City to crack down on signage
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The City of South Lake Tahoe and the South Lake Tahoe Police Department are beginning an effort to focus attention on excessive and unpermitted signage.
A SLTPD press release stated that most signs in the City require a permit with specific limitations on sign size and design.
The focus comes as an effort to “help make our City more attractive to our summer season guests and advance the City Council’s Strategic Priority to Improve our Built Environment to more closely mirror South Lake Tahoe’s pristine natural environment,” the press release stated.
Businesses with a permitted sign do not need to do anything. Businesses with unpermitted signs should contact the city’s planning division to determine if their signs require a permit or not. Unpermitted signs typically include signs added to the sides of buildings, sandwich boards displayed during times when they are not allowed, temporary signs, and various miscellaneous signs on buildings may not be permitted. Some businesses have extra signs or non-permitted signs added to buildings without the proper permits.
“Too many signs on buildings adds to the clutter of Highway 50 and detracts from the natural environment,” the press release read.
With the new Fix-Up 50 Initiative, the City’s Code Enforcement Officers will initiate a community outreach and education effort requesting voluntary compliance to remove unpermitted signs. By the end of April 2015, unpermitted signs not removed will be citied.
More information is available on the the City’s website, http://www.cityofslt.us/. Click on the Government tab, City Council, then City Code and search for Chapter 6.40. You can also contact the City Planning Department for information about getting a permit at (530) 542-6010.