Vital Signs: For planners and local officials who draft, debate and enforce sign ordinances

What's your sign (story)?

Last week in the news, several communities were featured for their sign code efforts:

Putnam Co, WV business owners say sign codes are hurting their businesses.

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The International Sign Association and the Sign Research Foundation develop research to guide planners and local officials when dealing with sign ordinance issues in your communities. 

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Sign visibility and regulations

Effective signage can help a community to become an attractive retail destination. Yet sign ordinances can be extremely complex, and even controversial at times. How can a community improve its...

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert has made every community go back to make sure that their sign ordinance is constitutionally-compliant. Has the landmark ruling...

Get the latest research on EMCs

EMC night-time brightness recommendations have been adopted by over 250 communities across the country. Updated in August 2016, this EMC brightness guide is based on peer-reviewed research by Dr....

  • Night-time Brightness Level Recommendations for On-Premise Electronic Message Centers
  • Statistical Analysis of the Relationship Between On-Premise Digital Signage and Traffic Safety
  • Executive Summary: Digital Signage and Traffic Safety
  • Finding Common Ground: Answers to Common Questions about Electronic Message Centers (EMCs)
  • Differences between On-Premise and Off-Premise Signs
  • Video Examples of EMC Hold Times
  • Model Sign Code: A Framework for On-Premise Sign Regulations
  • An Evidence Based Model Sign Code
  • Signs and Federal Laws of Protection
  • Building Stronger Communities: Working Together to Create Reasonable Sign Codes
  • Urban Wayfinding Planning and Implementation Manual
  • Best Practices in Regulating Temporary Signs
  • The State of Sign Codes after Reed v. Town of Gilbert
  • The Economic Value of On-Premise Signage (1997, San Diego)
  • The Economic Value of On-Premise Signage (2012, Cincinnati)
  • Signs and the Downtown Experience
  • Executive Summary: The Economic Value of On-Premise Signage
  • Executive Summary: Signs and the Downtown Experience
ISA Planning for Sign Code SuccessTM
David Hickey, VP Advocacy

David Hickey
VP, Advocacy
[email protected]

James Carpentier, AICP

James Carpentier, AICP
Director, State & Local Goverment
[email protected]

Kenny Peskin

Kenny Peskin
Director, Industry Programs
[email protected] | @signcodeguy

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Sign Code Assistance, Education and Training

Is your community considering revising its sign code? Or are you looking for education and training for an upcoming APA meeting?

Contact [email protected] to receive expert and complimentary sign code assistance:

  • Research on sign-related issues
  • Sign code education and training 
  • Planning, legal and technical sign code resources and advice

The International Sign Association (ISA) has helped hundreds of cities across the country develop modern, effective and enforceable sign codes.

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