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How to Get a Sign Permit

A good sign is essential to any business. It is what first catches the eye of a potential customer when they are driving or walking by. Going to a professional to create signage for your business is important because they can offer great advice on an array of options that will help create a sign that is not just eye-catching but will last. You will discuss what materials are best to use for what you want, what will withstand the worst of weather, and what will make it the most visible to your customers. However, before this all takes place you need to be aware of zoning laws and how to obtain a permit for your sign first. Many cities have sign ordinances that have restrictions on the size and location of your signage. Lighting can also become an issue in some cities. To avoid making costly mistakes we are here to break it all down for you.

First things first, it is important to know that all exterior commercial signs require a Planning Division Permit and most require a Building Division permit. Depending on the city, obtaining a permit can take as long as two months after it is submitted to the city. Most cities will require a registered architect or engineers seal, date, and signature verifying wind loads and the structural stability of all signs. You will then need to submit the following to the Permitting Services Division for review and approval:

  1. Building Permit Application
  2. Site Plan
  3. Sign Construction and Elevation Drawings

After you have submitted a building permit application to the Permitting Services Division, it will be reviewed to make sure it is in compliance with the Florida Building Code and City Land Development Code. Once it is all approved you are on your way to the fun part, which is getting your sign made!

This can be a long and difficult process, contact us today for help.

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