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3 Keys To Lighted Sign Code Compliance In Baltimore, Maryland

Mar 17,2021

3 Keys To Lighted Sign Code Compliance In Baltimore, Maryland

Today’s post highlights 3 keys to lighted sign code compliance in Baltimore, Maryland. Read on to learn how we keep your lighted signs above board, or call 410-877-6011 to speak with a lighted sign specialist straight away.

3 Keys To Lighted Sign Code Compliance In Baltimore, MD

Failure to meet the following lighted sign illumination standards could result in hefty fines and, in extreme cases, a Class C misdemeanor:

  • No traffic sign knockoffs—While parody and pastiche are becoming increasingly popular in the world of sign design, no signs can ever imitate or even resemble “a sign or signal erected by a governmental entity for traffic control,” according to Section 450.6 of the Baltimore Code of Ordinances. This not only appliances to the design and layout, but the lighting as well—e.g. No mock traffic lights turning green to indicate “sales are a go!”
  • No illumination leaks—The Code of Ordinances states that all lighted signs must be shaded, shielded, or directed in such a way so that “its intensity does not cause a glare or a similar adverse effect on neighboring properties, highways, or parking areas.” Our team can help you find the right display angle and install light shields as needed.
  • No flashing lighted signs—Except for portions of digital signs that display changeable copy, time, or temperature, all lighted signs in Baltimore, Maryland must operate at a constant intensity. That means no flashing, blinking, strobing, or oscillating.

Baltimore Lighted Sign Code Updates — How To Stay Compliant

On November 19, 2020, the Baltimore City Department of Planning announced a number of upcoming amendments to Title 17 Sign Regulations, which included the addition of several new illumination standards under Subtitle 4.

Like most things, this policy’s progress was delayed by the pandemic, but changes to Baltimore’s lighted sign code are still forthcoming. Even if your lighted signs are currently up to code, you’ll need to review your compliance in a matter of months.

Whether you need a compliant review or design/installation remediation, Baltimore Signs and Graphics can help. Call 410-877-6011 to make sure your lighted sign is up to code, or collaborate on a new design with our team and get guaranteed compliance from day-one.

Free Quote On Lighted Sign Code Design And Installation In Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Signs & Graphics is a leading provider of lighted sign design, manufacturing, and installation services throughout Maryland and all the surrounding communities, including:

  • Overlea
  • Perry Hall
  • Lochearn
  • Kingsville
  • Mount Vernon
  • Rosedale, and beyond

We also offer remote design collaborations and nationwide delivery for clients located outside of Maryland.

Call 410-877-6011 or visit the Baltimore Signs and Graphics website to book a free consultation and get a same-day quote on any custom lighted sign project.

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