Chapter 3.18 Rules of Conduct for City Property


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(Chapter added by Ordinance No. 188280, effective April 14, 2017.)


3.18.010 Designation of Persons-in-Charge.

A.  For purposes of ordering persons to leave City Property, the following are Persons-in-Charge:

1.  Any peace officer as defined by Oregon law and any reserve officer of the Portland Police Bureau.

2.  Any person providing security services in any City Property pursuant to any contract with the City, or with any person, firm or corporation managing a City Property on the City’s behalf.

3.  Bureau property or facility manager, or designee.

4.  With respect to facility or space assigned to a City bureau or City office, the director or manager of the City bureau or City office, or designee.

5.  Any person specifically designated in writing by the Office of Management and Finance Chief Administrative Officer or by the Bureau of Internal Business Services Director.

6.  Any person with exclusion authority under the Code.

7.  The Mayor, a Commissioner or Auditor, or designee of these elected officials. 

B.  Delegation to a designee shall be made in writing.  Any person so designated shall be a Person-in-Charge as that term is defined in ORS 164.205(5) until the delegation is terminated or the designated person ceases to be an employee or officer of the City of Portland. Copies of delegation will be provided to the City Attorney’s Office and to the bureau property or facility manager.

C.  Upon request, the City shall provide a copy of the Person-in-Charge designation or delegation list to the District Attorneys of Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties.

D.  For purposes of this Section, City Property shall include any real property either owned by the City or in which the City has a property interest or property management responsibility.

E.  For purposes of ordering persons to leave a public meeting of a City board or commission, the following are Persons-in-Charge:

1.  The presiding officer of the public meeting of a City board or commission.

2.  Any person providing security services at the public meeting of a City board or commission.

3.  Any person designated as a Person-in-Charge in Subsection 3.18.010 A.

F.  The authority granted to a Person-in-Charge by this Chapter are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other authority granted under this Code.


3.18.020 Rules of Conduct at City Property.

(Corrected under authority of PCC Section 1.01.035 on June 2, 2017.)

A.  To maintain an environment that promotes orderly administrative and business operations, and to take reasonable and prudent actions to protect the health, welfare and safety of all persons at City Property, the Rules of Conduct in this Section apply and are to be enforced at all City Property except where specific rules of conduct or prohibitions have been adopted for designated real property the City owns or has a property interest or property management responsibilities.

B.  The Rules of Conduct for City Property are as follows:

1.  No person shall engage in any activity that would constitute a violation of federal, state or local law or regulation.

2.  No person may deface, damage or destroy City Property or City-owned personal property.

3.  No person shall enter, attempt to enter or remain in any areas of City Property designated as secured or restricted, or closed to public access.

4.  No person shall engage in activity that disrupts or interferes with: the normal operation or administration of City business at City Property; lawful use by City employees and authorized users at City Property; or City permitted activities.

5.  No person shall refuse or fail to obey any reasonable direction of a Person-in-Charge of a City Property.  A direction of a Person-in-Charge is reasonable: if it directs a person to obey or to cease a violation of any law or regulation; if it is otherwise reasonably related to the protection of the health, welfare or safety of the person or any other person at the City Property, or to the prevention of damage to property; or if it is reasonably necessary to preserve the peace or to prevent the disruption of City operations or permitted activities, including dangerous or threatening behavior as defined in the Code.

6.  No person shall possess any object specifically designed for and presently capable of causing, or carried with the intent to threaten or cause, bodily harm to another.  Objects prohibited under this Paragraph include, but are not limited to, any firearm, pellet gun, spring-loaded weapon, stun gun or taser, any knife having a blade that projects or swings into position by force of a spring or by centrifugal force, any knife with a blade longer than 3-½ inches, any dirk, dagger, ice pick, sling shot, slungshot, metal knuckles, nunchaku, studded hand coverings, swords, straight razors, tear gas, tear gas weapon, mace, pepper mace or similar deleterious agent, saps, sap gloves, hatchets or axes.  The prohibitions of this Paragraph do not apply to handguns lawfully carried by persons exempt from local regulation under ORS 166.173.  The prohibitions of this Paragraph do not apply to any thing possessed or used to carry out actions authorized by any contract or permit at the City Property.

7.  No person shall smoke or carry any lighted smoking instrument at City Property in violation of Chapter 8.65.  Smoking instrument additionally includes inhalant delivery system that delivers nicotine in the form of vapor or aerosol, and electronic cigarette, personal vaporizer, or electronic nicotine delivery system.  Smoking additionally includes inhaling or exhaling from a smoking instrument.

8.  No person shall make use of facility materials, equipment, furniture, or fixtures of a City Property in a manner inconsistent with their customary or designated uses, or in a manner likely to cause property damage or personal injury to the actor or others.

9.  No person shall interfere or obstruct free passage of City employees or authorized visitors in or on City Property, including but not limited to placing objects that impede free passage.

10.  No person shall use City Property for unauthorized storage of personal property or leave personal property unattended.

11.  No person shall make or continue a noise disturbance as defined under Chapter 18.04, or operate sound producing device or sound producing equipment except as permitted by the property manager of the City Property.  Bullhorns and megaphones are not permitted in the interior of any building on City Property, or within the loggia or portico of any structure on City Property, except as permitted by the property manager for the City Property.

12.  No person shall sell, distribute or deliver any alcoholic beverage on City Property, except as permitted by the property manager for the City Property.

13.  No person shall sell, distribute or deliver any controlled substances on City Property.  This does not prohibit a person from providing caretaking functions or assisting another in taking legally prescribed medication.  Controlled substance shall have the meaning provided in Chapter 475 of the Oregon Revised Statutes.

14.  No person may bring animals onto City Property, or leave animals tethered or unattended at City Property, except as permitted by the property manager for the City Property.  This does not preclude entry by service animals defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act while performing services or task the animals are trained to do, animals employed in official performance of police or rescue activities, or animals authorized for entry by the property manager for the City Property.

15.  No person shall solicit for or conduct business at City Property except as permitted by the property manager for the City Property.

16.  No person shall use any wheeled devices, including but not limited to unicycles, bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, motorized or non-motorized scooters, inside the property boundary of City Property.  All persons must dismount at City Property boundary.   No bicycles and motorized wheel devices are allowed in the interior of any building on City Property except as permitted by the property manager of the City Property. The prohibition in this Paragraph does not apply to persons with mobility devices for mobility disability or medical purposes, child strollers or baby carriages. 

17.  No person shall use City Property for housing or camping except as permitted by the property manager for the City Property and provided such use conforms with land use, zoning, building and other property regulations.

18.  No person shall misuse or damage the City’s technology systems or network, including its telecommunication equipment and data.

19.  No person shall enter, attempt to enter or remain in any areas of City Property for purposes other than to conduct legitimate business with City offices or tenants located at City Property, to enjoy the publicly accessible amenities at a City Property when the City Property is open to the public, or to lawfully assemble for social or public interaction at portions of City Property specifically designated for such assembly.  The director of the bureau with property management responsibility for the City Property may adopt space use policy to manage conditions for property use including but not limited to establishing a reservation protocol, priority regarding uses and users, hours of use, and fees for use.

C.  The director of the bureau with property management responsibility over a City Property, or designee, is authorized to adopt additional rules of conduct for any specified City Property managed by the bureau.  The proposed additional rules of conduct shall be posted at the City Property where such proposed rules would apply, and shall be deemed part of the Rules of Conduct for the City Property.  The proposed rules shall be final and effective no sooner than seven days after posting.  Upon approval of the Commissioner in Charge, a bureau director may adopt interim additional rules of conduct without prior notice upon a finding that failure to act promptly will result in prejudice to the City’s interest.  Interim additional rules of conduct are final and effective upon posting at the City Property affected for a period not longer than 30 days.  The bureau director shall submit final rules to the Auditor for filing in the Portland Policy Documents repository within two business days after the rules become effective.


3.18.030 City Property Exclusions.

A.  The exclusion procedures in this Section shall be used for City Property subject to the Rules of Conduct in Section 3.18.020.  If a person violates any Rule of Conduct at City Property described in Section 3.18.020 while in or upon City Property, any Person-in-Charge may eject and direct the person to leave the City Property for a period of 24 hours. In addition, the director of the bureau assigned property management responsibility for the City Property where the violation occurred, or designee, may issue an exclusion for any period of time up to 1 year from City Property.

B.  Notwithstanding this Section, if public meetings of the City Council, or of City Boards and Commissions are held in a City Property, ejectment and exclusion from the public meeting must comply with Section 3.02.060.

C.  In determining the appropriate length of exclusion under this Section, the person issuing the exclusion shall consider: the seriousness of the conduct that led to the exclusion; prior instances of violations of the Rules of Conduct at City Property by the person to be excluded; the availability of alternative means for the person to conduct business with City officials and offices; and any other facts or circumstances that the person issuing the exclusion deems relevant.

D.  The notice of exclusion shall be in writing, given to the person excluded and signed by the Person-in-Charge.  It shall specify the dates and places of exclusion.  It shall contain a warning of consequences for failure to comply with the notice of exclusion and information concerning the right to appeal the exclusion.

E.  A person receiving a notice of exclusion may appeal, in writing, to the Code Hearings Officer in accordance with the provisions of Title 22 of the Code to have the notice of exclusion rescinded.  Notwithstanding the provisions of Title 22, the appeal to the Code Hearings Officer shall be filed within 5 days of issuance of the notice of exclusion, unless extended by the Code Hearings Officer for good cause shown.  The sworn statement of the Person-in-Charge who issued the notice of exclusion shall be used as evidence on appeal, unless the appellant requests, in writing, the presence of the Person-in-Charge at the appeal hearing.

F.  A person receiving a notice of exclusion may request a limited modification from the Person-in-Charge issuing the exclusion for the purpose of attending a City Council or other public meeting or conducting specific business with a City official or office located at a City Property identified in the exclusion notice.  The request must be in writing and must identify good cause for the desired modification.  The Person-in-Charge may deny the request if the business with the City official or office may be conducted through alternate means or deferred until the exclusion period ends, or may deny the request on any reasonable basis.  If modification is allowed, the Person-in-Charge may impose reasonable conditions for the limited entry, and may include a requirement that the person arrange with the Person-in-Charge to be escorted into and out of the location where the meeting is to be held or the business is to be conducted.