Editor's Note: For law of the commonwealth as to signs and other structures projecting over ways, see MGL c. 85, §§ 8, 9.
No person, except as otherwise provided by law, shall place or maintain or cause or allow to be placed or maintained a sign, advertising device, clock, marquee, permanent awning and other like structures projecting into or over a public way, without first obtaining a permit therefor from the City Council to be exercised under the supervision of the Commissioner of Public Works.
[1-11-66; Ord. of 2-9-1982]
Each application for a permit required by this article shall be made on a form furnished by the Commissioner of Public Services and shall be signed by either the occupant or owner or other person in control of the premises, in connection with which the same are to be attached or placed and shall be accompanied by a bond of a surety company or liability insurance policy satisfactory to the city solicitor in the sum of $1,000 for each injury and $300,000 in the aggregate renewed annually, to indemnify the city against any and all claims for personal injury, including death, or property damage in any way resulting from the placing, maintaining, construction or removal of such sign, advertising device, clock, marquee, permanent awning or other like structure.
State law reference: Commonwealth law limiting liability for defects in ways, G. L., C. 84, § 15.
The city council shall have the power to revoke or cancel any permit issued under this article for failure to comply with any of the terms, requirements or provisions of this section or regulations or orders issued hereunder for reasons of public safety, health or welfare.
No person shall allow to remain or place over any sidewalk, in front of any building any sign, advertising device, clock, marquee or other like structure less than 10 feet in height above the sidewalk at the lowest part thereof or a permanent awning less than seven feet in height above the sidewalk at the lowest part thereof, nor shall any such structure extend beyond the sidewalk unless same is a decorative street device for Christmas season.
All structures regulated by this article shall in all respects conform to any regulation or order of the commissioner of public works in relation to the location, height, extent, construction and maintenance thereof.
The article shall not be construed so as to compel the alteration or removal of any sign, advertising device, clock, marquee, permanent awning or other like structure which was legally erected or placed prior to December 28, 1954.