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Overview

Apply for a building, ground, monument or temporary sign permit. All of the code sections listed below are found in the Land Development Code, Article 7.

Fees

  • Sign Permit: $180
  • Electrical permit (ES, ET or EC licensed contractor): $77
    • Separate electrical permit application not required
  • Through December 31, 2017 take 5% off of the above fees 

Things to Consider

  • Only contractors, not homeowners, can apply for sign permits 
  • Signs not requiring a permit (Section 7.01.00)
    • Signs that don’t require a permit still must comply with all other requirements of the Sign Regulations
    • None of the signs below are allowed in the Public Rights-of-Way
    • The following types don’t require a permit
      • Signs carried by a person
      • Flags displayed on a flagpole
      • Window signs
        • Not to exceed 25% of window surface area
      • Real Estate sign
        • Not to exceed 32 square feet total, 8 ft. in height
      • Construction sign
        • Not to exceed 32 square feet total, 8 ft. in height
      • Changing a plastic sign face in an existing ground or building sign
      • Sign at 6 square feet for non-commercial speech
      • Political campaign signs
        • Not to exceed 64 square feet total, 8 ft. in height
        • You must remove political signs within 20 days after the end of the election

  • Temporary Signs requiring a sign permit (Section 7.03.00)
    • Grand opening banner allowed for 14 consecutive days
    • Banners allowed for 90 consecutive days twice per calendar year
    • Balloons allowed for 10 consecutive days twice per calendar year
    • None of the above are allowed to be attached to fences, trees, buildings, utility poles or vehicles

  • Prohibited Signs (Section 7.02.02)
    • Snipe signs attached to utility poles or located in the Public right-of-way
    • Sandwich signs
    • Portable signs
    • Off-premises signs
    • Vehicle signs
    • Any sign attached to a tree, utility pole or fence

  • Instead of sign permits, building permits are required for certain sign types such as menu boards, clearance bars, speaker/canopy covers or directional signs (for example, the types of signs found in a drive-through)

If you are unsure if you need a permit for your sign, or to find out any limitations on signs, call Development Services at (813) 272-5600

What's Next

  1. Staff will review the application, plans and any accompanying documentation
  2. We will notify you if any corrections are needed
  3. If no corrections, or corrections are completed satisfactorily, we will notify you when the permit is ready
  4. You or your authorized agent can pick-up the permit
  5. Submit your notice of commencement (NOC) when the job value is $2500 or more
  6. You can't schedule an inspection unless a recorded and certified NOC is submitted to Building Services
  7. Schedule inspections

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