We have a large population of non-English speakers in my area that for whatever reason tapes advertising papers/posters to the exterior of store windows downtown - not the interior. These are either at their stores or stores of friends - not just random windows. The usually advertise a concert, MMA fight, or other event.
The boss' boss wants these removed because he said they are a nuisance. I said I would check with the nuisance department and sure enough they are not identified as a nuisance under our code. He then said they are illegal signs and need to be removed that way. I checked our sign ordinance and we do not regulate any "signs applied directly to a window" but we also do not allow "signs displaying advertising expect that pertaining to the use carried out within such building".
My question is 1) would you consider these papers/posters as signs and 2) would they be unregulated because they are window signs or regulated because they are advertising business at another site. All signs must be approved by our "Sign Board" so if we consider them signs every time a poster goes up it technically would need approval from this board and we'd have to deal with it that way. Also, they wouldn't be approved because they are advertising off-site events.
I don't think they are "signs". What would you do?