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Posted on: May 10, 2022

Temporary Signs & Permitting Requirements

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During the past three months, the City of Paris, based on enforcement priorities of the City Council, has undertaken an initiative of temporary sign enforcement throughout the entire City. Temporary signage which remains for long durations detracts from an overall positive business community appearance. As stated in the City’s sign regulations, their purpose is “To encourage the most appropriate use of signs, to promote the health, safety, and general welfare and to protect and enhance the attractiveness of the city.”

Although enforcing sign regulations can be challenging, the business community’s response during this initiative has been very understanding and cooperative. The City’s code enforcement approach with this initiative has been to combine a community-wide enforcement effort with business educational materials. These included a letter providing information and encouraging voluntary compliance along with a printed brochure on the regulations and temporary permitting requirements under the City’s sign ordinance adopted in 2014. Personal outreach and talking with business owners has also been a big part of this effort. From the safety and appearance standpoint, signs illegally placed in street rights-of-way are routinely confiscated and held in storage allowing owner retrieval for a short period of time.

According to Andrew Mack, City Director of Planning & Community Development, “Sign enforcement is a challenge for most every community I’ve ever worked in. What I have found in business communities across the board is that if the city’s enforcement efforts are reasonable and consistent, there will be a higher degree of cooperation with adopted rules. In addition, the regulations also need to be understandable and should provide a balance between business advertising needs and the community’s safety and quality of overall appearance.”

The City’s sign permitting office is happy to assist all business owners with more information to meet their sign advertising needs. For more information regarding the City of Paris temporary and permanent sign regulations, please reference the Sign Regulations Section 4.01 at:

https://z2.franklinlegal.net/franklin/Z2Browser2.html?showset=parisset

Additional information may also be found on the City of Paris web site including the temporary signage brochure.

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