The penalty for posting these signs is $300 per sign for the first offense and up to $2,000 per sign for the second offense. Failure to pay or continued violations can result in revocation of your commercial activity license. The City of Philadelphia values our business community and our arts community. What we don’t value is litter in our public spaces.
These signs often end up as litter, and a littered community is bad for residents and bad for business. That’s why we need the business and arts communities to be our partners. You can ensure that these signs are not being posted on streetlights, utility poles, traffic signs, historical markers, and street trees.
Stay Tuned: Coming soon to this page will be best practices for hanging public signs in Philadelphia. We are currently holding community meetings on this issue and want to hear proactive ideas from the business community on how to eliminate litter while still being able to advertise in the community. Please send your great ideas to CleanPHL@phila.gov.