Despite PennDOT authority, Philly City Council passes billboard rules

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Philadelphia City Council has approved new billboard regulations.  

They’re moving ahead even though the state has asserted its authority to oversee new billboards in much of the city. Councilman Bobby Henon says the legislation makes it mandatory for companies to turn in traditional billboards to get permits for new digital ones.

“We are going to continue to have conversations as we move forward,” he said.  “The city, we do have the authority for zoning and regulations here with outdoor advertising we are going to continue to do so in partner with the commonwealth moving forward, regarding non-accessory signs.”

Over the years Henon says the bill has been amended SEVERAL times.

“Nobody’s happy on how we started off and where we are ending, but what we all should be proud of is a foundation on regulations that are predictable,” he said.

Earlier this year, PennDOT took back control over new billboards that can be seen from major roads and highways in Philadelphia.  Despite this, Henon says he believes a deal can be worked out with Harrisburg.

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