User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

27° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



 Winter Storm for November 30, 2015

Snow Outlook

Severe Weather

State Radar

Click here for local closings & delays

Send photos to

Storm Center Update



[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news


Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


City Discusses Changes To Sign Ordinance

October 2, 2012, 5:58 PM by Kelly Bartnick

City Discusses Changes To Sign Ordinance

A master plan to regulate signage in Sioux Falls continues to slog along. City planners met with business owners and Sioux Falls residents about updates to the city’s sign ordinance.

It's the result of a years-long review to update the city's sign code, which dates back to the early 1980s. The new ordinance addresses all types of signs from the big ones in the sky to the ones on the lawn and even those on buildings and in windows.

“We've added sign height; we've added sign types. We've added, added, added, increased and addressed for four years, specifically over the last two years,” Sioux Falls City Planner Jeff Schmitt said.

Business owners, city planners and ordinary citizens hashed out the proposed changes Tuesday. The meeting comes months before the ordinance could hit the city council’s desk.

Many signs put up are considered illegal. Most commercial ones are not, and the city says it often only addresses issues when complaints come in.  The new ordinance would provide clarity.

Some would even require a permit, which means they would also be assessed a fee.

“Right now, they're not permitted. They're allowed, but not permitted. So with this ordinance, they would have to have the permit for them, but we would be able to track and know what's used out there if we happen to have a call or question about them,” Schmitt said.

The ordinance is lengthy, and certainly not perfect, judging from some of the push back received at Tuesday’s public meeting. Many of those with issues are business owners with issues about certain ordinance aspects including restrictions it would place on windows signs or the fees that could come with new permits.

The city council could take up the discussion late this year or early in 2013. It's part of the Shape Sioux Falls 2035 master plan.

Previous Story

Next Story




View business

You may also like

Board Of Education Member Had Multiple Contracts With State

11/23/2015 6:05 PM

That means in addition to her state salaries at USD and Northern State, Duncan earned an additional $124,000 in contracts from the Department of Educa...

Full Story | Watch
Fired GEAR UP Worker Defends Stacy Phelps

11/24/2015 6:05 PM

When the state pulled its multi-million dollar GEAR UP contract from Mid Central Educational Co-Op in September, all the current GEAR UP workers were ...

Full Story | Watch
Bison Ranch Owner By Turner Gets Permit For Feedlot Addition

11/25/2015 1:35 PM

Stanley County commissioners have approved a feedlot at a bison ranch owned by media mogul Ted Turner.

Full Story
Some Black Friday Deals Are Not Deals

11/23/2015 4:51 PM

Recent research found just because something is called a doorbuster doesn't mean it's significantly discounted.

Full Story
City Of Sioux Falls Buying Homes In Area that Floods

11/24/2015 6:05 PM

Homeowners have the option to voluntarily sell their house if they are concerned about flooding or if they have had problems with flooding. By tearing...

Full Story | Watch