2009 California Penal Code - Section 556-556.4 :: Article 2. Unlawfully Placing Signs On Public And Private Property

PENAL CODE
SECTION 556-556.4

556.  It is a misdemeanor for any person to place or maintain, or
cause to be placed or maintained without lawful permission upon any
property of the State, or of a city or of a county, any sign,
picture, transparency, advertisement, or mechanical device which is
used for the purpose of advertising or which advertises or brings to
notice any person, article of merchandise, business or profession, or
anything that is to be or has been sold, bartered, or given away.

556.1.  It is a misdemeanor for any person to place or maintain or
cause to be placed or maintained upon any property in which he has no
estate or right of possession any sign, picture, transparency,
advertisement, or mechanical device which is used for the purpose of
advertising, or which advertises or brings to notice any person,
article of merchandise, business or profession, or anything that is
to be or has been sold, bartered, or given away, without the consent
of the owner, lessee, or person in lawful possession of such property
before such sign, picture, transparency, advertisement, or
mechanical device is placed upon the property.

556.2.  Sections 556 and 556.1 do not prevent the posting of any
notice required by law or order of any court, to be posted, nor the
posting or placing of any notice, particularly pertaining to the
grounds or premises upon which the notice is so posted or placed, nor
the posting or placing of any notice, sign, or device used
exclusively for giving public notice of the name, direction or
condition of any highway, street, lane, road or alley.

556.3.  Any sign, picture, transparency, advertisement, or
mechanical device placed on any property contrary to the provisions
of Sections 556 and 556.1, is a public nuisance.

556.4.  For purposes of this article, information that appears on
any sign, picture, transparency, advertisement, or mechanical device
such as, but not limited to, the following, may be used as evidence
to establish the fact, and may create an inference, that a person or
entity is responsible for the posting of the sign, picture,
transparency, advertisement, or mechanical device:
   (a) The name, telephone number, address, or other identifying
information regarding the real estate broker, real estate brokerage
firm, real estate agent, or other person associated with the firm.
   (b) The name, telephone number, address, or other identifying
information of the owner or lessee of property used for a commercial
activity or event.
   (c) The name, telephone number, address, or other identifying
information of the sponsor or promoter of a sporting event, concert,
theatrical performance, or similar activity or event.


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