Ensure Permits for Signs Are Complete

by Joel Hall on October 19, 2012

Permits for signs are done for two different reasons: one is at the legal level — the town, city, county, or state has specific limits on the kind of signs they will allow in their area. Part of the entire process of putting up signs and getting a permit is making sure they are legal within the jurisdiction’s limits.

The other is about the mechanics and practicalities of the installation process — making sure the signs are safe, and meets certain building code requirements.Channel Letters by SIGNARAMA

You’ll want to work with your SIGNARAMA store owner to make sure you’re answering these questions:

  • Are the signs being constructed properly and up to code?
  • Are they using UL listings if necessary? Are there additional permits or inspections to get? Is UL approval even necessary?
  • Are they in the way of traffic visibility (i.e., blocking a corner)? There are both local requirements and statewide transportation rules to follow.
  • Are the signs out of the way so they won’t be hit by a pedestrian, cyclist, car etc.? There may be insurance and legal considerations.

If signage is important to the business, prior to moving to a new location or even a new city, company officials need to meet with the local city’s governing body first in order to find out more about local permits, and if there are any rules or laws that will affect what the business is allowed to do.

Check with the city’s Department of Building and Zoning and ask about any kind of ordinances that might prohibit the use of particular signs, logo, or color. This can save you a lot of disappointment and hassle in the long run. While companies like SIGNARAMA can offer some guidance in obtaining a permit, be sure to meet with the necessary city officials first. Your SIGNARAMA store owner may be able to give you some insights there as well.

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– who has written 10 posts on Signarama Blog.

has owned the SIGNARAMA Carmel store since March 2000 with his wife Mary. Before that, Joel was an environmental engineer specializing in hazardous waste disposal. Joel and Mary do a lot of event-related signage, like runs and walks, conferences and trade shows, and they work frequently with nonprofits.

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