[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable. Uncodified sections of local laws amending these provisions are included at the end of this chapter.]
[Adopted 5-13-2008 by L.L. No. 21-2008 (Ch. 204, Art. I, of the 1985 Code)]
This Legislature hereby finds and determines that certain individuals and businesses deliver advertising handbills, circulars, flyers and other unsolicited print materials in plastic bags onto the streets, driveways and lawns of our Suffolk County communities.
This Legislature further finds that many Suffolk County residents complain about the proliferation of unsolicited advertising materials that are thrown onto their property, usually wrapped in plastic bags. The circulars and the plastic bags often end up as litter, causing visual blight and damage to wildlife and the environment.
This Legislature also finds and determines that reasonable restriction, barring persons from simply throwing print materials onto streets, driveways and lawns, will help prevent litter, protect the environment and safeguard wildlife.
Therefore, the purpose of this article is to prohibit persons from throwing, casting or dropping unsolicited advertising handbills, circulars, flyers and brochures, wrapped in plastic, onto the streets, lawns and driveways of Suffolk County.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ADVERTISING MATTER
- Any unsolicited handbill, circular, flyer, brochure or other printed advertising matter in a plastic bag.
- Any natural person, corporation, partnership, joint venture, proprietorship or other entity or business organization of any kind.
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, cast, drop or distribute or permit to be thrown, cast, dropped or distributed, any advertising matter, wrapped in plastic, in or upon any front yard, courtyard, lawn or driveway of any residential dwelling in Suffolk County or upon any street in Suffolk County. This prohibition shall not be construed to regulate the delivery of such matter by the United States Postal Service or the distribution of newspapers or other noncommercial matter. Further, nothing contained herein shall be deemed to prohibit the distribution of advertising matter by hand delivery or by affixing or placing the advertising matter on or in close proximity to a residential dwelling in a manner that will prevent the matter from being scattered or dismantled.
Any person found to be in violation of this article shall be guilty of a violation and shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment of 15 days, or both, for each offense.
This article will have no effect in any town or village located within the County of Suffolk which has enacted an ordinance, resolution or law regulating the distribution of printed advertising matter within its jurisdiction.
This article shall apply to actions occurring on or after the effective date of this article.
[Adopted 12-20-2011 by L.L. No. 14-2012]
Editor's Note: This local law was vetoed by the County Executive 12-27-2011, which veto was overridden by the County Legislature 2-7-2012.
This Legislature hereby finds and determines that the 2012 Operating Budget was amended to authorize advertising in the County's Tax Map Album and to set rates for such advertisements. This Legislature also finds and determines that advertisements in the Tax Map Albums will provide needed revenue to ensure that the budget remains in balance. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to authorize the sale of advertisements in the County's Tax Map Album and set the rates for such advertisements.
The Suffolk County Real Property Tax Service Agency is hereby authorized to sell advertising space in the County's annual Tax Map Albums.
[Amended 5-8-2012 by L.L. No. 36-2012; 4-23-2013 by L.L. No. 23-2013]
A schedule of rates for the display of advertising on the County Real Property Tax Service Agency Tax Map Albums is hereby established as follows:
The Director of the Real Property Tax Service Agency, in consultation with the County Attorney, shall review all proposed advertisements to determine appropriate content.
All display advertisements are due to the Real Property Tax Service Agency on or before January 1 of each calendar year.
The Director of the Real Property Tax Service Agency, in consultation with the County Attorney, shall approve or disapprove proposed advertisements, or recommend changes to the prospective advertiser, by the 15th day of January of each calendar year.
All subsequent advertisements, new or revised, shall be due on or before February 1 of each calendar year.
The Director of the Real Property Tax Service Agency, in consultation with the County Attorney, shall approve or disapprove all submitted advertisements by the 15th day of February of each calendar year.
Advertisements in final form must be submitted to the Real Property Tax Service Agency on or before March 1 of each calendar year.
The Director of the Real Property Tax Service Agency is hereby authorized and empowered to issue and promulgate such rules and regulations as he or she deems necessary to implement and carry out the provisions of this article.
This article shall apply to all actions occurring on or after the effective date of this article.