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Pedestrian Bridge Banner Policy Changes

Enterprise Services seeking public feedback on proposed Bridge Banner Application and Review Policy

Enterprise Services is seeking public feedback through March 29 regarding a draft Bridge Banner Application and Review Policy to ensure an informed solution that balances public safety and appropriate community use of the Capitol Campus.

Enterprise Services has temporarily placed a moratorium on accepting or granting banner applications for the pedestrian bridge until it adopts a new banner policy. The latest the moratorium would end is April 19, 2017. The department expects to lift the bridge banner moratorium when a new policy is adopted.

Summary of Proposed Draft Policy on Bridge Banner Application and Review Policy

The draft Bridge Banner Application and Review Policy that is currently out for public review proposes, among other things, to:

  • Establish clear bridge banner permit requirements.
  • Continue the prior existing policy that only Enterprise Services can hang bridge banners so as to ensure their safe hanging. The department charges a fee for hanging banners.
  • Limit the bridge banners to two categories: (1) Public event announcements of events open to the general public; and (2) Public service announcements by governmental entities or non-profits directed at the general public for public benefit.
  • Create categories of bridge banner content that are not allowed. Some examples of content restrictions are:
    • Endorsing political candidates, issues or messages.
    • Demeaning or disparaging an individual or group of individuals.
    • Promoting unlawful, illegal or unsafe goods, services, activities, conduct, or behaviors.
    • Promoting sexually-oriented businesses or sexually explicit material.
    • Primarily promoting tobacco, alcohol or marijuana, or related products.
    • Depicting explicit, offensive or obscene sexual or excretory activities.
    • Any images of a person appearing to be a minor in sexually suggestive dress, pose or context.

Feedback sought through March 29

Options for submitting written feedback:

  • Submit feedback online
  • Submit written feedback to:

    Tony Aitken
    Visitor Services Manager
    Washington Department of Enterprise Services
    PO Box 41034
    Olympia, WA 98504-1034

March 22 public open house

Enterprise Services will share information and take in-person feedback during an evening open public house on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Where: 1500 Jefferson Building, first floor presentation room, 1500 Jefferson St. S.E., Olympia

Computer stations, index cards and flip charts will be set up at the open house for people who want to submit feedback that evening.