CITY OF TAMP
THE RULES AND IMPORT
Compiled and Revised by Authority of the a
Officers of the Cit) of Ta
D. B. MoKAY
W. A. JOHNSON
TAX AABBE OR
F. S. WRIGHT
J. S. McFALL
T. C. KELLER
CHIEF 09 P~ DIRAttMENT
W. M. MATHEWS
CHIEF' OP SANITATION
S. T. WOODWARD
CHIEF OF POLICE
T.- N. HENDERSON
JOHN P. WALL
LEE J. GIBSON
F. W. BALL
G. T. HENDERSON
F. W. BALL
G. W. BEAN
J. R. FIELDING
Officers of the City of Tampa
CITY COUNCIL, (Continued)
J. E. ETZLER
H. R. LIGHTFOOT
P. G. RAMOS
H. P. KENNEDY
D. E. SAXTON
E. R. MURRAY
COMMISSIONERS OF PUBLIC WORKS
D. B. McKAY
C. W. BARTLETT
CHARLES H. BROWN
H. E. SNOW
W. H. BLAKE
R. D. MARTIN
S. M. SPARKMAN, SR.
LOUIS A. BIZE
D. C. GILLETT
HORACE C. GORDON
H. L. KNIGHT
H. C. MACFARLANE
COMPILED ORDINANCES i
ORDINANCE No. 830
"An Ordinance Adopting the Codification of the Ordinances a the
City of Tampa, as compiled by Honorable C. E. Harrisos nd
revised by the City Attorney, and to be known as 'The -
piled Ordinances of the City of Tampa of 1918.' "
Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Tampa: .
SECTION 1. That the accompanying revision of the ordinaces
of the City of Tampa of a general and permanent nature comp ed
by Honorable C. E. Harrison and revised and brought down to te
by the City Attorney be, except as otherwise provided herein, d
the same is hereby adopted and ordained as the law of the City of
Tampa under the title of "The Compiled Ordinances of the C(ity of
Tampa of 1918." Every ordinance of a general and permanent
nature ordained by the City of Tampa, and every part of Tch
ordinances, not included in said compilation or recognized lPd
continued in force by reference or contained in the appendix
thereto is hereby repealed; but no special, local or particn r
ordinance is repealed hereby, nor is any ordinance repealed whs
is contained or printed in the appendix thereto, and for the pr-
pose of this saving from repeal any ordinance of any of the foli-
ing classes shall be taken to be included in such exception, to-t:
Any ordinance vacating or opening any street, alley or highw4;
any ordinance for or concerning or operative in only a portion f
the city; any ordinance for or concerning only a designated in*-
vidual, firm or corporation, or making a grant thereto or contra t
therewith; any ordinance granting any individual, firm or e-
poration any franchise or other privilege not heretofore forfeit
or repealed; any ordinance ordained for a temporary or particuh
purpose, whether or not the rights and powers thereby confertw
or granted have been exercised or exhausted; ordinances hereat
enacted by the City of Tampa shall not be repealed or affected
said compiled ordinances, but shall have full effect as if pas
after said Compiled Ordinances of 1918 become effective.
Sac. 2. The resolution prescribing rules to govern the procedure
of the City Council as printed with said compilation on pages 48-A
to 48-D, inclusive, be and the same is hereby adopted an4 continued
in force as the rules to govern the procedure of the present City
Council until amended, added to or abolished as therein prescribed.
SEC. 3. Said compiled ordinances shall go into effect and become
operative immediately the Mayor of the City of Tampa, by procla-
mation filed with the City Clerk, announces the publication thereof,
which proclamation he shall make as soon as the City Clerk reports
to him that fifty or more or said compiled ordinances have been
delivered by the printer under his contract with the city, and said
City Clerk shall at once have said proclamation published in a
newspaper in the City of Tampa.
SEC. 4. Those provisions hereinafter mentioned in this section
contained in the said compilation and submitted as aforesaid shall
be corrected as specified in this section, and the said provisions so
corrected shall be deemed and taken as part of the law of this
city as provided in section 1. Such provisions and corrections are
In section 38 on page 61, fixing the salary of the Municipal
Judge, the words and figures "twenty-four hundred ($2,400.00)"
shall be omitted and the words and figures "eighteen hundred
($1,800.00) substituted therefore. In section 210 on page 112, the
figures "111" shall be omitted and the figures '177" substituted
therefore. In the first line of section 467 on page 194, the figures
and word "506 to 511" shall be omitted and the figures and word
"462 to 466" shall be substituted therefore. In the next to the last
line in section 467 on page 194, the figures "513" shall be omitted
and the figures "468" shall be substituted therefore. In section 700
on page 245, the figures "699" shall be omitted and the figures
"698" shall be substituted therefore. In section 1110 on page 344,
the figures "426" shall be omitted and the figures "1113" shall
be substituted therefore.
SEC. 5. The repeal of any ordinance by said compilation shall
not affect any right accrued before such repeal or any civil or
criminal proceeding that may be pending.
SEC. 6. There shall be prefixed to said Compiled Ordinances
the Charter of the City of Tampa, with all-special laws relating
to the municipal government of said City of Tampa; and the said
City Charter and special laws and Compiled Ordinances shall be
printed and published in book form as the City Council has here-
tofore authorized, with appropriate index, and all ordinances of'a
general and permanent nature not hereby repealed
printed as an appendix to said compilation.
SEC. 7. All ordinances and parts of ordinances in on
this ordinaee be, and the same are hereby repealed,
SEC. 8. This ordinance shall take effect immediately u
passage and approval by the Mayor.
Passed by the City Council of the City of Tampa, Fla
8th day of October, A. D. 1918.
WV I D LT r.
.IV .U JJ,
President of City
Attest: W. A. JonsoN, City Clerk.
Approved by me this 9th day of October, A. D. 1918.
D. B. McKAY, t
Mayor of T
PART I PA6~
Charter ................................. ............... ............. .. 1 to 46
Subm erged Lands ............................................ ....... ......... .. 47- 48
1. City Officers-Duties, Compensation and Bonds ............ 49
2. Buildings-Their Constrcetion, Alteration and B oval. 64
3. License Taxes and Permits ................ ... .............. 161
4. Number and Boundaries of Wards .......... ............. 185
5. Public Health and Sanitation.,............ ... ...... 188
6. Vehicles and Street Tarfic.......... 240
7. Police Department ....... ............................... 254
8. Fire Department ............ ......... ............ ...... 263
9. Electrical Department .......................... .. ......... 270
10. Municipal Court ... ....... ............................... .. 276
11. Cemeteries .......................... ....... ........ 281
12. Elections ...............:.............. ....... ...... 281
13. Moving Picture Operators 299
13. M moving Picture Operators....................................................... I .... ., ... 299
14. Streets and Alleys ..... ...... ............ ..... ............................... .... 301
15. Bridges and Street and Other Railroads................... ..... 341
16. Stationary Steam Engines ............. ............... ... ........... 348
17. Intoxicating Liquors .... ...................... ... -................ 351
18. Plumbing ........................... ..... ......... ......... 354
19. Animals Running at Large....... ..................... .................... ....... 364
20. Shooting Galleries .................... ................................. ..... .. 368
21. Miscellaneous Provisions and Offenses....................... .. .. 369
Ordinance 802-Prescribing Footings and Foundation ls
for Frame Buildings .............. ................. .......... 385
Ordinance 803-Relating to American National Red Cro ..... 388
Ordinance 808-Providing for Purchase of Additional Ceme-
tery L and .............................................. .......... ... ................. ...................... 389
Ordinance 809-Providing for Acknowledgment of Signatures
by Abutting Property Owners ............................ ....................... 390
Ordinance 810--Fixing License Tax Upon Shows, etc., not
A already Licensed ................................................. ........................ ... 392
Ordinance 811-Saspending Payment Market Master's Salary 392
Ordinance 813-Relating to License Tax Accident and Travel-
lers' Insurance A agencies ................................. ........................................... 393
Ordinance 815-Regulating Attendance of Witnesses Before
M ayor and Council .... ..................... .... .................................................. 394
Ordinance 817-Prescribing Fees to Be Charged by Clerk for
Certifying Transcripts ................................................................ 395
Ordinance 819-Amending No. 802, Relative to Footings and
Foundation Walls ................. ...................... 396
Ordinance 820-Abolishing Office of Assistant Tax Collector_. 397
Ordinance 821-Relative to Dispensing and Sale of Habit-
Form ing D rugs ............ ..................................................... .............. 397
Ordinance 823-Prohibiting Sale or Gift of Cigarettes and
W rappers to M inors ........................................................... ............ 398
CITY OF TAMPA
THE CHAPTER OF THE CITY OF TAMPA.
Being Chapter 5363 of the Laws of Florida, Approved June 8. 1903,
amended by Chapter 5545, Approved June 5, 1905, and Chapter 5859,
proved May 27, 1907, and Chapter 6109, Approved May 29, 1909, and C
ter 6402, Approved May 13, 1911, and Chapter 6782, Approved Junb 7,1
and Chapter 7247, Approved May 26, 1915, and Chapter 7711, App
April 20, 1917, and Chapter 7712, Approved June'4, 1917, and Chapter 7
Approved June 5, 1917, and Chapter 7715, Approved June 5, 1917,
Chapter 7716, Approved June 5, 1917, and Chapter 7717, Approved Jun,
1917, and Chapter 7718, Approved June 7, 1917.
SEC. 1. The municipal government of the Town of East Ta
is hereby abolished, and all the inhabitants comprehended wit
the following limits, that is to say: Beginning at the intersee
of the middle, of Hillsborough River and the half section line r
ning east and west of Section Eleven, Township 29, south Ra
18, East, and running east on said half section line through S
tions eleven and twelve, Township 29 south, Range 18 east,
Sections seven and eight, Township 29 south, Range 19 east,
the center of said section eight, thence south on the half sect
line through Sections eight, seventeen, twenty and twenty-nine
Township 29 south, Range 19 east, to the south boundary line
said section twenty-nine; thence west to the intersection of S
tions twenty-nine, thirty, thirty-one and thirty-two, Towns
twenty-nine, south Range nineteen east; thence southwesterly t#
the southwest corner of Section thirty-six, Township 29 sout*
Range 19 east; thence north on the section line to the northwest
corner of said Section thirty-six, thence west to the center o1
Howard Avenue if continued into Hillsborough Bay; thence north
along the center of Howard Avenue to the center of Gray Street
thence east along the center of Gray Street to the tracks of th0
Act of May
limits of the
City of Tampa
2 CITY CHARTER
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad; thence in a northeasterly direc-
tion along the track of said railway to the center of Boulevard
Avenue, thence north along the center of Boulevard Avenue
to the middle of Hillsborough River; thence northwesterly along
the center of Hillsborough River to the point of beginning.
shall be and are hereby constituted a body corporate and politic
under and by the name of the City of Tampa, and by that
name. name can hold real estate, personal and mixed property, and dis-
pose of the same for the benefit of the said city, an4 pav~urchac,
operas to leasereeive and hold pro 23ert re an g r git or be-
withior udt.it ie y, to ib used for the burialoft_ he dead,
the city. for the erection of waterworks and lighting lnts for thqe estab-
f.lis]mlento poor'-ouses, p5es -ouses, houses of detentijp agd4cor-
S reonor pubic ar g an r -r wsharYeLdocgs,
. 'fl'.i anT n pjuIlic purpose that the Mayor and Cit Council may
deem necessary and roernd ma sell ea otherwise dis-
Common poseof such property for theeefit the city to the same extent
seal, as natural persons may; sa city all have and use a common seal
and change it at its pleasure.
Takes SEC. 2 All public property, rights and franchises belonging to
assumes the territory described above, and which has heretofore been a part
East Tampa. of the Town of East Tampa, shall hereafter belong to the City of
not liable or Tampa, which city shall also assume and be liable for all debts and
onded debt. obligations of the Town of East Tampa; Provided, however, that
the real estate or other property within the territory above de-
scribed which has heretofore been a part of the Town of East
Tampa, shall not be liable for nor taxed to pay any existing bonded
indebtedness of the City of Tampa.
Mayor and SEC. 3. The government of said city shall be vested in a Mayor,
who shall hold office for a period of four years, and shall receive
official tenure a salary of not less than one hundred dollars per month, and a
Sec. 2, common Council to be called the City Council of the City of Tampa,
Laws of 191.. and the said Mayor and the said Councilmen shall be legal voters
of the said city, and elected by the qualified voters thereof; and
one of said Councilmen shall be elected from each ward of the
city, and the remaining one from the city at large, thus making
Councilmen. the whole number of Councilmen as follows; one from the city at
b:rge and one from each ward in the city. The first.election under
election, the provisions hereof to be the first Tuesday after the tirst Monday
in June, 1912.
Number of SEC. 4. Said city shall be divided into ten wards to be known
Wards and .
names. and designated as the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth,
h. '642, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth wards, respectively, which wards
Laws of 1911. shall be laid out and determined by the City Council at least sixty
CITY CHARTER Lj 3
days prior to the next general election; and the said City Council
shall have the power to alter or change the boundaries of the wardq
as they may deem best; Provided, That after the wards are lai4
out and delineated in said city as prescribed in this section, theji
shall remain the wards of the city until changed by a two-third
vote of the City Council.
SEC. 5 The government of the said city shall be carried on by
the following officers; A Mayor, the City Council, a Chief of Police,
a Clerk, a Treasurer, a Municipal Judge, a Tax Assessor, a Tax'
Collector, an Auditor, a Chief of the Fire Department, a City,
Attorney, and such other officers as may be created by ordinance
of the city not inconsistent herewith, and all of said officers shale
be qualified electors of the said City of Tampe, and shall perform,
such duties and receive such compensation as may be prescribed;
by the ordinances of the City of Tampa not inconsistent with the.
provisions of this charter. Members of the City Council shallI
not be directly or indirectly interested in any contract with said
city, nor shall any member vote in said Council upon any question
concerning a contract in which he may be so interested; Provided,
also, that should any member of the City Council or member of the
Board of Public Works vote upon any contract in which such mem-
ber may be interested, or should any individual officer of the city
let any contract in which he may be interested such contract shall
be void, and such Councilman, member of the Board of Public
Works or such other officer, shall be liable to suspension from
office; and until the next general election in 1908 the present As-
sessor and Collector of Taxes shall perform all the duties and have
all of the powers as are prescribed herein for the Tax Assessor
SEC. 6. Save as to the chiefs or heads of the police and fire de-
partments, who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the
Council, under the provisions of this act, the said police and fire
departments shall be organized upon a basis of merit, and all
appointments and promotions in each of said departments shall be
made according to merit and fitness, to be ascertained, as far as
practicable, by examinations, which so far as practicable, shall be
competitive; and the City Council of the City of Tampa is hereby
directed, authorized and empowered to pass such ordinances as
may be necessary to carry this provision into effect; and in no
event shal any member of either of said departments appointed un-
der the provisions of this section, be suspended or removed save for
good and sufficient cause; Provided, however, that the permanent
organization of the said police and fire departments under the pro-
lot to be
aws of 1907.
t to be
S of 1903.
4 CITY CHARTER
visions of this section shall be postponed until after the next
general election to be held in the said city of Tampa.
Duties of SEC. 7. The duties of the Mayor shall be to see that all the or-
finances of the City Council are faithfully executed, and he is
sec. 7. authorized, by and with the consent of the City Council, to organize
Laws3 o 1903. and appoint such police force as shall be necessary to insure peace
To organize and good order of the city.and observance of law within the muni-
cipal limits. He shall have power to appoint, by and with the
consent of the City Council, all officers of the city who are not
Sofflcer ,. made elective by this charter. He shall have the power to bid in
all property for the city at any and all judicial sales, or sales
under process of law, where the city is a party; make pro tempore
vacancies in appointments to fill vacancies caused by death, sickness, absence
oice. or other disability of any city officer; but he shall not have the
Exceptions. power to fill vacancies in the members of the Board of Commis-
sioners of Public Works or of the City Council.
Municipal SEC. 8. There shall be elected by the qualified electors a Muni-
SJue.8 cipal Judge, to be called the Municipal Judge of the City of Tampa,
ch. s6 f193. aind said Judge shall be a practicing attorney residing in said
Duties and city. It shall be the duty of said Judge to hold daily terms of
poes. court, in such place as may be provided by the City Council, for
the trial of all persons charged with the violation.of any of the
ordinances of said city, which trial shall be without jury, and
upon conviction of such person or persons, to impose upon him or
them such penalty as may be provided by such ordinance, and a
sworn sworn or verified complaint shall not be necessary to give the
mlaint not Municipal Court jurisdiction of offences triable in that court,
sec. 1. but the accused may be tried for the offense as docketed, provided
Laws of 1917. such docket entry is sufficient to put the accused upon notice of
the offense with which he is charged. He shall have the power to
summon witnesses, issue warrants of arrest, upon affidavit duly
filed, to administer oaths, and to do all other acts necessary for
the performance of his duty. He shall also have power to punish
for contempt of court, to the extent of a fine of $100.00, or impris-
onment for thirty days, or both. The costs of prosecution in said
costs. court shall be the same as are allowed in the Circuit and Criminal
Courts of Record, being taxed against the person convicted. In
Judge case of the absence, sickness or disqualification of the Municipal
oro tempore. Judge the Mayor shall appoint some practicing attorney residing
in the city of Tampa to hold daily terms of court, who shall have
all the powers and perform all the duties of such Municipal Judge
during the sickness, absence or disqualification of such Municipa
SEc. 9. The City Clerk shall be elected by the qualified electo' ity clerk.
of the city of Tampa, and shall hold office for a term of two yea e- 9.
He shall also act as Clerk of the Municipal Court. The Clerk sh Laws of 1903.
give such bond as the City Council may fix and shall perform and and
the duties now imposed upon the Clerk by ordinances not incom- duties
sistent with the provisions of this charter.
SEC. 10. There shall be elected by the qualified electors of th# ity
City of Tampa, a Treasurer of said city, who shall hold office fot ec. 10,
two years, whose duties shall be such as are now or may hereafte ws of 15903.
be prescribed by ordinance, and who shall give such bond as tho ice,
Council may direct. ties.
SEC. 11. The Mayor, by and with the consent of the City Coun. hlef of
cil, shall appoint a Chief of Police of said city, who shall perform n be
all the duties which are now or may hereafter be prescribed by y Mayor.
ordinances, and there shall also be appointed, in such manner as h. 5363.
ws of 1903.
is now or may hereafter be prescribed by ordinance, such police lice force.
force as the Council may deem best.
SEC. 12. The Mayor shall, by and with the consent of the City ity Auditor.
Council, appoint some suitable person to be called the Auditor. h.1 .33,
wa of 1903.
of the city, who shall give such bond as the Council may prescribe,: od. duties
and whose duties and compensation shall be fixed by ordinance, penaton
except as herein provided.
SEC. 13. There shall be appointed by the Mayor, by and with
the consent of the City Council, a City Attorney, who shall per- 5,
form all the duties imposed upon him by the provisions of this
act, and which shall be prescribed by ordinances, and save as here-,
in provided, his compensation shall be fixed by ordinance.
SEC. 14. There shall be elected by the qualified electors of the, x Assessor.
City of Tampa, at the city election in 1908, some suitable person,. 5859.
to be called the Tax Assessor of the City of Tampa, whose duty wa of 1907.
shall be to assess the taxes of the City of Tampa, under the pro- ties.
visions of this charter and the ordinance of said city, not incon-
sistent with this charter. And there shall also ,be elected by the x Collector.
qualified electors of said city, some suitable person- to be called the
Tax Collector of the City of Tampa, whose duty shall be to collect ties.
the taxes of the City of Tampa, under the provisions of this charter,
and the ordinances of the city not inconsistent herewith.
SEC. 15. All officers of said city shall, before entering upon the omcers
discharge of their duties, take and subscribe an oath before some to give
person authorized to administer oaths, in the said city, that they u.. edt -
are entitled to hold the office to which they have been elected or '" w '
appointed and shall also give bond in such sum as they may be w iS
required by the City Council, said bond shall be a surety company bd
bond by a surety company authorized to do business in the State "e'
Terms of of Florida, and to be approved by the City Council. The term of
said officers provided by this charter shall be for two years, or
until their successors shall have duly qualified, unless herein speci-
ally provided for; Provided, That the Mayor and Councilmen from
the odd numbered wards shall be elected at the election in 1912 for
a term of four years, and every four years thereafter. The Coun-
cilmen from the even numbered wards aid the Councilman at large
shall be elected at the city election in 1912 for two years, and at
the city election in 1914-the City Councilman at large and the
Councilmen from the even numbered wards shall be elected for four
years and every four years thereafter.
Mayor's right SEC. 16. The Mayor of said city, for good cause, shall have the
omffcers right to suspend any officer of said city, except members of the
e. 5363, Board of Commissioners of Public Works and members of the City
Laws of 1903. Council; Provided, that at the next meeting of the City Council,
Procedure. after such suspension the Mayor shall submit to the City Council,
in writing, the cause of such suspension, whereupon said City
Council, upon due notice given to the accused, shall inquire into
Two-thirds to the cause of such suspension. If two-thirds of said Council shall
charges. sustain the charges preferred by the Mayor, the officer shall be
dismissed. The Mayor shall have the right to appoint some person
dismissal to perform the duties of said suspended officer until the said Coun-
c il shall have passed upon such suspension. If said suspension is
sustained by the Council, the Mayor shall at once appoint a suc-
cessor to said officer, who shall be confirmed by the Council.
Sh. 513, SEC. 17. The Chief of Police, or any policeman, of the City of
Law of 1903. Tampa, may arrest, without a warrant, any person violating any
warrant of the ordinances of said City, committed in the presence of such
officer, and when knowledge of the violation of any ordinance of
When to make said city shall come to said Chief of Police or policeman, not com-
procure mitted in his presence, he shall at once make affidavit, before the
warrant. Judge or Clerk of the Municipal Court, against the person charged
with such violation, whereupon said Judge or Clerk shall issue a
v arrant for the arrest of such person.
sec. 1, SEC. 18. All ordinances passed by the City Council shall be
Laws of 1917. submitted, before going into effect, to the Mayor, or person acting
be submitted as such, for his approval; if approved, he shall sign the same, when
to the Mayor. it shall become a law; if disapproved, he shall return the same with
Method and hii objections, in writing, to the City Couneil at its next regular
effect of veto.
.3 ttllq meeting, who shall cause the same to be entered in full upon the
C* $3f"C record of its proceedings and proceed to consider such objections
s (.. and to act upon the same. If, upon consideration, the City Council
Passage* shall pass the same by a two-thirds vote of the members present,
over veto, which vote shall be entered upon the record, the ordinance or or-
CI TYBABETU 7
finance shall then become a law, the Mayor's objections to
contrary notwithstanding. Any ordinance which shall not be
turned to the City Council at the next regular meeting of the Co fai
cil after its passage shall become a law in like manner as if sign r
by the Mayor or person acting as such. No ordinance shall meet
effect until it has been published one day in some newspaper p ubui
lished in the City of Tampa, unless otherwise specially provide
in: such ordinance.
SEC. 19. The City Council shall, immediately after its organize ,
tion, proceed to elect one of its members President, who sh we
preside over the Council and they shall also elect a President p eect
tom., who shall eat as President of the Council during the absen r t
or disqualification of the President. During the absence or di
qualification of the Mayor the President of the Council shall di
charge the duties of the Mayor, but while so acting as Mayor ha
shall not have the right to act as a member of, or preside over t
Council. In case the Mayor shall be absent or laboring under d
ability for more than three da4 at a time, the Acting Mayor sh t u
receive the Mayor's salary during such time, but in case the ol hen.
of Mayor becomes vacant by death, resignation or otherwise,
President of the City Council shall discharge the duties of t
Mayor until a successor for the unexpired term is elected, whi
election shall be held within sixty days after the vacancy occurs.
SEC. 20. That the City Council shall have the power to mak e. a
establish and ordain, fo the government of said city a th w
cers of said citv. sh ordinances, in writing, and suh -l n e
inconsistent with this charter and the Constitution and laws of th ty c
ted States as they may deem necessary; Provided, a majority
Se City Council shall assent ereto. They shall have the powet
to pass all such ordinances as may be necessary to d ev
ogr aho sni ne o rain and punish or
o' revet the running at eof battle, hore
dogs, hoix.-sheep and goa in the streets the city. or in the ei
"fi3 and they shall ve the power, by and with the consent of
the Mayor, to provide for the establishment or acquisitition of, and
to operate and maintain water works, and to provide for the:
establishment of electric and other lighting plants, and all other
plants necessary for the city, and to make contracts relating to the
same, and may provide for the operation and maintenance of the
same; Provided, that no franchise hereafter granted or extended
tc any person, firm or corporation, granting any rights or privi
leges in the use of any street, alley, park or public place in the
city of Tampa, Florida, to operate any electric light, gas light
street railway, water company or other public service business or|
c3 to Aet
o be grante
iwe of 191T.
public utility, shall be legal unless the same has been passed by the
City Council, approved by the Mayor, and ratified by the vote of
a majority of the qualified electors participating in an election to
be held not less than four weeks after the granting and approval
of such franchise, and after such franchise has been published in
full for four successive weeks in some newspaper of general circu-
lation published in the English language in the' City of Tampa.
The vote on such franchise may be had at either a general or special
election, as may be determined by the Council, .als to regulate
the seed at which horses and bicycles may be ridden, and horses
Sec. and vehicles may ,ient iroughihe streets he
Ch. 1917 pdat which -atfeTT iiilways shall run in said city limits;
to license privileges, busmess, occupant s ani d proeiois carried
o and engaged in within the city limits, and the amounts of su~h
icese taxes shalIbe xed by city ordinances, which amounts of
such taxes shall not be dependent upon the general state law; Pro-
cene taines vided, however, that the privilege or occupational tax which shall
uliies. be assessed the street railway companies shall be one thousand dol-
lars per annum; against electric light companies two hundred and
fifty dollars per annum; against express companies, two hundred
and fifty dollars per annum; against telegraph companies, two
hundred and fifty dollars per annum; against telephone companies,
two hundred and fifty dollars per annum; against water companies,
five hundred dollars per annum; against commercial railroads, two
hundred dollars per annum; provided, that all corporations which
are now or may hereafter, by the terms of its franchise pay to the
percentage of city any portion of its earnings as a franchise or license tax, shall
earnings to be
deducted from have such amount deducted from the license tax provided in this
license tax. section; Provided, however, that the city shall, in the future, be
prohibited from assessing, levying, collecting or imposing upon any
Additional of said named companies, or corporations, or their property, any
prohibited. further or other tax, burden, assessment, imposition or rental of any
kind or character whatsoever, except said privilege taxes and ad
valorem tax on real and personal property, paving, sewerage or
sidewalk assessments. The City Council shall have the'power, by
Liquor ordinance, to require an applicant for license to enable him to sell
license liquors, wines and beer, before any such license shall be issued to
him, to first apply to the City Council, setting forth the location
Permit to be by street and number of the place at which he proposes to do busi-
procedure. ness, and if the City Council shall, by a majority vote, decline to
issue a permit for a license for said business to be carried on at
Not to said location, then, in that event, no license shall be issued for
interfere such location; Provided, however, that the City Council shall not
with have the to interfere with any license tobe issued to person
existing have the right to interfere with any license to be issued to persons
to engage in the business of dealing in liquors, wines and beer t
such places as liquors, wines and beer are being sold at the tinm
of said application. To establish quarantine and health requlatio ealthon
for the City of Tampa, not inconsistent with the rules and regular
tions of the State Board of Health; to organize and nravide a Firt
Department o relate f "v fo rtment.
re; to fix the number of drays and the rate of drayage; to provide and
for the inspection of gas, electric light and water meters: to ni rayae.
and enforce ordinances to compel stationary stem enineera t ton of
pass an examination for license and to ta + U ffi ngineers to
ing a penalty for faiure to do aso to compel t ins.t"nn of btd btainU cense.
boers. excet locomotives n -.nA h-l, to e l em.onpection of
player to emlo only station rv ein bm AilrA
-penalty for failn dn to compel em y h ir -
a.pra tar Me&&ts to allow i"spection of .IWlgfts nod OfsfTif TA"-
agers o servants to allow ins
altyfor the failure to do so to esablih a and in con-
junction with e Boar of County Commissioners, to a tsh establish
rules relations reshe oo. in ii
sane; to pviirt a fix the conditions u n which rs and
sane; to os .n .- nsane.
said erso coming into the city shall be a owd t rm ; to
provide for the pumshent of persons who may at any time dis- nishment
turb the peace of the city, or violate any of its ordinances, or any enses.
of the rules and regulations of the State Board of Health, or the I
Board of Commissioners of Public Works; to providefor he i sn- spection of
section and regulate the sale o illr meats, fruit. vegetales and etc
sh,etc.; to fix and regulate, from time to tine, the salaries of the. and
officers and employes of the city, except as herein otherwise pro- uLoate
vided; and to pass such ordinances as may be necessary to carry
into effect the rules and regulations and powers of the Board of enforce
Commissioners of Public Works; to compel property owners or Board of
occupants to connect with the city sewers and to keep their prem-
ises clean and sanitary, and to do and regulate any other matter-ar nitary
thing that matend to promote the peace, health welfareL pos-
perity and morals f the cityand for carrying into effect the Afore-
said powers; to evy annually a tax not to exceed one-fourth mill
upon the assessed valuation of each year for the maintenance of a ntintae.
free public library; to provide jo the building, constr on ad ray.
erection d wharves or slips, and the regnlatio conaL, r .
maintenance of the nm All vaeanes oecuring in 'said Couneil tio.
shall be filled by the vote of a majority of the remaining members i snc_ e in
of said City Council; said City Council shall judge the qualifica- n3cA, how
tions, election and return of its own members, and prescribe rules i
for the determination of contested elections. The City Council ao
shall have the right to impose penalties for the breaches of its oi
ordinances by fine and imprisonment in the city jail, either or both,
and to enforce the same by attachment summarily against the per-
son and property of the delinquent if the same can be found. Pro-
Limits of vided, that the penalty enforced shall in no case exceed imprison-
and fine. ment for more than six months, or a fine of five hundred dollars,
commutation either or both; they shall have the power to remit fines and com-
of sentences. mute sentences imposed by the Municipal Judge; and in addition
to the powers hereinabove enumerated, the City Council shalhave
Duties. the aowerand perform all the duties imposed upon them a y-the
laws of Florida now in force or which may hereafterJIa.enacted
providing for the government of cities and towns not inconsistent
with the..preisins of this Act. And the Mayor, Chief of Police,
Clerk, Treasurer, Tax Assessor and Tax Collector and other officers
shall have the powers and perform all the duties conferred and im-
posed upon them by general law. The said Council shall have the
and building power to fix and establish fire limits in said city and to prescribe
regulations, rules and regulations for the erection and repair of buildings in
said city; provided, that the fire limits as now established shall not
be decreased except by unanimous consent of all persons owning
property in any block to be taken out of said fire limits. The City
ontroe orf Council shall also pass such ordinances as may be necessary to pro-
outside if tect and preserve peace and order upon all property owned, leased,
managed or controlled by said city outside of the city. And the
Ch. 6779, Mayor and City Council are hereby authorized to require, by ordi-
Laws o 191s. nance, any storage or transfer company or corporation, licensed
May require dray, moving van or other moving company or companies to report
companies, as required by such ordinances the transfer or removal of the goods
make reports. or chattels of any person, firm or corporation from one house or
locality to another house or locality within the corporate limits
Penalty of said City of Tampa; provided, however, that the penalty to be
limited prescribed for the violation of any ordinance enacted hereunder
shall not exceed a fine of one hundred dollars or imprisonment not
exceeding thirty days.
Sec. 6, SEc. 21. There shall be elected by the qualified electors of the
Laws of 1911. City of Tampa four Commissioners, who shall be qualified electors
Commisisoners and freeholders, who shall be elected at the general election on the
works. first Tuesday after the first Monday in June, A. D. 1914, and every
Term of office four years thereafter, who, together with the Mayor, shall compose
and duties, a Board of Commissioners, who shall be called the Commissioners
of Public Works, and the duties of said Commissioners shall be as
assetsments. follows: Said Board shall have the power to equalize tax assess-
ments by raising or lowering said assessments, and in equalizing
may raise or lower the entire assessment; to receive all moneys
raised by taxation or otherwise for internal or municipal improve-
CITY CHARTER 11
ments; to have exclusive power and control over the construct o Genera
repairing, grading adn improving of all streets, alleys, avenues and over matter
lanes, public wharves or slips, landings, market houses, space improvement.
bridges, sewers, drainage, ditches, euverts, canals, streams, water
cQri .And the establishment of such dock _nes, sidewa curb-
ing, public buildings, etc., and to fix and establish the grades of all
streets and avenues, alleys and thoroughfares. Said Board shall
have exclusive power, supervision and control over the construe -Eec on of
tion and erection of all public buildings and all public improve, ulding.
ments of the city. The said Commissioners of Public Works shall
keep a record of their proceedings; provided, the City Council sh street pain.
have the right to name and designate all streets, alleys and ave-
nues which are to be paved, and shall direct, by resolution or or-J
dinance the Board of Public Works to pave the same, and prescribe
the order in which the work shall be done and the material which
shall be used.
SEC. 22. That al moneys assessed and collected for internal im.-ec. 7,
provements by the City Council or arising from the sale of bond, ws of 1911.
or otherwise, for said public or municipal improvements, shall be osto of all
placed to the credit of said Board in the hands of the Treasurer oubni for
of said city, who shall give a good and sufficient bond in some improvement.
approved surety company, in a sufficient amount to at all times reasre
protect said funds, said funds to be paid out by said Treasurer on ,ond.
the order of said Board of Commissioners. Copies of bills of ex-
penditure being filed with the Auditor and the warrants to be
countersigned by the City Auditor and the moneys so placed to the
credit of said Board of Commissioners shall not be used for any
other purpose than that for which they were appropriated.
SEC. 23. The members of the Board of Commissioners of Public c. 4,
Works shall be freeholders and registered voters of the said city w of 1917.
of Tampa, and shall be men of known integrity of character in the members o
city and shall, before assuming the duties of said office, take and orkd
subscribe to an oath to well and faithfully perform the duties of th and
the office to which they have been elected, and shall enter into a nd
bond in the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars each to the city
of Tampa, with at least two good and sufficient sureties, to be ap-
proved by the City Council, which sureties shall justify to the
amount for which each shall be bound, such bond to be conditioned .
for the faithful performance of their duty; and the Commissioners i
of Public Works shall have power to fill all vacancies occurring in '
the Board of Commissioners of Public Works.
SEC. 24. The first election of the Commissioners of Public Works rat
shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June, con.
A. D. 1910. The Mayor of the City shall be President of the
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Board. They shall be empowered to appoint their own clerk, and
Mayor shall employ such employees, officials and assistants as may be
president of found necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this charter,
May appoint and shall fix their compensation. They shall also appoint an engi-
clerk and neer, who shall from and after the passage of this act be known as
assistants the City Engineer, whose appointment shall be certified by the
compensation. President of the Board to the City Council, and shall be confirmed
nity by said Council, and the Board shall have the power to fix the
To be compensation of the said City Engineer. The duties of the City
consired by Engineer shall be prescribed by ordinance. Provided, That noth-
ing herein shall be construed to effect or limit the term of office
of the present Engineer.
The City Attorney of the City of Tampa shall after the first
Tuesday after the first Monday in June, 1910, be the legal adviser
City of said Board. A majority of the Board shall be authorized
to transact business; they shall provide the time of their meet-
Sec. s24 ings, shall make rules for their own government and adopt
as amened their own seal. All of their contracts shall be made in the name
Ch. 5859 of the city, shall be signed by the President of the Board and
contracts in attested by the Clerk. No contracts shall be made by the Board
name o city. with any member thereof, and no member shall be interested in
Members must any contract in any way or share in the profits, and any improve-
interested in ment which shall involve an expenditure of more than three hun-
dred dollars shall only be let and made after public advertisement
thereof, and shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder therefore,
ast bed upon such terms and secured by such bond as the Board may
before let it require.
over $300. require.
SEC. 25. It shall be the duty of the Commissioners of Public
Sec. 25, Works to take charge of and sell all bonds that may be issued by
Laws of 1903. the City of Tampa for the purpose of public improvements, and,
Ypublc Works after such sale, to turn over the proceeds to the proper custodian
all bonds, thereof. They shall receive all moneys appropriated to pay interest
To receive on the bonds or create a sinking fund for the payment of bonds
all moneys for
interest and issued for public improvements, and shall have full power and
To invest authority to invest said sinking fund either in bonds of the city,
sinking fund. United States government, State or county bonds.
see. 2, SEc. 26. The Commissioners of Public Works shall, on or before
h. s555os. the first Tuesday of August in each year, prepare and submit to
Laws of 1905.
Shaln make the City Council an itemized statement of the amount of money
tenized o necessary and advisable in their opinion to spend in the execution
moneys or of the duties entrusted to them for the ensuing year, giving in
necetasary tsarye plans of construction and repairs and efortimates of ex-
publc e detail the plans of construction and repairs and estimates of ex-
CITY CHARTER 13
penditures, etc., proposed by them, with the estimated cost of each
improvement, specifying the character of the improvement, -and
the amount required, as streets, sewers, public buildings, water-
iorks, lighting plant, bridges, etc. All payments of money expend-
ed by the Commissioners of Public Works from the levy for such
improvements shall be made upon warrants drawn and regularly
countersigned, the same as lther warrants from the treasury, and:
all vouchers therefore shall remain on file in said auditor's office,:
and on or before the first Monday in June of each year, the Board annual report
of Public Works shall report to the City Council, in writing, a full xpenditurea
iand detailed statement of the transactions of said Board, showing ou c.
among other things, the.amount of money received by or placed
to the credit of said Board and the sources from which the same
vas received, as well as the expenditures of said Board and the
purposes for which said expenditures were made, and said Board
of Public Works shall publish the sad statement in one newspaper ohe"
published in the city.
SEC. 27. It shall be the duty of the Mayor and City Council c. 26,
in their annual levy of taxes to make such levy as the budget made aws of 1903.
by the Board of Public Works for said year shows shall be necessary oay and
to be not less than three mills upon the assessed valuation of each ake levy.
Scar, for expenditures under the direction of the Commissioners
of Public Works, and the amount so levied shall be collected and
carried to the credit of the Board of Commissioners of Public
Works, and it shall not be diverted from said Board or be used .ot to be
by the Mayor and City Council for any other purpose, but the ve
same shall remain as a separate fund in the hands of the Treasurer,
of the City.
SEC. 28. Whenever any street, alley or highway shall have been reet paving.
heretofore or may hereafter be paved, graded, curbed, laid out. ?i. 718,
opened, repaired or otherwise improved by the City of Tampa, ex- of1917.
cept sidewalks, including work and improvements now in process ,
of construction, or whenever said street, alley or highway shall
have been or may hereafter be paved, graded, laid out, opened,
repaired, or otherwise improved, except sidewalks, or whenever
any sewer or drain shall have been heretofore or may hereafter
bc constructed or repaired in the City of Tampa, the City Council
shall, as soon as the cost of such improvement shall have been certi- i c-.
fied to them by the Commissioners of Public Works as hereinbefore unci shall
provided, assess against the abutting property two-thirds of the tt ing
cost of said improvements in proportion to the frontage of said o'-'ards of
abutting property on said street, alley or highway so improved; t
Provided, that whenever a sewer is laid no greater amount of the e
cost thereof shall be assessed against the abutting property than wer.
14 CITY CHARTER
Acts of 1917.
Laws of 1917.
to be ordered
Entire cost to
two-thirds of the cost of laying an eight-inch sewer; Provided, that
in, assessing two-thirds of the cost of a sewer against abutting
property, not more than one sewer shall be assessed against any lot
or tract of land unless the same is greater in area than ten thou-
sand square feet; Provided, further, that the proportion of the
assessment for any sewer which any lot or tract of land escapes
under this provision shall be added to and included in the two-
thirds of the entire cost of said sewer assessable against the other
property abutting upon any street, alley or highway, in which said
sewer is laid or which is served or to be served by such sewer.
Provided, further, that the entire cost of the improvements at
the intersection of streets shall be paid'by the City; Provided,
further, that whenever the owner or owners of two-thirds of the
property abuttirg on any street, alley or highway shall present to
the City Council a petition diyly signed by them asking that said
street, alley or highway be paved and curbed, or graded, or paved
or curbed, it shall be the duty of the City Council to grant the
said petition and order the said street, alley or highway, or portion
thereof to be paved, graded or curbed, or graded or paved or curb-
ed. The determination of the City Council as to the stificiency of
the petition shall be final and conclusive. After the improvement
is completed the entire cost thereof shall be assessed against the
property abutting upon said street, alley or highway or portion
thereof, in proportion to the frontage on said street, alley or high-
way, except as much thereof as may be lawfully assessed against
any street railway or other railroad company under the ordinances
of the City, or the charter of the City of Tampa; Provided, how-
ever, that this shall not affect or impair any powers now possessed
by the City Council of Tampa in cases not within the terms of
Assessments SEC. 29. All such assessments for such improvements heretofore
improvements made, or which may hereafter be made, including those in process
prior hen to
all others of construction, shall constitute a prior lien to all other liens, ex-
Sec. 29 cept taxes, and those for construction or repair of sidewalks, with
Ch 1903. which liens they shall have equal dignity upon the real estate
Shall bear assessed. The amount of said assessment shall bear interest at a
ereea rate not greater than eight per cent. per annum, to be fixed by the
S City Council from the date of the issuance of the certificate of
Laws of 1915. indebtedness hereinafter provided, and shall be payable in five
equal installments in one, two, three, four and five years. But the
five annual owner of the real estate so assessed shall have the right to pay said
assessment with matured interest at any time before suit, and the
certificate issued against his property shall thereupon be released
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ind cancelled. If suit has been instituted and payment is tendered
after suit, the costs and attorney's fees herein provided for must
be included in the amount so paid.
SEC. 30. When at any time the City Council of said City shall i to
decide to grade, pave, curb, lay out, open, repair or. otherwise im- vement.
prove any street, alley or highway, or any part thereof, or to con- 2.
struct or repair any sewer, the said City Council shall pass a reso- a of "1L.
iltion or ordinance ordering the same to be done, and thereupon 1a0.
the Commissioners of Public Works shall advertise for bids for T .o
raking said improvements; and said advertisement shall contain, ic Works
among other things, a description of the material to be used, width let
of paving, if the street is to be paved, and shall designate with rea-
sonable certainty the limit within which said work is to be done,
and the nature thereof, in which advertisement the Commissioners
of Public Works shall reserve the rig .to reject any and all bids.
In advertising the street paving the Codmissioners of Public Works
may, within their discretion, advertise for separate bids on grading,
curbing, paving and enter into separate contracts therefore. When-
ever the said Commissioners have accepted any bid or bids for any
of the above mentioned improvements, as soon as the said improve-
ments have been completed under the terms of the contract and the
same has been accepted by the Commissioners of Public Works,
Softer duly advertising and giving the public hearing hereinafter
mentioned, they shall certify the entire cost of such improvements certify
to the City Council, whereupon the said City Council, at its next elc.
regular meeting, or at a special meeting called for this purpose,
shall assess against the property abutting on each side of the said c i shaB
street, alley or highway, in proportion to the frontage on said street, P ry
alley or highway, one-third of the amount of the cost of any such
improvement; Provided that in any street where there may be a
street or other railroad track or tracks, two-thirds of the amount T c be
of the cost of any such improvement in said street required to be by
paved by the railroad shall be deducted from the amount assessed '
against the abutting property; Provided, that the Board of Com- c i os0.
missioners of Public Works of the City of Tampa are hereby author- A to
i:ed to pave any alley or alleys and assess against the property aleys.
s.butting on each side of said alley one-half of the amount of the c to be
cost of any such improvement, and certificates of indebtedness shall a t
be issued against said abutting property, as provided in the charter rt.
of said city; said certificates shall be payable to bearer in one, two ce cates
and three years, in equal annual installments, with interest as pro- th equal
vided in said charter; Provided, That no alley shall be paved under in ents.
this provision, except those alleys connected with or abutting on a
paved street, avenue or thoroughfare.
Sec. 1, SEC. 81. The City Council, as soon as said assessment is made,
Laws of 1915. shall issue certificates of indebtedness for the amount so assessed
certificates against the abutting property, a separate certificate to be issued
tract of land. against each tract of land assessed, containing a description of the
what land and the amount of the assessment, together with the general
certificates to nature of the improvement for which the assessment is made, and
the date thereof; said certificate shall be payable to bearer in one,
AebbW.-- two, three, four, five equal annual installments with interest to be
ann ual, u*-fixed by the City Council at a rate not greater than eight per cent.
per annum, payable annually from the date of the issuance of the
Interest at certificate of indebtedness. The respective installments of princi-
pal and the annual interest, payable in one, two, three, four years
Evidenced after date, shall be evidenced by collection coupons as they respect-
ively mature, payment of such coupons, respectively, being satis-
faction and payment pro tanto of said certificates; the installment
of principal and the annual interest payable five years after date
shall be payable only upon the surrender and cancellation of said
certificates; said coupons shall be incident to said certificate for the
purpose of collection only, and shall not be transferrable except by
delivery of said certificate. And the certificate and the coupons
shall be so framed that the certificate will not only provide that
the payment of the coupons will affect the payment of the certi-
ficate pro tanto, but also that the coupon itself shall be used only
Payment of for collection purposes and can be transferred only by delivery of
certificates the principal certificate; the payment of which said certificate and
guaranteed the annual interest thereon shall be guaranteed by the City of
Tampa, and in case of non-payment of principal or annual interest
thereon at maturity by the property owner, and the holder or owner
of said certificate shall have failed to collect the same by suit, the
same shall be redeemed by the city at the option of the holder of
said certificate, but such redemption by the city shall not discharge
the lien or assessment against the abutting property; and in case
o[ non-payment of annual interest, or any installment upon any
certificate issued under the provisions of this act, it shall be optional
with the holder thereof to consider the whole of said principal sum
expressed in said certificates as immediately due and payable with
interest to date. The certificates when issued shall be turned over
to the Commissioners of Public Works, who shall sell or dispose of
the same in payment of said work or improvement, or for cash,.in
their discretion, and all certificates of indebtedness constituting a
certificates lien upon abutting property shall be payable at the office of the
office of City Treasurer of the City of Tampa; Provided, however, the Con-
Treasurer. missioners of Public Works shall not dispose of any of said certi-
ficates until thirty days after the same shall have been entered in
CITY CHARTER 17
the Street Improvement Lien Book, as herein provided, and during fuates
said thirty days the property owner may satisfy the same by pay- eand
ing the face of the certificate with interest up to the date of pay- before
inent, and provided further that the certificates of indebtedness as
herein provided for shall be issued for all the work now or that
may hereafter be contracted for and uncompleted for which no der-
tificates have been issued.
SEC. 32. It shall also be the duty of the Oemnissioners of Public 3.
Works to ascertain as soon as possible after the passage of this act, rs nos.
.he cost of any such work or improvement now under construction
or which has been completed under contract heretofore entered into
by said Commisaioners of Public Works with any contractor or con-
tractors, and to certify the same to the City Council of the City of
Tampa, in the 'same manner as is provided in Section 30 for the
certification of such work or improvement to said City Council,
whose duty it shall be to assess against the abutting property on
each side of said street, alley or highway so improved two-thirds of
the cost of the improvement as is provided for in Section thirty
for other improvements so assessed against the abutting property.
SEC. 33. The Commissioners of Public Works shall have the as,
power by resolution to prescribe the width of all sidewalks in said 3633,
s of 1903.
city, and the materials of which the same shall be constructed; they prescribe
shall also have the power, on such notice as may be prescribed, by a material.
resolution, to require owners of property to lay, construct or repair T require
sidewalks in front of their property, and if the owner shall not lay, er to lay.
construct or repair the same within the time limited in the resolu- In efault
tions, the Commissioners of Public Works shall have the same done a, snot ey
&nd shall certify the entire cost thereof to the City Council of the ash in
City of Tampa, who shall assess the said cost against the abutting erty.
property in the same manner as is herein provided for the assess-
rments against property for paving or for other improvements; P bl~b in
which assessments shall be payable in three equal installments in a aieQUal
one, two and three years and shall bear interest at a rate not greater l1utlments.
than eight per cent. per annum to be fixed by the City Council, .for
which assessments certificates of indebtedness shall be issued in the
:-anner herein provided for issuing certificates of indebtedness in i 4.
other cases, and said assessment when so made shall constitute a ,
lien prior to all other liens except taxes and those for works or im- |
provements heneinbefore provided for, with which they shall be 1
of equal dignity, upon the property in front of which said walk
shall have been laid from the date of assessment, which lien shall
be enforced in the manner herein provided for the enforcement of
liens in other cases; Provided, however, that the owner of the prop- eand
erty abutting the sidewalk shall have the option to pay the entire c cate.
18 CITY CHARTER
amount of said assessment in cash upon notice of his intention so
to do given before the completion of the work, in which event the
certificate heretofore issued for said assessment shall be redeemed
sec. ,. SEC. 34. In all cases provided in this act for the paving, grad-
Laws ot 1905. ing, curbing, laying out, opening, repairing or otherwise improving
streets ,alleys, within the limits of the Cty of Tampa, including the
laying, constructing or repairing of sidewalks in front of any prop-
erty within the limits of the City of Tampa, as soon as said work
shall have been completed, and prior to its acceptance by the Board
of Public Works, in the event the same is done under contract, said
Notice of Board of Public Works shall cause to be published a notice of the
completion of completion of the said work, which notice shall contain a statement
work, what to
contain, of the total cost of the work, and of the total frontage of the lots
liable to lien therefore, and the amount of the lien per foot front
claimed by the city, but in such notice the name of the owner or
owners or other person interested in said lots need not appear, but
only a sufficient description of the lots to make them capable of
shall set day identification shall be necessary; and said notice shall set a day
for hearing, for hearing of all complaints which the owner or owners or other
person interested in said lots may desire to make against the certi-
fication of the cost of such improvement to the City Council of the
City of Tampa. After the date of such hearing, if no legal reason
I, shown why the cost of said improvement shall not be certified to
lie City Council of the City of Tampa, as provided by this act,
the Board of Public Works shall, after the acceptance of said work,
hal certify in the event the same is done under contract, certify to the City
cos to. Council of the City of Tampa the entire cost of said improvements,
and the said City Council of the City of Tampa shall assess the
said cost against the abutting property in the manner hereinbefore
See. .2 SEC. 35. As soon as practicable, and within thirty days after the
Laws of 1915. issuance, by the City Council, of any certificate of indebtedness, as
Shall enter in
street n herein provided, the Board of Public Works shall cause to be en-
Lien Boo. tered in a book kept for that purpose, known as the "Street Im-
*- o giq provement Lien Book," the date of each certificate, the lot upon
c S. .(c which the lien is claimed, the amount or amounts due according to
the terms of said certificate, and when due, and such other informa-
tion as the Board may deem advisable. Upon payment of any cer-
tificate so entered in the Street Improvement Lien Book the holder
aertecatre of said certificate shall produce the certificates before the Clerk of
ceraedlbe the Board of Public Works for cancellation, and it shall be the dut.
upon payment. I the Clerk to cancel said certificates, as well as the record thereof.
in the Street Improvement Lien Book. And in the event that
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property owner wishes to pay or redeem any collection coupon, or
entire certificate, before maturity, he may apply to the Board of
Public Works for a certificate of the amount due, and the amount
shall be the face of the collection coupon with interest up to the
date of maturity and if the entire amount of the certificate yet un-
paid is desired to be paid and the certificate cancelled in full, the
property owners shall pay the entire amount unpaid, with interest
up to the next installment period, and deposit the said amount with:
the City Treasurer and take a receipt therefore, and upon the pre-,
scentation of the receipt of the City Treasurer, the Clerk of the
Board of Public Works shall note and enter in the Street Improve-
ment Lien Book a partial payment or full satisfaction of said lien
znd the amount of such payment, as the case may be. Upon the '
presentation of the collection coupon the Clerk of the Board of
Public Works shall cancel said collection coupon and note in the
Street Improvement Lien Book a partial payment of said install-
nient and partial satisfaction of said lien to the amount of such
collection coupon, and shall enter upon the back of such coupon
the amount due to the date of payment, and also make a similar
entry in the Street Improvement Lien Book; and, should payment
be made to the City Treasurer of the City of Tampa, which under eeding
the provisions hereof, can be done, it shall be the duty of the Treas- de to
urer to at once make a memorandum thereof in a book to be kept urer
by him for- that purpose, showing the date of such payment, the
number of the certificate and the property on account of which said i
payment is made, and he shall at once certify such facts to the
Clerk of the Board of Public Works, and said Clerk of the Board
of Public Works shall make entry of such facts in the Street Im-
provement Lien Book, as provided when payment is made to the
holder of said certificate and the same is produced before him; but
the City Treasurer shall not receive any payments on account of
any certificate which is not in full payment of principal and inter-
est of the installments at that time due and payable, nor shall he
receive any payment on account of any certificate upon which suit
has been instituted under the provisions of this act, and notice
thereof has been given to him by the attorney representing the com-
SEC. 36. In no event shall the amount or validity of the liens a iS,
r certificates of indebtedness as provided for by this act be ques- n ot t5.
ioned in any direct or collateral proceeding instituted more than *quetona
wo months after the issuance of such certificate of indebtedness by I It m
he City Council of the City of Tampa. Upon any suit brought to cate.
Ilforce such lien or collection of the amount due upon such certi- tute
cate of indebtedness, a copy of the entry of such lien in the Street e nce
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Improvement Lien Book duly certified by the Clerk of the Board
of Public Works, under the corporate seal of the city, or the original
certificate of indebtedness issued on account of such lien, shall be
and constitute prima faci evidence of the amount and existence of
the lien upon the property described, and in all cases mentioned in
this act, where the City of Tampa has acquired, or may hereafter
How liens acquire, liens for improvements, such liens, or any of them, may
enforced. be enforced in the following manner by the City or in the name of
the City by the holder thereof; First, by a bill in equity; second,
by a suit at law. The bill in equity or the declaration at law shall
set forth briefly and succinctly the issuance of the certificate of
indebtedness issued on account of such lien, the amount thereof, and
the description of the property upon which such lien has been ac-
quired and against which such certificate of indebtedness was
issued, and shall contain a prayer that they shall be compelled to
pay the amount of said lien, or in default thereof, that the said
property shall be -sold to satisfy the same; but the judgment or,
decree obtained in said suit shall not be enforced against or be a
lien upon any other property than that against which the assess-
ment was made, and in the decree or judgment, as the case may be,
for the enforcement and collection of the amount for which said
Attorney's lien is given decree or judgment shall also be rendered for a rea-
fees. sonable attorney's fee, not to exceed Twenty-five ($25.00) Dollars,
for the institution of the suit, and the sum of ten per cent. of the
recovery, together with the costs of abstract fees, showing the own-
ership of the property, and the costs of the proceeding, which at-
torney's fee and costs shall also be a lien upon said land, and shall
be collected at the time and in the manner provided for the collec-
tion of the amount for which the lien was originally given, but in
no event shall the city be liable for the payment of the attorney's
fee herein provided for.
sec. 37. SEC. 37. In the proceedings provided for in the preceding see-
Laws of 1903. tion, the owner or owners of the land, if they can be ascertained,
Who panrtes shall be the parties defendant. If the owner or owners cannot be,
ascertained after diligent inquiry, the proceedings shall be against
the property on which the lien is claimed without mentioning any
Service by party as defendant. In such case service shall be had by a notice
publication. of the institution of said suit for the enforcement of such lien b3
advertisement in a newspaper published in the City of Tampa once
a week for four consecutive weeks. In all proceedings to enforce
said liens, or any of them, save in the cases where the owner or
owners cannot be ascertained service shall be made in the same man-
Appeals. ner as is provided by law for service in other cases. In such prb-
S~- c. eeedings, appeals and writs of error may be taken to the proper.
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appellate court, as in other cases. The proper appellate court shall"
on motion of either party, advance such causes out of their regular
order and try and determine the same as early as possible.
SEc. 38. No officer of the City of Tampa shall draw a warrant as.
on the Treasurer of said city unless the money to meet said war. a w, o 190
rant is actually in the hands of the Treasurer at the time it is grants on
drawn, and any officer who shall draw, issue or countersign a war- be isued
rant on the Treasurer of said city when there is no money to meet -hand.mo
the same in the hands of the Treasurer, shall be guilty of a misde- alty
rieanor under the laws of the State, and" upon conviction shall be nation.
fined not less than five hundred dollars, and all warrants so drawn
in violation of this section shall be null and void.
SEC. 39. It shall be unlawful for the City of Tampa, in any one 9,
year, to incur any indebtedness in excess of the appropriation for n o1b03'
said year except as provided in this charter. to be
SEC. 40. Upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the City oeas o
Council and the consent of the Mayor of said city, the said city is 40
hereby authorized at any time to borrow money to the extent of *S33,
.w of 1903.
one-half of the amount of the taxes in any one year, and to issue w city
as evidence of indebtedness for the money borrowed revenue bonds, rw money.
which bonds shall be signed by the Mayor of the City, President of
the City Council, and the Auditor of the City and attested by the
City Clerk under the seal of said city, and shall not be of less de-
nomination than one thousand dollars each. Said bonds shall be d" to be
issued separately against any or all the funds for which taxes are "rent.
assessed, and when issued against any fund the amount realized
from the loan on said bonds shall be carried and credited to the
fund against which said bond was issued; that said bonds shall be
issued in serial numbers, beginning with number one, as against
each separate fund, and the holder of said bonds shall have a first
lien upon the uncollected taxes to the extent of the amount bor-
rowed, and as against each fund for which said bonds were issued;
and as the taxes are collected the bonds shall be paid in the order
in which they were issued out of the funds against which said bonds
were negotiated. No revenue bonds shall be issued for a longer t of bonds
time than six months, and shall bear such interest as the City Coun- m oonthS
cil may fix.
SEC. 41. The City of Tampa shall have the right to issue and 9,
sell bonds for municipal improvements; Provided, Such issue and a of 1911.
sale of bonds shall be ratified by a majority of the qualified electors isoue onda
of said city who are taxpayers and who paid taxes on their own f e. how
property in the City of Tampa assessed and levied for the calendar e
year prior to that in which said election is held and actually voting
at an election to be held for that purpose, not to exceed the amount
Issue not to of fifteen per cent. of the assessed value of the taxable property of
exceed 15% of
taxable said city. And whenever for the purpose of extending the time
of the payment of the now existing indebtedness which from its
limits of taxation the City of Tampa may be unable to pay at ma-
turity, or whenever it appears to the City Council of the City of
Tampa to be the best interest of sail city to refund any such in-
debtedness now existing, the City Council of Tampa,. by a resolu-
tion introduced and passed at any regular meeting is hereby author-
ized and empowered to compromise, compound, refund, settle with
and to fund any now existing indebtedness lawfully made and.un-
Refunding dertaken by said city by authority of law; and for this purpose and
without submitting the same to ratification by the qualified electors
of said city at an election as hereinbefore provided, and said City
Council of Tampa shall have the power to issue negotiable coupon
Denona- bonds of said City of Tampa, and such bonds shall be in the de-
tions. nominations of one hundred dollars, five hundred dollars, or one
thousand dollars, bearing interest at a rate not exceeding five per
cent. per annum, such interest to be paid semi-annually, at such
place or places as the City Council may direct, and the said princi-
pal and interest to be made payable in gold coin of the United
States of present weight and fineness, and said bonds shall not be
Prerequisites sold for less than par; Provided, however, That no indebtedness of
to issue. said City of Tampa shall be so comprised, refunded or extended
unless such indebtedness shall first be determined to be an existing,
What valid and binding obligation of said city; and the resolution of the
to stte City Council of the City of Tampa authorizing the issue of said
negotiable coupon bonds shall state the amount of existing indebted-
ness to be compromised, refunded or extended, the aggregate
amount of bonds to be issued therefore, their number and denomina-
tions, the date of maturity, the rate of interest they shall bear and
the place or places of payment, principal and interest. The City
Council of Tampa is further empowered and employed to levy a
levy sufficient sufficient tax upon real and personal property situated within the
for interest corporate limits of said city each year to pay the annual interest
fund. i and to pay not less than two per cent. annually of the principal
ef said bonds, besides all expenses pf assessing and collecting the
same, which two per centum of the principal so raised by taxation
and the interest accruing thereon, when collected, shall be and re-
main a sinking fund to pay said bonds, and the same shall be in-
sinking fund vested by the City Council in United States, State or County bond
to be or in bonds of the City of Tampa, including revenue bonds and
certificates of indebtedness of the City of Tampa issued under the
provisions of the charter of the said city, together with the interest
accruing thereon, and no bonds shall be issued under this provision
CITY CHARTER 23
until a levy as hereinbefore provided shall have been made, and
when said levy shall have been made, the same shall continue in
furce until the whole amount of principal and interest shall have
been fully paid; Provided, That nothing herein shall be construed
to authorize the City Council of Tampa-to levy any tax in excess
of that authorized by the charter of said City of Tampa, and Pro-
vided further, That it shall not authorize.the taking up of bonds
theretofore issued or evidence of indebtedness created and issuing
new bonds in lieu thereof unless such new bonds shall bear a less
rate of interest than the bonds or evidence of indebtedness taken up.
SEC. 42. Any person who shall possess the qualifications required
of an elector at general State elections and shall have resided in the
city three months next preceding the election and shall have regis-
tered in the municipal registration book as shall be prescribed by
ordinance shall be a qualified elector of said city, and all elections
Leld in said City of Tampa shall be conducted and held in accord-
ance with the provisions and election laws of the State of Florida,
but the City Council shall be substituted for the Board of County
SEC. 43. Save as to the Commissioners of Public Works, the
Mayor and the members of the City Council whose election shall
be every four years as herein provided, there shall be held in the
City of Tampa on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June,
A. D. 1912, and biennially thereafter, an election, at which said
election all elective officers of the City of Tampa, except as herein
provided, shall be elected, and the City Council shall, by ordinance,
prescribe the manner of holding both general and special elections
not inconsistent with the provisions hereof and provide registra-
tion books for persons residing in said city, which registration
books shall be discarded and filed for reference after each and
every special and general election and new registration books pro-
vided for each and every special or general election in said city.
The present registration books of said city shall be discarded and
filed for reference and. each and every elector of said city shall
re-register as provided by the ordinances of said city before he shall
be qualified to vote at said elections; and said City Council shall
also by ordinance prescribe a polling place in each ward of the
city; Provided, That in all elections, general or special, in the City
of Tampa,. each and every political organization that had a ticketT
voted for at the last State and County election and each and every
organization or party that had a ticket voted for at the ast city
election or city primary to the extent of not more than thr alto-
gether of such organizations and parties, shall have a reptfsentai
tive on the Board of Inspectors at each voting place in said city
ore levy is
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election which said representative shall be selected by the city com-
mittee of said organization, if one exists, or any such political party
having a ticket voted for at the last general city election and shall
be by such committee or party as the case may be presented to the
City Council at least sixteen days before any general or special
election in said city and the name or names of persons so selected
by said organization or party, and to the extent of not more than
three altogether, as aforesaid, shall be named by said City Council
as inspectors as aforesaid of said election.
SEC. 44. All of the property within the city taxable for State
.1. and County purposes shall be assessed and listed for the purpose
Sof taxation on the city tax assessment roll, and railway and rail-
road companies, including street railway companies, shall be sub-
ject to assessment and taxation on all real estate and personal
property owned by them within the limits of the corporation in the
same manner and at the same ratio valuation as other property;
save and except roadbeds and rolling stock of said railroads which
1w shall be assessed by the Comptroller as now provided by law, and
it shall be the duty of the Tax Assessor, between the first Monday
on in January and the first Monday in June in each year to ascertain
by diligent inquiry all taxable property, both personal and real
estate, in the City of Tampa, and the names of the persons owning
the same on the first Monday in January of each year to make an
of assessment of all such taxable property. He shall visit and inspect
all real estate, unless acquainted therewith, and the improvements
thereon, and fix a valuation on the same, and shall require owners
of personal property to return and value the same under oath; and
in case the owner of personal property neglects and fails to return
the same the Assessor of taxes shall assess the same, fix a valuation
thereon and any person or persons so neglecting to make such
return under oath shall not be permitted afterwards to reduce the
valuation by such Assessor on his personal property for that year;
Provided, That any error therein may be corrected by the Board
of Commissioners of Public Works at the'time of the equalization
Sby them of the tax assessment of said city. The Assessor of taxes
r is hereby authorized to administer oaths to all persons returning
their personal property.
sec. 46. .. f SEC. 45 All property, both real and personal, shall be assessed
Ch. 5363, p yp na s
Laws of 1903. to the owner thereof, and if the owner is unknown, and after proper
When effort, the Assessor of taxes fails to ascertain the owner thereof, the
"unknown." same may be assessed as unknown.
S sec. (46. $" "SEc. 46. The Assessor of taxes shall set down in the assessment
Ch.3193 ll the separate columns provided therefore, according to the
Laws of 1903. roll, in the separate columns provided therefore, according to the
CITY CHARTEB 25
best information he can obtain, first, the name of the owner, if
known, and if not known "Unknown," and a description of each
tract or parcel of land, specifying under appropriate heads the
number of lots and blocks and additions or subdivisions of said
city in which the land lies, according to the plat on file in the office
of the clerk of the circuit court of Hillsborough county, Florida,
and in case the land is not platted, then by subdivision of the
United States survey, or fractional part thereof, and the value of
each and every lot separately. Second, he shall value and assess
separately the improvements on each lot, piece or parcel of land so
assessed. Third, he shall assess separately all personal property, am
consisting of horses, cattle, mules, watches, silverware, money in
possession or at interest, capital invested in trade, including notes, p
accounts, mortgages, stocks and bonds, and all personal property AA
whatsoever. Fourth, that all assessments of personal property and vi
real estate shall be made at their full cash value.
SEC. 47. If the Assessor of taxes shall discover that any land in so
said City of Tampa was omitted in the assessment roll of either or r
all of the three previous years, and was then liable to taxation, he LT
shall, in addition to the assessment of such land for that year, assess as
the same separately for each year or years that it may have been
omitted, at the just value thereof in such years, noting distinctly
the year in which omission occurred, and such assessment shall have
the same force and effect as it would have had if made in the year
when the same was omitted, and taxes shall be levied and collected
thereon in like manner and together with the taxes of the year in
which the assessment is made, but no land shall be assessed for
more than three years arrears of taxes and all such land shall be
subject to such taxes omitted to be assessed into whomsoever hands
they may come.
SEC. 48. It shall be the duty of the Assessor of taxes to complete w
the assessment roll on or before the first Monday in June in each
year, and on said day, or as soon thereafter as practicable, the As-
sessor of taxes shall meet with the Board of Equalization of said to
city at the office of the Commissioners of Public Works for the pur- fim
pose of reviewing the said assessment roll and shall continue such
review for ten days or as long as may be necessary for that pur- of
pose; and on the request of any person considering himself aggriev-
ed, if such person shall not previously have made oath as to the
value of his personal property, assessed to him pursuant to this
section, the Assessor may, under oath, reduce the assessment to
such person to the spin specified under oath. The Board of Equal- 'w
ization shall meet at the office of the Commissioners of Public
Works on the first Monday in June of each year, or as soon there- m1
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26 CITY CHARTER
after as practicable, for the purpose of hearing all persons who
may consider themselves aggrieved, and may alter or change the
assessment of any real or personal property; and for the purpose
aforesaid, the Board of Equalization shall sit for three days' or
Notice of longer if necessary; Provided, That should such Board of Equaliza-
increase. tion increase any value fixed by the Assessor they shall give ten
days notice to the owner or agent of said real estate or personal
property of such increase. All acts of said Board of Equalization
in equalizing prior tax assessments of said City of Tampa are here-
sec. 14, SEC. 49. The City of Tampa shall have the right to raise by
Laws f 1911. taxation any such amount as may be necessary for carrying on the
Limit of government of said city, not exceeding eight mills on the dollar of
agene for the actual cash value of all property in said city, both real and
purposes. personal, and in addition thereto, shall have the right to levy such
Additional additional taxes as may be necessary to pay the interest on out-
standing bonds of said city, and such additional bonds as said city
may from time to time issue in accordance with law, and also to
provide a sinking fund for the redemption of said bonds when the
same mature, and shall have the right to levy such additional taxes
as may be necessary to pay for the lighting of said city and hydrant
rentals, and for the operation and maintenance of such waterworks,
gas plants and electric lighting plants as the city may construct or
acquire, and said city shall also have the right to raise by taxation
Library tax. such amount as may be necessary to maintain a public library in
said city not to exceed one-fourth mill on the dollar upon the tax-
able property in the City of Tampa. The City Council shall also
have the power and is authorized to levy a special tax, not to exceed
Publicity tax. one-half mill on the dollar, upon the real and personal property
within the boundary limits of such city, to be assessed and collected
Scl 771oi' as other taxes of said city are assessed and collected, and to be ex-
pended under the direction of the Council of said city for the pur-
pose of giving publicity to the advantages, facilities and produc-
tions of said city; or in lieu of such special tax, said City Council
shall have power to make an appropriation to be payable out of
any funds not otherwise appropriated, for the purposes named
above, provided such appropriation shall not exceed the sum of,
or a sum equal to, one-half mill on the dollar on all assessable
Sei. 14, property per annum. It shall be the duty of the City Council at
Laws of 1911. their next meeting after having been notified of the amount.of the
uncil to sum total of the taxable property in the City of Tampa, to ascer-
budget tain the amount of money needed for each department, which said
Mayor to estimate shall be submitted to the Mayor or the city, and he shall
diminish, have the right to increase or diminish the appropriation for any
CITY CHARB a 27
department. The Mayor shall then return said estimate to the
City Council and the City Council shall not have the right to
change any item in said estimate of the Mayor, except by a two-
thirds vote of the Council. The Council shall then make a levy
in accordance with said estimate and no part of the money raised to be
by taxation shall be diverted from the object for which it was
raised except by consent of the Mayor and two-thirds of the City
SEc. 50. In addition to the amounts levied for taxation already 4,
provided for, the Council shall levy each year not less than three 724 1915.
mills on the dollar upon the taxable property of the City of Tampa rnal
for the purpose of repairs and internal improvements, the amount rovements
of which tax when collected shall be placed to the credit of the
Commissioners of Public Works, and used and expended by them
for repairs and general internal improvements of said city; and in
addition thereto the said city is authorized to levy a special tax
not exceeding one mill on each dollar for the purpose of providing PBtal tas
for the establishment and maintenance of a public hospital in said
SEC. 51. It shall be the duty of the Assessor of Taxes immediate- 11,
ly after the assessment of the property of the city has been cor- a or 19't.
iected, and the amount to be raised for the various purposes here- petng
inbefore mentioned has been determined, to calculate and carry out esment
the sum total of the several amounts of said taxes in a column
provided for that purpose in the assessment roll, setting down
opposite the several sums set down as the valuation of the real and
personal property the respective sums assessed for taxes thereon,
in dollars and cents, rejecting all fractional parts of a cent. He
shall also add up all columns of the assessments and taxes contained
in the assessment roll and mark thereon such recapitulatory tables
as may be required by the City Council, and he hall then attach '
to said assessment roll the following affidavit, to wft '
SEC. 52. State of Florida, County of Hillsborough, City of w ore
Personally appeared before me....................... -. .. ..... 689.
Assessor of Taxes of the City of Tampa, who being duly sworn,
says the foregoing assessment roll contains a true statement and
description of all real and personal property in the City of Tampa
subject to taxation or liable to be assessed therein, and that the
valuations so far as were made by him, were just and correct.-
Sworn to and subscribed to before me this .......................... day r l to be
of .......... .. 190......; and shall have the same completed l t n
by the first Monday in October of each year, or as soon thereafter as ber.
practicable, at which time the said City Council shall examine the
said assessment roll, and if found to be correct, shall so certify
thereon, which certificate shall be signed by at least a majority of
the members of the City Council; and the City Council shall then
direct the Collector of taxes to proceed on the first Monday in
November of each year to collect said taxes, or as soon thereafter
as said assessment roll shall be completed.
SEC. 53. The City Council shall direct the Tax Collector to col-
lect said taxes by attaching to the assessment roll the following
State of Florida
To.......................................................... ................, Tax Collector of the City
of Tampa: You are hereby commanded to collect from each of the
persons and corporations named in the annexed roll, and of the
owners of the real estate described therein, the taxes set down in
said roll opposite their names, and to the several parcels of land
therein described; and in case any person or corporation upon
which any tax is imposed shall refuse or neglect to pay the same,
you are to do with such taxes as prescribed by the charter of the
City of Tampa; and all sums collected you are to pay to the City
Treasurer at such times as may be required by the ordinances of
said city; and you are further required to make all collections on
or before the first Monday in January next on which day you will
have a final report to and settlement with the City Treasurer.
Given under our hands and seal of the City this...............day of
. ........................ ... .....................1.........
President of the City Council.
Sec. 13. SEC. 54. All taxes shall be due and payable on the first Monday
Laws of 1907. of October in each year, or as soon thereafter as the assessment is
An taxes due approved by the City-Council and their warrant attached thereto.
October. and handed to the Collector of Taxes for collection, and the Col-
Laws of 1903.
lector of taxes shall give notice that the taxes are then due, and all ctor to
taxes remaining due and unpaid on the first Monday of January notice.
thereafter shall bear interest at the rate of 12 per cent. per annum
and shall be added to the tax collected.
SEC. 55. The Collector of taxes shall not make sale of real estate unpaid
for unpaid taxes and assessments; he shall have the power to issue : 'anuar 1st
distress warrants and alias and pluries distress warrants in the i at
name of the State and City to enforce the collection of taxes on .
property and privileges. Such warrants may be executed by the payment
Chief of Police or any Constable or Sheriff. Taxes and assessments tei e be
on real estate shall be and remain a lien upon the property assessed
superior to all other liens or claims except state and county taxes,
until the.same shall be paid. Such liens may be enforced as other
liens. All unpaid taxes and assessments may be collected by suit
in either courts at law or in equity. The costs of all suits and pro-
ceedings for the collection of unpaid taxes and assessments, includ-
ing a reasonable attorney's or solicitor's fee, not to exceed twenty- i
five ($25.00) dollars, and which shall be paid to the attorney or
solicitor representing the city as his compensation in such suit,
shall be recovered and collected by such suit for instituting suit and
ten per cent. of the amount recovered.
SEC. 56. If taxes on any real estate shall not be paid before the s 15,
first Monday .in January next after the tax roll shall have come o 1907.
into the hands of the Collector of taxes he may at any time there- no a,
after make from the assessment roll a separate copy of any assess- a to city
ment thereon remaining unpaid, showing the assessment of any '"
lot, parcel or tract of land as the same then appears upon the city
tax assessment roll, which he shall certify to be a true and correct
copy from the city tax assessment roll of the assessment of the lot
and parcel, or tract of land therein described and deliver the same
to the City Attorney or Solicitor for collection, which certified
copy shall be prima facie evidence of the contents of the assessment
roll and of levies made thereon in all suits to enforce the payment .
of, or the lien for such taxes as may appear from said copies; Pro-
vided, that all uncollected taxes on real estate remaining in the hands
of the Collector of Taxes shall be so certified to the City Attorney,
and the said certification noted upon the tax roll by the Collector
of taxes not later than the 10th day of March each year. The City later than
Attorney or Solicitor shall search or cause to be searched the pub-
lic records of Hillsborough County, and of the United States Cir- Attorney
cuit Court at Tampa, to ascertain the names of all persons owning, a for
or having interest in, or living upon, said lands, and in suits d dant.
brought for the enforcement of said liens for taxes, he shall make
all persons appearing upon said records to be owners or interested
30 CITY CHARTER
in said real estate or having liens thereon parties defendant, and
service by whenever service is sought to be had in such suit upon anydefendant
publication, by publication, the notice shall contain a description of the land upon
to contain, which the tax lien is claimed. The names of any person other than
the owner of said real estate may, at the discretion of the City
Attorney or Solicitor be omitted from the list of defendants, but
no person having an interest in said property or lien thereon, ap-
parent upon said records and brought into court as a defendant,
shall be, until so brought into court, deprived of his interest there-
in. The interest of all persons not apparent upon said public
Order of record shall be foreclosed by such suit without their being named
of monets or served as defendants; upon the collection of all moneys due the
collected, city after the same shall have been placed in the hands of the
City Attorney or Solicitor, the payment shall be made, first, all
all court costs, including clerk's, sheriff's, masters', and advertis-
ing fees; second, the amount due the city for taxes and interest;
and last, the attorney's or solicitor's fee for services rendered in
connection with the collection of such taxes; Provided, in no case
shall the city be liable for such attorney's fees.
sec. 57, SEC. 57. Nothing in this amended charter contained shall invali-
Law3 of 1903. date or make void any proceedings already had or taken or to be
Prior hereafter had or taken for the assessment of taxes for the year
validated. 1903, but the said assessment for the year 1903 shall be completed
,L.g ia e far as practicable, in accardance with the provisions of this
amended charter and the City Council shall have power by ordi-
nance, from time to time, to provide for the correction and valida-
tion of erroneous assessments and defective assessments, but it shall
not have the power to raise or lower any assessment of property,
real or personal, nor consider any petition therefore, except in case of
error; and no assessment heretofore made or hereafter to be made
shall be deemed invalid by reason of any mistake, omission, defect
or irregularity or failure to comply strictly with the terms of this
act, or by reason of any failure to describe the owner; Provided,
always, that the assessment roll describe the property assessed
with sufficient certainty to render it capable of identification and
sec. 58. indicates the value thereof, and the amount of taxes due thereon.
Ch 19053. SEC. 58. All personal property levied upon by a distress warrant,
Laws of 1903.
Personal alias or pluries, as provided in this charter, shall be advertised for
vied pon thirty days and sold at public outcry to the highest bidder for
a rtised cash, in front of the court house door, between the legal hours of
athiry days sale on any legal sales day.
public sale. SEC. 59. No suit shall be maintained against the city for dam-
eC. 5i9, ages arising out of a failure to keep in proper condition any side-
Laws of 1903. walk, pavement, viaduct, bridge, street or other public place unless
CITY CHARTER 31
it shall be made to appear that the damage alleged is attributable D
to the negligence of the city, and that written notice of such dam- I
age was within thirty days after the receiving of the injury alleged, wM
given to the City Attorney with such reasonable specifications as to
to time and place and witnesses as will enable the city officials A9
to investigate the matter; and no verdict shall in any suit be given Lt
for an amount exceeding compensational damages to the plaintiff !
directly attributable to such negligence on the part of the city; and
contributory negligence on the part of the plaintiff shall defeat all
recovery against the city. It shall be the duty of the City Attorney A
upon receiving any such notice to at once investigate the matter dut
and lay the facts supported by evidence before the City Council
in a written report, and the City Council shall have the right, and
upon the written request of the person injured, it shall be the duty ci
of the City Council to investigate the matter and it may, by resolu- =
tion, make such reasonable settlement of damages as may be agreed con
upon between the City Council and the person so damaged.
SEC. 60. Nothing in this act shall invalidate or make void any sf
act done by the City Council, or any of the officers of said city, or a
Commissioners of Public Works, or any contract entered into by aP
them, or any of them, or any suit pending, begun prior to the pass- an
age of this act, but the same shall remain in full force and effect, not
and all laws and parts of laws inconsistent with the provisions of wI
this act be and the same are hereby repealed; but repeal shall not
have the effect to nullify or make void any contracts heretofore
entered into by the City Council of the City of Tampa, or Town
Council of the Town of Tampa, or by the Commissioners of Public
Works of the City of Tampa, and all ordinances of the City of
Tampa and Town of Fort Brooke, now in existence and not incon-
sistent with the provisions of this act shall remain in full force and
effect until altered, modified or repealed according to the provisions pr
hereof; and all grants, franchises, permits made, passed or given co
by the Town of Fort Brooke, Town of Tampa, City of Tampa or
County of Hillsborough, whether such grants, permits or fran-
chises were made by resolution, ordinance or otherwise, are hereby
validated and confirmed and shall be binding upon the City of
Tampa, and effective and in full force and operation-throughout
the entire territory of the City of Tampa, and shall likewise be
operative and effective throughout any additional territory ,that
may hereafter be added or annexed to Tampa by law. *
SEC. 61. The City Council of Tampa shall have the power from see.
time to time to pass all such ordinances not inconsistent with this Law
act as may be necessary to carry out and enforce the provisions of
his act. -
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32 CITY CHARTER
SC. 517, SEC. 62. That the City of Tampa be, and it is hereby, fully
Laws of 1907. authorized and empowered, as fully and completely as a natural
Right to or artificial person might or could be, to establish, construct, build,
utility plants, maintain and operate a municipal plant or plants for the supply
A-t..-ji4 T.6'1and distribution of water within its limits for municipal use, and
for the use of such persons as may require and pay for the same,
t L^/l-t- r and a municipal plant or plants for the making and distribution
a.,.-. of gas and electricity for furnishing light, heat and power for
9.3 3J municipal use and for the use of such persons as may require and
pay for same, without first having to purchase or acquire the water
works, gas and electric light plants now operating or hereafter
construction erected in the City of Tampa, or either of them; Provided, that a
left to voters. majority of the registered voters of said city shall at a special elec-
tion called by the City Council for that purpose vote in favor of
the construction of such municipal plant or plants and the City
Council of the City of Tampa shall have full authority to pass all
such ordinances and resolutions as may be necessary for the call-
ing, conducting and ascertaining the result of such election, and
if a majority of the registered voters shall vote in favor of the con-
struction of such plant or plants, then said City Council shall have
full authority and power to pass such ordinances and resolutions
Council shall as are necessary and expedient to carry into effect all the provisions
also have of this section; Provided, further, that said City Council shall also
purchase. have the power to purchase and acquire upon such term as may be
agreed upon by the parties in interest, any such plant or plants
now in existence in said City of Tampa, and should said city be
bonds to build authorized by a vote of a majority of the registered voters of said
or purchase. .
or purchase city to undertake to construct or build any such plant or plants, or
should said city purchase, or agree to purchase, any such plant now
in existence in said city, then in either event the said City Council
A rrc t shall have the power to call and hold a bonding election as provided
for in section 41, of this act, for the calling and conducting of an
ac. I& "C .f3tlh. election for bonds for municipal improvements, and to issue, sell
and dispose of all bonds authorized by said election, to be issued
in the same manner, and under the same regulations, as provided
herein for the issue of municipal bonds for public improvements,
and all provisions of this act relating to the issue, sale and dispo-
sition of other municipal bonds shall, as far as practicable, apply
to the issue, sale and disposition and redemption of the bonds to
be issued for the purchase or construction of such municipal water-
works, gas and electric light plants, or either of them.
sec. 63, SRc. 63. That whenever the City Council deems it expedient to
Laws of 1903. submit to the qualified electors of the City of Tampa the question
%J .3 "436,L ..of the construction of any such municipal plant or plants mentioned
CITY CHARTER 33
in the foregoing section, the City Council shall by resolution to be o.
recorded in the minutes of the City Council, demand that the .
Board of Commissioners of Public Works do make and furnish to
them, within sixty days from the record of such determination, an
itemized estimate of the approximate cost of such plant or plants,
so to be constructed, a copy of which said resolution shall forthwith
be delivered to said Board of Commissioners of Public Works, and t
the Board of Commissioners bf Public Works. shall, within sixty Bb Wor
days from the record of such determination, as aforesaid, provide a rish
and furnish to the City Council the approximate cost of the con-
struction of the same, and upon the receipt of such estimate the
City Council shall have the right and power to call an election as ~cu ma
specified in the foregoing section, which said call shall contain the shall
estimate made by said Board of Commissioners of Public Works, of con a
the approximate cost of such plant or plants, and said call for such
Call 11 be
election shall be published for at least thirty days before said elec- pub
tion, and if upon the holding of said election -it is determined, as days.
provided in the foregoing section, to construct any such plant or
plants, the said City Council shall order the Board of Commis-
sioners of Public Works to proceed in the construction of such
plant or plants, and the Board of Commissioners of Public Works
shall have sole supervision and control of the construction of such Boar4 f
plant or plants ,and the maintenance of the same thereafter; and to ut.
said Board of Commissioners of Public Works shall have the sole Boai have
power of appointment and hire of all operative, employees, officers appo and
and agents necessary to operate such municipal plant or plants, em as.
either constructed, acquired or purchased by the city, and the Merit stem
removal of the same; Provided, however, that no employee, officer, to prt i.
agent or operative of said plant or plants shall be appointed by
,aid Board of Commissioners of Public Works except upon a merit
basis, and after being so appointed by them shall not be removed
except for cause.
SEC. 64. Whenever the City of Tampa acquires the legal title see. 1.
or any interest in and to any real estate or other property situated whS ,0.
within or without the city limits of the City of Tampa for a city To co I
park, or for park purposes, the same together with the buildings city
situated thereon, shall immediately pass under the dominion and
control of the Board of Commissioners of Public Works of the To fo late
City of Tampa, and the said Board of Commissioners of Public rre s,
Works shall at once formulate such rules and regulations not in-
consistent with the provisions of this charter of the City of Tampa,
or the general laws of the State of Florida, as the said Board shall
considerr necessary and expedient for the management and control
f said park property.
Laws of 1911.
To sell or
Sale or lease
Special tax for
Laws of 1905.
Laws of 1915.
SEC. 65. The Board of Commissioners of Public Works shall
have the right and authority to sell, contract for the sale of or
lease any or all of the property acquired by the City of Tampa for
park purposes, or which shall come under the said Board's man-
agement or control under the provisions of this act, for thebenet
of the ity oPf Ta'm'ipa; roae ever, ieore aysae,
contract of sale, or lease for a longer term than ten years, shall
become enforceable or binding upon'the City of Tampa, such sale,
contract of sale or lease for longer term than ten years, shall first
be submitted to the qualified electors of the City of Tampa at an
election duly called and conducted in accordance with the laws now
in force or that may hereafter be enacted, and regularly held for
that purpose, for approval and ratification, and if such sale, con-
tract of sale or lease for a longer term than ten years be approved
and ratified by a majority of the qualified registered voters of the
City of Tampa who are qualified to vote in any bonding election
in said city actually voting in said election for approval and rati-
fication, it shall be the duty of the Mayor, City Auditor and City
Clerk of the City of Tampa to sign and execute under the seal of
the city all necessary instruments of writing to carry into full
force and effect such sale, contract of sale or lease so approved and
ratified as aforesaid.
SEC. 66. The City Council of the City of Tampa shall, upon the
requisition of the Board of Commissioners of Public Works, levy
each year a special tax of not more than two mills on the dollar of
the actual cash value of all the property in said city, both real
and personal, in addition to the taxes now allowed levied under
the charter of the City of Tampa for park purposes.
Board of Port SEC. 67. There is hereby created and established in and for the
Commissioners City of Tampa a Municipal Corporation existing under the laws of
the State of Florida, in the County of Hillsborough, a Board of
Personnel Port Commissioners, which shall consist of seven members, and the
board. Board, upon the passage and approval of this Act, shall consist of
the following named persons, to-wit: M. W. Carruth, F. C. Bowyer,
Term of J. A. Griffin, Frank Bentley, W. H. Beckwith, A. W. Cuscaden
office. and Phillip Shore. The Port Commissioners herein named shall
hold office until their successors are chosen at the general election
of the City of Tampa, to be held in the year 1918, when the mem-
To be resident bers of said Board shall be chosen for the next succeeding four
freeholders years thereafter; and thereafter the members of said Board shall
electors, be chosen at each and every succeeding period of four years. Said
Board of Port Commissioners so to be elected shall be resident free-
CITY CHARTER 35
holders and qualified voters of the City of Tampa. At the time Name be
of the holding of an election for the choice of said Board, the City ballots.
Council of the City of Tampa shall cause to be printed upon the
ballots the names of any qualified persons who have been requested How
to be a candidate for the office of Port Commissioner by a written be qua
petition signed by at least twenty-five electors who are qualified, to
vote in an election for said Port Commissioners, or certified by a
political party having not less than three hundred electors as mem-
bers thereof, who are qualified to vote in an election for said Port ~emoa nd
Commissioners; Provided, said petition or certificate has been filed hen to,
with the City Clerk of said city not more than sixty days, nor less
than twenty days previous to the time for holding the election; and
whether there be any names printed on said ballots or not, there in case tie
shall be printed under the name of the Office of Port Commission- y blt. ed
ers lines in number equal to the number of Commissioners to be
elected under this Act. In case of a tie vote for candidates, the vaancie o
election shall be decided by lot. The unexpired term of any mem- remaid f
her occurring by reason of vacancy through death, resignation, re- bard
oval or other cause, shall be filled by the remaining Port Com-
Said Port Commissioners shall be subject to removal from office, Removal m
after public trial, for malfeasance or misfeasance in office, or for for whai,
the commission of any felony, or for drunkenness, by the affirma- cause.
tive vote of two-thirds of the members of the City Council of said Members at
city, concurred in by the Mayor of said city. ten day n
Within ten days after the passage and approval of this Act by
the Governor, or its taking effect without the approval of the Gov-
ernor, the persons herein named shall file with the City Clerk of
the City of Tampa a written notice of their acceptance of the office organize1
herein provided for; and upon the filing of said notice of accept-mm t
ance, the said Board shall immediately organize and enter upon
and assume its powers and duties herein provided for; and if any
member or members, less than a majority of said Board shall fail niShall
within the period herein prescribed to accept the office of Port Con-
missioner, the remaining members shall elect some fit, suitable and It major
fanl to qu
qualified person or persons in the place of the member or members s ~ca
so failing to qualify; Provided, however, that if the majority, or be called.
more than a majority of the members herein named as a Board shall
fail to qualify as herein provided for, then the office of the members Who qu"
to vote at
'0 failing to qualify shall be deemed to be vacant and unfilled, and such
it shall be the duty of the Mayor of the City of Tampa to call a
special election within thirty days to fill such vacancy, and at such
election only those entitled to vote at a bonding election in said
city shall be entitled to participate in said election.
36 CITY CRAnrER
In any election for the choice of the members of the saidimmem-
bers of the Board of Port Commissioners only those electorsnof the
City of Tampa who are qualified to vote in a bonding election in
To select said city under the existing provisions of law shall be qalied to
and secretary, participate and vote in such election.
Power to That said Board shall, upon its organization, select one member
thereof as President of the Board, and some other member as Seere-
To have tary of said Board; the said Board shall have the power to adopt all
common sel. necessary rules to govern the procedure and holding of the meet-
Action only by ings of said Board, including the right to adopt and have corn-
majority vote. mon seal. No official action shall be taken except by a majority
At least four vote of the members of the said Board; and such vote shall be a
concur in matter of record. A majority of the members of the said sBoard
any order. shall constitute a quorum, but the concurrence of at least f6ut mem-
Board shail bers of said Board shall be essential to the validity of any otder of
minutes. said Board; and said Board shall keep and preserve full niinutes
Sec. 2, of every meeting of said Board which shall be open to inspection
Laws of 1915. as provided by law.
Board to fx SEC. 68. The Board of Port Commissioners shall have full power
emlesof and authority to fix, by resolution, the salaries and compensation
salary of of all appointees and employees of said Board. The members of
members and the Board of Port Commissioners shall receive annually a salary
of One Hundred Dollars; Provided, nevertheless, the Secretary of
Sec. 3. said Board shall receive such further compensation as may be. fixed
Laws of 1915. from time to time by resolution of the Board.
Right of Board SEC. 69. The Board of Port Commissioners shall have the right
real property to acquire by purchase or lease any real property, or interest there-
resolution, in, situate within the corporate limits of the City of Tampa, when-
Majority may ever a unanimous resolution is passed by said Board deeining it
concurrence expedient and to the best interest of the said City of Tampa to
of Mayor. purchase or lease the same; or, whenever a majority of said Boa rd,
name tof city concurred in by the Mayor of the City of Tampa, deem it expedient
and to the best interest of the City of Tampa to purchase or lease
h. 7247, the same; the title to said property being taken in the names of the
Laws of 1915. City of Tampa.
nd lease real SEC. 70. The Board of Port Commissioners shall have the power
state and to and authority, in the name of the City of Tampa, to sell and lease
contracts, any real estate committed to its charge, and to ex ~eQi-a deeeds-,
Limitation leases ancntracts wle may e found necessary in carrying out
as to docks
and and performing the powers vested in it; Provided, the said Board
shall not have the said power to sell any real estate or lease any
docks or terminals committed to its charge under this Act without
a unanimous vote of said Board, or a majority vote of said Board
concurred in by the Mayor of the City of Tampa; and Provided,
fi rather, said Board shall have no authority, by deed or lease, to Mus
d pose of any property committed to its charge by way of donation consider
otherwise than upon adequate consideration; and provided fur- Lea
tl r, before said Board shall execute any lease upon any property Mre
c, Inmitted to its charge for a greater term than five years, it shall. art
advertise in some, newspaper published in the City of Tampa for
t\ o weeks, notice of its intention to make such proposed lease, and sec. .,
.. Ch. 67S2,
o, a meeting when persons interested may be heard. Law. of s
SEC. 71. .In case it shall at any time be determined by the said Bon
I;oard of Port Commissioners that it is advantageous for said City aciuiatt r
in order to pay for'the construction pf municipal docks and termi-
ials, to acquire or construct any railroad or lines of railroad in
said city, or to purchase any real estate or any interest therein, or
to otherwise earry intoeffect the powers herein vested in said eolu
Board of Port Commissioners, that there shall be a bond issue by oard t
said city, the said Board of Port Commissioners shall by resolu- amount.
tion determine the amount of said proposed bond issue and the shan c
purpose for which the same shall be used, and furnish a certified cit c
copy of said resolution to the City Council.of the City of Tampa, can
a;nd thereupon it shall be the duty of the said City Council to call
an election in said city to determine whether or not the bond issue
shall be authorized according to the provisions of law now govern- axcual ae
ing the holding and conducting of bonding elections in the City of of
Tampa. If it shall be determined at any election so held that the
s;id bonds shall be so issued, the proceeds derived from the sale "
0l' such bonds shall be used exclusively for the purpose for which ch.* 74
such issue was authorized.
SEC. 72. The Board of Port Commissioners are hereby invested
v ith full power and authority to pass such resolutions that may be 72,.
i,, cessary to carry into effect the purpose and objects of this Act. Laws O 1s.
SEC. 73. The Board of Port Commissioners shall have full power make
:1,d authority, in the name of the City of Tampa, to make and let contl or
I contracts that maybe found necessary in the purchase of ma- and Ia
trialss or the performance of labor in the construction and main- Ctn for
f-nance of municipal docks, terminals and other improvements $ to de
',rein authorized. Provided, nevertheless, no contract which shall adve ent.
volve an expenditure of more than Five Hundred ($500.00) Dol-
is shall be let and made, unless, after public advertisement there-
Sfor at least two weeks in some newspaper published in the City of
impa; and shall be let to.the lowest responsible bidder thereof, .
i non such terms and secured by such bond as the Board may re- <*h. 7'
'ire. LA .
SEC. 74. The City of Tampa, acting through said Board of Port
commissioners, is hereby fully authorized and empowered by con-
38 CITY CHARTER
city through demnation or otherwise, to acquire, own or use in the manner here-
acquire, own after provided, municipal docks and terminals-including railroads,
municipal within or adjacent to, the limits of the City of Tampa deemed
terminals. suitable to meet the present and future needs of the city, and to
To do an acts promote the growth and development of said city, and the welfare
carry out of its citizens, and the city is hereby fully authorized and empower-
powers. ed to provide for the improvement, maintenance, operation and
management of all such docks and terminals, including railroads,
and to do any and all such things within and outside said city
limits reasonably necessary and advantageous to be done in con-
nection with the acquiring, improving, maintaining, operating and
Power of management of such docks and terminals, including railroads, look-
domain. ing to the meeting of the needs of the commerce of the city and the
development of the city and welfare of its citizens, and for these
purposes is hereby specifically granted all powers of eminent do-
main. The decision by a majority of the members of said Board
of Port Commissioners or the members of any municipal board
Minutes of which may hereafter be charged by statute with the control and
board to be management of said docks and terminals, or the performance of
evidence, any other duties herein provided for entered on the record of the
minutes of the meetings of said Board, shall constitute prima faci
Powers vested evidence of the reasonable necessity for validity an3 advantage of
in Board of
Port the doings of anything herein authorized to be done; and all of the
sioners. powers invested in this section or otherwise in this Act shall be and
?ec. s, are hereby vested in the said Board of Port Commissioners herein
Laws o' 1915. provided for.
General SEC. 75. The Port Commissioners are hereby vested and clothed
board. with full power and authority to carry into effect and execution
each and all the objects, and to do each and all the things provided
for or contemplated in this Act, and to have and exercise each,
Exclusive every and all power to do any and all things which may by them be
powers deemed desirable, convenient or proper to further and accomplish
the objects of this Act, or any of them, and shall have exclusive
nejand control over any and all docks, wharves slips and cTocli
property owne4*o~[Ied rregulated by the Cit rof Tq m a i-
ejldialands adjacent to the Harbor of Tampa of which the Cit
Enumerated of Tampa-ha on .
powers. of Tampa has controor reguatlon. -
To pay The Port Commissioners shall also have the following duties,
expenses. powers and authority:
powers and authority:
(a) To pay all expenses for investigations, maps and plans.
(b) The acquisition by and in the name of the City of Tampi,
from time to time, by gift, purchase, lease, condemnation or aLy
other method of acquisition of any land or property whatsoever,
CITY CHARTER 39
including railways and terminals already existing, interests, fran-
chises, easements, rights and privileges of any kind, either within
or without the limits of the City of Tampa, Florida, which may be hrvea6
proper or desirable for the purpose of this Act. 'cka, etc.
(c) The acquisition, construction, establishment, equipment,
maintenance and operation of public wharves, piers, docks, ware-
houses, railroad tracks, rolling stock, and all other buildings or
things, either within or without the limits of the City of Tampa,
Florida, as may be proper or desirable in connection with the ob-
jects of this Act, with alterations, additions, extensions or changes ri mproae
of such dock buildings and other property. reoaches
(d) The widening, extending or deeg2pig of anY wIaters. in-
cluding r the city limits and thecang scouring,
dredguri or b ain other same or the a roahe theto, n -
sry to t e purposes oft iXe
(e) The doing o any and all other acts necessary or convenient venue to be
in connection with the purposes of this Act. antenance
(f) Amounts which shall be derived from the use and occupa- provement
tion of said property, including such amounts as may be derived ciities.
from leases thereof, shall be used for the maintenance, operation ao be
and improvement of said docks and terminals, and shall be deposit- ity Treasury
ed in the City Treasury, and kept by the City Treasurer in a karate
separate account to be drawn out for the purpose contemplated in count.
this Act, upon warrants duly drawn and approved by the Board of regulate
Port Commissioners and countersigned by the City Auditor. rt charges.
(g) To fix and regulate from time to time all wharfage, dock tes to be
and port charges within the corporate limits of the City of Tampa, blished for
by resolution duly passed by the Board of Port Commissioners
which, before the same shall become effective, shall be published a
for at least five days in some newspaper published in the City of ceasive
Tampa, and said Board shall prescribe penalties for any violation a
of any charge fixed, and any person, firm or corporation charging
wharfage or dockage than fixed by the Board of Port Commission-.
ers, maybe prosecuted in the Municipal Court of the City of Tampa
under any resolution of the Board of Port Commissioners or ordin-
ance of the City of Tampa, duly passed prohibiting any person,
firm or corporation charging more wharfage or dockage than fixed rboapoint
by said Board of Port Commissioners. water and
(h) To appoint, after the term of office of the present Harbor
Master has expired, the Harbor Master for the Harbor Master with- lUeas and
in the limits of the City of Tampa, to fix his salary and provide for arbor master.
the payment thereof; whose duties and powers shall be the same as
those prescribed by general law for other harbor masters in the
State, and such other powers and duties as may from time to time
be prescribed by the Board.of Port Commissioners after the ap-
To be under pointment by said Board as aforesaid. No other person shall exer-
control of cise the duties of harbor master within the corporate limits of the
board. City of Tampa, except the person so appointed by the Board of
sec. 10, Port Commissioners. Said harbor master shall be under the ex-
Laws of 1913. elusive control of said Board.
General SEC. 76. The Commissioners are hereby vested and clothed with
powers full power and authority to carry into effect and execution each and
all of the objects, and to do each and all of the things provided for
or contemplated by-this Act, and to have and exercise each, every
and all powers to do any and all things which they may deem de-
c. 682, sirable, convenient or proper to further and accomplish the objects
Laws of 1913. of this Act, or any of them.
leasectde fix SEC. 77. The Port Commissioners shall have the power to exe-
raes, arent cute leases and agreements for the use and occupation of he prop-
regulations. ert control, and also to fix rents, rates, charges, rules
Ample ainegultionsr the ui r oie f h ijs' l be just, rea-
facilities for a8 just, rea-
public always sonable uitable and wt srhminat ron. oleise sia AiM at
preserved. an~ time be d whole of shpropf~erty, or any o' such
parts thereof as w nerere with the th;-Port
Ch. 6782, CTJ ioners or ample m termiaTfacititis as municipal
Laws of 1913. docks and terminals open to all on reasonae terms.
Commissioners Ec. 78r 'ortom-mssine sNhal be or bleme Iecuniarily
not to be
interested in interested in any contract let or concerning any work done in the
furtherance of the object of this Act; any violation of this section
ec-. 13, shall be ground for removal from office, and also for the cancellation
Laws of 1913. of any such contract.
Commissioners SEC. 79. Said Port Commissioners shall have the power, and it
books and shall be their duty, at their discretion, to inspect all books and ac-
officers. counts of the officers, agents and employees of the City of Tampa
To require charged in any. manner with the .enforcement of any of the pro-
reports and visions of this Act, and to require reports from them and to enforce
peformance proper performance of said officers, agents and employees, of their
duties, so far as they relate in any manner to the faithful, just and
Mayor has proper administration of the funds collected or received by them
investigate, for the purpose mentioned in this Act. The Mayor shall have the
right at any time, to investigate fully the doings of the Port Com-
Ch. 7247, missioners and to at any time require reports from them concerning
Laws of 1915. their acting and doings.
report SEC. 80. It shall be the duty of the Board of Port Commission-
council. ers, on or before the first day of July, of each and every year, to
report to the City Council the amount of money necessary to raise 4
Ch. 7247. for the proper improvement and maintenance of said docks and
Laws of 1915. terminals.
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SEC. 81. The City Council of the City of Tampa shall levy an-' .uncSl
nually a special tax upon the taxable property within the corporate!
limits of said city, and raise and collect by such special levy the
amount reported by the Board of Port Commissioners as necessary station of
to be raised for the proper improvement and maintenance of said h lev
docks and terminals; P6ovided, nevertheless, that said special an-'
nual tax levy shall not be less than one, nor more than two and one- r
half mills on the taxable property within the corporate limits of. poalUon of
the City of Tampa.. needs.
The money received from said special tax shall be deposited with
the City Treasurer and kept by him in a separate account to be
drawn upon by warrants approved by the Board of Port Commis- 1,
sioners and countersigned by the City Auditor. 7247.
SE- :82. The City of Tampa, acting by and through the said er of
Board of Port Commissioners, is hereby given the power of eminent \ alt
domain, and fully authorized, by condemnation or otherwise, to
acquire real estate owned by any person, firm or corporation within
the corporate-limits of the City of Tampa, or outside of said city,
and by condemnation or otherwise, to establish, open or extend any
street, alley or highway over or across any railroad track, right-of-
way or lines of any railroad company, or over or through the lands
or property of any person, firm or corporation, within or outside
of the corporate limits of said city, which, in the opinion of said
Boards is necessary for the development and establishment of docks 17,
and terminals, or to carry into effect any of the purposes of this Act. 678s.
SEC. 83. The Board of Port Commissioners hereby created shall er of
have full power and authority in the matter of the disbursement gjd t
of all moneys now belonging to the City of Tampa, or that may eys.
hereafter belong to the City of Tampa, providing for the construe- ere money
tion of docks within said city. Any such moneys shall remain in ho w
the custody of the City Treasurer subject to be paid out by warrants
drawn and issued by the said Board of Port Commissioners accord- is.
ing to the terms and provisions of this Act. s of 19s.
SEC. 84. Each member of the Board of Port Commissioners shall, ber of
rd of Port
before assuming the duties of his office, take and subscribe to an imssioners
oath to well and faithfully perform the duties of said office in ac-
cordance with the provisions of this Act, and shall enter into and e surety
file with the City Treasurer a surety bond payable to the City to be
Treasurer, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties it.
in the sum of Ten Thousand ($10,000.00) Dollars, the premium on i3.
which bond shall be paid by said City of Tampa. a o 1915,
' SEC. 85. It shall be unlawful for the Board of Port Commis- ul t
sioners at any time to incur any indebtedness or. liability for the not
payment of any money in excess of any funds to the credit of said ble
42 CITY CHARTER
sec. 20, Board in the hands of the said City Treasurer, or provided by the
L of 1913, issue of bonds or a levy then made under the provisions of this Act.
Laws of 1913,
Power to bring SEC. 88. The said Board of Port Commissioners shall have, and
port corn- the same are hereby granted, full power and authority to bring
any and all suits and actions in the name of the City of Tampa
that may be necessary for said Board to carry out, execute and per-
special form any and all the powers and authority herein and hereby
counsel. granted to and vested in said Board; and said Board may employ
Jurisdiction, special counsel to advise and represent the said Board when it shall
sec. 21, deem the same necessary and expedient.
Lawsof 1913. SEC. 89. Full jurisdiction and control is hereby granted and
vested in the said Boarlo FPort Commisioners over any and all
whare,, docks, lands and waters in and adjacent to the- Cits of
Power to amN to the iet that e sam isneessa ry roer to carry
enforce rules cut and accomplishthe object and urst and te
and orders. .n .. .. .ncg tea
said Board f T-of rCommissioners is hereby granted power and
authority to make, publish, promulgate and enforce by action at
law or suit in equity, or other appropriate manner, any rules or
orders made by said Board within the jurisdiction hereby granted
sec. 1, or intended to be granted to said Board.
Laws of 1917.
Tax levy of
FIRE DEPARTMENT PENSION FUND.
SEC. 90. There is hereby created a fund to be known qs the pen-
sion fund for the Fire Department of the City of Tampa. The
City shall levy and collect annually in the manner provided by law
upon all taxable property within the city, one-tenth of one mill
on the assessed valuation thereof, for the purpose of establishing
and maintaining said fund, until such time as said fund shall
reach the sum of Fifty Thousand ($50,000.00) Dollars, and there-
after such sum of money shall be raised annually by direct tax-
ation as may be necessary to maintain said fund at an amount not
less than Fifty Thousand ($50,000.00) Dollars; provided, however,
that no annual tax levy for said purpose shall be in excess of one-
tenth of one mill.
SEC. 91. Members of the Fire Department shall be construed as
including all officers and firemen regularly employed in said Dep-
partment, and all engineers, electricians, mechanics and other em-
ployees required to have special technical skill, who shall be em-
ployed in, or properly connected with said Department, whose
employment shall be .regular and continuous and not of a tem-
porary character. All members of the Department as now or as
hereafter constituted, shall be entitled to participate in said fund
and all members in the service of the Fire Department at the time
of the passage of this Act, shall receive the benefits of the time of
continuous service previous to the passage of this Act. Before any
CITY CHARTER 43
person shall become a member of the Fire Department, he shall.
a qualified elector of the City of Tampa, not over the age of thi
five years, of good moral character, and shall pass a satisfact
SEC. 92. The administrative board of the city having charge
control of the Fire Department shall be the trustees of the
fund, and are hereinafter designated as "the Board." Said Bo
shall have exclusive charge, management and control of the
fund, as hereinafter provided. There shall be an advisory c
mittee of three members of the Fire Department who shall,be el
ed by the members thereof on the second Monday of November
each and every year, who shall qualify on the first Monday of J
uary thereafter and shall hold office for the term of one year wit
out compensation. Any of said members who shall cease to be
member of said Department shall thereby cease to be a member
said committee, and any vacancy on said committee shall be fill
by a majority vote of the members of said Department. No pensi
or relief shall be given to any person out of said fund unless
same shall be first recommended by said advisory committee.
City Treasurer shall pay all warrants drawn on said fund wh
shall be signed by the chairman of said Board and counters
by the Secretary and the surplus revenue shall be invested by
Board in first mortgages on real estate in the City of Tampa, wi
interest at not less than six per cent. per annum, the title to whi
shall have been approved by the written opinion of the City Atto
ney. Any part of said fund pending loans on real estate may
invested in savings banks, with interest at not less than four
cent. per annum, compounded quarterly, and said Board shall ri
quire bonds of the City of Tampa, County of Hillsborough of Stal
of Florida as security for all deposits in such banks.
SEC. 93. Members of the Fire Department who have been i
continuous service for a period of thirty years shall be retired on
pension upon application to the Board, and any member reaching
the age of sixty-five years shall be retired on a pension. Member
who shall by reason of sickness or injury become permanently i
capable to perform their duties in the positions they hold in th
Fire Department, except ill health caused by their own imprudence
shall be eligible for a pension as hereinafter provided.
SEC. 94. Members shall receive an amount equal to and not ti
exceed fifty per cent. of their average yearly salary for the period
of three years preceding retirement. Members shall be retired so
account of permanent incapacity and shall receive an amount equal
to and not to exceed fifty per cent. of the salary received at t
Ib. Sec. 3.
SSurplus to be
lb. Sec. 4.
i lb. Sec. 5,
44 CITY CHARTER
Ib. Sec. 6. time of such injury or sickness, payments to be made in equal
Widows to monthly installments.
pension. SEC. 95. Widows of members of the Department, either active or
retired, shall receive a pension equal to fifty per cent. of the pen-
s.. ion of the member deceased, did receive, or would have received,
,, and in case there be any children under the age of sixteen years,
the widow shall receive the full amount of the pension the member
would have been entitled to until her remarriage or death. Widows
of members of the Fire Department, except as provided above, shall
receive a pension equal to twenty-five per cent. of the salary re-
ceived by said member at his death, and in case there be any
children under the age of sixteen years the widow shall receive
fifty per cent. of the salary which the employee did receive, until
her death or remarriage. Children of deceased members, active or
Children retired, shall through their guardian receive fifteen dollars per
to receive. month each, upon the death or remarriage of their mother until
they reach the age of sixteen years, provided the amount paid on
account of children of deceased members shall not exceed the
amount which his widow would have received, and in such event
the pension shall be paid to the guardian of said children and the
amount of money so paid shall be for the benefit of her children
equally. Children of deceased members, except as provided above,
shall also receive fifteen dollars per month each, upon the death or
remarriage of their mother, until they reach the age of sixteen
years, provided that the amount paid to the children of any de-
ceased member shall not exceed the amount which his widow would
mother nt have received, and in such an event the pension shall be paid to the
receive, guardian of the said children to be used by him for their benefit
aforesaid. If there be no widow or children of the deceased mem-
ber, active or retired, and there be a mother who is solely dependent
upon the said member for support, his mother shall receive a pen-
Ib. se. sion equal to fifty per cent. of the total pension the member would
Not to prevent have or did receive.
other SEC. 96. The acceptance of a pension by a member of the Fire
buines. Department upon retirement shall not bar him from engaging in
Not to be
paid when any other business thereafter, provided, that the Board shall refuse
exceeds $150 to grant or discontinue the pension of any retired member whose
per month, income, exclusive of any amount he would be entitled to receive as
members to pension, shall exceed one hundred and fifty dollars per month, and
make return. any retired member when required by the Board to make a return
Nt. Sec. 8. shall do so within thirty days after written notice, otherwise he
assignable or shall forfeit such right to such pension.
garnishment. SEC. 97. No pension provided for herein shall be assignable or
Ib. Sec. 9. subject to garnishment for debt or for other legal process.
CITY CHARTEB 45
SEC. 98. No pension provided for herein shall cease upon
viction of a member, either active or retired, of felony, except
the Board upon recommendation of the committee shall renew ,
grant the pension of the said member on good cause shown,
the same shall be paid to his wife or children if they are sho
be dependent on said member for support, and the same shall
paid and divided in the proportions above provided. Members
titled to -a pension shall not forfeit the same upon dismissal fr
the Department, if application shall have been made for the sa
as provided herein. In the event a member-who has been reti
on a pension on account- of permanent disability regains his f
health and is shown to be physically able to perform his duty in th
Fire Department, the Board shall, upon recommendation of
committee, require the said member to resume his position in t
Department and discontinue his pension.
SEc. 99. Ifany member of the Fire Department shall object l
being retired on the ground that he is not disabled, but is able t4
perform his full duty, such member of the Department, if he ob
jects to the action of the Board, shall select one physician or surge
of good repute and standing, who, acting with the City Physicial
or surgeon, shall select another such physician or surgeon of goor
repute and standing, and these three shall examine such mem
ber of the Department and the findings of the majority of sud
three examiners shall be final as to the physical condition foi
retirement or to resume his duty. All members who may be retired
for injury, illness or disease, who have not served twenty years al
provided in this Act, shall be subject to the call of the Board, upos
recommendation of the committee, for re-examination, and if found
able to perform active duty they shall be reinstated, and shall re
ceive the same compensation as they did receive- at the time oi
SEC. 100. Any judgment recovered by any member of the Fil
Department or person entitled to such. pension against the City ol
Tampa for damages on account of injury or death of a member o4
1he Fire Department shall thereby void all right to a pension undei
ANot to cease
Not to forfetl
lb. Sec. 10.
Ib. Sec. 11.
Sec. 5 Ch.
Laws of 1915.
TAPPING PUBLIC SEWER.
SEC. 101. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation
or association to tap or make connection with any sewer in the phb-
lie streets or highways or alleys of the City of Tampa for any pur-
pose whatever, except by permission of the Engineer of the Board
of Public Works. Whenever connection is made with any city.
sewer or a line of sewer laid to connect with said sewer, it must be
done under the direction of the Engineer, or his authorized inspec-4
46 CITY CHARTER
tor, and the person, firm, corporation or association making such
connection shall be liable for any damages resulting therefrom, and
shall replace the street and sidewalk along and through which said
connection is made in as good condition as it was before the work
was commenced, and shall repair, at their own expense, any settle-
ment in the pavement over the drain on any street or public way
within two years after the laying of said drain.
Ib. Sec. 6. SEC. 102. Any person, persons, firm, corporation or association
Penalty. violating any of the provisions of the proceeding section shall be
tried before the Judge of the Municipal Court of the City of
Tampa, and on conviction, shall be fined in a sum not to exceed
Fifty ($50.00) Dollars or be imprisoned not exceeding thirty days
CITY CHARTER 47
LAWS OF FLORIDA, APPROVED JUNE 1, 1899.
AN ACT Granting to the City of Tampa all Lands Belonging to '
the State of Florida, and Lying in the Corporate Limits of the City
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA:
SECTION 1. That the State of Florida hereby grants to the City
of Tampa, in free simple absolute, all lands owned or held by the ,7
State of Florida, in trust or otherwise, and lying and being within -
the corporate limits of said City of Tampa, whether said lands are
covered, or partly covered by the tide, or other waters, and includ-
ing all sawgrass marsh lands, as well as the bottom of Hillsborough
Bay and Hillsborough River.
SEC. 2. That this act shall be held and construed to be a public
;,ct, and all laws and parts of laws in conflict with its provisions
be and the same are hereby repealed.
LAWS OF FLORIDA, APPROVED JUNE 5, 1913.
AN ACT Granting to the City of Tampa Certain Submerged
Lands or Middle Grounds in the Hillsborough River and in Hills-
borough Bay and Sparkman Bay, for the Purpose of Navigation,
commerce e and Municipal Docks and Terminals, for a Period of
One Thousand Years, and Granting to said City of Tampa the
Right for the Purposes Mentioned, to Widen, Extend or Deepen
i he Channel or Water of the Hillsborough River, and Hillsborough
Bay Within and Contiguous to its Present Corporate Limits and to
Fill In, Build Up, Have, Possess, Use and Own for Such Purposes,
Shoals, Shallows, and Middle Ground or Flats therein.
IkE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA :
SEC. 1. That the State of Florida does hereby grant unto the
f'ity of Tampa, a municipal corporation under the laws of the
State of Florida, certain lands and middle ground and overflowed
lands in the Hillsborough River and in Sparkman Bay and in Hills-
borough Bay in Hillsborough County, Florida, described as follows:
Beginning at the intersection of the middle of Hillsborough
River, and the half section line, running east and west of Section
eleven (11), Township twenty-nine (29) south, Range eighteen
(18) east, and running east on said half section line through Sec-
tions eleven (11) and twelve (12), Township twenity-nine (29)
48 CITY CHAWTER
south, Range eighteen (18) east, and Sections seven (1) and eight
(8), Township twenty-nine (29) south, Range nineteen (19)_ east,
to the center of said Section eight (8); thence south on half section
line through Sections eight (8), seventeen (17), twenty (20) and
twenty-nine (29) of Township twenty-nine (29) south, Range nine-
teen (19) east to the south boundary line of said Section twenty-
nine (29); thence west to the intersection of Sections twenty-nine
(29), thirty (30), thirty-one (31) and thirty-two (32), Township
twenty-nine (29) south, Range nineteen (19) east; thence south-
westerly to the southwest corner of Section thirty- six (36), Town-
ship twenty-nine (29) south Range nineteen (19) .east; thence
north on the section line to the northwest corner of said Section
thirty-six (36) ; thence west to the center of Howard Avenue, if
continued into Hillsborough Bay; thence north along the center of
Howard Avenue to the center of Gray Street; thence east along the
center of Gray Street to the tracks of the Atlantic Coast Line Rail-
road; thence in a northeasterly direction along the track of said
railway to the center of Boulevard Avenue; thence north along the
center of Boulevard Avenue to the middle of the Hillsborough
River; thence northwesterly along the center of Hillsborough River
to the point of beginning for a period of one thousand (1,000) years
for the purpose of commerce, navigation and municipal docks and
terminals for such purposes; provided, that the improvements of
docks and terminals on such lands or any part thereof, be made
within twenty-five years; and there is hereby granted to the said
City of Tampa the right to widen, extend or deepen the channel of
the said Hillsborough River and Sparkman Bay and Hillsborough'
Bay, and to fill in, build up, have, possess, use and own shoals;
shallows and middle ground or flats and all overflow lands therein.
Provided that the rights and privileges of navigation now vested
in owners of lands abutting on said submerged lands heretofore
granted, or acquired shall not be impaired, and provided also that
the provisions of this act shall not be deemed to apply to any lands
not submerged nor to deprive any person of existing title, claims
RULES TO GOVERN THE PROCEDURE OF THE
RULE 1. The City Council shall meet in regular session on
Tuesday of each week at 8 o'clock P. M.
RULE 2. The President of the City Council shall take the chair
at the hour named for any regular, special or adjourned meeting,
and shall call the meeting to order and cause the roll to be called,
and if theie be a quorum, which shall consist of six members, the
Council'shall .proceed with its usual order of business; but if no
quorum is present the Council may adjourn to meet at some specific
time, or may adjourn until the next regular meeting, or may au-
thorize the Chief of Police or any police officer to go out and bring
to the meeting absent members, and until a quorum appears the
SCouncil shall be at rest.
RULE 3. The President shall preserve order and decorum, and
he shall appoint all standing and special committees, unless the
Council shall otherwise direct.
RULE 4. The standing committees of the Council shall consist
of three members, each, and shall be as follows:
1. On Finance.
2. On Fire Department and Water Works.
3. On Sanitation.
4. On Streets and Alleys.
5. On Bridges, Wharves and Harbors.
6. On Police Department.
7. Schools and Public Buildings.
8. On Ordinances and Rules.
9. Appeals and Grievances.
10. On Hospitals, Charitable Institutions and Cemeteries.
11. On Public Lighting.
RULE 5. The following order shall be observed in the trans-
1. Roll Call.
2. Reading of Minutes, Petitions and Communications.
3. Consideration of Petitions and Communications.
4. Reports of standing committees in the following order:
On Finance, on Fire Department and Water Works, on
Sanitation, on Streets and Alleys, on Bridges, Wharves and
Harbors, .on Police Department, on *Schools and Public
Buildings, on Ordinances and Rules, on Appeds and Griev-
ances, on Hospitals, Charitable Institutions and Cemeteries,
on Public Lighting.
5. Reports of Special Committees.
6. Reports of Officers.
7. Unfinished business.
8. Resolutions and Ordinances.
9. Consideration of Bills and Accounts.
10. New Business.
RULE 6. All committees shall report to the Council upon mat-
ters referred to them at the next regular meeting, unless further
time be granted, and when any matter is referred to a committee
with power to act, or to a committee and the Mayor or other offi-
cial with power to act, whatever may be done under and by virtue
of such.power shall be reported at the next regular meeting of the
Council, in writing, and such report shall be spread upon the
minutes of the Council.
RULE 7. All accounts against the city shall be presented to the
Auditor at least two days prior to any regular meeting of the City
Council, and shall be approved by him and the Finance Commit-
tee, and no account, except as provided by ordinance, against the
city shall be paid until after examination and approval by the
Council in open session.
RULE 8. In all matters coming before the Council the vote of a
majority of the Council present shall prevail unless otherwise
specially provided by rule or ordinance, and in all cases of a tic
the presiding officer shall cast the deciding vote, and the presiding
officer shall also decide all questions of order, and his decision shall
stand unless overruled by a two-thirds vote of those present.
RULE 9. A motion to reconsider any vote or proceeding of the
Council shall not be entertained unless it be made by a member
who previously voted with the majority, nor at any meeting other
than the one at which the proceedings were had.
RULE 10. Either the Mayor or the President of the City. Coun-
cil shall have the right to call special meetings of the Council it
any time upon twenty-four hours' notice, which notice shall be n
writing and shall be served by the Clerk or some police office r
designated for such purpose, upon each member of the Council,
except those absent from the city, and shall specify the business
to be transacted at such special meeting, and service of such notice
shall be made by delivering a copy thereof to each member of the
Council or leaving a copy at his place of business or residence with
some person who will promise to deliver it to him.
RULE' 11. No member of the Council shall offer any motion or
make any remark or speak on any subject under discussion without
first rising, addressing, and being recognized by the Chair. When
more than one member shall arise at or near the same time, the
President shall decide in favor of the one who shall first attract
his attention, and no member shall interrupt another while speak-
ing except to call him to order.
RULE 12. A majority of the councilmen present shall be neces-
sary tp pass any bill or resolution, and all bills and resolutions re-
luiring the signature of the Mayor, after being passed by the
Council, shall be signed.by the President of the Council and at-
tested by the City Clerk under the corporate seal of the City, be-
fore being delivered to the Mayor for approval or disapproval.
RULE 13. Each bill proposing an ordinance shall be read twice
by the Clerk before the final passage thereof, once upon its intro-
duction, and again at a succeeding meeting of the Council before
the question upon the final passage thereof is submitted; provided,
however, that the second reading thereof may be dispensed with by
two-thirds of the councilmen present.
RULE 14. Ordinances may be introduced either at regular or
special meetings of the Council.
RULE 15. All resolutions must be in writing, and all motions
must be reduced to writing when requested by any five members
of the Council.
RULE 16. The yeas and nays may be called for upon any ques-
tion, and shall be ordered whenever demanded by one-third of the
members present. Whenever the yeas and nays are ordered the
( ..rk shall call the roll of councilmen and record the vote of each
RULE 17. No person other than a member shall be allowed to
address the Council, unless permitted by a majority vote of the
members present, and when such vote is taken the person so per-
Initted to speak shall take his place within the bar of the Council.
RULE 18. No communication or petition to the Council shall be
entertained unless the same be in writing.
RULn 19. No person shall be permitted within the bar of the
Council except the members and the officers of the city, unless in-
.vited by the Council.
RULE 20. The City Clerk shall not be required to present to
the Council any petition or communication unless the same be in
the hands of the Clerk on or before.4 o'clock of the afternoon pre-
vious to the meeting of the Council that evening.
RULE 21. The Clerk shall keep a separate and suitable book, in
which shall be legibly transcribed the rules and regulations of the
Council and all ordinances passed by it and approved by the
Mayor, or which have become laws without approval of the Mayor
as provided by the City Charter.
RULE 22. All ordinances, as soon as they have been approved
by the Mayor, or passed over his veto, shall be filed with and pro-
mulgated by the Clerk by causing the same to be published as
required by law.
RULE 23. Any of the foregoing rules may be suspended by a
two-thirds vote of the Council for the meeting then in session.
RULE 24. These rules may be amended or added to or abolished
by a two-thirds vote of the City Council, but not otherwise unless
upon one month's previous notice, and upon such notice they may
be amended, abolished or added to by a majority vote.
RULE 25. Any question arising not covered by these rules shall
be governed by Cushing's Manuel of Parliamentary Procedure.
The above and foregoing rules were adopted by the unanimous
vote of the City Council of the City of Tampa, at a session held
this January, A. D. 1918.
President of the City Council.
CoMPmLD ORDINANCES 49
Crrr Oprsocic -Tnam DUTIB, COmPENsaIoN AND BONDB.
SECTION 1. It shall be the duty of the Mayor of the City Of Duu
Tampa to see that the ordinances of the city, and altorders and ord.
resolutions of the City Council, are faithfully executed. He shall see.
see that the duties of the various city officers are faithfully per-
formed, and it any of said officers are incompetent or do not per-
form the duties of their respective offices, or are guilty of malfeas-
anee in office, the Mayor shall report the same to the City Council
immediately. He shall also have the power to suspend any member
or members of the Police Force who shall be derelicit, negligent or
oppressive in the performance of the duties of their said office, or
the enforcement of the ordinances of said city; or if they shall
violate any of the rules and regulations adopted by the City Coun-
cil of Tampa for the government and guidance of the said Police
Force, or be guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer, and report
such suspension and the cause thereof to the City Council at its
next regular Imeeting; whereupon the City Council, upon due no-
t ice given to the accused, shall inquire into the cause of such suspen-
sion as provided by the City Charter, and if two-thirds of said City
Council shall sustain the charges preferred by the Mayor, the officer
shall be dismissed. The Mayor shall keep his office in the City Hall
daily except Sunday. Hours
He shall recommend to the City Council by a message in writing
;t its first meeting in July, and at such other times as he may deem
proper, such measures as he may consider necessary and expedient
to the public welfare and in general maintain the peace and good
order and advance the prosperity of the city.
SEC. 2. It shall be the duty of the Clerk of the City of Tampa
attend every meeting of the City Council and keep an accurate DuU the
:-cord of its proceedings. He shall file and preserve all written city k
!pinions furnished by the City Attorney to the City Council or its O i
committees, also a copy of every contract entered into by the city,
:nd such other papers and books.as may come into his hands as
'lerk. He shall also contract for and supervise the printing of all
official reports and ordinances requiring publication, and generally
50 CoMPILD OmBINANCES
perform all such duties as properly appertain to his office. He shall
keep a book in which shall be recorded the legislative enactments
of the City Council, which shall be called the "General Ordinance
Book." The books containing the proceedings of the City Council
and the ordinances enacted by it shall be indexed, and shall be
open to public inspection. Other documents or papers in the pos-
session of the City Clerk which may affect the interest of the city
shall not, without special order of the City Council, be exhibited
or copies thereof furnished to other persons than the committees
or city officials entitled thereto. He shall, within forty-eight hours
after each session of the City Council, furnish to the chairman of
each committee (with the names of the committee if the committee
be special) a copy of any petition, communication or resolution or
other papers which may be referred to such committee. He shall
also, within forty-eight hours after each session of the Council,
notify the City Attorney of any business that has been referred to
him. He shall also within forty-eight hours after its adoption,
furnish the Mayor a copy of every ordinance passed by the Council.
He shall also, at the commencement of each regular session, furnish
the President of the Council with a memorandum of such business
as may have been continued from previous meetings, together with
the names of the committees having charge of the same. He shall
also act as Clerk of the Municipal Court, and shall perform the
duties pertaining to said office. He shall have charge of all deeds,
contracts, plats, surveys, and other muniments of title belonging to
the city, and of all other papers of which he may be made custodian
by ordinance or otherwise, and all books or papers in his custody
shall be open to the inspection of the Mayor, members of committees
of the City Council, City Attorney and other officers who in the
discharge of their duties may have occasion to examine the same.
He shall also keep a descriptive list of all real estate owned by the
city, whether purchased for its purposes or bought to satisfy de-
linquent taxes, and shall record all sales thereof.
It shall be his duty to keep his office open to the public for busi-
ness every business day from eight o'clock a. m. until twelve o'clock
hours. noon, and from one o'clock p. m. until five o'clock p. m.
SEC. 3. The City Clerk is authorized and empowered to appoint
Clerk may a deputy clerk whenever in his judgment the services of such a
appoint person shall be required.
It shall be the duty of said deputy clerk in case Of the absence,
Duties of sickness, or other disability of the Clerk to perform all the clerical
deputy. duties developing upon such officer.
rd. 1 a. The compensation of such deputy clerk shall be paid by the
COMPILD ORDINANCES 51
SEC. 4. The Treasurer shall receive all taxes and other revenues co Uon.
and moneys which it is his duty to collect from persons owing the
same to the city, or which it is the duty of other officers of the city
to collect and turn over to him, and pay the same out as the laws of Du of the
ihe said city may prescribe. He shall so keep his books that all
receipts and disbursements, and the source and character of the orI.
same may appear. They shall show the accounts between the city
and each officer whose duty it is to receive or collect any moneys
therefore; the special sums placed by order of the Council to the
credit of each department of the city government; the condition
and amount of the debt of the city and any all other accounts and
statements necessary to a true and accurate understanding of the
financial affairs of the city. The Treasurer shall pay no money out
of the treasury except on a warrant duly drawn upon some fund,
which by some ordinance or resolution of the Council has been so
appropriated that it is properly subject to such warrant. The funds
of the city shall be deposited by the Treasurer in such bank or banks
as the Council may direct, to his credit, as such Treasurer. He
shall keep bank books and check books showing accurately the state
of his accounts, and every check shall be payable to the order
of the person for whose benefit it is drawn and ahoy upon its
lace the purpose for which drawn. The books and accounts of
the Treasurer and all papers relating to the accounts and trans-
actions of the day shall at all times be subject to the inspection of
the Mayor, the finance committee, the City Clerk, the City Auditor
and such other persons as the Council may appoint to examine the
same, and together with any balance of moneys on hand shall be
delivered by the Treasurer to his successor. The Treasurer on the
first day of each month shall render an account to the. City Auditor
showing the state of the treasury on the day prewionsand the bal-
ance of moneys on hand. He shall also, if required to do so by the
City Auditor, accompany such accounts with a statement of all
moneys received by him, and on what account, with a list of all
warrants paid by him during the month, then closed, and shall
furnish all other information, accounts and statements, which may,
in -the opinion of the Auditor be necessary to enable him to compile
the reports which he is required by law to return to the Council.
The Treasurer shall annually within ten days after the close of the
fiscal year, to-wit: on the 31st day of May of each year, submit to
the finance committee for the use of the Council, a full and detailed
account of all receipts and expenditures during such year. The
annual report of the Treasurer shall as soon as received be care-
fully examined by the Finance Committee before whom the Treas- /1,
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urer shall produce every warrant and other voucher of his dis-
bursements during the year. He shall also exhibit to said committee
for their inspection, his books of account and all papers, contracts
and other assets of the city. After carefully examining slid report,
voucher books and assets, the Finance Committee shall return said
report to the Council for its action, accompanied with such com-
ments thereon as they may deem proper and necessary. The Treas-
urer shall be the custodian of bonds, notes, choses in action, and
other like assets of the city.
The Treasurer shall hold no other office than that of, Treasurer
under the city government.
Duties of the SEC. 5. In addition to the duties prescribed by the Charter of
Auditor. the City of Tampa, the Auditor of said city shall keep regular
Ord. 136, books of accounts of the City of Tampa, in which he shall enter
sec. 1. all indebtedness of said city, and which shall at all times show the
To keep books precise financial condition of said city, the amounts of bonds, orders,
of the city. certificates, warrants or other evidence of indebtedness outstanding
and the redemption of the same when redeemed.
To counteraign SEC. 6. He shall countersign all bonds, certificates, or other evi-
bondt, torde dences of indebtedness of the City of Tampa, and no such bond,
b. sec. 2. certificate or other evidence of indebtedness, shall be valid unless
countersigned by him.
To keep SEC. 7. He shall keep account of all orders or warrants drawn
accounts o on the Treasurer of the City of Tampa in separate books, and shall
separate books. note thereon the cancellation thereof, when the same shall be can-
Ib. Sec. 3. celled, and shall keep such other books, records and accounts as
shall be convenient for the preservation of the accounts of all the
transactions and business of the city and its several wards; and all
books, lists and records shall be kept in his possession and under
To keep Sic. 8. He shall keep accounts with the City Treasurer and all
accounts with other receiving and disbursing officers of said city. In such ac-
dsbursing counts he shall charge such officers or employees of the city with all
amounts received by them from all sources of revenue, and with
lb. sec. 4. all city property in their hands and control as such officers and em-
ployees and credit them with all amounts disbursed, or property
disposed of on proper authority, and with all amounts of property
turned over to the city or their successors in office. He shall
examine reports, papers, books and vouchers of the Treasurer and
Shall fe other receiving and disbursing officers and perform such othei
annual report. duties as the City Council may direct.
SEC. 9. He shall also, after the close of each fiscal year, to-wit
the 31st day of May of each year, report to the City Council th(
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financial condition of the city, and the several wards thereof, and
shall report the financial condition as much oftener as the City b. 5.
Council shall, by resolution, direct.
SEC. 10. Except when drawn by the Library Board, all warrants ,TOM r&W
or orders on the Treasurer shall be countersigned by the Auditor, conD
and he shall also countersign all contracts made in behalf of the
city, save and except those contracts made in-behalf of the city by ,m.
its Commissioners of Public Works or Library Board, and no con-
tract requiring his signature shall be valid unless so countersigned.
lie shall keep a book in which he shall enter such contracts, which
shall be open to all persons interested. He shall neither directly
nor indirectly be interested in any contract to which the city shall
be a party.
SEC. 11. He shall revise and audit all accounts in which the city Audit
is concerned, either as debtor or creditor, save such-as come within acou
the jurisdiction of the Commissioners of Public Works or the
Library Board; and he shall have power, for the purpose of ascer-
taining the true state of any account or balance, to require any
claimant to deposit and file with him a statement in writing, under
oath, as to any fact, matter or thing concerning the correctness of
any account, claim or demand presented. And no account, claim
or demand against the city shall be paid by 'the City Council until
audited by him.
SEC. 12. It shall be the duty of the City Attorney to take the ute the
management, charge and control of all the law business of the city, city ey
and to be in regard to all municipal affairs, the legal adviser of the
Mayor, City Council and committees thereof, and of all the several ora. it.
officers and departments of the city government, and, when requir- s'.
ed, shall furnish written or verbal opinions upon any subject in-
volving any questions in which the city is interested. He shall
draft all bonds, deeds, obligations, contracts, leases, covenants,
agreements and other legal instruments of whatever nature which
may be required of him by ordinance or order of the City Council,
or which by law, usage or agreement the city is to be at the expense
',f drawing. It shall be his duty to commence and prosecute all
actions and suits to.be brought by the city before any tribunal
", this State, arid also to appear, defend and advocate the rights
and the interests of the city, or any officer of the city in any suit
:r prosecution for any act in the discharge of his official duties
'herein any estate, right, privilege, ordinance, or act of the city
government may be brought in question. And in addition to the
duties above set forth he shall collect all taxes upon real estate
which are delinquent and have been certified to him for collection
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as provided by the City Charter and he shall perform all other
duties that may be imposed upon him by charter or ordinance.
THE CHIEF OF POLICE.
Duties of the SEC. 13. The Chief of Police shall have the general charge of the
Police. police force under the control and supervision of the Mayor and
Police Committee of the City .Council and shall forthwith report
b. ec. to the Mayor and Police Committee any violation or neglect of duty
by any of the officers of the police force; he shall from time to time
pass through the streets and public grounds of the city to observe
all nuisances, obstructions or impediments therein or on the side-
walks thereof, and any violation of any ordinance or statute relat-
ing thereto. He shall forthwith report to the chairman of the Com-
-mittee on Streets and Highways any defects or want of repairs
which may be discovered in any public streets, highways, bridges
or sidewalks. He shall receive all complaints against any person for
any breach of the laws or ordinances of the city, and shall for that
purpose attend daily at his office at some stated time to be approved
by the Mayor. He shall enforce all ordinances and regulations of
the City Council, and he shall keep or cause to be kept at the
police station an exact record of all complaints made by him or any
officer under his control for any violation of the laws or the city
ordinances, and of all arrests so made with a complete description
of the persons arrested with the cause thereof, the name of the
officer making the arrest, and the disposition made of the person
and the case, with the circumstances thereof. Such record shall
be kept in a book furnished by the city, and shall at all times be
open to the inspection of the Mayor, and shall be delivered by him
to his successor in office. The Chief of Police and such police offi-
cer as he shall direct shall in case of fire, repair to the place where
the fire may be and diligently attend to the keeping of the public
peace, the prevention of thefts and the loss or injury of property,
and the removal of all persons suspected of invading the lines
Duties of the
THE TAX ASSESSOR.
SEC. 14. It shall be the duty of the Tax Assessor. between the
first Monday in January and the first Monday in June in each
year to ascertain by diligent inquiry all taxable property, both
personal and real estate, in the City of Tampa and the names of the
persons owning the same on the first Monday in January of each
year, and to make assessment of all such taxable property. Said
assessment roll to be made in duplicate. In making said assessment
he shall have all the power and authority and shall follow out the
directions of the city charter providing for the assessment of real
and personal property for taxes. He shall complete the assessment
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roll on or before the first Monday in June of each year and shall
meet with the; Board of Equalization as provided by the charter.
After the Board of Commissioners of Public Works concludes its Od.
review and equalization of the aseesments of property for taxation
ds required by the City Charter, the Assessor of Taxes shall com-
pute and carry out in the column provided for that purpose in the
assessment roll the aggregate value of all the property, both real
and personal, as assessed upon the roll, and thereafter the said
Assessor shall meet with the City Council at its first regular meet-
ing in August, or as soon thereafter as possible, and he shall have
with him the assessment roll for that year for its examination by
the City Council, and he shall then and there, or at an adjourned
or other meeting of said City Council, make such explanations and
furnish to its members such other information with respect to said
assessment as may be necessary to enable them to ascertain the
amounts to be raised by taxation for the several purposes author-
ized by law.
After the City Council has fixed and determined the amounts to ord.
be raised by taxation for the various purposes, and the Assessor
has calculated and carried out the several amounts of such taxes
in the separate columns provided for that purpose in the assess-
ment roll as directed by the City Charter, the said Assessor shall
make and attach thereto indexes of the persons and property as
they appear upon said roll, and while the index of persons shall be
according to their names, the index of the property shall be made
with reference to the maps or surveys as filed or recorded in the
office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Hillsborough County,
Florida; and after making and attaching the indexes to said as-
sessment roll he shall again meet with the City Council not later
than its last regular meeting in September, or as soon thereafter as
possible, and he shall have with him the said assessment roll, to
which he shall attach the affidavit provided by the city charter.
THE TAX COLLECTOR.
SEC. 15. It shall be the duty of the Tax Collector of the City Du f the
of Tampa t6 make and file with the Auditor of said city, not later To
than the 5th day of each month, reports in duplicate, said reports mo
to be accompanied by the receipts of the City Treasurer for all
moneys shown by said reports to have been collected by the Col- ord.
lector of Taxes during the preceding month or from the time of
making and filing with the Auditor his last report, and with said
report shall be filed itemized bills of his office expenses duly certi-
fied by him. One of his reports shall be retained by the City Audi.
tor and the other of said reports shall be presented to the City
Council at thel first meeting subsequent to the filing thereof. The
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form and style of all reports shall be such as may be recommended
by the City Auditor and approved by the Finance Committee of
the City Council.
To pay over SEc. 16. The Tax Collector shall, on each and every day during
daily. his term of office, and before 12 o'clock m., deposit to the? credit of
Ib. Sec. 2. the City Treasurer in some designated city depository, all moneys
collected by him for the said city since his last deposit, taking a
receipt therefore, and immediately thereof, he shall notify the City
Office hours. Auditor of the amount of of such deposit.
It shall be his duty to keep his office open to the public for busi-
ness every business day, from 8 o'clock a. m. to 12 o'clock m., and
from 1 o'clock p. m. to 5 o'clock p. m.
Office created. ASSISTANT TAX COLLECTOR.
Ord. 732, SEC. 17. The office of Assistant Tax Collector is hereby created,
sec. 1. and he shall be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Coun-
erm of cil, and the term of his office shall be from the tine he is confirmed
and qualifies until the appointment and qualification of his suc-
cessor after the next general election of the charter officers whose
Dutea. terms of office are for two years. It shall be the duty of the Assis-
tant Tax Collector to perform such duties pertaining to the office
of Tax Collector as may be designated by the Tax Collector, and all
moneys collected by him by virtue of his office shall be turned over
daily to the Tax Collector before 12 o'clock m., unless he is author-
ized by the Tax Collector to deposit the same to the credit of the
City Treasurer in a designated depository of said city.
Dutlea of the THE CHIEF OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
SEC. 18. The Chief of the Fire Department shall take charge and
ord. 28s, control of all the properties of the City of Tampa in any way con-
See. 2. nected with the department, and shall be responsible to the City of
To organize Tampa for the safe-keeping and preservation of the same.
department. SEC. 19. The Chief of the Fire Department shall, from time to
Ib. Soo a time, appoint such officers and number of men as in the opinion of
the Committee on Waterworks, and Fire Protection and Electricity
are sufficient and necessary to successfully run and operate the de-
partment, and shall formulate and submit to the Council, for ap-
proval, such rules and regulations as in his opinion are necessary
for the orderly and efficient government of his department; Pro-
vided, No rules and regulations shall be in conflict with this ordi-
Duties of THE CHIEF OF SANITATION.
sanitation. SEC. 20. The Mayor of the City of Tampa, by and with the
consent of the City Council, shall appoint some suitable and compe-
sec. 3. tent person to be known as the Chief of Sanitation of the City of
Tampa, who shall hold office during the term of the Mayor appoint-
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ing him unless sooner removed for cause, The Chief of Sanitation
shall perform such duties as shall be prescribed by the ordinances
of the City of Tampa.
SEc. 21. It shall be the duty of the Chief of Sanitation to see d
that the streets, yards and other parts of the City of Tampa are 4.
kept clean of fdth and rubbish, garbage and other unsanitary mat-
ter. It shall further be the duty of the Chief of Sanitation to see
that all ordinances now in existence, or which may be hereafter
passed, with reference to the sanitation of the said city, shall faith-
fully be carried out.
THE MUNICIPAL JUDGE. DuUeI
SEC. 22. It shall be the duty of the Municipal Judge to hold Judag
daily terms of court, in such place, as may be provided by the City ity rter
Council, foL the trial of all persons charged with a violation of any s~e
of the ordinances of said city, which trial shall be without jury,
and upon conviction of such person or persons, to impose upon him
or them such penalty as may be provided by such ordinance. He
shall have the power to summon witnesses, issue warrants of arrest,
upon affidavit duly filed, to administer oaths, and to do all other
acts necessary to the performance of his duty. He shall also have
the power to punish for contempt of court, to the extent of a fine
of $100, or imprisonment for thirty days, or both. Muni
SEC. 23. That. in case of the sickness, absence or disqualification sik or
of the Municipal Judge the Mayor shall appoint some practicing 'olt"
attorney, residing in the City of Tampa, to hold daily terms of the.
Municipal Court, who shall have all the powers and shall perform
all the duties of the Municipal Judge during such sickness, absence
or disqualification of the Municipal Judge. sent to be
SEC. 24. Whenever the Judge of the Municipal Court of the City lt .
of Tampa shall, under any of the ordinances of the city, adjudge O s. 1.
a person to pay a fine, or a fine and costs of prosecution, he shall
also provide in such sentence a period of time for which such person
shall be imprisoned in default of the payment of the same. same both
SEC. 25. Whenever the sentence shall be one of both fine and ima- ie ment.
prisonment, it shall also provide for an additional period of impris- rb ,
onment in the city jail, for which said person shall be held in de-
fault of payment of fine and costs. Such additional period shall
commence to run from the expiration of the other period of impris-
onment fixed by the sentence; Provided, that in no case shall the
imprisonment for failure to pay a fine, or fine and costs, exceed the
period of sixty days.
THE C OY PHYSICIN OR HEALTH OWPCER.
SEC. 26. The City Physician or Health Officer shall perform such uiet"
duties as are, or may be, prescribed by the ordinances of the City PhYa'
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ora. 448, of Tampa, and, in addition to such usual duties, he shall give medi-
cal attention and treatment to all members of the Fire Department
and the Police Department of the City of Tampa who are injured
in the discharge of their official duties, or who are ill and require
his services at any time while occupying positions as Policemen or
members of the Fire Department of the City of Tampa, and shall
examine and certify as to the physical condition and qualifications
of all applicants for positions in either of said departments.
sec. 1. The City Physician or Health Officer shall, when ordered by the
Mayor or Chief of Police, attend and prescribe for all poor persons,
residents of the City of Tampa, who are unable to pay for the em-
ployment of a physician; to have daily office hours, not less than
one hour in the afternoon and one hour in the forenoon during
which said persons can consult him; and he shall visit such persons
as are unable to come to his office and prescribe medicine free of
It shall be his duty to promptly investigate all deaths reported
to him of persons unattended by a physician where the cause of
death is unknown, and no certificate of death shall be issued until
such investigation is held. He shall vaccinate free of charge all
residents of the City of Tampa, who make application to him for
lb. that purpose.
He shall attend all police calls and emergency calls, and shall
have entire charge of all charity cases in the city. In connection
with the Hospital Committee of the City Council, he shall superin-
tend and manage the Gordon Keller Memorial Hospital and any
and all other hospitals controlled or used by the City of Tampa,
and attend all cases of public charge in such institutions. He shall
in every way possible assist the Pure Food, Meat, Milk and Dairy
Inspectors and their assistants. As City Health Officer ht shall give
his careful personal attention to matters of sanitation and health
in the City of Tampa.
He shall recommend to the Hospital Committee the purchase of
supplies and in connection with said Committee shall employ, or
discharge, the necessary help needed to successfully operate and
carry on said Hospital
The City Physician may at any time, with the consent of the
Hospital Committee, employ any competent assistant practicing
physicians, of the City of Tampa, to assist and aid him in the dis-
charge of any of his duties; provided the same shall be at no ex-
pense to the City of Tampa. The City Physician, together with the
Hospital Committee, shall formulate suitable rules and regulations
for said Hospital, and it shall be the duty of the City Physician to
see that said rules and regulations are carried out and enforced.
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All complaints from physicians, patients, taxpayers, etc., relative
to said Hospital or the health of the City shall be submitted to the
City Physician in writing, who shall at once submit the same to the
Hospital Committee, through its chairman, for investigation.
SEC. 27. The officers of the City of Tampa hereinafter named
shall, before entering upon the discharge of their duties, enter into
bonds in the sums hereinafter required, and the surety upon such
bonds shall be a surety or indemnity company incorporated and
organized under the laws of the State of Florida or any other state
of the United States or foreign government for the purpose of
transacting the business of fidelity insurance which is authorized
and licensed under the laws of the State of Florida to transact and
carry on the business of fidelity insurance in this State, and all
bonds shall be approved by the City Council, but before such ap-
proval they shall be reported upon by the City Attorney and the
Finance Committee of the City Council; provided, that satisfactory
bonds with at least two good and sufficient sureties shall be accepted
covering a period of not more than sixty days pending action upon
application for bond from a surety or indemnity company.
Whenever any officer of the City of Tampa is required to give
bond with a surety or indemnity company as surety thereon, the
premium upon such bond shall be paid by the City of Tampa. clerk.
SEC. 28. The bond of the City Clerk shall be payable to the City ord.
of Tampa in the penal sum of Two Thousand ($2,000.00) Dollars, seC
conditioned to faithfully perform the duties of his office and to ac-
count for and pay over all moneys collected by him as required by
the ordinances. T r.
SEC. 29. The bond of the Treasurer of the City of Tampa shall ord-
be payable to the City of Tampa in the penal sum of Twenty Thou-
sand ($20,000.00) Dollars, conditioned to faithfully perform the
duties of said office, and to account for and keep correct books of
account of all moneys received and disbursed by him by virtue of
his said office, and otherwise to conform to all the ordinances of
the City of Tampa. Audi
SEC. 30. The bond of the City Auditor shall be payable to the Od-
City of Tampa in the penal sum of Five Thousand ($5,000.00)
Dollars, conditioned to faithfully perform the duties of said office. Chie
SEC. 31. The Bond of the Chief of Police shall be payable to the d
City of Tampa in the penal sum of One Thousand ($1,000.00) Dol- sec.
lars, conditioned to faithfully perform the duties of said office, and
to account for and pay over all moneys collected by him as required
by the ordinances of the City of Tampa. Tax esor.
SEC. 32. The bond of the City Tax Assessor shall be payable to -
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the City of Tampa in the penal sum of Ten Thousand ($10,000.00)
Tax collector. Dollars, conditioned to faithfully perform the duties of said office.
ord. 461 SEC. 33. The bond of the City Tax Collector shall be payable to
sec. 2. the City of Tampa in the penal sum of Twenty-five Thousand
($25,000.00) Dollars, conditioned to faithfully perform the duties
of his office and to account for and pay over all moneys collected
and received by him by virtue of said office as required by the or-
Assistant Tax finances of the City of Tampa.
Ord. 561, SEc. 34. The bond of the Assistant Tax Collector shall be pay-
sec. 2. able to the City of Tampa in the penal sum of Five Thousand
($5,000.00) Dollars, conditioned to faithfully perform the duties
of said office and to account for and pay over all moneys .collected
and received by him by virtue of said office as required by the
Chief of Fire charter and ordinances of the City of Tampa.
Department. SE. 35. The bond of the Chief of the Fire Department shall be
sec. 1. payable to the City of Tampa in the penal sum of Two Thousand
($2,000.00) Dollars, conditioned to faithfully perform the duties of
Chief of said office.
anitation SEC. 36. The bond of the Chief of Sanitation shall be payable
ec. 1.' to the City of Tampa in the penal sum of Two Thousand ($2,000,-
00) Dollars, conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties
of said office.
SEC. 37. The City Council is hereby empowered to examine care-
fully into the sufficiency of. bonds of the city officers, and if by rea--
son of insolvency of the surety or the revocation of the permit or
license of such surety to do business in the State of Florida they
have reason to believe that the sufficiency of said bond has become
impaired, they shall at once call upon and require the officer so
bonded to execute and file with them for approval a new bond with
other surety, for the same amount and with the same conditions as
his former bond; and the City Council may from time t9 time as
circumstances may require, demand additional security from any
SALARIES OF OFFICERS.
SEC. 38. All salaries of officers and employees of the City of
Tampa shall be paid monthly at the expiration of each .calendar
SEC. 39. The salary of the Mayor shall be Three Thousand
($3,000.00) Dollars per annum.
The salary of the City Clerk shall be Twenty-four Hundred
($2,400.00) Dollars per annum.
The salary of the City Treasurer shall be Eighteen Hundred
($18,000.00) Dollars per annum.
The salary of the City Auditor shall be Thirty-six Hundred ($3,-
600.00) Dollars per annum.
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The salary of the City Attorney shall be Eighteen Hundred
($1,800.00) Dollars per annum, which salary shall be in full com-
pensation for the services of said City Attorney as to all matters
except the conduct of cases before the Supreme Court, or in courts
other than those sitting in the City of Tampa, as to which he shall
receive such fees as are usually paid to attorneys in like cases. When
his attendance may be required out of the city, his reasonable
travelling expenses shall be allowed him, and in addition to his al-
ary he shall also receive the compensation prescribed by the Charter
of the City for the collection of taxes upon real estate which are
delinquent and which have been certified to him for collection,
but such compensation shall be paid him in the manner provided
by the City Charter.
The salary of the Chief of Police shall be Twenty-four Hundred
($2,400.00) Dollars per annum.
The salary of the Tax Assessor shall be Twenty-four Hundred
($2,400.00) Dollars per annum.
The salary of the Assistant City Tax Collector shall be Thirteen
Hundred and Twenty ($1,320.00) Dollars per annum.
The salary of the Chief of the Fire Department shall be Twenty-
seven Hundred ($2,700.00) Dollars per annum.
The salary of the Chief of the Sanitary Department shall be
Twenty-four Hundred ($2,400.00) Dollars per annum.
The salary of the Municipal Judge shall be Twenty-four iiundred
($2,400.00) Dollars per annum.
The salary of the City Physician or City Health Officr shall be
Twenty-four Hundred ($2,400,00) Dollars per annum.
REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND MUNICIPAL FUNDS.
SEC. 40. It shall be the duty of all officers and. heads of depart-
ments to make and file with the City Auditor not later than the
5th day of each month reports, in duplicate, and said reports shall
be accompanied by the receipt of the City Treasurer for all moneys
shown by said report belonging to the City of Tampa to have been
collected, and with said report shall be filed itemized bills of the
department or office expenses, duly certified and approved by the
officer or head of department making said report.
SEC. 41. Every officer of the city who shall, in the discharge of
:'is duty, collect; receive or come into possession of any moneys be-
;nging to the city shall, at the end of each month, deposit such
rnoneys with the City Treasurer as hereinafter required, and take
duplicate receipts therefore, and in his report to the City Auditor
nd the City Council he shall embody a full detailed statement of
he several sources from which such moneys were collected or re-
eived during etch month; Provided, however, that the Tax Col-
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lector shall, on each and every day during his term of office, before
12 o'clock m., deposit to the credit of the City Treasurer all moneys
collected by him, as required by the provisions of Section 16 of this
SEc. 42. The reports of all officers.shall be in the form recom-
mended by the City Auditor and approved by the Finance Com-
mittee of the City Council, and they shall be presented to the
Auditor not later than the 5th day of the month following the
period covered by said report, and all reports so filed shall be trans-
mitted to the City Council by the Auditor at its next regular meet-
ing, if found correct. And if any report shall not be found correct,
it shall be returned by the Auditor to the officer or head of depart-
ment making said report, and the Auditor in such case shall advise
the City Council at its next regular meeting why said report is not
transmitted as aforesaid.
SEC. 43. At the end of each semi-annual period, to-wit: on the
1st day of December and the 1st day of June in each year, the offi-
cers and heads of departments of the city shall make and file with
the City Auditor, in duplicate, a full and complete detailed inven-
tory of all city property whatsoever that remains in the custody or
possession of such officer or head of department, and after such
reports have been filed the value of the property inventoried shall
be fixed by the Finance Committee of the City Council, and if said
inventory is found to be correct by the City Auditor, he shall retain
one copy in his office and shall file the other with the City Clerk.
SEC. 44. All reports of officers and heads of departments and
receipts filed with the City Auditor shall be open to the inspection
of the Mayor, the President and other members of the City Council,
the City Attorney, and other city officials who may need to refer
to the same; and it shall be the duty of the City Auditor to prepare
and submit to the Finance Committee of the City Council for the
use of said Committee and the Mayor of the City, a full and com-
plete statement of the yearly expenditures of the city for each year,
commencing on the first day of June and ending on the 31st day
of May, together with an estimate of the probable expenditures for
the next fiscal period.
SEC. 45. The City Auditor shall have authority at any time to
call for, examine, check and compare any and all books, records,
files, stubs, receipts, vouchers or other papers of any officer of the
city which shall be necessary to a full and complete audit of the
transactions of said officer on behalf of the city, and he shall in no
case pass upon or allow any payroll or memorandum or any other
claim whatsoever from the head of any department or other city
official, or pay the same, until all money collected by said official
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or head of department shall have been deposited with the City
Treasurer and receipt therefore filed with the City Auditor as re-
quired by this Chapter.
SEC. 46. All the city officials entrusted with the collection of city
funds shall deposit said funds with some designated city depository
to the credit of the Treasurer of the City of-Tampa, taking there-
for a certificate of deposit, which shall be immediately filed with
the City Treasurer, who shall issue his receipt in duplicate to the
person making said deposit and filing certificate of same with him.
SEc. 47. The-City Auditor, with the approval of the Finance
Committee, shall designate some bank or banks in the City of
Tampa, which shall be known as city depositories, in which shall be
deposited all moneys belonging to-the city, and the Auditor shall
make known such depositories to all accounting officers of the city,
who, in the discharge of their duties, collect, receive or come into
possession of any moneys whatsoever belonging to the city.
SEc. 48. All banks designated as city depositories, upon receipt
of any funds whatsoever for the credit of the City Treasurer, shall
notify the City Auditor through the mail the amount of said de-
posit and the name of the officer making the same.
SEC. 49. Except when drawn by order of the Commissioners of
Public Works or the Library Board, and except for the purpose of
transferring funds from one depository to another, all payments
shall be made by warrants drawn by the Treasurer in the form pre-
scribed in the next succeeding section.
SEc. 50. Except as otherwise provided in the preceding section,
no money shall be-drawn out of the treasury of the City of Tampa
except upon the following form of warrant, properly signed by the
President of the City Council, the Auditor and the City Treasurer,
$ ..... ................ No. .... ....
Office of the City Auditor-. ._...19L.1-
The Treasurer of the City of Tampa:
Pay to.--- .... or order
....................... .... ....I.. .-..I. .Dollars
This warrant is to be paid only by check on the City Treasury,
signed by the Treasurer, to the order of the payee above named.
The...._ ....- : ....... Bank of Tampa
Pay out of the City Treasury
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The amount of the above warrant to the order of t4e payee
.......... ..... .....easnrer.
SEc. 51. The amount, number, date and other blanks le* in said
form of warrant shall be filled as the exigencies of the occasion for
which said warrant was issued may require.
SEc. 52. The Chiefs of the Police, Fire, Electrical asd Pure
Food Departments, and all officers and employee in said* Depart-
ments shall give their whole time and attention to the -uties of
their respective offices and employment, and shall not engage in any
other business which occupies any of their time or attention.
SEc. 53. Any violations of the provisions of the foregoing sections
shall constitute neglect of duty, and the Mayor, by and ,with the
consent of the City Council, may, in the manner prescribed by Sec-
tion 15 of the City Charter, remove from office any officer guilty
of such violation, and any employee guilty of such violation may be
discharged by the Chief of the Department in which he is employed.
SEc. 54. Whenever it may be necessary for any person, firm or
corporation to give or furnish to the City of Tampa a bona for any
purpose with surety, such surety may be a surety or idemnity
company licensed and authorized to do business in this state, but
when such bbnd is an official bond required by the City Charter,
the premium for said bond shall be paid by the city.
BUILDINGS, THEIR CONSTRUCTION, AITMRATION AND IREOVAL.
SEc. 55. The office of Building Inspector of the City Of Tampa
is hereby created, and he shall receive a salary of One Huidred and
Fifty ($150.00) Dollars per month, payable at the en4 of each
month, and he shall be appointed by the Mayor, by and with the
consent of the City Council.
SEc. 56. The Building Inspector shall be a resident of the City
of Tampa and shall have such technical and practical knowledge as
to buildings and building construction as will enable him to perform
the duties required by the provisions of this Chapter, which shall
be known as the "Building Code."
SEc. 57. The term of office of the Building Inspector shall be
for a period of two (2) years, or until his successor is appointed
and qualified after the next general election in the City qf Tampa,
and he shall perform all the duties required of him by the provis-
ions of this code or any ordinance of the City of Tampa now in
force or which may hereafter be enacted.
,ire SEC. 58. No building or structure of any other kind than of the
Imita. character in this section provided shall be built, constricted, en-
closed or enlarged within the territory more particularly described
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as follows: ituate within the c miorste hnits of the Oit of Tampa, L
Beginning at a point within the City of Tagtp where Whiting
street intersects Florida avenue; from thence ruq north along the
center of Floroia avenue to the eeter of Harriumn street; thence
west along the center of Harrison street to the tenter of Tampa
street; then south along the center of Tampa street to the cen-
ter of Cass reet; thence west along the center of Cas
street to the center of Ashley street; thence south along the
center of Ashly to the center of Polk street; froin thence
due west to the channel of the Hillsborough river; from thence
run in a southely direction along the channel of said Hillsborough
river to a pain due est of .the #enter of Whiting street; from
thence in an early direction through the center of Whiting street
to the place of ening; and also all lots on south side of Whiting
street and froning or abutting on said Whiting street, and lying
between Florids avenue and Watet street; also lots 2, 3 and 6 of
block 1; lots 1, and 5of bleok ; lots 1, 4 and 5 of blook 11,; ots
2, 3 and 6 of block 12; lots 2 and 3 of block 13;. lots1, 4 and 65of
block 14; lot 6 4f block 2; lots 5 and 6 of block 3; lots 5 and 6 of
block 4; lots 1 gad 2 of block 9; lots 1 and 2 of block 10; and lot
2 of block 11, according to plat of Clark's subdivision recorded in
the public record of Hillsborough County, Florida, in Book "H"
pages 323 and 324.
Also lots 1, 4 |and 5of block 14; and lots 2, 3 aid 6 of block 15,
according to plat of Bourquardez subdivision, recorded in the pub-
lic records of said county, in Book "K" page 148.
And also the north half of Blocks 17, 28, 35, 46, 57, 68, 78,79, or. 4
R2 and 83; the south half of Blocks 16, 31, 32, 69, 77, 80, 81.and
84; also of Bloks 29, 30, 33, 34, 47, 48 and 56 according to the
map of Ybor City, as the same is recorded in Plat Book 1, page 11,
in the office of tie Clerk of the Circuit Court in and for Hillsbor-
ough County, Florida.
The territory herein described shall be known as the "Brick orw. 4
Limits" and within. saidterritory all buildings and structures shall se
be of the following character, viz:
The height of stories for all given thickness of walls shall not t
exceed: wtahn e
First story ..... ................................ ........ ........... 18 feet in the clear
Second story ......._ ......... ... .................... 16 feet in the clear
Third story ...._ ..._._..,...... ............... 14 feet in the clear
Fourth and u per stories .:..:.................... 14 feet in the clear
And if any stbry exceeds the foregoing heights, the walls of any
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sach story and all walls below that story shall be increted four
inches in thickness.
The height of a story shall be the perpendicular distancefrom top
cf the finished floor in one story to the underside of the finished
ceiling in the same story.
The first story shall be taken to mean the story the flool.of which
is first above the basement.
The upper stories shall be taken to mean the stories the floors of
which are above the first story and numbered in regular icession,
For buildings and structures more than six stories, the walls
shall be of steel construction, of strength sufficient to render build.
ing or structure safe; the partitions shall be tile or brik and the
floors shall be of a metal, stone or other non-combustiblo material.
The parapet walls of all buildings must be as thick as the upper
outer walls, and extended at least two and one-half feet above the
No cornice, lookout, veranda; portico or other attachment shall
be built of wood or other inflammable material on any building
within the limits provided in this section.
Ord. 488, Provided, however, that galvanized iron may be used in the con-
struction of buildings and other structures upon the water lots
described in any of the foregoing territory, and when so construct-
ed the walls need not be of the thickness hereinbefore prescribed,
providing they are supported and otherwise protected sonas to mike
said buildings perfectly safe.
Ord. 4S. SE 59. Upon the following water lots: Commencing with the
water lot at the foot of Polk street, run thence in a southerly direc-
tion along the water lots fronting on the Hillaborough river on the
east side thereof to the mouth of said river, thence from the mouth
of said river in an easterly direction along the bay water front to
Nebraska avenue, whether within or without the BricWe Limits, no
building or other structure shall be constructed, built oi placed un-
less it is built of galvanized iron or complies with the specifications
for building within the brick limits, nor shall any building be cover-
cd by a roof or other covering of any material other thAn metal of
good quality, slate, tile, or not less than four-ply built -ppon gravel
roofing with metal flashings, or some other incombustil~e materiel.
Ord.. .47 SEc. 60. No building or other structure of any kind sall be co-
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structed or built yith a roof or covering of any material other than
.netal of good quality, slate, tile or not less than four-ply upon
.ravel roofing, with metal flashings, or other inoombitible material
within the territory described as follows, to-wit;: 'be Brick Limits,
is above described, and one block in width outsid46o and adjoining
aid limits, and also all those portions of the city embraced within
lie territory or territories described as follows; to-wit: Begin at a
point on 12th street, one-half block south of Sixth avenue, and run
ii a westerly direction along said half block to the middle of Ne-
I raska avenue, thence north along the center of Nebraska avenue to
one-half block north of Eighth avenue, thence in an easterly direc-
tion along said half block north of Eighth avenue to 12th street;
also, commencing at the intersection of Sixth avenue and 12th
street, and run thence north on said 12th street to its intersection
with Tenth avenue and from thence along Tenth avenue to the in-
tersection with 16th street, and from thence south along the eastern
edge of 16th street to the center of the alley in Block 54 of Ybor
City, and from thence due east to 22nd street, and thence south
along-22nd street to its intersection with Sixth avenue, and from
thence along Sixth avenue to a point of beginning, and the terri-
tory hereinbefore described not included within the brick limits
shall be known as the "Metal Roof Limits."
SEc. 61. No building or structure of any kind shall be covered Non-
by a roof or covering of any material other than metal of good rooLu
quality, slate, tile, or not less than four-ply built upon gravel roof- ord. ss.
ingwith metal flashing, two-ply ruberoid or other similar non-com- amendi
bustible roofing, within the city limits of the City of Tampa.
SEC. 62. Any person or persons, firm, corporation or company penalty.
violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punished ord. 1s3
by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars or by imprisonment
not exceeding ninety days, one or both, at the discretion of the
SEC. 63. Whenever any building in the city, by reason of age, Codem on
decay or other eaua, shall become dangerous to its oceipasts, o f" oBu
the occupants of surrounding buildings, or shall become dangerous
on account of fire or other reasons or be a menace to public health, Revised e
the same is hereby declared to be a nuisance. It shall be the duty of 1is.
of the Building Inspector to condemn the same-and report suhe
condemnation to the City Council, who shall by solutionn order
said building to be removed or destroyed, and in ease the owner or
agent of said building shall not remove or destroy the same within
thirty days after1 the service on such owner or agent of a copy of
~ch resolution, the Mayor shall order the Building Inspector to
i move or destroy the same at the expense of the owner; Provided,
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however, that when neither the owner nor agent is a resid nt of the
city, service of such resolution may be made by mail to last known
address of such owner or agent.
Unlawful SEC. 64. It shall be the duty of the Building Inspector, ipon
be torn own. the order of the Mayor, to cause to be torn down and mored away
any building or structure of any kind built or constructed repaired
or enlarged in violation of the provisions of the Buildink Code of
the City of Tampa, and the Mayor shall have the right tq that end
to call upon the Police Department for any necessary asa4tance.
stauonary SEc. 65. No stationary boiler shall be erected for use i the City
bofer. Limits except by consent of the Building Inspector and the Com.
see. 1o.' nittee on Fire Protection of the City Council first obtained.
ord. 621. SEo. 66. The provisions of this code as contained in Sctions 67
Building code. to 389 inclusive, shall constitute and are to be known as the build-
ing code of the City of Tampa, and provide regulations fqr matters
pertaining to building and buildings as regards construction and
equipment, alterations and repairs for the purpose of securing
safety to occupants and properties.
SEc. 67. Before beginning the erection, enlargement, alteration,
or removal of any building, or repair of any stair, roof or dtruetural
part of any building or structure; a permit for such work shall
first be obtained from the Building Inspector by the owier, and it
shall be unlawful to begin such work unless such permit 'hall have
been obtained from the Building Inspector. And if world specified
in such permit shall not have been begun within six months from
the date thereof, or if begun within such time and not .ompleted
within twenty months from the date thereof then such permit shall
be void, and no more work whatever shall be done under such per-
mit until an extended permit shall have been obtained from the
Building Inspector by the owner or his agent, and for sucI extended
permit a fee of $2.00 shall be charged.
Sac. 68. The applicant for a building permit shall fil with the
Building Inspector a detailed statement of the work to b done and
the location of same, on a blank form to be furnished by the Inspec-
tor, and should the work be estimated to cost more than $250 the
Building Inspector may require the applicant to furnish plans or
specifications, or both plans and specifications for such wprk. And
if said work is estimated -to cost $3,000.00 or more, their applicant
shall be required to furnish such plans and specifications in dupli-
cate for the Building Inspector. If the w6rk to be doneis in con-
formity with the requirements of this code, the Building Inspector
shall present such application, plans and specifications tp the City
Health Officer for his approval as to ventilation, light, sanitary coln-
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truction and drainage, and to the Fire Chief for his approval as
o stand pipe, an all fire fighting apparatus, and safety device.
'Vhen such application, plans and specifications have been approved
!y the City Healt~ Officer and the Fire Chief, and hall have their
approvall ign by the proper indorsement, then the Building
Inspector shall ise proper permit, and shall number and endorse
aneh plans and speaifleations as have been submitted. One copy
of such plans and specification as have been submitted in dupli-
.ate, shall be filed iand indexed and the other copy shall be returned
to the applicant tb4be used on the balding. Such filed plans and
specifications shall be returned to the applicant on demand, after
the building shall have been occupied six months, but it shall not
be obligatory On the Building Inspector to keep such plans on fle
for a period of more than two years from the date of such occupa-
Plans submitted for the approval of said Building Inspector
must be true permanent copies, drawn to a sale of not less than
1-8 inch to the f9ot, and all principal and structural dimensons
shall be accurately figured, and sueh plans shall show accurately
the relations of lo lines to the plan of the proposed building if nsch
lot lines are within 20. feet of the said building.
In all eases a copy of the permit and a copy.of the indorsed plans
and specifications shall be kept on or conveniently near, while the
work is in progress. And when requested by the Inspector, he shall
have access to sueh permit, plans and specifications,
SEc. 69. Alterations in, or deviations from, the stamped plans,
will not be permitted in any feature- covered by this code, except
by permit from the Building Inspector. Said permit shall not be
issued, except that application be made on the proper blank form
provided for that purpose by the Building Inspector, and including
such information is the Inspector may require, No alteration will
be permitted that .oes not conform in every respect to this code.
SEC. 70. Every building permit shall state whether any steam
boiler is to be installed and shall also state the maximum steam
pressure that may be carried on such boiler. If any pressure tank
or any open tank having a capacity f more than 400' gallons is to
be erected in, on 4r above any building the permit for such build-
ing shall state the unit pressure to be allowed in such tank and shall
ailso state the capacity of any tank or tanks and plans for any build-
inl, in which is to beinstalled a steam boiler, must also have the
i'rproval of the Committee on Fire Protection of the City Council
i to such steam boiler.
SEC. 71. No pesn or persons, firm, corporation or association
.i all erect or cause to be erected any signboard, billboard or other
future having more than twelve square feet of surface to be used
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for advertising purposes without first obtaining a permit herefor
from the Building Inspector.
When the Building Inspector shall refuse to issue a permit for
any construction for which proper application has been made, he
shall furnish the applicant with a written statement of hie reasons
for such refusal.
Meaaurementa SaE. 72. The height of buildings shall be measured.
buildingss and From the curb level at the center of the front of the building to
the top of the highest point of the roof beams in the case of flat
For high-pitched roofs the average of the height of the gable shall
be taken as the highest point of the building.
In the case of flat roofs the measurements for height Shall not
preclude placing the roof beams level at the ceiling line and block-
ing up above the beams to get a proper pitch for water on the roof-
In case a wall is carried on iron or steel girders, or iron or steel
girders ard columns, or piers of masonry, the measurements, as to
height for the wall, may be taken from the top of such girder.
When the walls of a structure do not adjoin the street, then the
average level for the ground adjoining the walls may be taken in-
stead of the street curb level for the height of such structure.
Measurements SEC. 73. For the purpose of this code:
depth an The greatest horizontal dimension of any building shall be con-
buildings. sidered its length.
The next greatest horizontal dimension its width.
Private SEc. 74. A private dwelling shall be taken to mean and include
deinieton of. every building, which shall be intended or designed for, or used as,
the home or residence of not more than two separate and distinct
families or households, in which not more than ten rooms shall be
used for the accommodation of boarders and no part of which struc-
ture is used as a store or for any business purpose.
Two or more such dwellings may be connected on each story when
used for boarding purposes, provided the halls and stairs of each
house shall be left unaltered.
Any such building hereafter erected shall not cover niore than
ninety per cent of the lot area. -
Apartment SEC. 75. An apartment house shall be taken to mean axd include
definition of. every building, which shall be intended or designed for, at used for
the home or residence of three or more families or households living
independently of each other, and in which every such family or
household shall have provided for it a parlor or sitting room, a din-
ing room, not less than two bed rooms (a kitchen and a toilet room
containing a set)I tub and water clo et, eah room being separate
and apart from any other.
Any such building hereafter erected shall not over may greater
percentage of a ldt than is specified in Section 137 of this code.
SEC. 76. A hotel shall be taken to mean and include every build- uote,
ing, or part thereof, intended, designed or ueed-for supplying food
and shelter to residents or guests, and having a general public
mining room or cafe, or both, and containing also more than fifteen
sleeping rooms above the first story.
An apartment 'hotel shall be taken to mean and include every
hotel in which the apartments are rented or are intended or de-
signed to be rented in suites, and for terms not less than one month,
and in which there are no kitchens, dining rooms or serving rooms
within the apartments, but where a common dining room is pro-
vided for the use of the tenants.
Whenever such hotel or apartment hotel building hereafter erect-
ed shall be located on any other than a corner lot or plot, it shall
not cover in the aggregate more than 90 per cent. of the area of
such lot or plot iat and above the second story floor level, if not
more than four stories in height, and one and one-half per cent.
less for every story in height, commencing at and above the second
story level, and on a corner lot, when covering an area of not more
than 3,000 square feet, it shall not occupy more than 95 per cent.
of the area of such lot at and above the second story level. In case
any such building is to occupy a number of lots, the Inspector of
Buildings may allow the free air space, proportioned as herein
stated, to be distributed in such manner as, in his opinion, will
equally as well speure light and ventilation.
SEC. 77. An office building shall be taken to mean and include omco
every building which shall be divided into rooms above the first dei r.
story, and be intended and used for office purposes and no part of
which shall be uaed for living purposes, excepting only for the jani-
tor and his family.
Office buildings when not erected on a corner shall not cover more
than 90 per cent. of the lot area, at and above the second story
level, except as provided in Section 76.
SEc. 78. A frame building shall be taken to mean a building or Fame
structure of which the exterior walls or portion thereof shall be eansi
constreted of *ood.
Buildings sheeted with boards, and partially or wholly covered
with four inchesof brick or stone work, shall be deemed to be frame
Wood frames covered with metal, whether the frames are sheeted
nr not with boards, shall be deemed to be frame structures.
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Sac. 79. All excavations for buildings shall be properly rded
and protected so as to prevent the same from becoming da
to life or limb, and shall be aheet-piled by the peron or parsas
causing the excavations to be made when necessary to prevet the
adjoining earth from caving in. 4
SEc. 80. In ease an adjoining party wall is intended to b used
by the person or persons causing the excavation to be mad, and
such party wall is in good condition and efficient for the *es of
the adjoining building, then and in sceh ease the person or raons
causing the excavations to be made shall, at his or their oqm ex-
pense, preserve such party wall from injury and support thf same
by proper foundations, so that said party making the excavation
on the prem-wall shall be and remain practically as safe as before
the excavation was commenced.
If the person or persons whose duty it shall be to preeve or
protect any wall or walls, structure or structures, from injury shall
neglect or fail so to do after having had notice of twenty-four hours
from the Department of Buildings,-then the Inspector of Buddings
may enter upon the premises and employ such labor, and rnish
such materials, and take such steps as, in his judgment, gay be
necessary, at the expense'of the person or persons whose duty it is
to keep the same safe and secure, to make the same safe and secure,
or to prevent the same from becoming unsafe or dangerous. t
Retaining Szc. 81. When an excavation is made on any lot, the person or
persons causing such excavation to be made shall build on the ad-
joining lot at his or their own cost and expense a retaining wall to
support the adjoining earth, if aecorded the necessary license to
enter upon the said adjoining lot, ad not otherwise, and such re-
taining wall shall be carried to the height of the adjoining earth,
and be properly protected by coping. If the necessary license is
not accorded to the person or persons making such excavation, then
it shall be the duty of the owner or owners refusing to grait such
license to build the retaining wall on his or their own property at
his or their own expense without recourse to the person or persons
premises adjoining thereto.
The thickness of a retaining wall at its base shall be in no ease
less than one-fourth of its height.
Beari f SEc. 82. Where no tests of the sustaining power.of theisoil is
sT made, different soils, excluding mud, at the bottom of the faptings,
shall be deemed to safely sustain the following loads to the super-
ficial foot, namely:
Soft clay, one ton per square foot. i
Ordinary clay and sand together, in layers, wet and springy, two
tons per square foot.
Loam, clay or eq sa p a.&d 4y, thre te~ pr RpWra foot.
Where a test is made f the i iag power 0f he.8 e In-
spector of Buil g b. 9 so that be. be. Aeq, t.
eitherr in person by representat The record t4 e t~ ,U
be filed with the building Ip etor. .
When a doubt rieas to the afq ustaning-po er of the earth
upon which a building to be erected the Buildin Inspetoru may
order borings to be made, or direct to.be tested the sustaining power
of the soil by and at the expense of the owner of the proposed
SEC. 83. The lpads exerting pressure under the fotings of fopa-
dations in buildings more than three stories in height are to be or oa
computed as follows:
For warehouseo and factories they are to be thei fu dead load
and the full live load established by Section 297 of this code.
In stores and building for light manufacturing purposes they
are to be the fn4 dead load and seventy-five per cent. of the live
load established by Section 297 of this code.
In churches, school houses and places of public amusement or as-
scmbly, they are to be the full dead load and seventy-five per cent.
of the live load established by Section 297 of this code.
In office buildings, hotels, apartment hotels, dwellings, apartment
houses, and stable they are to be the full dead load and sixty per
cent. of the live load established. bySection 297 of this code.
Footing shall so designed that the loads will be as nearly uni-
form as possible, and not in excess of the safe bearing capacity of
the soil, as establ hed by Section 84 of this code.
SEC. 84. Very building except buildings ereted upon wharves Founda
aind piers on the water front shall have foundations of brick, stone,.
iron, steel or concrete laid below the surface of the earth, on solid
ground or level surface of rok, or upon piles or ranging timbers
when-solid earth or rock is not foued.
SEC. 85. Piles of wood intended to sustain a wall, pier or post pim e
shall be spaced not more than thirty*xi inches nor less than twenty
inches on centers, and they shall be. driven to a solid bearing if
practicable to do so, and the number of such piles shall be suffoient
to support the super-structure proposed.
No wood pile suall be used of lee dimensions than five inches at
ihe small end And ten inches at the butt for short piles, or piles
twenty feet or less in length, and twelve inches at the butt for long
piles, or piles mopie than twenty feet in length.
No wood pile small be weighted with a load exceeding 50 thousand
When a wood pile is not driven to refusal, its safe sustaining
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power in tons shall be determined by the following formula:,
Twice the weight of the hammer in tons. multiplied by the height
of the fall divided by the least penetration of pile under tfle last
blow in inches plus one.
The Building Inspector shall be notified of the time wheri such
test piles of wood will be driven, that he may be present, either in
person or by a representative.
The tops of all piles shall'be cut off below the lowest water line.
When required, concrete shall be rammed down in the interspaces
between the heads of the piles to a depth and thickness of nbt less
than twelve inches, and for one foot in width outside the pile.
Concrete SFC. 86. Piles of concrete or reinforced concrete piles may be
made of concrete, either reinforced or plain.
Plain concrete piles must be molded in place by methods which
are reasonably certain to secure perfect, full-sized piles; reinforced
concrete piles, if properly designed' to resist the shock of driving,
and if driven with a cushion to lessen the shock, or if put down by
a water jet, may be molded, allowed to harden and then driven or
jetted into place.
In case concrete piles are used, whether reinforced or otherwise,
their bearing power shall be determined by putting in one or more
test piles and loading them, after the concrete is sufficiently hard.
The full working load in the structure shall not be more than
one-half of the load under which the pile begins to settle.
In no case, however, shall the load on a concrete pile exceed twen-
ty-five tons per square foot of cross section of concrete, plus 6,000
pounds per square inch of any longitudinal steel reinforcement.
Concrete piles, shall always be made of mixture not leaner than one
part cement, two parts sand and five parts gravel or broken stone.
The gravel or stone must all be capable of passing a one-inch ring,
and the concrete must be mixed by machinery, a batch at a time,
and the concrete must be turned over completely at least twenty-
five times. One complete revolution of the machine, if not too
rapid, will count as one turning of the concrete.
oiBase r. SEc. 87. When bases of iron or steel for columns are placed be-
low the water level, they shall be coated with asphalt and enclosed
in concrete, for preservation against rust.
Piles under SE. 88. Wood piles may be used for the foundations under
buildings over frame buildings built over the water or on salt meadow or similar
land, in which case the piles may project above the water a sifflcient
height to raise the building above high tide, and the building may
be placed directly thereon without other foundation.
Foundation SEc. 89. Foundation walls shall be construed to include all walls
and piers built below the curb level, or nearest tier of beams to curb,
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or to the average level of the grofAd adjoining the walls, to serve
as supports for Walls, piers, elumus, girders, posts or beai.
Foundation whlls shall be built of masonry. They shall be at
least four inches thicker than the wall next above them toa depth
of twelve feet below the curb level,' and every additional ten feet,
or part thereof, deeper, they shall be increased four four inches in
SEC. 90. The footing or base course shall be of stone or concrete, Bas e
or both, or of concrete and stepped-ip brick work of sufficient thick-
ness and area to safely bear the weight to be imposed thereon.
If the footings or base course be of stone or concrete, or both, or
oi 'concrete and Istepped-up brick work, of sufficient thickness and
area to safely bear the weight to be imposed thereon.
If the footings or base course be of concrete, the concrete shall
be not less than twelve inches thick.
For small structures, and for small piers sustaining light loads
the Building Inspector may, in his discretion, allow a reduction in
the thickness and projection for footings or base course herein speci-
SEC. 91. If stepped-up footings of brick are used in place of steppe
stone, above the concrete, the off sets, if laid in single courses, shall foo1U
each not exceed two inches, or if laid in double courses, then each
shall not exceed four inches offsetting the first course of irick-work,
back one-half of the thickness of the concrete base, so as to properly
distribute the load to be imposed thereon.
SEC. 92. Grillage beams of wrought iron or steel resting on a GruiM
proper concrete bed may be used. Such beams shall be provided founa .
with separators and bolts inclosed and filled solid between with con-
crete, and of such sizes and so arranged as to transmit with safety
the superimposed loads.
SEC. 93. All stone walls twenty-four inches or less in thickness Hiead
shall have at least one header extending through the wall in every stone s.
three feet in height from the bottom of the wall, and in every three
feet in length, and if over twenty-four inches in thickness, shall
have one header for every six superficial feet on both sides of the
wall, laid on top of each other to bond together, and running into
the wall at least two feet.
All headers shall be at least twelve inches in width and eight in-
ches in thickness and consist of good flat stones. No stone shall be
laid in such walls in any other position than on its natural bed.
No stone shall be used that does not bond or extend into the wall
at least six inches.
Stones shall be firmly bedded in cement mortar and all spaces and
joints thoroughly filled.
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Materials of SEC. 94. The walls of all buildings, other than frame or Wiood
buildings, shall be constructed of stone, brick, Portland cement n-
crete, iron or steel or, if approved by the Inspector of Buildipgs,
other hard, incombustible material, and the several component pirts
of such buildings shall be as herein provided.
All buildings except sheds shall be inclosed on all sides with in-
dependent or party walls.
IBeain walls SE. 95. Bearing walls shall be taken to mean those wall on
which the beams, girders or trusses rest,
Bearing wal SEC. 96. If any horizontal section through any part of any hear-
ing wall in any building shows more than thirty per centum area of
flues and openings, the said wall shall be increased four inches in
thickness for every fifteen per centum or fraction thereof, of flue
opening area in excess of thirty per centum.
Brick and SEC. 97. The walls and piers of all buildings shall be properly
or~n End solidly bonded together with close joints filled with mortar.
They shall be built to a line and be carried up plumb and straight.
The walls of each story shall be built up the full thickness before
Piers. SEC. 98. All piers shall be built of good, hard, well-burnt brick
laid in cement mortar, excepting that piers fronting on a street
may be built of stone.
For piers fronting on street bond stones to conform with the kind
of stone used for trimmings of the front may be used above the
Isolated brick piers shall not exceed in height ten times their east
Stone posts SEC. 99. Stone posts for the support of posts or columns above
columns, shall not be used in the interior of any building.
Piers and SEC. 100. Where walls or outside piers are built of coursed stones,
coursed stone. with dressel level beds and vertical joints, the Inspector of Bpild-
ings shall have the right to allow such walls or piers to be built
of a less thickness than specified for brick work, but in no case shall
walls or piers be less than three-quarters of the thickness provided
Heading SEC. 101. In all brick walls every seventh course shall be a head-
brick walls ing course, except where walls are faced with brick in running bond,
in which latter case, every seventh course shall be bonded int4 the
backing by cutting the course of the face brick and putting in di-
agonal headers behind the same, or by splitting the face brick in
half and backing the same with a continuous row of headers.
Where face brick is used of a different thickness from the brick
used for the backing the courses of the exterior and interior blick-
work shall be brought to a level bed at intervals of not more than
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ten courses in height of the face brick, and the face brick shall be
properly tied to the backing by a heading course of the face brick.
All bearing was ,faced with brick laid in running bond shall be
four inches thicker than the walls are required to be under any
other section of this code.
If brick walls are laid in Flemish bond, all headers must be full
headers if possible. Where this is not possible, the headers of every
seventh course must be full headers, and in this case, the thickness
of the wall must be four inches greater than it would otherwise be,
under the requireents of this law.
SEC. 102. Stone used for facing of any building, and known as Ashlar.
ashlar, shall be not less than four inches thick.
Stone ashlar shall be anchored to the backing and the backing
shall be of such sickness as to make the walls, independent of the
ashlar, conform as to the thickness with the requirements of Sec-
tions 159 and 160 of this code, unless the ashlar be at least eight
inches thick and bonded into the backing, and then it may be
counted as part of the thickness of the wall.
Iron ashlar plates used in imitation of stone ashlar on the face
ef a wall shall be backed up with the same thickness of brickwork
as required for a brick wall without ashlar.
SEc. 108. All foundation walls, isolated piers, parapet walls and Morr
chimneys above attic floor shall be laid in cement mortar. ashh1.
All other walls built of brick or stone shall be laid in lime, cement
or lime and eement mortar mixd.
The backing up of all stone ashlar shall be laid up with cement
mortar, or cement and lime mortar mixed, but the back of the ashlar
may be pargeted with lime mortar of coated with asphaltum varnish
lo prevent discoloration of the stone.
SEC. 104. Buildings of the variOus classes of construction shall Heht
be limited to the, following heights:
Fireproof (steel construction).......-.......... .....-200 feet
Fireproof (reinforced concrete skeleton constrction....160 feet
Fireproof (masonry bearing walls) ... ..... _140 feet
Mill construction --. ... 90 feet
..Ordinary construction :,.-- 55 feet
Frame construction (except as otherwise provided)-. 35 feet w
SEC. 105. Brick walls for private dwellings and garages: w use
(Minimum thickness in inches.)
HEIGHT. BASEMENT. 1 2 3 4
One story 12 8
Two stories ...... ........ .......... 12 8 8
Three stories ........................... ........... 16 12 8 8
Four stories ....................... ........................... 16 12 12 8
Buildings higher than four stories to go into class below:
BRICK WALLS MISCELLANEOUS BUILDINGS.
(Minimum Thiclness in Inchbs.)
HEIGHT. BASE. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
One story .............. 12 12
Two stories ........ 16 12 12
Three stories ...... 16 16 12 12 12
Four stories ......... 20 16 16 12 12
Five stories ......... 20 16 16 16 12 12
Six stories ............ 24 20 16 16 16 12 12
Seven stories...... 24 20 20 16 16 16 12 12
Eight stories ...... 24 24 ,20 20 16 16 16 12 12
Nine stories ......... 28 24 24 20 20 20 16 16 16 1\
Ten stories ............ 28 24 24 24 20 20 20 16 16 16 12
Buildings in this class:
Apartment houses, club houses, dormitories, hospitals, asyliums,
laboratories, convents, parish buildings, hotels, lodging houses,
schools, studios, apartment hotels.
When the walls are used for party walls in non-fireproof build-
ings, the ends of wood beams shall rest on corbeled ledges, or when
entering the twelve-inch sections of the walls shall be staggered,
he twelve-inch section of the walls shall be increased to not less
than sixteen inches in thickness.
When used for bearing party walls in fireproof buildings, no por-
lion of the walls shall be less than sixteen inches in thickness.
If any story exceeds the height stated in Section 115 of this code
the thickness of the walls shall be increased as stated in Section 115.
Partition SEC. 106. Eight-inch brick partition walls may be built to sup-
wals. port the beams in such buildings when the distarice between the
main or bearing walls is not over thirty-three feet.
If the distance between the main or bearing walls is over thirty-
three feet the brick partition wall shall be not less than twelve
Provided, that no clear span is over twenty-six feet.
Umiting the SEC. 107. No section of wall of the same thickness shall exceed,
height for a
single measuring vertically, the height provided elsewhere in this section
of waln. and in Sections 105 and 106 and 115 of this code.
SEc. 108. This section shall not be construed to prevent the use
and Girders of iron or steel girders, or iron or steel girders and columns when
partition properly insulated as provided in this code, or piers of mainry,
wall for the support of the walls and ceiling over any room whidh has
a clear span of more than twenty-six feet between walls, ini such
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buildings as are constructed freproof.
Nor to prohibits the use of iron or steel girders, or iron or steel
girders and columns in place of briek walls in building which are
to be used for residence purposes
Swi. 109. If the clear span is to be over twenty-six feet, then the re |
bearing walls shape be increased four inches in thickness for every
twelve and one-half feet or part thereof, that said span is over
In lieu of the above specified increase in thickness pilasters not
ever twenty feet apart, equal in width to the thickness of the wall
and projecting twice the increase otherwise required, may be built,
provided that noi twelve-inch wall shall be built below the third
story from th; top.
SEC 110. The expression "walls for warehouse class" shall be wan for,
taken to mean and include walls for the following buildings: aouea
Armories, Barns, Breweries, Carriage Houses, Churches, Cooper-
age Shops, Court Houses, Factories, Foundries, Garages Jails,
Libraries, Light and Power Houses, Machine Shops, Markets, Mills,
Museums, Observatories, Office Buildings, Police Stations, Printing.
Houses, Public 4sembly Buildings, Pumping Stations, Railroad
Buildings, Refrigerating Houses, Slaughter Houses, Stables, Stores,
Sugar Refineries, Theaters, Warehouses and Wheelwright Shops.
For buildings hereafter erected in the warehouse class, twenty-
five feet or less in width between walls or bearings, the minimum
thickness of all dividing walls in the same, carrying the loads of
floors, and roofs shall be made in accordance with the following
BssCK WAL s Ion WAREOUSE CLASS.
(Minimum Thickness in Inches.)
Height. Brick. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
One story ...... 1 12,
Two story -..'.16 16 12
Three stories ...120 16 16 12
Four stories ..20 20 16 16 12
Five stories ....24 20 20 16 16 12
Six stories ..... 28 24 24 20 20 16 16
Seven stories ...28 24 24 24 20 20 16 16
Eight stories ..32 28 28 24 24 20 20 16 16
,Nine stories ...32 28 28 28 24 24 20 20 16 16
Ten stories ....-36 32 32 3 28 28 24 24 2018 16
When the above walls are used for party walls in non-fireproof
buildings, the twenty-ineh sections of the walls shall have corbeled
leAges to carry the edges of the beams or be increased in thickness
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to not less than sixteen inches, and the beams entering the walk
shall be staggered.
When used for bearing party walls in fireproof buildings, do por
tion of the walls shall be less than sixteen inches in thickness.
If any story exceeds the height stated in Section 115 of thii code,
the thickness of walls shall be increased as stated in said Sec-
Thicknesn. If there is to be a clear span of over twenty-six feet between the
bearing walls, such walls shall be four inches thicker than in this
section specified, for every fifteen feet, or fraction thereof, that said
walls are more than twenty-five feet apart, or shall have instead of
the increased thickness such piers or buttresses as provided in Sec-
W c for SEC. 111. The walls of buildings of a public character shall be
buildings. not less than in this code specified for warehouses with such piers
or such buttresses, or supplemental columns of iron or steel #roper-
ly insulated as in the judgment of the Inspector of Building, may
be.necessary to make a safe and substantial building.
Floor areas in SEC. 112. In all non-fire-proof stores, warehouses and factories,
wareouses, no single floor area, between brick fire walls shall exceed the fol-
buildings. When located fronting on one street only, may cover an area of
not more than five thousand square feet.
Or when extending from street to street may cover an area of not
more than six. thousand square feet.
Or if a corner building fronting on two streets, it may cover not
more than six thousand square feet.
Or when such a building fronts on three streets, it may cover an
area of not more than seven thousand five hundred square feet be
tween brick fire walls.
In all stores, warehouses and factories, not exceeding fifty-five
feet in height, which may be built fireproof, the areas between brick
fire walls of a thickness corresponding to the main walls, may be
one hundred per centum greater than the areas heneinbefore stated
in this section for non-fireproof building.
But in case any such fireproof building exceeds the height of
fifty-five feet the areas between brick fire walls of a thickness cor
responding to the main bearing walls may be the same, but no
greater than the areas hereinbefore stated in this section fpr non
Provided, however, in case the foregoing described buildfgs are
completely equipped with a system of automatic sprinklers in t
manner approved by the S. E. U. A., the areas between tle brick
partition walls may be increased as follows:
For non-fireproof constructed buildings the respective areas here-
inbefore stated may be increased ffty per centum.
For the fireproof constructed buildings not exceeding fifty-five
[eet in height, the respective areas hereinbefore stated may be in-
reased thirty-three and one-third per centum.
For the fireproof constructed buildings.exceeding fty-five feet
'n height the respective areas heneinbefore stated may be increased
lhirty-three and one-third per centum.
For fireproof constructed buildings intended or designed for oc-
,apancy other than stores, warehouses and factories, and when not
exceeding one hundred and twenty-five feet in height, the areas be-
tween brick fire walls of a thickness corresponding to the main bear-
ing walls may be the same, but no greater than the areas hereinbe-
fore stated in this section for fireproof buildings not exceeding fifty-
five feet in height!with automatic sprinkler protection.
Provided, however, in case such buildings are completely equip-
ped with a system of automatic sprinklers as hereinbefore described,
the respective areas between the brick fire walls may be increased
fifty per centum.
The automatic sprinkler system, including the water supply in
connection therewith hereby required in this section shall be in-
stalled and kept in perfect working order by the owner, lessee or
occupant of the premises.
RECAPITULATION OF LIMIT OF FLOOR AREAS.
In tabulated form, a recapitulation of the extreme limit of areas
in each case between brick fire walls, as specified in this section
is as follows:
Any occupancy, height limited to 55 feet. No
Area, without automatic sprinkler protection.
Fronting on one street, only 5,000 square feet.
Fronting on two streets, that is, extending through from street
to street, 6,000 square feet.
Corner building fronting on two streets, 6,000 square feet.
Occupancy, stores, warehouses and factories. Height when not
\ feeding 55 feet.
Area, without automatic sprinkler protection.
Fronting on one street only, 10,000 square feet.
Fronting on two streets, that is, extending through from street
1 ,street, 12,000 square feet
Corner building, fronting on the two streets, 12,000 square feet.
Fronting on three streets, 15,000 square feet.
Occupancy, stores, warehouses and factories Height limited to Fireproo
00 feet. construct
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Area, without automatic sprinkler 'protection, same as for non-
Fronting on one street only, 5,000 square feet.
Fronting on two streets, that is extending through from street to
street, 6,000 square feet.
Corner building fronting on two streets, 6,000 square feet.
Fronting on three streets, 7,500 square feet.
Fireproof Occupancy, other than stores, warehouses and factories. Height
limited to 200 feet.
Area, without automatic sprinkler protection.
Fronting .on one street only, 13,333 square feet.
Fronting on two streets, that is, extending through from street
to street, 16,000 square feet.
Corner building, fronting on two streets, 16,000 square feet.
Fronting on three streets, 20,000 square feet.
Non-fireproof Any occupancy, height limited to 55 feet.
construction. Area, with automatic sprinkler protection (being an increase of
50 per cent. over the unsprinkled area).
One street front, 7,500 square feet.
Two street fronts, 9,000 square feet.
Corner building, two street fronts, 9,000 square feet.
Three street fronts, 11,250 square feet.
construction. Occupancy, stores, warehouses and factories. Height when not
exceeding 55 feet.
Area, with automatic sprinkler protection (being an increase of
33 1-3 per cent. over the unsprinkled area).
One street front, 13,333 square feet.
Two street fronts, 16,000 square feet.
Corner building, two street fronts 16,000 square feet.
Three street fronts, 20,000 square feet.
construction. Occupancy, stores, warehouses and factories. Height limited to
Area, with automatic sprinkler protection (being an increase of
33 1-3 per cent over the unsprinkled area).
One street front 6,666 square feet.
Two street fronts, 8,000 square feet.
Corner building, two street fronts, 8,000 square feet.
Three street fronts, 10,000 square feet.
Fireproof Occupancy, other than stores, warehouses and factories. Height
limited to 200 feet.
Area, with automatic sprinkler protection (being an increase of
56 per cent. over the unsprinkled area).
One street front, 20,000 square feet.
Two street fronts, 24,000 square feet.
Corner building' two street fronts, 24,000 square feet.
No wall or part of wall in any existing building nor in any build-
ing hereafter erected shall be removed to produce a larger area than
those named in this section.
When more than two buildings communicate, although protected
by double standard fireproof doors, they shall be provided with a
system of approved automatic sprinklers where occupied as stores,
warehouses and factories.
Openings in the brick fire walls of buildings specified in this sec-
tion shall in no case exceed eight feet in width, nor more than ten
feet in height, and above each such opening there shallbe a curtain
wall between the top of the opening and the ceiling line of at least
three feet. The openings shall be provided with approved auto-
natic self-closing standard fireproof doors on both sides of the wall.
SEC. 113. All buildings, not excepting dwellings, that are over
one hundred and five feet in depth, without a crosswall or proper thlckness
lilasters or buttresses shall have the side or bearing walls increased building re
in thickness four inches more than is specified in the respective see- hundred
tions of this code for the thickness of walls for every one hundred depth.
and five feet, or part thereof, that the said buildings are over one
hundred and five feet in depth.
SEC. 114. In case the walls of any building are less than twenty- Reduced
Aive feet apart and less than forty feet in depth, or there are cross- ntericness
walls which intersect the walls, not more than forty feet distant, or
pilasters or buttresses built into the walls, they may be reduced in
thickness in just proportion to the number of crosswalls, pilasters,
or buttresses, and their nearness to each other; provided, however,
that no such wall shall be less than twelve inches thick at the top,
and gradually increased in thickness by set-offs to the bottom.
The Inspector of Buildings is hereby authorized and empowered
to decide (except where herein otherwise provided for) how much.
the walls herein mentioned may be permitted to be reduced in thick-
,ness without endangering the strength and safety of the building,
according to the peculiar circumstances of each case.
SEC. 115. The height of stories for all given thickness of walls e t or
shall not exceed:
First story .. ......... .............._18 feet in the clear.
Second story ......................................................... 6 feet in the clear.
Third story ..................... .......... 14 feet in the clear.
Fourth story and upper stories ........14 feet in the clear.
And if any story exceeds the foregoing heights, the walls of any
"!ch story and all walls below that story shall be increased four in-
i ies in thickness.;
The height of a story shall be the perpendicular distance from
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top of the finished floor in one story to the underside of the fltished
ceiling in the same story.
The first story shall be taken to mean the story the floor of whicb
is first above the basement.
The upper stories shall be taken to mean the stories the floor of
which are above the first story and numbered in regular succession,
Meaning of SEC. 116. A basement shall be taken to mean that portion of a
celar". building the floor of which is below the curb level at the center of
the front of the building, more than one foot, and not mote than
three-fourths of the height of said portion measuring from floor to
A cellar shall be taken to mean the lowest portion of a building
the floor of which is below the curb level at the center of thie front
of the building, more than three-fourths of the height of said por-
tion measuring from the floor to the ceiling.
Inlosure SEC. 117. Walls of brick built in between iron, steel or riinforc-
skeleton ed concrete columns and supported wholly or in part of irom, steel
or reinforced concrete girders at each floor, when stories do'not ex-
ceed the height in Section 115 and the columns spaced not more than
twenty-six feet apart such brick walls or panels shall not be less
than twelve inches thick down to the tier of beams nearest to the
curb or ground level.
The thickness of walls downward from the tier of girders nearest
the curb or ground level shall be the thickness prescribed in See-
tions 710 and 713.
Reduced Sac. 118. When two independent buildings of skeleton :type of
adjoining construction, and of the same height, adjoin each other the thick-
wals. ness of the said independent walls above the foundations for such
sections where they adjoin must be not less than eight inches.
curtain waln. SEC. 119. Curtain walls shall be taken to mean walls built in the
interior of a building between piers or iron or steel columns, and
being non-bearing walls.
Shall be not less than twelve inches thick for sixty-five feet of the
uppermost height thereof or nearest tier of beams to that height;
And increased four inches for the lower section of sixty feet or
nearest tier of beams to that height;
An thence downward the thickness of walls shall increase in tle
Lining ratio prescribed in this code.
xiating Sac. 120. In ease it is desired to increase the height ofiexistirg
party or independent walls, which are less in thickness tha requi*-
ed under this code, the same shall be done by a lining of brickwo k
to form a combined thickness with the old wall of not less then
four inches more than the thickness required for a new wall co "-