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July 7, 2015

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How long can an apartment grand opening last?

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Mr. Sun,

An apartment complex in my neighborhood has posted colorful flags off and on for almost 10 years. How long can an apartment grand opening last?

Perhaps it’s not surprising that a growth-driven city like Las Vegas would host so many endless grand openings and move-in specials. Even the crumbling complexes get in on the act.

It’s all legal, provided landlords have their permits in order.

Flags and such are considered temporary signs under Clark County code, which allows apartments in residential developments to erect such displays three days a month. Elsewhere, commercial, industrial and special developments may display their plumage 10 days a month, except during December.

“They could have a grand opening 10 days every month,” Joe Boteilho, head of Clark County code enforcement, said with a chuckle.

Bad news for neighbors who tire of the flapping flags and sagging vinyl signs that can make a residential corner look like a used car lot.

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