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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 26, 2008    

Temporary Portable Signage Pilot Program Approved by City Council

At its November 25 legislative meeting, the Alexandria City Council voted to approve an ordinance establishing a pilot program to allow restaurant and retail-oriented businesses in the Central Business District (Old Town) not located on King Street to place a consolidated sign at their specified King Street corner. The pilot program is effective immediately through March 15, 2009.

To determine eligibility and sign placement, businesses can access additional information about the program online at The Web site includes information on the parameters of the proposed pilot program, a map showing the location of eligible businesses and where signs may be placed, an example of a temporary portable sign design, and a permit application and checklist. A sign template is available by request to facilitate sign production.
Alexandria businesses that want to install temporary portable signs must submit permit applications to the Permit Center, located on the fourth floor of Alexandria City Hall, 301 King Street.

Complete applications will include the following items:

  1. Sign specification plans (showing size, text, materials, colors and method of installation)
  2. Photo or plan showing sign location
  3. Completed and signed permit application form (pages 1-4)
       o Application
       o List of participating businesses
       o Signed regulations
       o Certification of invitation to eligible businesses

The following City staff are available to answer questions regarding the program and the application process:

  • Richard Bray 703.838.4644 ext. 779
  • Carrie Beach 703.838.4666 ext. 325
  • Mary Christesen 703.838.4666 ext. 332
  • Valerie Peterson 703.838.4666 ext. 338