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Lake Saint Louis changes rules for open house signs for realtors and property sellers

Selling a house in Lake Saint Louis became just a little bit more complicated.

The city’s Board of Aldermen approved a bill at their Sept. 19 meeting changing some of the rules for open house directional signs used by realtors and property owner.

Open house directional signs will now be permitted to be in place from 3 p.m. on Friday to 5 p.m. on Sundays.  Before the signs were permitted from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

No more than one open house directional sign will be allowed in any one direction at intersections and the can be only posted on city right-of-way.  They also cannot be affixed to utility poles, trees, fences or existing public or private signs.

The signs also cannot be more than three square feet in size and mounted no more than thirty inches high off the ground. No balloons, ribbons, flags, pennants and ornaments can be posted on signs. But the signs have to have a business card or information that has the name, address and telephone number of the person placing the sign.

The bill states that private homeowners and developers not using realtors can use open house directional signs as long as they follow the stipulations of the ordinance.

Non compliant signs can be removed and thrown out by the police department or city code enforcement staff.  The fine can be $50 for each offense.

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