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§ VIII-9 Minor privileges.

(a) Temporary minor privilege charges.

Beginning with the year 1935, the amount of the lien of the City for charges for temporary minor
privileges, as hereinafter defined, shall be limited to the amount of the charge therefor for the last
calendar year for which made. The person to whom such temporary minor privilege is granted
shall be personally liable to the City for the amount of such charges. If any such charge is not
paid by April 1st of the year succeeding that in respect of which the charge was made, the
Department of Finance shall record the lien for such previous years charge in the tax lien record,
where it shall continue to be a lien, until paid, upon the property on which such minor privilege is
located. The Department of Finance may proceed to enforce the liability above provided for or to
sell the property in satisfaction of such lien under the provisions of Article 81 of the Code of
Public General Laws of Maryland.

(b) “Temporaryandpermanentdefined; procedures.

Temporary minor privileges are those in the nature of awnings, barber poles, signs, skids, clothes
racks, sidewalk displays and vending machines and the like, which can be removed without a
material alteration of the property where the said privilege is located.

Permanent minor privileges are those in the nature of steps, porticoes, bay windows, bow
windows, show windows, columns, tiers, covered vaults, covered areaways, drains or drainpipes,
and the like which cannot be removed without a material alteration of the property where the said
privilege is located.

The procedure for granting minor privileges is set forth in Section 2 of this Article VIII.

(c) Savings clause.

Nothing contained in this section shall affect the payment or collection of any minor privilege
charges, temporary, or permanent, accruing before the year 1935 or the payment or collection of
charges for permanent minor privileges during and after the year 1935. As to any of such
charges which are not paid when due, the Department of Finance may institute suit against the
holder of the privilege and the owner of the property at the time the charge arose, and shall
record them in the tax lien record, and they shall remain a lien until paid and may sell the
property at which the privilege is located under the provisions of said Article 81.

(d) Designation by Board of Estimates.

In issuing minor privileges the Board of Estimates shall designate the same as beingtemporary
orpermanentas defined in this section.

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