Reed vs. Town of Gilbert Decision

In June 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled on the issue of temporary signs, an often contentious and confusing issue for communities around the country. Reed v. Town of Gilbert stemmed from a dispute over temporary signage advertising a church’s location; the church argued that its signs could not be held to a different standard than other types of temporary signs, including political signs.

In siding with the church, the Supreme Court reinforced previous rulings that found that communities cannot regulate messages based on content. This applies to temporary signs as well. View more information on the decision here.

View ISA Vice President of Government Relations David Hickey’s analysis on how the decision impacts the sign and graphics industry.

View insights from Professor Alan Weinstein, a national noted planning law expert. Prof. Weinstein holds a joint faculty appointment at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and also serves as Director of the Colleges' Law & Public Policy Program.


Best Practices in Regulating Temporary Signs

Compiled by prominent planner Wendy Moeller, AICP, this guide offers communities assistance in understanding different kinds of temporary signs and best practices for regulating each type.