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CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS

TITLE 36/CHAPTER 1, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Part 50_National Capital Park Regulations Sec. 50.1 Applicability of regulations. 50.2 Applicability of Federal laws. 50.3 Applicability of District of Columbia and State laws. 50.4 Definitions. 50.5 Penalties. 50.6 Place of trial. 50.7 Federal property; miscellaneous provisions. 50.8 Lamps and lamp posts in park areas. 50.9 Comfort stations and other structures. 50.10 Trees, shrubs, plants, grass and other vegetation. 50.11 Dogs, cats, and livestock. 50.12 Horses. 50.13 Grazing; permitting animals to run loose. 50.14 Picnics in park areas. 50.15 Athletics. 50.16 Model planes. 50.17 Gambling. 50.18 Hunting and fishing. 50.19 Parades and Public Gatherings. 50.24 Soliciting, advertising, sales. 50.25 Nuisances ; disorderly conduct. 50.26 Indecency, immorality profanity. 50.27 Camping 50.28 Use of liquors; Intoxication. 50.29 Laws and regulations applicable to traffic control; enforcement. 50.30 Obstructing entrances, exits, sidewalks. 50.31 Speed restrictions. 50.32 Reckless driving; prohibited operations. 50.33 Parking restrictions : impounding of vehicles. 50.34 Traffic signs. 50.35 Washing of cars prohibited. 50.36 Commercial vehicles and common carriers. 50.37 Vehicles ; weight and tread restrictions, 50.38 Tampering with vehicles prohibited. 50.39 Prevention of smoke. 50.40 Bicycling, roller skating, and coasting restrictions. 50.41 Boating. 50.42 Swimming, water skiing, etc. 50.43 Collection of scientific specimens. 50.44 Lost and found articles. 50.45 Photographing; restrictions. 50.46 Discrimination in furnishing public accommodations and transportation services. 50.46a Discrimination in employment practices. 50.47 Installation permits. 50.48 Making false reports to the United States Park Police. 50.49 Dangerous weapons. 50.50 Fires, 50.51 Sanitation. 50.101 Schedule of minimum collateral (General Order No. 68).

AUTHORITY: The provisions of this Part 50 issued under sec, 6, 30 Stat. 571, secs. 1-3, 39 Stat. 535, as amended, sec. 16, 43 Stat. 1126, as amended, 62 Stat. 81, secs. 1, 2, 67 Stat. 495, 498; 8 D.C. Code 143, 16 U.S.C. 1, 1b, 1c, 2, 3, 40 D.C. Code 613.

SOURCE: The provisions of this Part 50 appear at 24 F.R. 11014, Dec. 30, 1959, unless otherwise noted. Redesignated at 31 F.R. 16655, Dec. 29, 1966. 850.1 Applicability of regulations.

This part applies to all park areas administered by National Capital Parks, National Park Service, in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, and to other Federal reservations in the environs of the District of Columbia, policed with the approval or concurrence of the head of the agency having jurisdiction or control over such reservations, pursuant to the provisions of the act of March 17, 1948 (62 Stat. 81). 850.2 Applicability of Federal laws.

In all areas to which this part is applicable all Acts shall be enforced insofar as applicable.

8 50.3 Applicability of District of Columbia and State laws.

(a) The laws and regulations promulgated for the District of Columbia shall be enforced, insofar as applicable, in all park areas within the District of Columbia.

(b) In areas to which this part is applicable, located outside the geographical limits of the District of Columbia, the laws of the State within which the area is located shall be invoked and enforced in accordance with the act of June 25, 1948 (62 Stat. 686; 18 U.S.C. sec. 13). 8 50.4 Definitions.

As used in this part, unless otherwise indicated :

(a) Under the regulations, the term "parkoarea" means any and all developed and undeveloped grounds, playgrounds, plazas, squares, circles, triangles, islands, ways, streets, sidewalks, roads, boulevards, parkways, canals, waters, buildings, monuments, structures and other properties administered by National Capital Parks, National Park Service, including such park areas as herein defined as are used by the District of Columbia Recreation Board pursuant to agreement with the National Capital Parks, National Park Service.

(b) The term "other Federal reservations” means Federal areas, which are not under the administrative jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior, located in Arlington and Fairfax Counties and the City of Alexandria in Virginia, and Prince Georges, Anne Arundel, and Montgomery Counties in Maryland, exclusive of military reservations, unless the policing of such areas by the United States Park Police is specifically requested by the Secretary of Defense or his designee.

(c) The term “environs of the District of Columbia" embraces Arlington and Fairfax Counties and the City of Alexandria, in Virginia, and Prince Georges, Anne Arundel, and Montgomery Counties, in Maryland.

(d) The term “Secretary" means the Secretary of the Interior.

(e) The term "Director” means the Director of the National Park Service or his authorized representative.

(f) The term "Superintendent" means the Superintendent of National Capital Parks or his authorized representative.

(g) The term “official permit” means permits issued by authorized officials of the agency having control or jurisdiction of the Federal area involved.

(h) The term “official sign" means any sign or signs posted by order of authorized officials of the agency having control or jurisdiction of the Federal area involved.

(i) The term “person” includes individuals, partnerships, firms, corporations, and voluntary associations.

(3) The term "driver" means the rider, driver, or leader of any horse or other riding or draft animal, a person who pushes, draws or propels a vehicle, and the operator of a motor-propelled vehicle.

(k) The term "horse" means by riding or draft animal or beast of burden.

(1) The term "park road” means any street, road, highway or public thoroughfare in any Federal area covered by this part.

(m) The term "vehicle" means any conveyance or animal customarily used for the purpose of riding or driving.

(n) The term "commercial vehicle" means any vehicle designed or used for carrying freight or merchandise for or without hire.

(0) The term "parking" means any vehicle left standing, whether or not attended, except when standing in obedience to traffic regulations, signs or sig. nals, or to a police officer. 8 50.5 Penalties.

(a) Regulations in this part. Any person violating any of the provisions of this part, except violations of traffic and motor vehicle regulations in park areas in the District of Columbia, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for not exceeding six months or both.

(b) Traffic violations in District of Columbia. Any person violating any of the provisions of the traffic and motor vehicle regulations contained in this part in park areas in the District of Columbia, except where a penalty is otherwise provided, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than $300 or imprisonment of not more than 10 days or both. (c) Statutes ; other applicable regulations. Any person violating any act of Congress or State law adopted pursuant to an act of Congress or rule or regula

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tion promulgated by other Federal officials, the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, or other municipal ufficials, which is in force and applicable to any area covered by this part shall, upon conviction, be punished in accordance with the penalty provisions of such act, rule or regulation.

(d) Violation of terms of permits. Any person violating any of the terms of the official permit referred to in $ 50.19 shall be deemed to be in violation of that section and shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for not exceeding 6 months, or both. [24 F.R. 11014, Dec. 30, 1939, as amended at 31 F.R. 6264, April 23, 1966) 850.6 Place of trial.

Any person violating any of the regulations contained in this part in park areas within the District of Columbia is subject to prosecution and trial in the Municipal Court for the District of Columbia. Any person violating any of the regulations contained in this part in areas covered by this part within the States of Maryland or Virginia may be tried by a United States Commissioner authorized to try petty offenses in the judicial district in which the offense was committed or, if the person charged with the offense so elects, he shall be tried in the district court of the United States which has jurisdiction over the offense. 8 50.7 Federal property; miscellaneous provisions.

(a) Statues and other structures. No person shall climb upon or in any way injure any statue, fountain, wall, banister, ledge, fence, balustrade, railing or other structure.

(b) Water system. No person shall tamper with drinking fountains, hydrants, or other water system facilities.

(c) Life buoys. No person shall tamper with or remove life buoys from their fastenings except for the purpose of aiding a person who is in danger of drowning.

(d) Injury to lawns. No person shall make any use of lawn areas which tends to injure the lawns in any manner. This section shall not be construed to prohibit casual strolling over lawn areas.

(e) Short cuts. No person shall make short cuts across lawn areas which tend to make paths. Hikers and horseback riders shall not make short cuts, but must confine themselves to the established trail.

(f) Signs. No person shall tamper with, mar, remove or destroy any official or public sign.

(g) Dumping. No person shall dump any material or refuse of any description in any area covered by this part, except pursuant to the provisions of an official permit.

(h) Storage. No person shall store material of any description, or displace, leave, house, or permit to be placed or left in any area covered by this part any vehicle or parts of vehicles, or rubbish of any description, except pursuant to the provisions of an official permit.

(i) Fences and other structures. No person shall enclose any area covered by this part or erect any fence, wall, or build any trail, road, bridge or other structure in any area covered by this part, except pursuant to the provisions of an official permit.

(3) Spilling of deleterious substance. No person shall pour or cause to spill or permit to escape in any area covered by this part any oil, gas, salt, acid, or other deleterious substance whether liquid, solid or gaseous, except pursuant to the provisions of an official permit.

(k) Other injury or removal. Any other injury to or removal of any Federal property, except under authority of law, is prohibited.

(1) Historic structures and remains. The destruction, injury, defacement, removal, or disturbance in any manner of any historic structure, ruins, relics, artifacts or remains is prohibited. Any such object removed in violation of this section shall be delivered to the Superintendent or his representative on demand.

(m) Soils, rocks, and minerals. The destruction, injury, defacement, removal, or disturbance in any manner of any soil, rock, mineral formation, or phenomenon of crystallization is prohibited. The provisions of this section do not pertain to construction projects authorized by the Superintendent. 8 50.8 Lamps and lamp posts in park areas.

(a) No person shall break, damage, or carry away any lantern, glass, frame, street designation texture, or other part or appurtenance of any public lamp; or hitch, tie or fasten any animal to any lamp post or appurtenance thereof.

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(b) No person shall take up or carry away any public lamp post, or extinguish or obstruot the light in any public lamps, or cap or plug the service pipe of any public lamp.

(c) No person shall climb, damage or destroy any public lamp post, or attach any guy line or sign thereto, or deface any public lamp post or appurtenance thereof by means of lime, mortar, paint, or other material; or pile material of any kind against any public lamp post. 850.9 Comfort stations and other structures.

(a) No person shall enter, remain, or loiter in any comfort station or other public structure in a park area except to use such facility for the purpose for which it is intended.

(b) No person shall deposit any bodily waste in or on any portion of any comfort station or other public structure in a park area excepting directly into such particular fixtures as may be provided for that purpose, nor place any bottle, can, cloth, rag, or metal, wood, or stone substance in any of the plumbing fixtures in such station or structure.

(c) In a comfort station or other public structure in a park area, no person shall interfere with any attendant in the performance of his or her duty.

(d) No person shall cut, deface, mar, destroy or break, or write on or scratch any wall, floor, ceiling, partition, fixture, or furniture, or towels in any improper manner, or waste soap, toilet paper, or any of the facilities provided in any comfort station or other public structure in a park area. $ 50.10 Trees, shrubs, plants, grass and other vegetation.

(a) General injury. No person shall prune, cut, carry away, pull up. dig, fell, bore, chop, saw, chip, pick, move, sever, climb, molest, take, break, deface, destroy, set fire to, burn, scorch, carve, paint, mark, or in any manner interfere with, tamper, mutilate, misuse, disturb or damage any tree, shrub, plant, grass, flower, or part thereof, nor shall any person permit any chemical, whether solid, fluid, or gaseous, to seep, drip, drain or be emptied, sprayed, dusted or injected upon, about or into any tree, shrub, plant, grass, flower, or part thereof, except when specifically authorized by competent authority; nor shall any person build fires, or station, or use any tar kettle, heater, road roller or other engine within an area covered by this part in such a manner that the vapor, fumes or heat therefrom may injure any tree or other vegetation.

CROSS REFERENCE: For parking which may impair vegetation and trees, see $ 50.33(a) (1) and (8).

(b) Animals. No person shall hitch, tie or fasten any horse or other animal to, or within reach of, any tree, shrub, plant, tree box or tree guard.

CROSS REFERENCE : For regulations with respect to domestic animals, see also $ 50.11 and 50.13.

(c) Attachments. No person shall hitch, tie, fasten, nail, anchor, screw or otherwise attach any wire, cable, chain, rope, card, sign, poster advertisement, notice, announcement, handbill, board or other article or device to any tree, shrub or plant, without first obtaining an official permit.

(d) Excavations. No person shall excavate any ditches, tunnels, holes or trenches, or lay any sewer or pipe line, drain, conduit or cable, walk, path, drive or highway within or affecting any park area, without first obtaining an official permit. In making permitted excavations proper care shall be taken to prevent injury to the roots of trees, shrubs, or plants. Upon completion of the work, the ground surface shall be restored by the permittee and the correction of any future settling of the back fill shall likewise be the responsibility of the permittee.

(e) Guards. All trees, shrubs, or other plants growing within any park area near any excavation or construction of any kind, shall be protected with a substantial and adequate guard constructed by the permittee.

(f) Gas. Any person owning or operating beneath the ground, in or adjacent to park areas, any pipes or other conduits for the transmission or delivery of illuminating gas, oil, steam, or other substance in liquid or gaseous form, shall locate and maintain such pipes or conduits free from leaks and in such condition as to

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