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Outdoor Signs

Outdoor Signs

Building Permits are required in addition to sign permits for signs that are large or tall and therefore significantly impacted by lateral wind loads. Please call to verify size and height of signs that are considered large or tall.

Electrical Permits are required in addition to sign permits for signs that are illuminated or otherwise electrified and where sign requires its own electrical service connection. Electrical permit work shall be performed by a registered electrician.

Sign Permits are required for all permanent freestanding, wall mounted, painted, projecting, awning, canopy and marquee signs larger than 2 square feet, illuminated or non-illuminated. All outdoor signs shall be erected by a licensed Outdoor Advertiser (outdoor sign contractor). Exception: Business identification signs installed by property owner or place of business occupant (with permission of property owner) which:

  1. are not electrified; and
  2. if free standing, not more than 6 feet in height and not more than 25 square feet in area; or
  3. if wall mounted, not more than 15 feet above grade and not more than 32 square feet in area; or
  4. are painted directly on a wall.

Awnings, Canopies and Marquee Permits

Awning, Canopy and Marquee Permits are required whenever awnings, canopies or marquees extend into a City right-of-way. Permits are not issued until clearance is received from the Community Development Department Zoning Section and the Public Works Department including the signing of a letter of agreement with stipulations.

Oversized Signs

A Building and Sign Permits are required for signs that may be significantly impacted by lateral wind loads. Please call to verify size and height requirements.

Illuminated or Electrified Signs

An electrical permit is required in addition to a sign permit for signs that are illuminated or otherwise electrified and where a sign requires its own electrical service connection. Electrical permit work shall be performed by a registered electrician.

 

For a complete fee schedule return to City of Rockford home page, see fee schedule.