By Julie Caler, Code Enforcement Supervisor
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of College Station’s Code Enforcement has been sensitive to the struggles of local businesses. As a result, we relaxed enforcement of the city’s sign ordinance.
With our daily activities returning to normal, enforcement of the ordinance is also back. We’re reminding businesses about the sign regulations and giving them ample time to comply before taking any enforcement action.
The ordinance covers everything from the small bandit signs you see on the street corners to banners and flags. It prohibits portable and trailer signs, as well as freestanding signs. Off-premises signs such as billboards aren’t allowed, either.
To use commercial banners, businesses must apply to the city for a permit ($200 fee) and ensure the permit number is visible in the lower right-hand corner. The permits allow banners for a maximum of 14 days.
Enforcement includes letters to the business or corporate office, issuing citations and court summons, and sign confiscation and disposal.
If you’re unsure if you need a permit, contact Planning & Development Services at 979-764-3570 or email@example.com. For other questions regarding the sign ordinance, contact Code Enforcement at 979-764-6363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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