The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 29, 2012

Letter: Sign of the times


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — According to a letter sent out regarding the City of Enid’s “Chapter 13 – Sign Regulations,” unless a property owner has obtained a sign permit, one cannot display a banner greater than 16 square feet in surface area, and then, such banner must be displayed for a period of no longer than 30 days, only after one obtains a permit issued from the city.  

Actually, Code 11-13-4, states: “it shall be unlawful to display, erect, rebuild, expand or relocate any sign without first filing with the code official an application in writing, and obtaining a sign permit, in accordance with the following provisions.”

And somewhere in that regulation, I recall reading that a “banner” cannot be used as a permanent sign.

I’m sure we’ve all noticed a rather large banner (much larger than 16 square feet of surface area) with the new city logo being displayed on the south side of the construction site on South Independence. And this banner has been displayed for how long now?  

(However, it can be seen all the way from Garriott Road, so I’m sure the “gateway” project will be successful in drawing passersby driving along Garriott into downtown Enid!)

Now I’m just wondering: The city of Enid doesn’t think that it actually is exempt from its own ordinances? I’m sure it was just an oversight, or that “special” consideration was given when issuing the permit.

Donald Phillips

Enid