Sign Permits and Common Signage Plans

Sign Permits

A sign is defined as any words, lettering, parts of letters, figures, numerals, phrases, sentences, emblems, devices, structures, designs, trade names, or trade marks by which anything is made known such as are used to designate an individual, a firm, an association, a corporation, a profession, a business, or a commodity or products, which are legible from any public street or adjacent property and used to attract attention. This definition includes the structure or the face on which a sign message is displayed. For the purposes of this Ordinance, this definition shall not include "trade dress" i.e.: architectural features identified with a product or business, as a sign.

No sign may be erected, moved, enlarged, or altered except in accordance with the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and pursuant to the issuance of a sign permit, except for internally-oriented signs not legible from the public right-of-way and sign types explicitly allowed without a sign permit by the Ordinance. Where a sign permit is required, applications are reviewed against applicable provisions of UDO Article 11, Sign Standards (in particular UDO Section 11.6), as well as any approved common signage plan or Certificate of Appropriateness applicable to the property.

Please use this Planning Inspection Sign-Off Form to request an inspection. Final inspections are required for all signs receiving a permit, per UDO section 3.10.4. Footing inspections are not required for freestanding signs.


A common signage plan is required for all signs for one or more buildings or businesses within a unified development complex, as demonstrated through a development plan or approved site plan(s), even if the property is subdivided and has various owners.


  1. Signage Permit Application and Checklist (PDF)
  2. Common Signage Plan Application, Checklist, and Worksheet (PDF)

Application Payment

Application Fees

Payment Portal

  • Payment Portal 
    • Use Payment Type 4 - Planning for all sign permits; with exception to a Sign Compliance Inspection and Re-Inspection, use 5-Planning Inspections
    • Save your receipt and payment number to reference in your application.

Application Submittal