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New Sign Ordinance Effective July 20th

Ordinance updates city-wide regulations on all signs posted in Visalia including temporary signs.

On June 20, 2016, the Visalia City Council approved the second and final reading for the adoption of the Sign Ordinance Update.  The Sign Ordinance was approved as presented to the City Council without any changes to the Ordinance.   The new regulations go into effect on July 20, 2016, thirty (30) days after Council’s action. 

The Sign Ordinance Update replaces the existing sign ordinance (Chapter 17.48 of the Visalia Municipal Code) with a new updated chapter. 

The new ordinance includes new and expanded regulations towards current issues that include temporary signage, master sign programs, electronic signs, sign maintenance and enforcement. The ordinance was further revised in response to the legal ramifications of the recent United States Supreme Court decision of Reed v. Town of Gilbert.  This has primarily resulted in the replacing of sign categories for temporary signs with allowable sign budgets for residential and non-residential zoning districts.

The new Ordinance is included here as an attachment and can also be viewed on the City website at http://www.visalia.city/depts/community_development/planning/publications/default.asp.

Once the new Ordinance takes effect, businesses or property owners found not in compliance with the code will receive a courtesy notice and an opportunity to correct the violation before receiving a citation.

For any questions, please feel free to contact me by phone at (559) 713-4636 or by email at brandon.smith@visalia.city.

 

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