Sign Ordinance Passes in Chicago

Armitage Street

Posted on July 25, 2016

The Small Business Advocacy Council and a robust coalition of business organizations have been fighting to improve the process for hanging business signs in Chicago. On Wednesday, a sign ordinance championed by the coalition was unanimously passed by City Council!

This is a big victory for small and local businesses throughout Chicago. The ordinance, along with companion administrative changes, reduces the time it takes to obtain a public way use permit by 50 to 80%. In some circumstances, the city estimates these reforms reduce the process by two-and-a-half months. In addition to reducing the number of days for business owners to obtain their public way sign permits, there are also about 130 other public way uses including canopies, benches and awnings that will be issued more quickly because of this ordinance.

A special thank you to the Illinois and International Sign Associations for their support and subject-matter expertise. While there is still much work to do, passing these badly-needed reforms is a step in the right direction for Chicago’s small business community. Over the next several months, we will continue working with the Mayor’s Office and city officials to identify and move legislation that will empower small businesses and local communities.

Click here for more information about the Small Business Advocacy Council.

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