Movable Freestanding Signs Update: Special Permits Needed After February 1

Submitted by Jeff Cohen, Chair, Bedford Planning Board

A freestanding sign announced a summer event at the Bedford Library
A typical freestanding sign announced a summer event at the Bedford Library

The extension to the temporary exemption to the Sign Bylaw granted by the Bedford Selectmen, which permitted businesses to display movable freestanding signs, ends on Friday, January 31.

The Office of the Attorney General recently approved the Sign Bylaw amendments approved at Special Town Meeting in November; therefore, businesses wishing to display these signs (i.e., A-frames and sandwichboard signs) must now obtain a Special Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Special Permit applications are available at the Code Enforcement office at Town Hall. Staff will be glad to discuss the sign requirements and restrictions with applicants.

Businesses in the Historic District must also receive approval from the Historic District Commission, as they would for any signage they wish to display.

Failure to obtain a Special Permit for these signs will result in possible enforcement action by Code Enforcement officials.

To read The Citizen’s earlier story about banners and free-standing signs:


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