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Code Enforcement Bureau Inundated by Billboard Related Complaints, According to a City Report

The Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety's Code Enforcement Bureau has 321 open cases involving sign complaints, according to a city report filed in early November.

Eighty-nine of the complaints involve "supergraphics" or signs that wrap around buildings. Of those, 46 are currently in some form of litigation with the city.

Fifteen of the 321 complaints concern billboards.

The bulk of the remaining cases involve complaints against "on-site" signs such as banners, flags and wall signs. (An on-site sign advertises the business where the sign, flag or wall sign is located.)

The Department of Building & Safety said they have responded to over 7,800 sign complaints since 2002.

The two-page overview, which was sent to members of the Planning and Land Use Management Committee on November 7, came a few weeks after the Los Angeles City Council blasted the Department of Building & Safety for lack of transparency and failing to start the city's long-awaited billboard and fee inspection program. The LA Weekly chronicled the city's failed building fee inspection program in Billboards Gone Wild.

Last month, volunteers, who were sick of waiting for the billboard inspection fee program, did what the city failed to do: they counted the billboards in Council member Bill Rosendahl's District in Venice and Westchester. Curbed LA reported that a a total of 563 billboards were found in Rosendahl's district. Eighty-four billboards were found along a 4.2 mile stretch of Lincoln Boulevard.