Although the first amendment advocates free speech, there are many restrictions set in place to ensure offensive verbiage and hate speech are unable to be broadcast. Cities also set design standards so that the “curb appeal” of commercial developments remains consistent.
For companies with storefronts in multiple municipalities, the different rules across cities can create complications when it comes to branding.
Businesses that want to avoid fines and expensive mistakes have to keep a watchful eye on city council agendas.
Proactive companies can even go as far as to get involved with the policymaking process.
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