Cart Ordinances

Pleasanton, CA

Pleasanton, CA
CHAPTER 6.30 SHOPPING CART REGULATIONS
Section 6.30.020: Removal Of Cart From Business Premises Prohibited
a) It shall be unlawful for any person to remove a cart from the premises of a business which furnishes the cart to customers without the prior express consent of the business owner.
(Ord. 1842 § 1, 2001)
Section 6.30.030: Notice Of Posting
a) Every business furnishing carts for use by customers shall post a notice in substantially the following form:
1) "REMOVAL OF CARTS FROM THE PREMISES IS PROHIBITED BY LAW AND VIOLATORS ARE SUBJECT TO A MINIMUM FINE OF $100.00. (PMC §6.30.020)".
(Ord. 1842 § 1, 2001)
Section 6.30.040: Abandonment Prohibited
a) It is unlawful for any person to leave a cart upon any sidewalk, street, or other public place, or upon any private property, except the premises of the business which furnishes the cart to customers.
(Ord. 1842 § 1, 2001)
Section 6.30.060: Cart Identification Required
a) Every business which furnishes carts to customers shall mark each cart with the name of the business, and may include an address and/or telephone number. Such identification shall be conspicuous.
(Ord. 1842 § 1, 2001)
Section 6.30.070: Retrieval And Removal Of Abandoned Carts:
a) Notification For Retrieval Of Abandoned Carts
1) The city shall notify the business of any abandoned carts used by that business which have been located within the city. The business shall have three (3) business days from the date of notification to retrieve the abandoned carts from the locations specified in the notice. Notification may occur by phone or facsimile, or in person. The city shall keep a record of the date, time, and information provided in each notice.
2) If an abandoned cart is moved by a third party from the original location, subsequent notification to the business shall commence a new three (3) business day period for retrieval.
b) Impoundment Of Abandoned Carts By City
1) The city has the right, but not the obligation, to impound abandoned carts if any business fails to retrieve its abandoned cart(s) within the three (3) business days from the date of notification. The city may contract with a third party service provider to impound abandoned carts pursuant to this section.
c) Administrative Costs And Fines
1) Any business that fails to retrieve its abandoned cart(s) within the three (3) business days from the date of notification shall pay the city's costs for impounding the abandoned cart(s) and the city's cost for providing the notification. Such costs shall be set forth in the master fee schedule 1 established by resolution of the city council. Any business that fails to retrieve abandoned cart(s) within the three (3) business days from the date of notification in excess of three (3) times during any six (6) month period shall be subject to a fifty dollar ($50.00) fine per abandoned cart for each such occurrence.
d) Alternative Provisions Regarding Retrieval Of Abandoned Carts:
1) Not withstanding subsection B of this section, the city may impound an abandoned cart immediately and without prior notice to the business if the abandoned cart is located in a manner which creates a health or safety hazard. In such a circumstance, the city shall subsequently provide the business with notice of the impoundment, and if the cart is reclaimed by the business within three (3) business days following the date of actual notice, the cart shall be released to the business without charge. Any cart not reclaimed by the business within three (3) business days following actual notice shall be subject to the fees and penalties set forth in subsection C of this section.
e)Impound Yard
1) Abandoned carts which are impounded by the city shall be taken to an impound yard that is reasonably conveniently located to the city, and open for business at least six (6) hours each business day.
f) Disposition Of Unclaimed Impounded Carts:
1)Any impounded cart not reclaimed within thirty (30) calendar days after notification to the business shall be sold or otherwise disposed of by the city.
(Ord. 1842 § 1, 2001)

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