NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The New York City Council has approved a two-year moratorium on fines for awnings and signs at small businesses around the city.

The move follows a spike in complaints that left many store owners facing hefty $6,000 fines.

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Last year, the city got 2,000 complaints about signs and awning, which is more than double the average number.

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Many of those complaints came in the form of anonymous 311 calls.

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The city requires special permits for signs and awnings larger than six feet.