A permit shall be valid from the date on which it is issued through December 31 of the year in which it is issued.

D. The permit shall be numbered and contain the name of the applicant and the year in which it is issued.

E. A permit shall be nontransferable.

F. Upon issuing a permit, the Director of Streets shall also issue to the performer a printed copy of the ordinance codified in this chapter and a copy of any other ordinance, map or information pertaining to the existing prohibitions and regulations of performers within the City.
(Ord. No. 68604, 24, 3-16-2010.)

20.55.040 Permit--Display.

A performer shall carry and display a permit on said performers person at all times while performing in a public area.
(Ord. No. 68604, 24, 3-16-2010.)

20.55.050 Permit--Revocation.

The Director of Streets may revoke any permit issued under the terms of this chapter if the permit holder violates any provision of this chapter or any permit regulation.
(Ord. No. 68604, 24, 3-16-2010.)

20.55.060 Rules and regulations.

A. A performance may take place in any public area, but only between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

B. A performer may not block the passage of the public through a public area. If a sufficient crowd gathers to see or hear a performer such that the passage of the public through a public area is blocked a police officer may disperse that portion of the crowd that is blocking the passage of the public.

C. A performer may not perform in a public area so as to obstruct access to private property, except with the prior consent of the owner or manager of the property.

D. A performer may not use electric or electronic amplification except for devices powered only by self contained batteries. The conduct and behavior of all performers shall comply in all respects with existing noise ordinances.

E. No performer or group of performers shall perform at a distance of less than 50 feet from another performer or group of performers who are already performing.
(Ord. No. 68604, 24, 3-16-2010.)

20.55.070 Acceptance of contributions.

A. A performer may accept contributions of money or property at a performance. Contributions may be received in any receptacle. Performers may accept contributions in exchange for representations of their own work, however, no product may be offered at a fixed price with the exception of musical reproductions.

B. A performer who performs and accepts contributions under the provisions of this chapter shall not be guilty of aggressive begging under Section 15.44.010 (Revised Code) or of peace disturbance under Section 15.46.030 (Revised Code) unless it is determined by a police officer that such a performance is not in the spirit of entertainment but rather calculated to provoke a breach of the peace.

C. No other license is required for any activity permitted in this section.
(Ord. No. 68604, 24, 3-16-2010.)

20.55.080 Special events.

Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed to apply to special events conducted by the City of St. Louis or to events conducted by permission of the City of St. Louis.
(Ord. No. 68604, 24, 3-16-2010.)

20.55.090 Violation--Penalty.

Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter, or who knowingly furnishes false information on the permit application, shall be subject to a fine of not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00.
(Ord. No. 68604, 24, 3-16-2010.)

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