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Buildings Department Takes New Steps Toward Enforcement of Billboard Regulations

The Society has been involved in efforts to establish reasonable controls on billboards and other signage in New York City since the turn of the 20th century. Despite the fact that the City has had signage regulations on the books for years, it fought a losing battle with the outdoor advertising industry. Gargantuan, brightly lit signs have continued to proliferate throughout the city, defacing our streets and sidewalks — particularly noticeably in architecturally significant neighborhoods such as SoHo — and impeding views and creating traffic hazards on arterial highways.

In 2001, the City enacted a tough new enforcement mechanism that provides City officials with the tools they need to crack down on illegal signs.