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Sign Regulations, Processes and Permits

Effective January 2, 2013 changes to the Sign Permit Application (PDF/302kb/4pp).

The following information outlines the City of Scottsdale's sign permit application process and requirements for various types of permanent and temporary signs. This webpage also outlines information regarding grand opening banners, temporary signs, illegal signs, changes to the sign ordinance and master sign programs.  Please select from the topics below.  

sign permit Application Processing

  • Review time frames:  http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/bldgresources/planreview
  • Senate Bill 1598 (A.R.S. § 9-835(D)) passed by the Arizona Legislature in 2011 requires an Administrative Review of permit applications prior to a substantive review.  A letter of Administrative Completeness or a Notice of Deficiency must be issued to the applicant by One Stop Shop Staff during the published Administrative Review Time Frame.  The minimum submittal requirement checklist (refer to Sign Permit Application) has been provided to assist all applicants in preparing a complete application.  Only complete applications can be accepted for substantive review.

The City of Scottsdale One Stop Shop will not process incomplete sign permit applications.

  1. COMPLETED SIGN PERMIT APPLICATION* (PDF/302kb/4pp)
  2. REQUEST FOR SITE VISITS AND/OR INSPECTIONS
    (Inside the Sign Permit Application)
  3. SITE PLAN* (for Building Wall Signs when applicable)
    *Must show location of suite/building & must show suite/building frontage dimensions.
  4. SITE PLAN* (for Freestanding Signs when applicable)
    *Must show dimensions from sign(s) to reference points (property line and street/driveway curbs).
  5. COLOR SIGN ELEVATIONS/RENDERINGS & SPECIFICATIONS*
    *Must show tenant/building frontage measurement(s) on elevation(s).
  6. SIGN SECTION & INSTALLATION DETAILS (for Building Walll Signs when applicable)
  7. SIGN STRUCTURAL & FOOTING DETAILS (for Freestanding Signs when applicable)
  8. PROPERTY OWNER APPROVAL LETTER
  9. SCOTTSDALE BUSINESS LICENSE NUMBER*
    *If required by the City of Scottsdale Tax & License Department. Call 480-312-2400 to verify. 

Resources

Sign Ordinance
Article VIII. Sign Ord.

Application
Sign Permit Application
(PDF/302kb/4pp)

Fees
Plan Review & Permit Fees
(See "Miscellaneous Plans" & "Miscellaneous Bldg" Fee Sheets)

Other Resources
Sight Distance Triangles

(PDF/117kb/6pp)

Frequently Asked Questions?

Digital Submittals

Digital Signs Submittal
Requirements & Process


Plan Review & Permit Status

Check Plan Review Status

Check Permit Status 


  • Once the sign permit application is Administratively Accepted, the application will go into Substantive Review.  If a sign permit is issued, the applicant will be contacted by the Plans Coordinator to pick-up the approved set of plans and the sign permit at the City of Scottsdale One Stop Shop.
  • After the installation of the sign(s), a sign inspection will need to be scheduled. A city building inspector visits the site to ensure the sign(s) installed is in compliance with the approved plans. Information on our inspection process can be found at our Inspection Services website: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/bldgresources/Inspections.asp.

Changes to Sign Ordinance  

Case Number Description Planning Commission City Council
1-TA-2011 Text Amendment - Sign Ordinance 05-11-2011 6-28-2011

Regulations for Specific Sign Types

Master Sign Programs  

Most multi-tenant commercial centers in Scottsdale are governed under a Master Sign Program (MSP). Master Sign Programs provide design compatibility for all signs within a particular center and regulate the size, color, illumination and placement of all permanent signs. 

A request to approve a new master sign program, or modify an existing one (called “amendments”) can typically be processed through the city’s pre-application process

For larger projects, Development Review Board approval may be required, which is a public hearing.

If you have a request to consider a new MSP or amend an existing MSP, contact signs@scottsdaleaz.gov or 480-312-7000 and ask to speak to a planner.  The planner will guide you through the process.

TO OBTAIN A COPY OF A CITY-APPROVED MASTER SIGN PROGRAM

  • View Approved Master Sign Case Info Sheets -
    • Search for "MS", "SA", or "DR"  Case Type.  Cases approved after 1997 are usually online; however, not all MSPs approved after 1997 are available online.  Also, some centers in Scottsdale do not have a governing city-approved master sign program.  Please refer to the additional steps below if you cannot find a master sign program online. 
    • MSPs are usually filed under the name of the shopping center or office development.
    • Type in the name of the center or a partial address to get better search results.  The more specific you are with your search criteria, the less hits you will get. The less you type in your search criteria, the more possible hits you will get.  For example, if you type in the key words of the center's name (i.e. "Scottsdale Quarter" or "Gateway 101") and leave the address out, you will get additional search hits.
    • Some MSP cases are not scanned.  If you cannot find an MSP online and the property owner or landlord of the center does not have a copy, refer to the additional options below.

OPTION 2

  • Visit the City of Scottsdale One Stop Shop at 7447 E. Indian School Road, Suite 105, Scottsdale, AZ  85251, to obtain a copy of a city-approved master sign program.

OPTION 3

  • Contact Current Planning Staff at SIGNS to request a digital copy (PDF) of a master sign program.  Please include the following information in your email: your name, name of the center, address/APN of the center, your phone number and e-mail contact.  E-mails are usually returned within 24 hours.

Sign Questions?

Questions on how to obtain a sign permit or obtain specific sign code information?

Please contact Current Planning Staff at 480-312-7000 or e-mail: SIGNS