Changes to how signs are approved in downtown Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. - The time it takes to have a sign approved to be put up in downtown Bismarck is changing.

Previously, the city's Renaissance Zone Authority would have to go through and approve each sign. Changes to the ordinance were approved at Tuesday's city commission meeting, meaning most signs now don't need to go through that board, and are just approved by community development staff.

"It’s just to ensure that the overall image of the whole district is upheld to a standard that is protecting everyone’s property rights and ensuring that we have a great nice clean downtown,” said Will Hutchings, planner with community development.

Hutchings said they don't come across signs very often that don't meet the boards requirements, but if it happens they will be taken to the Renaissance Zone for approval.