A temporary relaxation of Chandler's sign laws, meant to help local businesses during the ongoing economic downturn, received final City Council approval Monday.
The changes, suggested by Mayor Boyd Dunn, ease city code governing the size and duration of temporary advertising signs and allow businesses much more variety in the use of "significant event" banners. The exemptions will expire next June.
Craig Younger, a city spokesman, said the council voted unanimously in favor of the changes. City officials have said they hope the move will help boost sales during the holiday season this winter.
The changes will allow the size of model home and open house signs to increase from 4 square feet to 6 square feet and will increase the maximum number of them from three to four. Real estate signs can increase from 5 feet to 6 feet in height, while the maximum size could increase from 10 square feet to 16 square feet.
The amendments also permit greater flexibility in the use of "significant event" banners. Right now, the only significant event banner signs that are legal in Chandler - other than by permit for a public event - are for grand openings, officials have said. Under the amendments, businesses can use them for things like special sales, anniversaries, and changes in ownership or management. They can also be displayed for a total of three weeks every six months, up from the two weeks per year allowed before.
Tempe and Phoenix have enacted similar measures, officials have said.
Many types of signs still will be banned, including "bandit signs" posted on public property in and around roadways, signs posted on trees and utility poles, most A-frame signs, and anything with flashing lights.