Right now, GM is working on an effort in behalf of the Citizens Association of Georgetown to address some of the poor signage in the neighborhood. You may not realize it, but every single sign in Georgetown needs a permit. Depending on how long that sign is up, that permit needs to be approved by either the D.C. Historic Preservation Office (for signs up 30 days or less) or the Old Georgetown Board (for signs up 30 days or more).
In practice, this is a rule observed mostly in the breach. While most significant store signs do go through the proper approval process, most of the cheap and (frankly) ugly signs don’t. So to address the proliferation of nonpermitted signs, CAG is working with the Business Improvement District and other to educate the storekeepers about the rules (see this circular) and to catalog the worst offenders for reporting to the Historical Preservation Office.
[Continue reading Topher Mathews’s post here at The Georgetown Metropolitan.]
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