The last decade has seen a lot of storms. Hurricane Katrina and Charley to the more recent tornadoes throughout the Midwest, violent weather has been a constant reminder how vulnerable we can be. All this weather activity has spawned a decade of reforms and changes in the municipal codes that govern advertising displays in front of businesses. Many cities now put a time limit on how long banners, signs, pennants and flags can be displayed in front of a business. And an application for a permit for each one of those can be required. A lot of cities are cracking down on their ordinances and visits from your friendly Code Enforcement Officer are common. Be aware of your local ordinances before you spend time and money on buying advertising signs, banners and flags. Even pennant strings are being legislated and controlled. Use your search engine to find your City Ordinances, or call your local Code Enforcement agency to see what the laws are for your area BEFORE you buy. An informed consumer is a thrifty consumer.