Chapter 8

Assemblages

5-8-1: Definitions


The following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words in the present tense include the future, words in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.

ASSEMBLY: A group of persons gathered together at any one time for any purpose.

OCCUPANT LOAD: The total number of persons that may occupy a building, or a portion thereof, at any one time; or the total number of persons that can be accommodated by the seating arrangements of a building, structure, arena, stadium, bleacher or grandstand, or parts thereof; or the maximum seating or maximum live load capacity of said building, structure, arena, stadium, bleacher, grandstand or parts thereof.

PERSON: Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind. (1952 Code § 6-18-01)

5-8-2: Excessive Occupant Load Unlawful


It shall be unlawful for any person:


A. To sell tickets and/or admit persons without consideration, for any event or for any purpose in excess of the occupant load of a building, structure, arena, stadium, bleacher or grandstand, or parts thereof;


B. To permit, maintain, conduct or promote an assembly of persons in excess of the occupant load of a building, structure, arena, stadium, bleachers and grandstands, or parts thereof; and


C. To permit any person, except ushers or other employees, to remain standing in any aisles, corridors or exits during an assembly of persons, it being the duty of the person permitting, maintaining, conducting or promoting an assembly of persons to provide adequate unobstructed exits to permit rapid egress of all persons attending. (1952 Code § 6-18-02)

5-8-3: Examination Of Premises


It shall be the duty of the person permitting, maintaining, conducting or promoting an assembly of persons to comply with all provisions of this Code relating to the health and safety of people, and in particular, ordinances, rules and regulations relating to building, electrical, fire, safety and health. No such assembly for any purpose shall be held or presented unless premises upon or within which that assembly shall be held have been examined by a designated employee of the Fire Department, Planning and Development Services or the Police Department, not less than three (3) days before the date of such assembly and found to be free from any hazard and suitable for the purpose of the assembly. (1952 Code § 6-18-03; amd. 2019 Code)

5-8-4: Penalty


Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-1 of this Code. (1952 Code § 6-18-04; amd. 2019 Code)