The Town Council approved an amendment to the Town’s sign code on July 18, 2016. In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Reed v. Town of Gilbert case and determined that the Town of Gilbert, Arizona had violated the First Amendment by placing different limits on signs based on their content. In order to respond to the court case ruling, the Town has amended its sign code to remove sections of the current sign code that are content based in order to create a content neutral sign code. For example, the sign code no longer contains sections on sign types such as election signs, residential entrance signs and governmental flags (which are content based) and now includes categories such as temporary signs, permanent signs, building signs and freestanding signs. To the greatest extent possible, the setbacks, scale and size requirements remain the same.
The new sign code became effective on Aug. 8, 2016.
To view the ordinance amending the sign code, please click here
To view a summary of the new sign code, please click here.