Installing new signs and changing the face of an existing sign require a sign permit. Each sign requires a separate application and two sets of plans. The plans (exhibits) need to be drawn to scale, with the sign drawn to scale on the building. 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. 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. All sign permits require an electrical final inspection (for a new sign), and a sign final inspection.
Review fee: $25 upon application.
Non-illuminated Signs: $3.00 per square foot of sign area, per face.
Illuminated signs: $20.00 electrical permit fee, plus an additional $3.00 per square foot.
Fees are due at the time of permit issuance. Signs installed without a permit will be charged triple the fee amount in addition to having to correct any City Code violations, including taking down the sign, if necessary.
The Sign Code is part of the Land Development Regulations. The Sign Code provides information on design standards, sign definitions, and administrative procedures 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 a permit can be issued. Proposals for signage that include 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. The Master or Blanket Sign Program is available to allow property owners to submit a sign package for for the entire site. 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.