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Bridge banner moratorium takes effect Oct. 21

The Department of Enterprise Services has placed a moratorium on issuing new permits for hanging banners from the pedestrian bridge that crosses over Capitol Way near the Sid Snyder Avenue entrance to the west Capitol Campus. The moratorium takes effect Oct. 21, 2016.

Concerns about public safety and potential operational impacts prompted the moratorium.

The moratorium does not affect other Capitol Campus locations where banners, signs and displays are allowed.

During the moratorium, the department will conduct a comprehensive review of its policy that allows use of the bridge as a place for posting public announcements. The department will seek stakeholder input during the review, which could take up to 180 days.

During the moratorium, the department will not review or approve any new or pending applications to hang a bridge banner.

The moratorium will not apply to or affect banner permit applications that have already been approved and scheduled. Enterprise Services has already issued 37 permits for banners that will be hung later this year and in 2017.

Enterprise Services requires a permit for any affixed displays on the Capitol Campus grounds, including hanging banners from the pedestrian bridge above Capitol Way.

If you have questions about the moratorium, please contact the Enterprise Services Visitor Services office at (360) 902-8884 or tony.aitken@des.wa.gov.

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