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Santa Monica Urging Businesses to Follow Sign Code

The Santa Monica Code Compliance Division is working with business groups to educate companies about the city's sign requirements before officials step up enforcement.

Neon signs, animated signs, signs on posts and commercial banners — all may be in violation of the Santa Monica sign code.

Businesses in commercial districts began receiving city letters and flyers this week informing them which signs do and don't comply with Santa Monica's strict sign requirements.

The campaign is in advance of enforcement to reduce violations and complaints, the city said in a press release.

"Significant noncompliance to the City sign ordinance can cause blight in the City's commercial districts and impact the overall quality of life," the release states. "Maintaining visual aesthetics is important to our community and helps to keep Santa Monica vibrant and attractive."

Through the outreach effort, businesses will learn about the types of signs, heights and placements that are allowed.

"In the next few months, we will be focusing on unpermitted and prohibited signage, particularly window and internally illuminated signs," said Joe Trujillo, code compliance manager.

"We look to educate residents and businesses about the requirements of the City's laws and regulations before we enforce them," he said.

Businesses or landowners who want to find out if their signs have permits or require permits can call the City Planning Division at 310-458-8341 or the Code Compliance Division at 310-458-4984.

More information is also available on the city's website. Click on "Economic Development," "Permits and Licenses" and "Sign Guidance for Santa Monica Businesses." The flyer is also attached as a PDF in our photos above.

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Tom Jackson April 25, 2013 at 03:39 PM
You surely would not want an unauthorized sign to be in the window detracting from our beutiful enviornment. Unless of course you pay a permit fee to big brother. What a crock !!!!!
mimi April 25, 2013 at 04:35 PM
How about the many sidewalks and roadways with pot holes, broken pavement from earthquake after shocks and overgrown tree roots? They constitute real safety hazards for everyone. Why isn't that a greater priority than changing the appearance of existing business signs?.
roxy April 25, 2013 at 07:20 PM
I understand the need for Code Compliance but this is all about making the City money and not about the businesses. In a time where the State is broke and country is in the process of recovering from an economic collapse the Businesses need to do what they can to advertise and attract customers; this just hurts the Businesses even more.
Tay uhler April 25, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Why don't you look at the corner of Euclid and Broadway? 7 days a week an animated sign along with huge lit signs into the night larger and brighter than Santa Monica Place, the Pier, SMC, and other public or private schools. . PS #1 private school reminding the neighbors and residents what disregard they have for the quality of their lives. Eye level signs larger than AMC7 theater complex. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? Beam me up Scotty! WHO GOT THIS PASSED? $$$$$$$$$$
Stefani Uhler April 26, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Come look at Pluralistic #1 Elementary Private School Euclid/ Broadway - the Grand Prize Winner of the Sustainability Award! The City can give them another award- Best Shrine to an egomaniac educator!
Stefani Uhler June 06, 2013 at 01:35 AM
I would like to take a moment here. Without constant resident/neighbor complaints to our City about the parking, the double parking, the idling cars , parents texting in bogus car pool lanes, blocked streets and intersection, food service, amplified events, amplified weekend use for weddings, birthday parties etc. from the Pluralistic #1 School's 12th Street conditional use permit residential parcels - this neighborhood would be over run with PS#1 School entitled shits! Their signage up on Broadway and Euclid is so lovely and unfortunately, lit at night and weekends and right thru the holiday breaks, along with their eye level "moving sign"- Unpleasant and I would say, unsafe. The size and the illumination of the signage surpasses SM Place, SMC Broad Stage, the local super markets, St John's Hospital, Santa Monica Hospital, the Police Station, the Fire Stations, Starbucks, Jack in the Box, other schools public and private in the area. The Pier is the only place brighter (and not necessarily louder)! This is way beyond a "need for compliance" or advertising for more business- this is a simple statement from this school and it is UNFRIENDLY and UNNEIGHBORLY! Now about the noise from the "outdoor study area and meditation garden"on the 12th Street residential parcels... did the City really accept their sound engineer's report from the month of August? Their gardener with his leaf blower isn't even on the premise in August. Hilarious! GIVE THIS NEIGHBORHOOD A BREAK!!!

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