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Posted on: March 13, 2017

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign!

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Spring is approaching and with the warm weather, residents in the city will be hosting garage sales, estate sales, or a special neighborhood event by posting outdoor signage. The City of Chicago Heights wants to ensure that residents have the information they need to post their sign while observing the city ordinance for signage.

The ordinance states that signs or advertisements of any kind cannot be posted to sidewalks, crosswalks, curbstones, flagstones, pavement or any other portion or part of any public way in the city. Advertisements cannot be attached to any lampposts, electric light poles, telegraph poles, telephone poles, hydrants or any tree or plant, either on public or private property. The ordinance also prohibits posting advertisements to fences, posts, columns, trusses, gardens and railway gates, either on public or private property, or on any part of a bridge, viaduct, pole, box or fixture of any fire alarm system.

Signs advertising events can be put up on private property as long as the owner has given permission and the sign can stand on its own (as pictured).

There is obviously a long list of where signage should not be placed versus the short list of where signs may be posted. And the reason for that is simple—improperly placed, unattended, deteriorating signage is visually unappealing and may create a safety hazard—whether it is in a neighborhood, on public parkways or stuck to a utility pole. The limits on placing advertising or notices are even more specific, and residents have unanimously expressed their support for removing unwanted advertising.

Mayor David A. Gonzalez commented, “As residents or business owners, this information helps remind us all that we can ensure the beauty of our neighborhoods and the aesthetics along our city parkways and public spaces by observing the sign ordinance.”

If you are promoting an event or have any questions about advertising signs, please feel free to contact our Resident Services Department by calling 708-755-3106 or by submitting a request online, here.

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