Aspen (Colorado) Police-Station Sign Exceeds Sign-code Limits by Nearly 300%

Aspen, Colorado dedicated its new police station in June 2018, and the building’s sign is nearly three times larger than what the sign code allows, reports the Aspen Daily News

“The sign, with 10-inch-tall, cut-out letters that are backlit at night and set against a foot-tall background, measures 16.62 square feet, under the city’s technical calculations of sign area. The signage the building would normally be allowed under the limits established in the 19-page sign code is 6 square feet, according to city officials,” the article stated.

The newspaper queried, “Would a 6-square-foot sign be too hard to see?” Jessica Garrow, director of the city’s community development department, which administers the sign code, said, “That is the thought,” the article stated.

City Manager Steve Barwick issued a directive to allow for the larger sign “under the basis of public safety and welfare.”  Previously, “signage installed outside Aspen Valley Hospital came in under a similar waiver from size requirements,” the article stated. 


Wade Swormstedt

Wade Swormstedt

Wade is Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry. Formerly he was Editor and Publisher of Signs of the Times magazine.

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