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Cutting the Visual Clutter on Tacoma’s Streets

Cutting the Visual Clutter on Tacoma’s Streets
July 29, 2014

Gwen Schuler, Media and Communications, gschuler@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5160
Megan Marquett, Media and Communications, mmarquett@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5051

Cutting the Visual Clutter on Tacoma’s Streets

Signs posted in the public right of way or on bridges could cost the sign’s owner $250. That’s because signs stapled or taped to utility poles, street lights, traffic signs or public structures are a violation of the Tacoma Municipal Code and Washington State Law.

The City of Tacoma’s code compliance enforcement staff removes signs posted illegally when they see them and may also contact the poster.

“We want to educate our residents and businesses about the sign regulations and help them find appropriate places to put their signs up, such as community boards or internet sites,” said Gary Crawford, tax and license compliance officer.

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.

The City wants to work with residents to reduce visual clutter and keep Tacoma clean, Crawford said.

Residents can report illegally posted signs by calling 3-1-1 or going online to cityoftacoma.org/cityqa.