Sign Advisory Council

The Sign Advisory Council (SAC) meets at Planning and Land Use Services, 2 Fairgrounds Road, Nantucket, MA. From May through September, SAC meets every Tuesday at 9:00 am (except on holidays), from September through May, SAC meets every other Tuesday at 9:00 am (except on holidays).

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Most Recent Agenda (PDF) | View All Agendas and Minutes

Members

Mark Cutone
Term Expires: 2020

Kevin Kuester
Term Expires: 2021

Ben Normand
Term Expires: 2021

Paul Wolfe
Term Expires: 2020

Chris Young
Term Expires: 2021

FAQS

Are Lawn Signs Allowed on Nantucket?

Nantucket does not like signs.  Lack of traditional mainland signs that clutter the scenery is a hallmark of the island.  The Town does not allow commercial signs like real estate signs, business signs or fundraiser signs and will remove them from the public way.  The Town’s Sign Advisory Council meets regularly to address matters concerning signs, however their authority does not extend to non-commercial signs advocating for a cause or expressing a political opinion.  

On occasion non-commercial yard signs gather in visible public spaces throughout the island and on private property.  Sometimes the Town is asked to remove these signs however the "simple" answer is that such signs are considered an extension of free speech and are allowed in the public way and on private property. The Town has been advised that the power of the Town to regulate speech in a public way is limited.  Due to a 2015 Supreme Court case (Reed v. Gilbert, AZ), a municipality may no longer regulate non-commercial signs based on the content of the message. Public streets and sidewalks are generally recognized as public forums.  They are generally considered to be publicly owned areas where individuals have the right to traverse, speak freely, protest and assemble.

This page was last updated on July 20, 2020.

Contact Us

  1. Cathy Flynn


    Land Use Specialist
    Email

    2 Fairgrounds Road
    Nantucket, MA 02554

    Ph: 508-325-7587, ext. 7027

    Hours


    Monday - Friday
    7:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

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