Section 24-2 Obstructing streets and sidewalks.

    Any person who shall deposit, place, paint, write, erect or maintain any structure, material, article, substance, decoration or thing on, in or above any street, curb, gutter, park, parkway, sidewalk or public place of the city, except as specifically authorized by the city council by resolution, or as otherwise provided for by ordinance or this Code, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor; provided, however:

    (a)    that a person owning or operating a restaurant, coffee shop or other business may provide tables, chairs, plants or seating accommodations for its customers on the sidewalks adjacent to the business subject to the condition that a straight, unobstructed pathway at least sixty (60) inches wide be maintained on the sidewalk along the entire length of the sidewalk used by the business; and

(b)        that nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent any merchant or tradesman from placing any packages of merchandise, which the merchant or tradesman may be receiving or sending away, upon any sidewalk if the packages do not occupy more than one-fourth of the width of the sidewalk, or remain  on the sidewalk for more than two (2) hours.

        (c)        that a building permit for the construction of a balcony extending over the public right-of-way in zoning district C-2 shall be issued only if the city council has granted a right of use permit for the balcony and the proposed construction complies with section 29-26(c) of this code and with the “encroachments into the public right-of-way” provisions of the Building Code of Columbia, Missouri, adopted in chapter 6 of this code.

(Code 1964, § 14.010; Ord. No. 18063, §1, 4-19-04; Ord. No. 20284, § 2, 6-1-09 )

(Ord. 20284, Amended, 06/01/2009, Prior Text; Ord. 018063, Amended, 04/19/2004, Prior Text)