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Sign Code Update
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Overview
The City of Issaquah’s sign code has not been updated in several years.  The City plans to update the code to comply with recent court cases, best practices and to make improvements for ease of use by the public, businesses and City staff. 

Background   
In June 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision related to signs in the Reed et al v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona case (commonly called Reed v. Gilbert,) which provided direction regarding regulation of signs, particularly for temporary signs, in regard to content and freedom of speech.  In part because of the Supreme Court ruling, the City of Issaquah is now beginning an update to the sign code to comply with the court's decision.

Timeline/Schedule 
Issaquah’s Development Services Department (DSD) will be working on the proposed changes to the sign code throughout 2019, with the goal of sign code adoption by the end of the year. 

  • Project Steps
  • The current schedule shown below is tentative and may evolve with the project:

    • Project Launch: January 2019
    • Public Participation to Identify Topics of Concern: January 2019 - July 2019
    • Review of Existing Codes and Standards: February 2019 - April 2019
    • Draft Revised Code: April 2019 - November 2019
    • Public Review & Adoption Process: April 2019 - December 2019

  • Public Participation
    Public engagement is an integral part of this code update process. City staff will be reaching out to citizens, business owners stakeholder groups, at commission, public meetings and other forums. 

    Stay Connected
    To receive more information about the sign code update project, please sign up for updates through our Development News Flash in Notify Me.

    Issaquah Contacts
    Emily Arteche
    Senior Planner
    (425) 837-3086