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No person shall make any excavation or fill any excavation in any public place without first obtaining a license and permit for the excavation except as otherwise provided in this article. No license or permit to make an excavation or fill an excavation in a public place shall be issued except as provided in this part.
This section shall not be construed to prevent emergency excavations necessary for the preservation of life or property or for the location of a hazardous condition in a facility, or for emergency repairs, provided that the person excavating applies for a permit on the first day after the work is commenced. Further, the City shall be exempt from the requirements of this section. (1968 Code §10-104; Ord. 74-56; Ord. 85-214; Ord. 98-185; Ord. 01-42)