[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Augusta 12-2-1996 by Ord. No. 650 (Ch. 2, Art. VII, of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The City Council adopts the following advertising policy regarding City equipment or property (exclusive of school property).
The purpose of this chapter is to establish the conditions under which commercial advertising will be permitted in City facilities or on City equipment or property.
Advertising is generally prohibited in City facilities or on City property except for:
Commercial advertising will be permitted under the following conditions:
A fee or other valuable consideration must be paid in accordance with a schedule of fees approved by the City Council.
Advertising is placed in an area or areas approved by the appropriate City department head.
A signed agreement exists between the City and the advertiser.
The City retains approval of the advertising copy or display, such approval to be at the discretion of the appropriate City department head.
No political advertising of any kind or character shall be permitted except for signs and posters displayed during political events at the civic center where a fee has been charged for use of the facility.
No tobacco product advertising shall be permitted.
Advertising for alcoholic beverages will be permitted only where such beverages are sold or at special events sponsored by the manufacturer or distributor of such beverages.
The Director of Community Services is authorized to permit temporary advertising in City parks or other facilities under his/her control during events allowed by the City and sponsored in whole or in part by the commercial firm displaying such advertising.
Advertising may be permitted on scoreboards, informational signs or other equipment where such items are donated to the City in return, in whole or in part, for such advertising. The acceptance of such signs and advertising must be approved by the City department head responsible for the facility or property on which such sign/scoreboard is to be placed. Permission for such advertising shall be either for a fixed term or for the useful life of the item donated, whichever is less.
Any additional exceptions to this policy must be reviewed and approved by the City Council.
Bulletin boards. Limited advertising may be allowed on bulletin boards in or on City facilities where such advertising has been approved by the department or division head responsible for the facility. This will extend to notices of items for sale by the City employees.
The City Manager shall review this policy at least annually, and shall maintain an inventory of all advertising.