COMMERCIAL SIGN PERMIT

Commercial Sign Permits

A commercial sign permit is required for the following work on a commercial building or structure.

  • Renovate and repair an existing commercial sign.
  • Modify an existing commercial sign.
  • Installation of a new commercial sign.

Please see Permit Home for the definition of commercial structures and work not requiring a permit for work that can be performed without a PLI permit.

Over the counter applications will require a Commercial Sign Permit Application.

New Construction Work Type:

New construction work type sign permits are required for new signs as identified below.  Please also see the minor alteration work type which applies to the installation of some new signs.

  • Pole Sign: applies to signs supported by one or more poles that are over 6 feet tall measured from grade at the base of the sign to the top of the sign.
  • Ground Sign: applies to signs supported by the ground that are over 6 feet tall measured from grade at the base of the sign to the top of the sign.
  • Wall Sign: applies to signs supported by the wall of a building installed 8 feet or higher above adjacent grade measured from the base of the wall to the top of the sign.
  • Projecting Sign: applies to signs supported by the wall of a building that projects from the face of the wall.
  • Roof Sign: applies to signs supported by the roof of a building. 

Addition / Alteration Work Types:

The addition/alteration work type applies to the modifications to existing signs that are not minor alterations.

  • Pole Sign: applies to signs supported by one or more poles that are over 6 feet tall measured from grade at the base of the sign  to the top of the sign
  • Ground Sign: applies to signs supported by the ground that are over 6 feet tall measured from grade at the base of the sign to the top of the sign.
  • Wall Sign: applies to signs supported by the wall of a building installed 8 feet or higher above adjacent grade measured from the base of the wall to the top of the sign.
  • Projecting Sign: applies to signs supported by the wall of a building that projects from the face of the wall.
  • Roof Sign: applies to signs supported by the roof of a building. 

Minor Alteration Work Types:

Any applications that are not limited to the items listed below shall require an addition/alteration work type permit.

  • Pole Sign: applies to signs supported by one or more poles that are a maximum of 6 feet tall measured from grade at the base of the sign to the top of the sign.
  • Ground Sign: applies to signs supported by the ground that are a maximum of 6 feet tall measured from grade at the base of the sign to the top of the sign.
  • Wall Sign: applies to signs supported by the wall of a building installed less than 8 feet above adjacent grade measured from the base of the wall to the top of the sign.
  • Non-Structural Alteration: applies to existing signs with a valid certificate of occupancy where the modifications do not impact the attachment and/or support of the sign

 

Permit Process

See these webpages for additional information regarding the permitting process:

Please see Other Agency Coordination for processes related to other agencies that may relate to your permit scope.  For commercial suppression system permits:

Please see Other Agency Coordination for processes related to other agencies that may relate to your permit scope.  For commercial suppression system permits:

  • Zoning Development Review application (ZDR) submission is required for all signs.
  • Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) for signs, such as projecting signs, that encroach into the public right of way.