What types of signs need a permit?
All signs require a permit prior to installation except bonafide election signs, signs denoting the sale or lease of the property on which the sign is erected, memorial signs or tablets, official governmental signs, window signs, and holiday decorations. A sign permit is not required for a garage sale, but any signs must be posted on site (signs are not permitted on telephone poles and the like).
How much does a sign permit cost?
A typical sign permit, not including building permits if required, costs $95.00 and is generally issued within 5 to 10 business days. If an existing permitted sign is refaced, the is permit fee of $35.00.
When is a building permit required?
The following are common sign installations that require a building permit:
- Signs that have electrical components (i.e. external and/or internal illumination).
- Monument sign less than six (6) feet in height.
- Monument signs and pylon signs more than six (6) feet in height.
- Signs that are wall mounted and project out in a perpendicular plane.
- Some wall mounted signs.
How long is the permit valid, and what is the renewal fee?
Once the sign is installed and inspected the sign permit is valid until the sign is removed, damaged or refaced. There is no requirement for the sign permit to be renewed on a regular basis.
Please contact the Planning Division at (209)668-5640 if you have a question about which application form to use or need assistance applying for a sign permit.
Download Sign Permit Application
Download Non-Illuminated Sign Permit Application