Regulations

Vancouver May Crack Down On Digital Billboard Boat

The City of Vancouver is trying to decide if it has the ability to regulate a digital billboard which has been deployed on a boat which cruises False Creek and English Bay in downtown Vancouver according to a story in Vancouver Sun.  Burke Billboards operates a 65 foot boat which carries a digital billboard which is 12′ by 40′.   The boat cruises a route from False Creek to English Bay in downtown Vancouver from 7am to 11pm 7 days […]

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Appeals Court Rules Against Lamar In Los Angeles

The 2nd District Court of Appeal overturned a lower court ruling that LA’s restrictions on off-site signs violate the California constitutions guarantee of free speech.  The decision held that cities can have different on-premise and off-premise rules without violating the first amendment. In 2002 Los Angeles passed a sign ordinance prohibiting new billboards from being approved outside of designated sign districts and prohibiting existing billboards from being converted to digital.   Lamar sued in 2013 and had won a lower […]

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Tax Relief Possible For Broadway Billboards

New York City has a 3.9% commercial rent tax which applies to billboards and advertising signs.  The tax applies to businesses south of 96th street with an annual gross rent paid of at least $250,000.  Two city council members are introducing legislation to exempt the rental of Broadway billboards from the rent tax according to capitalnewyork.com.

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Lamar wants new board in Chandler AZ

Lamar has requested a zoning change to put up a digital sign along Loop 202 in Chanler AZ according to AZ Central.  It would be the first new sign in 32 years.  Lamar would like to put a 70 foot two sided digital billboad on the north side of Loop 202 in a retention basin adjacent to the Frye Road Business Park at 56th street.  City officials say the request may prompt them to consider revising the existing billboard rules. […]

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Morrow passes 90 day billboard moratorium

The Clayton News Daily reports that Morrow, Georgia has passed a moratorium on billboard construction.  The moratorum stops construction or application for billboards over 35 square feet in size.  The moratorium was requested by the city attorney’s office to review the constitutionality of the city’s sign ordinance in the wake of Reed v Gilbert.  The moratorium expires in 90 days or after adoption of a new sign ordinance, whichever comes first.

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Light Wars In Arizona

OAAA President Nancy Fletcher comments in in a recent OAAA report that lighting is becoming a digital sign permitting hot button.   A bill to open up additional areas of Arizona to digital billboards has passed the Arizona state house and it drawing flak from astronomers.  See “America’s Stargazing Capital Is At War Wtih Bright Highway Billboards” in Popular Mechanics and “Bill would LoosenRestrictions on Electronic Billboards” .

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Rapid City & Lamar Settle

Rapid City and Lamar have settled their dispute according to the Black Hills Fox.  Last Monday the Rapid City council authorized the mayor and finance officer to sign a settlement of a billboard dispute with Lamar.  The settlement includes A repeal of the city’s ban on digital billboards. A reduction in the distance between billboard form 2,000 feet to 1,500 feet. Protection of 60 sign credits that Lamar stood to lose. A $100,000 payment to lamar.  

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Surry County Bd Compromises On Billboards

The Mt Airy News reports The Surry County Board of Commissioners has reached a compromise in a debate regarding billboards in the county.  The compromise requires a conditional use permit for construction of a billboard in industrial manufacturing, highway business and community business zones.  A more restrictive proposal which would have limited billboards just to industrial manufacturing zones was rejected. The proposal will require anyone seeking a billboard to get approval from the County’s planning board on the basis that […]

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Nancy Fletcher on Digital Billboard Regulation

OAAA’s Nancy Fletcher has published a special report called “Top Regulatory Focus – Digital Billboard Permits.”  Some highlights from the report. The number of digital billboards is up to 6,400, up from 6,100 at mid year 2015. Lighting has become a focus of regulators.  The OAAA can help arrange a demonstration to show how lighting controls work. More and more government agencies are using digital billboards to communicate message to the public.  Fletcher says the FBI has touted digital billboards […]

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Mt Airy Meets Today To Review Billboard Rules

The Mt Airy News reports that Surry County, North Carolina county commissions are scheduled to consider a new billboard zoning proposal at 6pm tonight.  The new proposal will: Allow billboards to be placed on property oned industrial manufacturing. Create an opportunity for billboards to be constructed on property zoned highway business and community business through a conditional use permit.

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