How do the First and Fourteenth Amendments affect regulation of my business sign?

First Amendment protections guarantee some of our most basic freedoms, including freedom of speech and assembly, freedom of the press, and freedom of religious expression. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution makes the First Amendment’s federal constitutional guarantees enforceable against actions of state and local government. Thus, a local […]

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How will my business sign be regulated?

Signage is regulated through the following two categories: Building and electrical codes The construction, installation, and operation of any permanent business sign will need to conform to all applicable building and electrical codes. Because compliance with these codes requires specialized technical expertise, a business owner should specify that conformity to these codes is the responsibility […]

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How business profitability is enhanced by effective quality signage.

Frenchy’s Bistro Background: Frenchy’s Bistro is a small restaurant in southern California specializing in authentic French cuisine. Frenchy’s fronts a busy local business street, with only a sidewalk between the building facade and street curb. The location had a small, tri-colored canopy, barely projecting from the building. Only the front of the canopy contained the […]

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Sign Design Tips for the Sign User

Keep it visible and legible. Remember that people of all ages are looking through a windshield, in traffic, day and night. They must be able to see and read your sign easily. Save the details for the sale. Don’t attempt to sell them with information on the sign — save that information until they are […]

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What Does a Sign Company Do?

Your signage is your first — and one of your best — opportunities to communicate with the public. Signage must be effectively designed, well manufactured and correctly installed to optimize your message. From a business perspective, a sign is not best viewed as an expense, but as an investment. You pay for the sign once, yet, […]

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Fifth Amendment Application to Sign Control

The Fifth Amendment applies to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. It contains two guarantees: The “due process” clause, as in the Fourteenth Amendment, protects citizens from government action that arbitrarily deprives them of a fundamental right without due process of law, and it applies to both the act itself and the procedures incidental to […]

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The Economic Value of On-Premise Signs (1983)

Topics include: The Public Attitude Towards On-Premise Signs: Mobile Shopping, Comparison Shopping, Measuring Public Approval, Vital Role of Signs. Types of Information the Public Would Like To See On Signs: The Independent’s Problem, Brand Consciousness, Information Desired, Banks, Motels, Service Stations. Business Owners’ Attitudes Toward Their Signs: Importance to Customers, Effect of Removal or Alteration, […]

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Signage Sourcebook (2003)

US Small Business Administration’s Guide for Sign Use.   01_cover 02_forwrd_acknwl_&_contents 03_science_intro 04_science_chapt_1 05_science_chapt_2 06_science_chapt_3 10_science_chapt_7 11_science_chapt_8 12_value_intro 13_value_chapt_1 14_value_chapt_2 15_value_chapt_3 16_value_chap_4 17_value_chapt_5 18_value_chapt_6 19_value_chapt_7 20_legal_intro 21_legal_chapt_1 22_legal_chapt_2 23_legal_chapt_3 24_legal_chapt_4 25_legal_chapt_5 26_legal_chapt_6 27_legal_chapt_7 28_legal_chapt_8 29_legal_chapt_9 30_legal_chapt_10 31_legal_chapt_11 32_legal_chapt_12 33_policy_intro 34_policy_chapt_1 35_policy_chapt_2 36_policy_chapt_3 37_policy_chapt_4 38_policy_chapt_5 39_policy_chapt_6 40_policy_chapt_7 41_policy_chapt_8 42_policy_chapt_9 43_policy_chapt_10 44_policy_chapt_11 45_policy_chapt_12 46_policy_chapt_13 47_glossary 48_index

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