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

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...

Attend the APA conference

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....

Streamline permits (sponsored)

Local officials in the City of Westminster, CO are using a new tool that easily and accurately measures sign dimensions, increasing compliance with the sign ordinance and reducing staff time...

Online Videos Available

The planning website “Planetizen” now has new educational videos starring ISA's James Carpentier in which viewers can learn about key sign code issues and earn AICP CM credits.

The online courses...

  • 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

James Carpentier, AICP

James Carpentier, AICP
Director, State & Local Goverment

Kenny Peskin

Kenny Peskin
Director, Industry Programs | @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 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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