(Title and Section Amended by Ord. No. 182,237, Eff. 9/28/12.)
(a) No person shall open, or allow to remain open, the cover of any maintenance hole in or upon any street, sidewalk or other right-of-way without having first obtained a written permit from the Bureau of Engineering, except as provided in Subsection (b) of this Section.
(b) The Bureau of Engineering may upon a written request from a person owning or controlling any underground pipe or wire system, issue an annual permit for a person with control over the pipe or wire system to open appurtenant maintenance holes, and may issue to a sewer contractor upon a written request an annual permit to open sewer or storm drain maintenance holes for the purpose of determining the depth of sewer or storm drains. Any person who opens the cover of a maintenance hole pursuant to the authority granted by such an annual permit shall not have to comply with the provisions of Subsection (a) of this Section.
(c) At all times while a maintenance hole cover in or upon any street, sidewalk or other right-of-way is open pursuant to the provisions of a permit including, but not limited to the permits identified in Subsections (a) and (b) of this Section, the original or a certified copy of the permit must be kept at the open maintenance hole and must, on demand, be shown to any City inspector, agent, employee or representative, including but not limited to any police officer.