Striking a Balance on Feather Flag Signs
Feather flag signs that look like curled banners, and are often colorfully decorated, have become increasingly popular for many businesses. They have also drawn local criticism because of their appearance. Enforcement of their use in Tigard highlights the balance the city’s Code Compliance Program must achieve to maintain community safety and livability while effectively enforcing state and local codes.
The proliferation of these signs has also led to more online citizen complaints against them. Rising concerns about the “circus” image these signs promote has prompted the city’s compliance team to give these types of displays more scrutiny.
Compliance officers need to find the right mix of actions between banning their use and supporting the needs of small businesses who use them for street advertising.
Starting Jan. 1, compliance officers are launching a campaign to educate local businesses of the established rules and protocols to obtain temporary sign permits. Most notably, they will limit the use of such signs in potentially dangerous locations such as intersections and driveways primarily along the Highway 99W corridor. Officers will stop at businesses to educate, gain voluntary compliance and, as a last resort, enforce against those who do not comply.
After initial notification, businesses will be given 30 days to comply with the city’s temporary sign ordinance. Currently, the ordinance allows businesses to display one “temporary” banner for 30 days, up to three times a year.
Temporary sign permits may be obtained online. The form may be mailed or brought in person to City of Tigard Permit Center.
File a Complaint
If you find a code violation that needs correction, please send us a code violation complaint through our online portal or pick up a request form at the Permit Center. Code Compliance will be happy to work with you to get violations corrected. Common code violations can be found here.