The Boston City Council voted last week to repeal the permit requirement for free-standing, sidewalk signs. The new 1-year pilot Sandwich Board Sign Ordinance was recently proposed by Mayor Walsh.

“Sandwich board signs are significant marketing tools for small and local businesses, which are a critical part of the economy in the City of Boston and which my Administration is strongly committed to supporting,” said Walsh in a memo to the City Council.

Businesses no longer need a city permit to place free-standing sandwich boards on public sidewalks. Existing regulations for sidewalks to be accessible for pedestrians will still apply.

Signs can be up to 24″ x 36″ in size and must have the phone number of the business. Displayed content is limited to goods for sale, excluding alcohol or tobacco (ed: what about Free Brady type signs?).

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The City Council discussed restricting the total clutter of signs per building on busy main streets such as Newbury and Hanover. However, a proposed amendment for that failed. All City Councilors voted in favor of the ordinance, except Back Bay’s Councilor Zakim who proposed the aforementioned clutter amendment.

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  1. It’s okay though. Small businesses can finally their sandwich board signs without permit. Too bad the lack of parking to allow customers access to Boston’s small businesses is still apparent.

    • “For visitors, there are over 7,500 parking spaces at local parking lots and garages within a very short walking distance from Hanover Street or anywhere else in the neighborhood”. the problem is people are too lazy to walk a few blocks and want to park right in front of the store or restaurant.

      http://www.northendboston.com/park/

      “136 Blackstone Street, Boston (Enter on New Sudbury Street)
      There is validated* parking for visitors to the North End at the Parcel 7 parking garage, located on the corner of New Sudbury Street and Congress Street. Enter on New Sudbury Street next to the Haymarket “T” entrance.

      Validated parking tickets are good for $1 for up to 2 hours of parking, and $3 for up to 3 hours of parking. If you park for longer than 3 hours, the validation is void and regular rates apply.”

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