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Chapter 17.64 Protection of City Owned Telecommunications Line and Equipment, Street Lighing and Traffic Signal Systems


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(Amended by Ordinance No. 173369,  effective May 12, 1999.)

17.64.010 Interference With.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 173369, effective May 12, 1999.) It is unlawful for any person to interfere with, obstruct, change, injure, impair, or remove any pole, post, wire, cable, conduit, box, gong, or other City of Portland owned telecommunications lines and equipment, street lighting, or traffic signal systems, except as hereinafter provided.


17.64.020 Permit for Interference.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 173369, 173627, 181483 and 182389, effective January 2, 2009.)  It is unlawful for any person to remove, temporarily or otherwise, or to change any part of the wire or cable or any pole or post or any facility belonging to or appertaining to City of Portland owned telecommunications lines and equipment, street lighting, or traffic signal systems of the City without first obtaining a written permit therefor.  A person finding it necessary in the pursuit of a lawful purpose to remove, interfere with, or disturb any portion of City of Portland owned telecommunications lines and equipment, street lighting, or traffic signal systems shall give, or cause to be given, to the Director of Communications and Networks, OMF Business Operations Division or, for street lighting issues, to the Bureau of Transportation, a notice in writing, at least 2 hours before it shall be necessary to interfere with or disturb any portion of such systems, stating the locality at which, and in the manner in which it shall be necessary to remove, interfere with, or disturb the system involved.  No notice shall be given between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 a.m.  The City may issue a permit for the interference if they find that the interference is necessary, and may restrict the work or the time of the interference.  The permit shall specify fully the change required and any restrictions thereon.  Any person aggrieved by the decision may appeal such decision to the City Council by filing notice thereof in writing with the City Auditor.  No permit shall be required for emergency repairs by a public utility necessitating interference with City system, equipment or apparatus, but the City as its respective jurisdictions may appear, shall be notified as soon as possible and the public utility shall make any further changes required.


17.64.030 Supervision and Expense of Work.

All work done by or for a permittee under this Chapter shall be performed under the supervision of and completed to the satisfaction of the permitting official. All work done under a permit issued pursuant to this Chapter shall be at the sole expense of the permittee, and if the City is requested to do such work the fees applicable shall be as prescribed in the finance regulations.


17.64.040 Use of City Poles or Posts.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 173369, effective May 12, 1999.)

A. It is unlawful for any person to attach any animal, or to affix or attach any bill, sign, advertisement of any kind, or any contrivance or device of any kind or nature other than City official notices, to any pole, post, wire, cable, fixture or equipment of City of Portland owned telecommunications lines and equipment, street lighting, or traffic signal systems, except as authorized by the City.

B. Public utilities operating in the City under franchise or permit may attach their utility wires or cables to poles or posts of City of Portland owned telecommunications lines and equipment, street lighting, or traffic signal systems, to the extent specifically permitted by the City, in such locations as the City may specifically designate, in consideration of reciprocal privileges extended to the City when necessary or convenient for the City to use the poles of the utility in maintaining the City systems.