Chicago Relaxes Sign Code Following Sign Industry Input

Small businesses in Chicago will now have an easier time receiving a permit for new signs, thanks to the work of the International Sign Association and its Affiliated Association, the Illinois Sign Association and a coalition of small business advocates.

ISA and the Illinois Sign Association had worked with the Small Business Advocacy Council, a coalition of Chicago-area chambers of commerce and local merchants, for more than a year to streamline an arduous and lengthy permitting process that required city council approval before a sign could be installed. The process also required signs to seek new permits every five years, even when the sign did not change. The Chicago City Council passed a law streamlining the permitting process at the July 20 meeting. The SBAC estimated that it would reduce the amount of time spent waiting for a permit by 50-80 percent.

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