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Posted on: June 30, 2017

Businesses should take heed of signage ordinances

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With the arrival of summer comes more outdoor activity, and the City of Taylor would like to remind our business partners and others to review the local laws on outdoor signage. City ordinance officers strictly enforce sign laws in the community, and if you are not in compliance, you can be ticketed.

The intent of City ordinance surrounding signage is to set up regulations and standards intended to be the minimum amount necessary to achieve public safety, aesthetics and protection of property values. Business signage, under the law, is meant to identify the location – not to advertise or distract. Signage can become a safety issue, blocking the view of the right-of-way, sidewalks and becoming distracting to motorists.  Please check before you install or place a sign whether or not the sign requires a permit.

Of particular interest are the following prohibited signs: Banners. pennants, spinners, streamers and balloons, except those temporarily attached to automobiles or temporarily displayed as part of a special sale, promotion or community event. In addition, “moving signs” are prohibited. Moving signs are defined as having moving members or parts or appearance of movement. 

Prohibited signs can be located in Section 18.03 of the Code of Ordinances.

All properly licensed business owners in the City of Taylor agreed and signed “Guidelines for New Business” as part of the occupancy process. In that document, guidelines for signs, buildings and parking lots are just a few of the items noted.

The Code of Ordinances clearly defines the use of flags, streamers, banners, sandwich boards and even the coverage of windows and doors in any establishment.

The following are some hints becoming a good business partner in the City:

  • All signage must meet the requirements of Article 18 of the Zoning Ordinance
  • Signs cannot be located in the public right of way (which is usually defined from the sidewalk to the street)
  • Temporary election signs (maximum of 16 square feet) is only allowed on private property; not in the right of way
  • Temporary business signs and window signage do require a permit
  • Illumination by bare bulbs, neon, luminous tubing or flames is prohibited
  • Existing non-conforming signs must be removed when there is a change in the use of the sign or modification
  • Pole signs are no longer permitted
  • Most commercial businesses are permitted 25 percent of the building’s face (maximum 100 square feet) for signage (and window signage is included in the percentage)
  • Concerning window signage itself, the signage can take up only 20 percent of any particular window (and doors are counted as windows)
  • Signage painted on exterior walls is not permitted
  • Any signs on exterior building walls without permit, is prohibited
  • Keep parking lots maintained and clean
  • Keep dumpsters maintained and gated

Taylor Police warn that businesses with glass entrances should keep sight lines clear in case of emergencies. Blocking windows with cluttered signage and/or shelving can cause dangerous problems.

The City always seeks to work with its businesses for the benefit of the entire community. If you have a question on ordinance, please contact the Customer Service Center at (734) 287-6550.

To find the entire Code of Ordinances, click here
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