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Sign Permits: What You Need to Know

Business owners know the value of an eye-catching, on-brand sign. In fact, a lot of companies rely on walk-by and drive-by traffic for customers, which makes it even more important to have an attractive sign. 

In order to install a sign, you need to get a sign permit. 

A sign permit refers to a legal document that shows authorization by a regulatory body, proving that an approval and a review was performed for the use of the sign, construction, installation, or other application or consideration. Sign permits can also outline certain conditions and guidelines that must be met by the sign owner in order to comply with local laws. At Corporate Signs, we don’t just make your signs – we take care of everything when it comes to procuring the permit. Here’s everything you need to know about sign permits.

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The Importance of Sign Permits and Regulations

There are a lot of things you have to keep in mind when designing the sign of your business. Not only does it have to grab people’s attention, but it also needs to be readable from a distance. What might look good on a small business card, may not necessary look good on a big sign. Therefore, getting your logo designed from a professional is essential.

Although some companies can create the signs for you, they don’t always possess the permit to install them. In such a case, you need to choose an establishment that can create as well as install the sign for you. 

Before going to the manufacturer with your design, be sure to look up your local zoning laws – there might be some restrictions you need to take care of. Additionally, if you’re moving into a shopping center, there could be additional regulations governing signage implemented by the developer. 

Getting a sign permit and following sign regulations is important due to various reasons. Some of them are as follows:

  • To eliminate potential hazards to pedestrians and motorists 
  • To create signs that are developed in a manner such that they don’t violate the harmony and rules of the building or edifice where they’re placed
  • To do away with confusing and excessive signs
  • To keep the current residents and attract new residents to the city
  • To improve the reputation of the city and showcase it as a great place to live and work in so that outsiders will be encouraged to explore it
  • To promote safety, morals, public health, and general welfare
  • To enhance and safeguard property values
  • To protect public and private investment in open spaces and buildings

At Corporate Signs, our in-house permit runner helps minimize added stress regarding code compliance. Contact us to find out more.

How to Obtain a Sign Permit

In order to obtain your sign permit, there are certain steps you need to follow. These are related to your application and the documents required to obtain your permit. Let’s take a look at these requirements:

  • Get the application, fill it out carefully, and submit it. 
  • You need to acquire a copy of the Certificate of Occupancy issued from a building permit, or a Certificate of Use issued from a Use Permit containing the same name and address as the signed copy. If none of these are possible to obtain, the “Consent to Erect a Sign” on the second page of the application must be signed.
  • Your plan sets must include certain crucial information. These include the site plan, the road frontage of the property in lineal feet, the ground sign location, setbacks from the road right-of-way, side setbacks, and the location of the building.
  • For wall signs, you will need to provide wall elevations with dimensions of the wall below the roof line, sign copy, attachment details, and sign location on the wall with sign dimensions measured to the highest widest point of the sign. 
  • For electrical signs, you will need the electrical details and the UL number.
  • For ground signs, the requirements are height, sign copy, an explanation of how the sign will be illuminated, dimensions of the structure, engineering done in compliance with the area code, and construction material and attachment details.

What Permit Applicants Need to Remember

Those who are applying for their sign permits should remember a few things.

  1. Set a pre-application meeting. Before lodging a planning application, it’s best to have a discussion with the council’s planning officers in order to avoid any misunderstandings or requests for further information.
  2. The contact person you choose for your application will be crucial to the process. Therefore, make sure the one you choose is reliable and knows his/her job. In case the contact person isn’t the landowner or the permit applicant, this can lead to issues since others aren’t made aware regarding the progress of the application. The contact person needs to ensure everyone stays up-to-date regarding the application status. 
  3. Make sure your application is comprehensive. Planning scheme controls can be related to septic systems, bushfire management, car parking and traffic implications, conservation and heritage, etc. The council can ask the applicant for further information to help in the assessment of the application. Therefore, having a pre-application meeting is pertinent in order to avoid any delays in the processing of the application.
  4. Consult your neighbors before you apply, because there could be potential objectors to the permit application. Therefore, an early consultation with the neighbors can prove beneficial, and perhaps even add to a better understanding of the key issues and concerns. At times it can also lead to compromises or agreements acceptable to all the parties, and at times a withdrawal of objections, too, in some cases. 

Final Note

If you’re ready to create a sign, you don’t have to worry about being up to code. With Corporate Signs, you’ll rest assured knowing that our licensed installers and in-house permit runner will make sure your design adheres to local regulations and will be approved by the city or county inspector. To get started, find out more about our services here.

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