Sign Regulation after Reed vs. Gilbert


  • Typical issues with sign regulations following Reed vs. Town of Gilbert

  • Options for changing the regulatory strategy to respond to the risk of challenges, and the key first steps to take in response to a challenge

  • Areas of sign regulation not disturbed by Reed, and how they should continue to be regulated


Reports of the death of sign regulation have been greatly exaggerated. Lower federal courts have overwhelmingly held that cities can continue to regulate off-premise signs and commercial signs following Reed vs. Town of Gilbert, but there are significant new areas of potential challenges to sign regulations and other local regulations of First Amendment-protected speech.

A panel of leading legal experts—including the chair of APA's amicus curiae committee and the co-authors of APA's amicus brief in Reed v. Gilbert—discuss strategies and tactics for defensible and practical sign regulation in the post-Reed era. Learn about key issues in sign regulation, including temporary sign regulation, the role of preambles and definitions, permit requirements, exemptions, the treatment of government signs, and enforcement. This course explores regulatory strategies appropriate in different kinds of communities (i.e., small/large, urban/rural, and growth-focused/regulation-focused).