Installing new signs and changing the face of an existing sign require a sign permit. Each sign requires a separate application and two (2) sets of plans. For example, if you would like to install four (4) signs on your building, you will need to complete four (4) applications. The drawings and blueprints need to be drawn to scale, with the sign drawn to scale on the building. You will also need color renderings or color chips, and the anchoring details. Plans need to be sealed, and wind load calculations need to accompany the application.
If the sign is electric, an electric riser diagram is needed. On free standing sign applications, submit a photocopy of the survey showing the proposed location, and also show any other freestanding signs that may be on the property.
Sign permits can be applied for by a sign contractor or a general contractor. If a contractor is applying, the application must be signed and notarized by the qualifier for the contractor, not by an authorized agent. You may download a copy of the Sign Permit Application. A letter from the owner of the property or agent for the owner, stating approval to install the sign on the property, needs to accompany all applications.
Applications need to be submitted to the Building Division for review. Approved sign permits are valid for six months. Anyone erecting a sign without a permit will be charged triple the normal fee in addition to having to correct any City Code violations, including taking down the sign, if necessary. A sign permit for an individual business cannot be issued unless that business already has an occupational license. Please visit Business Tax Receipt for further information.
All sign permits require an electrical final inspection (for a new sign), and a sign final inspection.
Sign fees are $3.00 per square foot of sign area, per face. If the sign is illuminated, there is a $20.00 electrical permit fee, plus an additional $3.00 per square foot. Sign and electrical fees are due when the permit is issued. A $25.00 non-refundable review fee is due at the time the sign application is submitted.
The Sign Code is part of the Land Development Regulations, within the Code of Ordinances of the City of Delray Beach. The Sign Code will give you information on design standards, help you with sign definitions, and provide administrative procedures that are used to review sign proposals.
There are certain situations where applications for signs must be acted on by the Site Plan Review and Appearance Board (SPRAB) or Historic Preservation Board (HPB) before they can be issued. Proposed signs that are requesting a waiver to the sign code require review by SPRAB or HPB with a recommendation made to the City Commission, where the final action will be taken.
Master & Blanket Sign Programs
Some shopping centers and commercial properties are of such a size or character that the normal application of the Sign Code would not result in an effective sign program. For properties like this the Master and Blanket Sign Program is available. It allows the property owner to submit a sign package for review before the SPRAB or HPB. Master and Blanket Sign Programs to be reviewed by SPRAB require a separate application prior to submittal of a sign permit application. All signs within a historic district require a Certificate of Appropriateness for signage.