Posting a Sign on a Utility Pole or Street Light Could Cost You $250

An improperly posted sign for a lost pet or garage sale could cost its owner $250.

In an effort aimed at "cutting the visual clutter" along our streets and public rights of way, the City of Tacoma is making an enforcement push aimed at signs taped, stapled, or otherwise attached to utility poles, street lights, traffic signs, or public structures. Those signs, according to a City press release, are in violation of Tacoma Municipal Code and Washington State Law.

The sign code helps promote a cleaner Tacoma, which in turn helps attract business development and makes the community more welcoming to visitors and residents.

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But it’s OK to throw orange plastic bags full of advertising all over private properties.  The pusillanimous incumbents in elected and appointed office are afraid that The News Buffoon will no longer carry water for them so the latter practice is allowed by law to continue.

July 31, 2014 at 1:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DJ Salinger

Don’t like visual clutter?  Extend this to political signs.

July 31, 2014 at 2:20 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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How about that salmon bake sign that has been up across Pacific Ave. for the whole month of July?  Yeah, that would make me want to start a business downtown.

July 31, 2014 at 3:34 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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I’m pretty sure that when potential business start-ups see the abundant and growing drug problems all over downtown - they aren’t going to worry about a yard sale poster….

July 31, 2014 at 6:04 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Tim Smith

The Feds put this one on the traffic strip with no permit. Been there for 3 years…


August 1, 2014 at 4:11 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Good!  There’s a lady who keeps putting these big signs up all over town and she needs to be stopped.  Her name is Pam Guinn if anyone from the city is interested in stopping her.

August 1, 2014 at 2:34 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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