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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:
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.