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Duarte Offers Sign Ordinance Amnesty to Help Local Businesses

By Wonder

Economic times are still tough for many in the valley, so the Duarte City Council has voted to suspend enforcement of certain temporary signs for a 12-month period beginning July 1st.

Only a year and a half ago the City of Duarte adopted an updated Development Code with new regulations that barred hand-held signs, inflatable signs, while also limiting the display of balloons and temporary banners. But city staff sought input from local businesses in February, meeting with the Chamber of Commerce’s sign ordinance committee and attending a community-wide sign ordinance forum. As a result, staff determined that a short-term suspension of the enforcement of certain types of violations for temporary signs could actually help the business at this time.

Here are some of the stipulations: During this amnesty period, hand held signs will be permitted during daylight hours when not interfering with the safe flow of traffic. Small balloons up to 12 inches in diameter will be allowed with an approved temporary banner permit up to 105 days per year and a maximum of 30 consecutive days at a time. The display of inflatable signs and identification devices that utilize airflow to operate will be permitted during daylight hours when not interfering with traffic flow.

Since the February meeting, the City has also developed sign information brochures that are available at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce and on the City’s website For more information on the sign ordinance amnesty, visit

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