In today’s business model structure, attractive signs and engaging post displays are some of the first impressions businesses have on potential clients. Careful signage design and placement not only make for a long-lasting impression, but they also bring attention to brand awareness and recognition. While this process may seem simple and straightforward, it takes a lot of strategic planning – not just in designing the correct sign, but also in obtaining the proper signage permits based on each city and state law and regulations in order to install the signs.
When Do You Need A Sign Permit?
Sign permits are a requirement to install and display any form of signage. There are varying rules and regulations by every city in every state and zone. Anytime a business is installing a new or modifying existing signage on their property, they will be required to acquire a permit. This includes outdoor signage, banners, channel letters, Wayfinder signs, and more. In some towns and cities in the US, even a grand opening sign may require a sign permit.
Note: Every city in every state has varying rules and regulations based on zoning and location. In many cities, business owners are not allowed to obtain a sign permit on their own – often you need a licensed signage contractor to help submit and approve required documents for sign installment permission.
We encourage business owners to conduct thorough research on proper signage permits and displays before taking any steps to avoid unnecessary fines and delays.
Reasons Why Sign Permits Are Necessary
- Quality control and assurance
- While signs have a profound effect on their potential viewers, if they are placed in the wrong location or position, they can be a potentially dangerous hindrance to drivers.
- The style and design of your sign need to be aesthetically pleasing and appropriate to reflect the zone, environment, and brand based on where it is being placed.
- Certain signs may require specific specifications for size (width and height) based on location and surrounding signs.
- Electrical signs require an additional permit. They also need to have proper brightness, color, and contrast in their display to avoid distracting neighbors and drivers.
Steps to Obtain a Sign Permit
- Conduct thorough research based on your city and state zoning and location signage requirements before applying. Devise a signage design and production plan before beginning the process.
- Apply for zoning review of the external plans. Once these plans are approved, then move on to the permit department.
- Fill out the application form and sign it.
- Provide 2 mockups of the proposed signage displaying correct size dimensions (width and height), desired location of signage placement, and colors of the sign.
- All new signs will require an occupancy permit.
- If the sign is illuminated, then you will require a second electrical signage permit.
- Pay the necessary fees.
Now that you know how and why there are a few things to keep in mind:
There are varying rules & regulations by every city in every state which is why we encourage business owners to partner up with a professional signage company as they will be able to help you swiftly through the details about what is permissible based on your city, state, and zone.
We recommend always obtaining the necessary permits BEFORE manufacturing signs. Paperwork and approval can take up to 2-3 weeks! Then it can take up to 2-6 weeks for sign production. Signage companies can help plot the timeline before your launch date to ensure the installation of your sign on time.
Securing a sign permit can be time-consuming and complicated if you don’t know the rules and regulations. In certain cities and states, only licensed contractors are able to obtain sign permits.
Benefits of Working with a Signage Company
- You are hiring a professional licensed contractor who is knowledgeable about varying rules and regulations by city, state, and zone.
- Their experience allows them to gauge timelines in obtaining sign permits and signage production to avoid falling behind schedule.
- The team handles the process from start to finish.
- Will provide the necessary design & mockups for your signage.
- Obtain all necessary permits based on your sign type.
- Filing the application with city offices.
- Project planning, review, and process.
- Schedule final inspections.
Do You Need a Sign Permit?
If you are planning to display any type of signage for your business, you will likely require a sign permit – or two. Make sure you include sign permits as part of your business plan and budget.
To avoid fines and delays, we recommend consulting with a professional signage company to start your process.
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