Sign Of The Times: Illegal Signs Cause Numerous Complaints In South Coast City

May 30, 2018

Santa Barbara leaders are tired of illegal signs that have popped up city-wide.

They say they have received 80 complaints.

During the two disasters, the city says they relaxed the enforcement on businesses and now they have seen widespread violations.

The main problem is the presence of sandwich boards with promotional announcement taking up space on walkways, or, in the case of restaurants, boards with menu offerings.

For a simple violation, failure to remove the sign would result in a $100 fine. If the sign remains up, the fine becomes $100 per day.

For bigger signs installed, the owner has to go to a city committee to resolve the issue.

The illegal signs can be more than a visual problem; they can also be a safety issue.