Obtaining a Permit for Installing Outdoor Graphics

If you’re planning to install signage in a parking garage or other public place, your preparations have to include more than just design and fabrication. You’ll need to make sure that you have gone through all the necessary steps and paperwork to get a permit and ensure compliance with local regulations and codes.

When you work with Priority Graphics, we bring extensive experience in handling all these regulatory steps, taking the hassle out of the process so you can focus on what matters most! The specific process may vary depending on the jurisdiction, so it’s essential to check with the local authorities or the relevant permitting office. If you print with us, Priority will handle the permitting process for you.  If you would like to secure the permits yourself, here is what you typically need to do:

1. Research Local Regulations

Before proceeding with any signage plans, make sure you have a thorough understanding of the local regulations and zoning codes governing signage in public spaces. Check with the city or municipality’s planning or zoning department for specific requirements.

2. Identify and Contact Permitting Authority

Determine the appropriate permitting authority responsible for issuing signage permits. This might be the city planning department, building department, or another agency. Reach out to the relevant office to inquire about the specific requirements for your planned installation, including required documents, fees, and application procedures.

3. Prepare Documentation

Gather and proofread all necessary documentation, which may include any or all of the following items:

  • Site plan indicating the location of the proposed signage
  • Detailed drawings or specifications of the signage
  • Information on the size, height, and materials of the signage
  • Compliance with ADA requirements
  • Any other documents required by the permitting office
4. Complete and Submit Permit Application

Fill out the permit application form provided by the permitting office in full. Provide accurate and detailed information about the proposed signage. Then, submit the completed application, along with all required documentation, to the permitting office within the timeframe specified. At this time, you will also pay any application or permit fees, which may vary based on the size, scope, and location of the project.

5. Review, Approval, or Modifications

Wait while the permitting office reviews the application to ensure it complies with local regulations. This process may involve inspections and assessments of the proposed signage. At this point, they will either approve the permit, request modifications, or provide further conditions for approval. If modifications are required, make the necessary adjustments to the signage plans and notify the office when completed.

6. Install Signage

Once the application is approved and all requirements are met, you will be issued a permit to install signage. You may now proceed with installation according to the approved plans and specifications outlined in the permit.

7. Post-Installation Inspection

Some jurisdictions may require a post-installation inspection to ensure that the signage has been installed in compliance with the approved permit.

At Priority Graphics, we’re committed to making your projects go as smoothly as possible. That’s why our experts handle all aspects of securing your project permits so you don’t have to stress. From first idea to final installation and everything in between, Priority is here to ensure a seamless experience and a satisfactory outcome. Contact us today to learn more about our outdoor signage and construction solutions!

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