Commercial Sign Permit

Sign Permits

A Sign Permit is required to install or erect a new sign, or enlarge, modify or remove an existing sign. All work performed under a Sign Permit shall be performed by a Sign Contractor registered with the City. Their registration must be up to date in order for a permit to be issued.

How to Get a Sign Permit

The Sign Permit application process is two-fold. The first component is review and approval by the Zoning Department for the land use as regulated by the Zoning Code. The second component is review and approval by PLI for life safety as regulated by the current Building Codes.

Zoning Review

The property owner, or authorized agent, will need to first apply in person at the Zoning Counter located at 200 Ross Street, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. A separate check or money order will be required to pay the Zoning fee. After the work is approved by the Zoning Department, the applicant will proceed to the File Room and then then PLI's Engineering Counter, both located on the 3rd floor of 200 Ross St.

PLI Review

For the PLI review, the following will be required:

  • Completed Sign Application.
  • Two sets of construction drawings prepared and sealed by a PA a licensed Architect/Engineer will be required. These drawings must detail how the sign will be attached and.or supported. Structural design loads the sign has been designed for (90 MPH wind and 30 PSF ground snow) shall be identified.
  • Construction Drawings are not required for re-facing of an existing sign with a valid Certificate of Occupancy. A copy of the Certificate of Occupancy for the sign will need to be attached to the application.
  • Construction Drawings are not required for Installation of a wall mounted sign that is installed at a height of less than 8 feet above finished grade.
  • New signs will also require an Occupancy Permit which will be combined with the Sign Permit and issued when the work is complete.
  • Illuminated signs will require a separate Electrical Permit.

The submitted drawings will be logged into our Plan Review Queue. Submissions are reviewed in the order in which they were received. After the Plans Examining Engineer has reviewed the application, they will contact the Architect/Engineer with any revisions or notify the applicant that the permit is ready for pick up.

Permit Issuance

After the permit has been approved by a plan reviewer, the following will be required in order to issue the permit:

  • Sign Contractor's registration (SGN) number.
  • A check/money order for the permit fee.


The assigned Building Inspector and their phone number will be printed on the permit. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to arrange for all required inspections by contacting the Building Inspector. Inspectors are in the office from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, and are in the field for the remainder of the day.