Sec. 17-50. Definitions.


For the purpose of this article, the following words and terms as used herein are defined.


Aerosol paint container shall mean any aerosol container adapted or made for the purpose of applying spray paint or other substances capable of defacing property.


Broad-tipped marker shall mean any felt tip indelible marker or similar implement with a flat or angled writing surface that, at its broadest width, is greater than one-fourth (1/4) inch and contains ink or other pigmented liquid.


Etching equipment shall mean any tool, device or substance that can be used to make permanent marks on any natural or manmade surface.


Graffiti shall mean any unauthorized inscription, word, figure, painting or other defacement which is written, marked, etched, scratched, sprayed, drawn, painted or engraved on or otherwise affixed to any surface of public or private property by any graffiti implement, to the extent the graffiti was not authorized in advance by the owner or occupant of the property or, despite advance authorization, is otherwise deemed a public nuisance by the City Council.


Graffiti implement shall mean any aerosol paint container, a broad-tipped marker, gum label, paint stick or graffiti stick, etching equipment, brush or any other device capable of scarring or leaving a visible mark on any natural or manmade surface.


Paint stick or graffiti stick shall mean any device containing a solid form of paint, chalk, wax, epoxy or other similar substance capable of being applied to a surface by pressure and leaving a mark of at least one-eighth (1/8) inch in width.


Person shall mean any individual, partnership, cooperative association, private corporation, personal representative, receiver, trustee, assignee or other legal entity. 


Source:  Ord. No. 4308, 1, 11-17-97