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St. Paul Nixes Increased Storefront-Sign Regulation

Advocacy group wanted to restrict available sign square footage, interior-poster installation



After considering significant changes in the city’s sign codes for approximately a year, the St. Paul (MN) Planning Commission decided against an overhaul of regulations that govern electric signs, double-sided signs and V-shaped signs, among others. According to, the activist group Scenic St. Paul advocated enacting such sign laws as counting both sides of a V-shaped or double-sided signs when tabulating square footage. However, the commission voted to continue counting only one side for the calculations.

Further, the commission also ruled against regulating establishment-related posters hung inside store windows. According to a planning-committee memo sent to the entire commission, budget constraints no longer allow St. Paul to employ a full-time, sign-code administrator, so increased regulation would’ve proven problematic for the city as well.



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