What happens to my existing sign? Existing legal signs may conform to the new code. If not, they will be considered legal nonconforming and may remain until there is a change to the sign or to the property. To understand when the sign would need to change see Section 502 of the proposed code.
What are the rules for real estate or election signs? Small temporary signs, like real estate or election signs will fall under one category of Small Yard Signs. Two small yard signs are allowed on a property at any time and each can be 6 square feet in area. For additional requirements, see Section 510.C.
Communities across the country have been updating sign codes in response to the 2015 Supreme Court decision of Reed v Town of Gilbert AZ, which prohibits content- based sign regulations. While Steamboat Springs’ Sign Code has not been fully updated for over 10 years, the issue has gained urgency due to this changed legal environment.
The update includes content-neutral regulations that should be clear, easy to use, and flexible for signs in different areas of the city, rather than the current one-size-fits-all approach.
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