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17.68.020 Private Street Lighting.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 140207, 153667, 173627 and 182389, effective January 2, 2009.)

A.  It is unlawful for any person to erect or maintain any lamp post, standard, or fixed light in or upon any street or public place except by the authority of written permit issued by the Commissioner In Charge of the Bureau of Transportation and in compliance with the provisions and requirements of this Section and paying the fee as prescribed in Section 17.24.020.

B.  Any person desiring a permit to erect and maintain a lamppost, standard or fixed light on any street or public place may make written application to the Commissioner In Charge of the Bureau of Transportation.  The application shall state the exact location of such post or light, the name of the street and the number of the building, the number or other designation of the lot and block or parcel of land in front of which the post, standard or light is to be erected and maintained, and complete specifications of the lamp post, standard or light the applicant proposes.

C.  Private street lights shall be separated by not less than 40 feet on the same side of any street unless a lesser distance is approved by the Bureau of Transportation and by the City Engineer because of particular design and environmental requirements.  The height above the street grade and the exact location must be approved by the Bureau of Transportation and by the City Engineer before issue of the permit.

D.  Private lighting will be in addition to, not in lieu of, publicly owned lighting on the right‑of‑way.  This condition is necessary in order to guarantee that the right‑of‑way is lit to a level sufficient to maintain public safety, and that there be no interruption in the service due to absence, cutbacks, or other circumstances effecting the permittee.

E.  All private lamp posts, standards and lights shall at all times be kept in good repair and working order at the expense of the permittee.

F.  A private street light permit issued under this Section shall be revocable for any of the following grounds:

1.  Interference with a projected local or public improvement or

2.  Failure to repair or properly maintain the light post or standard or light within 10 days after notice so to do by the Commissioner In Charge of the Bureau of Transportation or by the Bureau of Police.

G.  Within 30 days after revocation of a private street light permit, the owner or person responsible for maintaining it shall remove the light and all appurtenances.  Failure so to do shall be a violation of this Title.  The City Engineer or Director of the Bureau of Transportation may authorize the removal of the private street light if not removed within the said 30 days, and the cost of removal shall be recoverable from the owner or person responsible for maintaining the same in a civil action.