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Does Your Lighted Business Sign Need a Permit?

A lighted business sign is one of the best investments you can make in your company.

Electric signs, including pole signs, LED signs and electronic message center signs, are a highly effective way to get your message out, build your brand and attract potential customers.

However, to ensure the safety of the public, protect property values and preserve the natural beauty of our area, the state, counties and cities have all implemented building codes, zoning restrictions and controls on outdoor advertising.

It’s safe to say that almost any outdoor signage – including electric signs – will require a permit.

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Determining Lighted Business Sign Permitting Requirements

Every city has its own set of codes and restrictions for outdoor signage. If you plan to install your electric sign in a zoned area, you can typically obtain the guidelines and requirements from the municipality’s building department.

It’s important to note that, if your desired location falls within an overlay zone (county, state, UDOT, etc.) the city’s requirements are typically superseded by that entity’s restrictions.

How rigid the requirements are also depends on the municipality you’re located in. For example, in West Jordan UT, you need a permit to display a temporary A-frame sign under 4 feet in height. So, it’s a safe bet the lighted sign permitting process is arduous.

Compliance Requirements for Business Signs

The signage characteristics typically governed by codes and restrictions are type, size, height, illumination, brightness and location. However, depending on the location and permitting authority, your signage may be subject to other types of restriction.

For example, some locations do not allow LED or digital signs. Digital signage may be restricted with regard to message duration and, in most locations, the permitting authority can also reject some types of content.

If you want to install a type of business sign that is restricted in your location, you may be able to apply for a variance as a part of the permitting process.

How to Get a Permit for a Lighted Business Sign

If all this news has you questioning the wisdom of adding that new, lighted signage for your Salt Lake City-area business, we’d like to offer you a simple alternative: let the experts at M Graphics handle the process for you.

Our one-stop business signage services include design, permitting, fabrication and installation. We have almost 20 years of experience in northern Utah, which means we are well-versed in the local building codes and signage requirements. We will work closely with you to ensure that your design meets those requirements and that your desired location poses no significant concerns to which the city could take exception.

Contact us today to learn more, or to request a quote for your lighted business sign.