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S.B. 140 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Michael G. Waddoups

House Sponsor: James A. Dunnigan

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies the Utah Outdoor Advertising Act by amending provisions related to
             11      unlawful outdoor advertising.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    increases the fine from $10 to $100 for each day an unlawful outdoor advertising
             15      sign is maintained following the expiration of ten days after notice of agency action
             16      was filed and served.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          72-7-508, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 270, Laws of Utah 1998
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 72-7-508 is amended to read:
             27           72-7-508. Unlawful outdoor advertising -- Adjudicative proceedings -- Judicial
             28      review -- Costs of removal -- Civil and criminal liability for damaging regulated signs --
             29      Immunity for Department of Transportation.

             30          (1) Outdoor advertising is unlawful when:
             31          (a) erected after May 9, 1967, contrary to the provisions of this chapter;
             32          (b) a permit is not obtained as required by this part;
             33          (c) a false or misleading statement has been made in the application for a permit that
             34      was material to obtaining the permit; or
             35          (d) the sign for which a permit was issued is not in a reasonable state of repair, is
             36      unsafe, or is otherwise in violation of this part.
             37          (2) The establishment, operation, repair, maintenance, or alteration of any sign contrary
             38      to this chapter is also a public nuisance.
             39          (3) Except as provided in Subsection (4), in its enforcement of this section, the
             40      department shall comply with the procedures and requirements of Title 63, Chapter 46b,
             41      Administrative Procedures Act.
             42          (4) (a) The district courts shall have jurisdiction to review by trial de novo all final
             43      orders of the department under this part resulting from formal and informal adjudicative
             44      proceedings.
             45          (b) Venue for judicial review of final orders of the department shall be in the county in
             46      which the sign is located.
             47          (5) If the department is granted a judgment, the department is entitled to have any
             48      nuisance abated and recover from the responsible person, firm, or corporation, jointly and
             49      severally:
             50          (a) the costs and expenses incurred in removing the sign; and
             51          (b) [$10] $100 for each day the sign was maintained following the expiration of ten
             52      days after notice of agency action was filed and served under Section 63-46b-3 .
             53          (6) (a) Any person, partnership, firm, or corporation who vandalizes, damages, defaces,
             54      destroys, or uses any sign controlled under this chapter without the owner's permission is liable
             55      to the owner of the sign for treble the amount of damage sustained and all costs of court,
             56      including a reasonable attorney's fee, and is guilty of a class C misdemeanor.
             57          (b) This Subsection (6) does not apply to the department, its agents, or employees if

             58      acting to enforce this part.

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