[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Mount Vernon 11-13-1957 as Ch. 4 of the General Ordinances, approved 11-15-1957. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall post or place any advertising bills, circulars, posters, cards, cuts, pamphlets or papers of any character or description upon any fence or billboard or any other place on any building or street, or print or affix any writing, stencil or other written matter upon any sidewalk, or distribute handbills, without first having obtained a license therefor from the Mayor. This chapter, however, shall apply only to the distribution of commercial or business advertising matter, except as hereinafter expressly provided.
Every person receiving such a license shall pay therefor the sum of $100 to the City Clerk and shall also give a bond to the City of Mount Vernon in the penal sum of $1,000, conditioned upon due observance of all the ordinances of the City Council that may be adopted or are now in force.
The Mayor, after the payment of the license fee and the filing of the bond as hereinbefore provided, may grant such license to such person as shall make application therefor. The Mayor may, in his discretion, refuse to issue such license, and in that event the application shall be marked "rejected" and said sum of $100 and the bond theretofore filed shall be returned to the applicant. No license shall be issued for a period in excess of one year.
No person shall post any handbills, notices or advertisements of any kind on any house, wall or fence without permission of the owner, or upon any post, sidewalk, flagstones, curbstones, telegraph or telephone pole, shade tree, box, hydrant or other place in any street; nor print, stamp or otherwise mark any words, letters, figures, signs or tokens of any sort thereon without such permission.
No handbills, posters, notices or advertisements of any kind or description other than official orders issued by the City shall be affixed to any City property without the approval of the City Council.
No person shall willfully tear down, deface or destroy any notice, handbill, poster or ordinance posted by order of the City Council or by or under the direction of any other City department, bureau, board or office.
No person shall deposit, throw or place any bills, circulars, posters, cards, pamphlets, wastepaper of any character or other refuse in or upon any street, lot or enclosure or upon the stoops or other outside portions of any buildings or in the vestibule or any hall of any building. This section shall also apply to noncommercial and nonbusiness advertising matter.