City of Kalamazoo Website Advertising Policy

The following is the policy of the City of Kalamazoo regarding advertising of the City’s website. Advertisements will be limited to event-related information within the City.

The purpose of the City of Kalamazoo’s website is to advance the public’s health, safety and welfare by providing information for and interacting with the citizens, businesses and visitors of Kalamazoo. This includes promoting tourism and economic development within the City and region.

The City of Kalamazoo website will not accept or maintain any advertisement/banner that falls within one or more of the following categories:

Outside City Limits. The advertisement focuses on an event outside of the Kalamazoo City limits.

Business Directory. Business must be in good financial standing and pre-registered as a business partner with

Products or Goods. The advertisement promotes a specific product or service rather then a specific event occurring during a specified time and date.

Demeaning or disparaging. The advertisement demeans or disparages an individual or group of individuals because of their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender identity, age, disability, ethnicity, sex, citizenship, height, weight, marital or parental status, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Profanity. The advertisement contains profane language, i.e., language personally reviling epithets naturally tending to provoke violent resentment or language that under contemporary community standards is grossly offensive.

Violence. The advertisement contains an image or description of violence, including, but not limited to (1) the depiction of human or animal bodies or body parts, or fetuses, in states of mutilation, dismemberment, decomposition or disfigurement, or (2) the depiction of weapons or other implements or devices used in the advertisement in an act of violence or harm on a person or animal.

Unlawful goods, services or activities. The advertisement promotes or encourages, or appears to promote or encourage, the use or possession of unlawful goods or services or unlawful activities.        

Obscenity or nudity. The advertisement contains obscene material or depicts nudity or sexual acts or promotes the sale of pornography, adult telephone or Internet services, escort services, nude dance clubs, sensual massage or any other form of adult-oriented entertainment

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