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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Sign Glossary

ADVERTISING MEDIA: The means by which an advertising message is carried to potential customers, including the Internet, magazine, newspaper, radio, signage and television. AESTHETICS: A term dealing with form, design and/or quality of construction of a particular sign, building, site or structure, that presents a judgmental statement concerning the level of beauty or artistic value. […]

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Fourteenth Amendment Application to Sign Control

Fourteenth Amendment Application to Sign Control Under the Fourteenth Amendment, applicable to the states and their subdivisions, a state or local-government regulation may not deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor deprive a person of equal protection of the laws. Due process. A fundamental requirement of due process […]

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First Amendment Application to Sign Control

The Fourteenth Amendment makes the First Amendment’s freedom-of-speech provision applicable to states and their political subdivisions. While many sign codes begin as content neutral “time, place, and manner” regulations (or “police power” exercises), further analysis often reveals the ordinance violates First Amendment “free speech” guarantees. Even in cases where the subject ordinance is not per se […]

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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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Signage Quarterly – Vol 1 – No 3 – 1978 Glossary

This glossary of terms is the creates a standard for consistency in signage terminology. It not only defines technical terms which are used to refer to sign materials and manufacturing, but also explains legal terminology which is relevant to signage, as well as words used when discussing the advertising functions of signs. It is hoped that these definitions will […]

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What’s Your Signage? (2004)

How On-Premise Signs Help Small Businesses Tap into a Hidden Profit Center A handbook developed by The New York State Small Business Development Center and the Signage Foundation for Communications Excellence. Download What’s Your Signage? Download

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Is Blockbuster Decision a Blockbuster?

Here’s a Video Update on the case of trademarked logos and signs in Tempe, AZ The following article originally appeared in the July 1998 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Wade Swormstedt A federal appellate court has upheld the Lanham Act and concurred with a lower-court ruling that the City of Tempe must […]

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Some Policy Considerations For Sign Legislation

The following article originally appeared in the July 1973 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Dr. R.James Claus The following article outlines some problems of various North American cities in dealing with the visual environment. We hope this information helps any policy-making body realize the ultimate effect that its decisions regarding signage will have on larger questions, such […]

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