Sign and Banner Permits

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Application information and references

New permitting procedures

  • Bring completed sign permit applications to the Building Inspection Division in their new offices at 301 W. Bagdad Ave. Suite 100 (first floor)  512-218-5550.
  • Banners now require a permit. Previously they were not allowed in the city. Bring banner permit applications to the Planning & Development Services offices at 301 W. Bagdad Ave., Suite 210 (second floor) 512-218-5428.
  • If the sign or banner is for the promotion of a special event or temporary use, it will be included as a condition of the special event or temporary use permit; a separate sign permit is not necessary (see Part III Section 8-87: Promotional signs).

General provisions of the sign ordinance

All sign and banner-related standards are located in Part III Article IX. Signs. Some types of signs are exempt from the permit requirement (Part III Section 8-72: Signs exempt from the regulations), but are still subject to standards specified in the ordinance.

Sign standards are based on which road type they face and whether they are in a special area. Special area standards supersede road type standards.
Part III Section 8-74: Criteria for determining sign standards: road types and special areas

The building sign area (total area of all the wall, awning, canopy, projecting and hanging signs) allowed on each building elevation (or street frontage) is based on the road type and the wall frontage length for each occupant.  Special purpose building signs (window signs, banners, building scrims, signs for home occupations, parking garages and detached vehicle service canopies) are not included in the building sign total, and are subject to separate standards.
Part III Section 8-73: Measurement standards
Part III Section 8-76: Building sign standards
Part III Section 8-77: Special-purpose building sign standards

The types and total number of freestanding signs for a site is determined by the size of the lot, road type, and distance from other freestanding signs. Separate standards apply for monument, low-profile, pylon, pillar, post/panel, and armature signs. Special purpose freestanding signs (sidewalk signs, directional signs and light pole-mounted banners) are not included in the freestanding sign total.
Part III Section 8-78: Freestanding sign standards
Part III Section 8-79: Special purpose freestanding sign standards

Pylon (pole) signs are only permitted on freeway road frontages, or on a commercial road within 500 ft. of the main freeway lanes.
Part III Section 8-78 (h): Pylon signs Link goes to 8-78; scroll down to (h)

Additional standards apply to electronic messaging centers (EMCs). Refer to each sign type for whether they are permitted on that type, and for size standards. EMCs are not permitted in building signs except on parking garages.
Part III Section 308-78 (f): Electronic messaging centers (EMCs) (Link goes to 8-78; scroll down to (f)

References

Part III Article IX. Signs
Sign area measurement instructions: Part III Section 8-73: Measurement standards
Part III Section 8-80: Sign maintenance standards
Part III Section 8-81: Prohibited signs
Part III Section 8-72: Signs exempt from the regulations
Part III Section 8-82: Nonconforming signs
Part III Article III: Definitions

Staff contacts

For questions regarding permanent signs or a comprehensive sign plan, contact Diane Buck at 512-341-3166.  For questions regarding banners, contact Kerstin Harding at 512-218-5421.