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Posted on: December 20, 2023

Shopping Cart Ordinance

Ordinance 9, Series 2023 regarding shopping carts will be effective as of January 1, 2024.

Shopping Cart Ordinance

During the October 16, 2023 City Council meeting, the council passed Ordinance 9, Series of 2023 concerning theft and disposition of shopping carts. This was done in order to address the increasing problem with shopping cart theft and abandonment in Cañon City and to help our local businesses to keep and secure their shopping carts. Over the past few months, the Cañon City Police Department has been working with businesses to develop a cart control plan which includes keeping an inventory of all shopping carts, affixing the name of the business to their carts, keeping carts secured after hours, and placing signs advising customers that carts may not be removed from the property. The ordinance also prohibits the unauthorized removal of shopping carts from a business premises. 

This ordinance will be effective as of January 1, 2024. City staff will contact a business when a shopping cart(s) has been located so carts can be returned to a business (if found during business hours) or a business can retrieve their carts from a City facility at a later date. Personal property found within a removed shopping cart will be stored in a secure location with the police department for 30 days. Trash and soiled items that constitute a potential biohazard will be immediately discarded and illicit items will be turned over to law enforcement. Owners may reclaim their personal property by contacting evidence at 719.275.5600 ext. 4400 and scheduling an appointment.

To view the ordinance, visit the City’s Municipal Code online. If you see an abandoned shopping cart, please report it to the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 719.276.5600. For more information, please contact Commander Chase Leonard at or call the non-emergency line and refer to the police department’s directive 23-18. We recognize this is a new way of addressing shopping cart theft and abandonment and there may be an ebb and flow to this process as we run into things we may not have anticipated. We thank the community for your patience and understanding while we implement this new program.

Ordinance 9, Series 2023
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