If you want a sign, you will need a permit. The process and fees for obtaining permits vary depending on the jurisdiction so a little investigating up front may save future delays! Do all new signs need a permit?
Yes Do temporary signs, such as banners or commercial real estate signs need permits?
Yes, most jurisdictions require a permit. Do I need a permit for a sign modification?
If the modification is within weeks or days of obtaining a sign permit, probably not, but most signs require a permit. Panel exchanges for existing ground signs do not require a permit in most jurisdictions. How do I find out sign zoning and ordinance laws?
Call the jurisdiction's planning and zoning department and provide the address or google it. For example, google: "City of Alpharetta sign ordinance." What kind of information is required when filing for a sign permit?
When do I need a site plan and how do I obtain one?
- You will need a rendering of where the wall sign will be positioned on the wall, showing length of wall and height of building. A mounting and lighting detail for the sign with all dimensions is also needed.
- For ground/freestanding signs, a rendering of the sign in its proposed location, a site plan to scale with dimensions from the sign to the nearest property line, a foundation plan and framing detail signed and sealed by an engineer.
- The sign contractor will need to provide their business license and certificate of insurance at time of submittal. Most jurisdictions require a tenant/landlord owner authorization letter allowing the sign company to pursue the sign permit on your behalf.
A site plan to scale is usually needed anytime you want to build a new ground or freestanding sign. To obtain a site plan, you will need to consult with a licensed civil engineer/surveyor or file an open records request with the jurisdiction where the sign is proposed. Some jurisdictions have a site plan in their archives.