The Sacramento City Council banned the signs at the turn of this century, but many businesses have ignored the law.
Joy Patterson with the city's planning department says enough businesses have complained recently that the city council and staff began work on new regulations that will allow the signs again.
"The item is limited in scope," she says. "It's just amending a couple of sections of the zoning code to address the concerns that some of our regulations were unduly restrictive and inconsistently applied."
Patterson says if the council approves the new rules, A-frame signs would have to be portable and able to stand without support.
Business owners who put the signs along city sidewalks will be responsible for any injuries and damages they might cause.
If passed, the new regulations would take effect November 7.