Did you ever think about needing a permit when you order a sign? All cities have a sign ordinance that must be followed. Many clients are not aware that the sign installer must obtain a sign permit from the city by first submitting a sign permit application. The process is similar to obtaining a building permit.
- Wall Signs require a submittal of a full elevation drawing of the building. Showing the sign in place, as well as the total square footage of the sign. Most cities like Lawrence, KS for example allow the sign to be 10% of the total square footage of the wall; some cities only allow 5%.
- Monument signs are treated differently. There is a maximum height from grade as well as square footage that is allowable per city. Lawrence allows a monument sign of 60 sq ft and 12 ft tall in C5 commercial zoning. In some zones, you must have a minimum amount of overall acreage in order to put up a monument.
- Illuminated signage and awnings are also regulated. Awnings for example cannot have a logo that exceeds 50% of the total area of the awning.
It is possible to apply for a variance and appear before the broad of zoning appeals if you wish to install a sign that does not meet the cities requirements. This process usually takes more time and money.
Checklist to Consider Prior to Applying for a Sign Permit:
- Be familiar with the zoning and regulations of the area you are working in.
- Have a good site plan, which shows acreage, property lines and setbacks.
- Have a full elevation drawing of the building.
- Show where the signs are to be placed on the elevation drawing.
- Most of all make sure you’re licensed in the town you’re working in. Or give Star Signs a call and we’ll take care of it for you.