Auburn does not have a ban on billboards. It is against the law to ban billboards. Billboards are allowed in I-2 zoning district.(See code below) Remember in the late 80s or early 90s when Auburn tried for a ban on all billboards and Burkhart Signs sued the city and won? It had every thing to do with that freedom of speach thing that people like to throw around from time to time. We currently have a billboard with two advertising faces in city limits right now located by the street department and old electric works building; grandfathered in but still there.
City of Auburn Code of Ordinances:Section 150.480. Off Premises Signs.
A) Zoning District
Off-premises signs will be permitted only in zoning district I-2. (Heavy Industrial)
As for the 3-5 dollar garage sale sign fee. Other communities in Indiana have this fee as well to generate funds for city projects. Auburn is actually rarity in not having this fee in place. Is this really too high a fee for a legal sign. Garage sale signs require a permit now. No fee. How many garage sale signs are out there right now in violation of ordinance? The 3-5 dollar permit fee is a suggestion only at this time. There may still be no fee. that is for the Plan Commision to decide and the council to vote on.