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Sign Regulations, Processes and Permits

Information and resources on the City of Scottsdale Sign Ordinance, sign requirements, sign permit application review and process, sign inspections, and master sign programs.

SIGN ORDINANCE RESOURCES

To assist with navigating and understanding the Sign Ordinance, refer to the listed resources below, which will help with determining the appropriate building sign and freestanding sign requirements.

Property Information Request
Look up a property to determine the zoning district.

Scottsdale Parcel Information Map
Look up a property to view the property’s zoning, aerial, property lines, and easements.

Transportation Master Plan
Look up the street classification to determine freestanding sign applicability and requirements.

Maricopa County Assessor Parcel Map
Measure the property line length to determine freestanding sign applicability and requirements.

Intersection & Driveway Sight Distance (PDF)
Calculate the sight visibility triangles for intersections and for driveways.  

SIGN PROGRAMS

This section outlines Scottsdale’s master sign program (MSP), comprehensive sign program (CSP), and community sign district (CSD) requirements, along with information on how to search for a city-approved master sign program. 

Case Search

Master Sign Case File Search

Search Tips:

Search tips to find a particular sign program:

  • If you know the sign program case number, type in the case number under ‘Case Number’ (ex: 7-MS-2017).
  • If you know the name of the development, type in the name (or part of the name) of the development under ‘Case Name’ (ex: 7272 Old Town).
  • If you know the development by the address or a partial address, type in the address under ‘Case Location’ (ex: 6200 E Thomas Rd). Do not use commas or periods.
  • If you do not know the address of the property, utilize Scottsdale’s online Parcel Information Map to obtain parcel information, such as a list of addresses and the zoning district.
  • Not all developments in Scottsdale have a master sign program.

Request copy of a city-approved Master Sign Program

If you cannot find the sign program online, or unsure if there is a sign program for a particular development, you may email Planning Department Staff, or call 480-312-7000, to request a copy of a city-approved Master Sign Program.

Email requests are processed within 2-3 business days.

Please include the following information in the master sign program email request:

  1. ‘Master Sign Program Request’ in the subject line.
  2. Requester’s name, title/company, email address, and phone number.
  3. The name of the development.
  4. The address or Maricopa County Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) of the development.

RECENT SIGN ORDINANCE UPDATES

Adoption Date Ordinance name & Description
July 5, 2017

Sign Ordinance Update – Permanent Signs (Case 1-TA-2017)

To amend the City's Zoning Ordinance for the purposes of amending and updating the sign regulations for permanent signs, related provisions, requirements, and definitions.

Ordinance NO. 4315

Case Information Sheet

May 23, 2017

Sign Ordinance Update – Temporary Signs (Case 2-TA-2016)

To amend the City’s Zoning Ordinance for the purposes of modifying the sign requirements for temporary and semi-permanent signs, and to remove special event sign regulations from the Zoning Ordinance.

Ordinance NO. 4300

Case Information Sheet

APPLICATION & PLAN REVIEW PROCESS

Section 8.303.I - Requirement of Permit links to external site  outlines when a sign permit is required. If a sign permit is required, this section provides the application and plan review process:

To start the process, submit a completed Sign Permit Application (PDF) in-person at the One Stop Shop , or online.

The One Stop shop will not process incomplete sign permit applications. Refer to page 3 of 5 of the Sign Permit Application (PDF) for minimum submittal requirements.
  • The One Stop Shop does not provide over-the-counter sign review services.
  • An Arizona-licensed general contractor or Arizona-licensed sign contractor is required to install sign(s) for commercial properties.
  • Arizona Revised Statutes § 9-835(D) requires an Administrative Review & Acceptance of applications prior to a Substantive Review.
  • When the application is Administratively Accepted at the One Stop Shop, sign plan review fees are collected, and the application goes into Substantive Review.
  • Substantive Review timeframe: 7 calendar days (per review).
  • If the sign application has corrections, the applicant is notified by the One Stop Shop to pick-up the corrections. (However, this can be avoided if a sign application is submitted online thru the digital submittal program, where corrections can be downloaded, and applications can be digitally resubmitted, without having to visit the City).
  • If the sign application is approved, the applicant is notified by the One Stop Shop to pick-up the approved plans.
  • Sign permit fees are paid in-person at the One Stop Shop.
  • A sign permit inspection card is issued to the applicant.

SIGN INSPECTIONS

After the sign permit is issued, applicant has 180 days to schedule and obtain the first inspection, or the permit will expire. Each proceeding inspection must occur within 180 days of the latest inspection. A fee is required to reinstate an expired permit.

  • After the installation of the sign, the applicant schedules an inspection through the Inspection Services Department.
  • A city building inspector visits the site to ensure the sign(s) are installed in compliance with the approved plans.
  • City approved plans are to remain on the job site at all times during the course of construction
  • Inspection Services Department