Our clients have offices all over the continental United States and as incredible as it may seem, there can be wide variations in the laws that govern the proper display and appearance of signs from state to state. For example, in Georgia all signs must be written in English (and it’s illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket on Sundays). Businesses in Des Plaines, Illinois, are a little bit more peculiar, prohibiting displaying a “for sale” sign upon any wheelchair if it’s chained to a tree.
If you think that’s bizarre, how about the ordinance in Akron, Ohio that makes it illegal to post signs at swimming pools (does that include signs about safety precautions?) or the ordinance that prohibits displaying colored chickens for sale. And in Florida, perhaps as a backlash against the 80’s show “Miami Vice”, neon signs are prohibited. If you’re wondering if this is strictly a southern phenomenon, we can assure you it isn’t. Take the case of Clovis, CA, where a law exists that states, “The display of promotional banners is allowed three times per year. These displays are limited to a fourteen-day display period, and may not exceed in size the total allowable sign area for the lease space. Businesses wishing to hang a promotional banner must visit the city’s planning department prior to hanging a sign at their place of business.”
As you can see from this small sampling, there are some delightfully eccentric ordinances for signs throughout North America. But, at Blue Pond Signs, no state’s sign laws are too peculiar for us to handle! To create great signs for great clients, Blue Pond Signs takes the vision of the client, the specifics of the sign’s placement, and creates something distinctive and expressive – while respecting local sign ordinances.