7-5-1: DEFINITION:
The term "franchise" as used in this chapter shall be construed to mean any special privileges granted to any person in, over, upon, or under any of the streets or public places of the City, whether such privilege has heretofore been granted by it or by the State of Minnesota, or shall hereafter be granted by the City or by the State of Minnesota. (1988 Code § 2.72)