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SEC. 62.61.  WORK WITHIN OR ON A PUBLIC STREET OR RIGHT-OF-WAY, OBSTRUCTION OF A PUBLIC STREET OR RIGHT-OF-WAY – PERMIT REQUIRED, REGULATIONS, PENALTIES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE.
   (Added by Ord. No. 178,103, Eff. 1/9/07.)
 
   (a)   Definitions.
 
   1.   "Activity or Work Permissible within a Public Street" is defined as any work or activity permitted by this Code, or authorized by the Board of Public Works.
 
   2.   "Emergency Work" is defined as immediate and unplanned action that must be taken to alleviate a hazardous condition, which represents an immediate threat to life, health, safety, or property.  This includes continuous efforts to effect the restoration of interrupted utility services (electrical, water, gas, wastewater and telecommunications).
 
   3.   "Peak Hour Construction and Right-of-Way Obstruction Regulations" is defined as all regulations contained in this section that control and limit all construction and obstruction activity in the public right of way during "Peak Traffic Hours."
 
   4.   "Peak Traffic Hours" is defined as Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 9:00 am and 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
 
   5.   "Street Classifications Subject to Work Hour Restrictions" is defined as major and secondary highways, or collector streets, as designated in the transportation element of the general plan.
 
   6.   "Temporary Street Closure" is defined as the temporary restriction of all vehicular traffic for construction purposes authorized by a valid permit, and an approved "Traffic Management Plan."
 
   7.   "Traffic Lane Closure" is defined as any activity within the public street (from curb-line to curb-line), or in an alley, which reduces the usable width to the point where one or more lanes of traffic cannot move safely and efficiently.
 
   8.   "Traffic Management Plan" is defined as a Plan that addresses traffic control requirements in a construction area, and along detour routes.  The operation of a Traffic Management Plan is affected by the project's construction phasing, construction schedules, and work area required by the contractor, and shall be consistent with the contractor's project requirements, provided by the Department of Public Works.
 
   9.   "Worksite Traffic Conditions" is defined as those physical conditions, including signage, signal devices, operation of equipment, and  conduct of workers (which are required by law), permit and plans to provide adequate street space, and accommodate traffic demands, particularly during peak traffic hours.
 
   (b)   Permit Required.  No person shall effect a Traffic Lane Closure, perform work within or on any Public Street or public right-of-way, or obstruct any Public Street or public right-of-way for any reason without first applying for and obtaining a permit from the Bureau of Engineering.  The person or entity requesting the permit shall pay all applicable permit fees for the issuance of "A", "B", Excavation, Maintenance Hole, Sewer, Excavation "E" and Excavation Utility ("U") permits for work in the public right-of-way or any permit issued by the Bureau of Street Services for obstruction of the public right-of-way.  In addition to all other applicable fees, the Bureau of Engineering shall charge and collect a Bureau of Street Services Peak Hour Compliance Fee of $257.00 for each Excavation Utility ("U") permit for work within Street Classifications Subject to Work Hour Restrictions.  (Amended by Ord. No. 182,985, Eff. 5/28/14.)
 
   1.   Prohibition on Work or Obstructions During Peak Traffic Hours.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, no person or entity shall effect a "Traffic Lane Closure," perform work within or on any public street or right-of-way or in any manner obstruct a public street or right-of-way on those "Street Classifications Subject to Work Hour Restrictions" during "Peak Traffic Hours," all as defined above.
 
   2.   Exemption from Work or Obstruction Prohibition During Peak Traffic Hours.
 
   A.   "Emergency Work" as defined above shall be exempt from the prohibition on work or obstruction of public streets or rights-of-way during "Peak Traffic Hours" if the party performing the emergency work contacts the designated City agency as determined by the Board of Public Works prior to the work being initiated in the right of way and obtains a permit within 48 hours of beginning the emergency work.
 
   B.   If a party desires to have a non-emergency public right-of-way construction project or other "Traffic Lane Closure" exempted from the prohibition on work or obstruction of public streets or rights-of-way during "Peak Traffic Hours," the party shall submit the request with its permit application to the appropriate City permitting agency along with a "Traffic Management Plan."  If the "Traffic Management Plan" is approved by the City for work during "Peak Traffic Hours," the project is exempt.
 
   3.   Fee for Processing Applications for Exemption from Work or Obstruction Prohibition during Peak Hours.  The Bureau of Engineering shall charge and collect a fee of $258 for processing each request submitted pursuant to the provisions of Paragraph B. of Subdivision 2. of this subsection.  (Amended by Ord. No. 184,054, Eff. 3/6/16.)
 
   (c)   Application for Permit.  Any application for a permit under this Section shall include the following information:
 
   1.   The name, address and telephone number of the applicant and the person responsible for the work or obstruction of the public street or right-of-way;
 
   2.   The name, location and area of the street for which the permit is desired; and
 
   3.   A description of the work to be done within the public street or right -of-way and an explanation of why the proposed obstruction of the public street or right-of-way is necessary.

   (d)   Penalties for Non-Compliance.
 
   1.   Administrative Penalties.
 
   A.   The failure to obtain a permit pursuant to this section, the failure to abide by the "Peak Hour Construction and Public Right-of-Way Obstruction Regulations" contained in this section, the failure to comply with "Worksite Traffic Conditions" or the violation of any special condition or requirement of a valid construction permit  issued pursuant to the Los Angeles Municipal Code, shall subject the violator to administrative penalties as follows:  (1) For each violation listed on the initial citation, $250.00; (2) For each violation on a second citation, issued to the same person or entity, if the violations occurred within 12 months of the first citation date, $500.00; (3) For each violation on a third citation, issued to the same person or entity, if the violations occurred within 12 months of the first citation date, $1,000.00.
 
   B.   Any administrative penalty issued pursuant to this section shall be governed by the provisions set forth in Section 80.06.1 of this Code.  The Department of Transportation, Administrative Adjudication Division shall conduct any required administrative hearings for any appeal of a citation issued pursuant to Section 62.61 of this Code in the same manner in which it conducts processes pursuant to Section 80.06(c) of this Code for parking citations.
 
   2.   Criminal Prosecution for Multiple Violations.  Four or more administrative citations issued to the same person or entity within 12 months may constitute a misdemeanor under the Los Angeles Municipal Code, may subject the violator to prosecution by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office and may subject the violator to other potential criminal penalties as allowed by law.