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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.