The City of Jonesboro is stressing enforcement of its sign ordinances as part of beautification efforts along the city’s commercial corridors.
City ordinance limits the size and type of signs allowable in various zoning districts. Those that are allowable are required to have a permit.
“The reason we started citing violators more stringently recently was the number of complaints we were receiving about illegal signs up and down Caraway Drive and Red Wolf Boulevard,” Planning Director Derrel Smith said.
City officials are working with business owners to help them comply with the code, with the ultimate objective simply to keep Jonesboro beautiful, interim Chief Operations Officer Roy Ockert said.
“The important thing is to remind people that there are city laws dealing with advertising signs,” Ockert said.
Jonesboro’s sign ordinance is Sections 117-284 through 117-295. It details all types of signage, but the complaints the City has received in increasing number deal with on-premise and off-premise outdoor advertising signs, banners, illegal signs, signs in rights of ways, etc., Smith said.
Businesses registered with the City can obtain a sign permit online at Jonesboro.org. Permits also can be obtained in the Planning Department of the City Municipal Center, third floor, 300 S. Church St.