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Signs / billboards Temporary/portable sign prohibitions

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Halifax, Canada is struggling with massive overuse of temporary signs, which are unsightly and occasionally dangerous. They are often permitted under existing out-dated ordinances. The signs industry is opposing efforts to ban them, even though we are proposing to increase opportunity for permanent signage - are there other small to medium size cities out there that have banned such signs?
 

BKM

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The City of Fairfield, California, bans all portable signs except for open houses and limited off-site subdivision advertising. Depending on work load, we are fairly good about enforcement (although I noticed some today!) We do allow banners under certain circumstances.

The Multilevel Marketing (Lose weight/work from home) scams that pop up on light poles and in median islands are illegal and summarily abated. They are a pet peeve of mine, and I try to pull them myself when I can.

Check out our website under http://www.ci.fairfield.ca.us/city_code/chapter25/article_ix.htm#1309

Good luck. Small businesses fervently fight for their A-frames. And, the street spammers are forever relentless.
 

Jerry Weitz

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One of the best defenses for outlawing portable signs that I've heard of is that you are not taking them away--let them roll them away and onto some other site or place that allows them! Hence, it is not a taking, they can still amortize the full value of the sign, just in someone else's back or front yard.
 

Dan

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Almost every municipality in Colorado, excepting Pueblo, bans portable signs. Code enforcement is usually quite tough, and street spam in the Centennial State is quite rare.

Most municipalities around Orlando ban portable signs, although they are still seen in unincorporated areas where code enforcement is lax. Street spam is, sadly, very common here, and I have a "zero tolerance" policy in my town -- same day removal, and the police have orders to escort sign posters to the city limits.

El Paso, Texas, allows them on a "temporary basis, not to exceed three hundred and sixty five days a year." No kidding. El Paso, and most other Texas cities, are very "sign friendly," so it's to be expected.

The trend in most parts of the United States, though, is towards outright prohibition of portable signs, both on a temporary and permanent basis. My observation has been that portable signs are far more common in Canada than in the United States, although in the decreasing number of American cities that permit them (El Paso), they are usually EVERYWHERE. OTOH, billboards in rural areas are a blight on the United States landscape; in Canada, they are relatively rare.
 

Jocelyn Waite

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Has the Fairfield, California ordinance withstood legal challenge? I am particularly interested in the exemption under Sec. 25.1302. I am doing work related to a sign ordinance, and I was under the impression that content-based exemptions are a little dicey.
 
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