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Sign Regulations, Processes and Permits

Information and resources on the City of Scottsdale Sign Ordinance, sign requirements and restrictions, sign permit application review and process, sign inspections, and master sign programs. Select from the topics and resources below:

PROPOSED UPDATES TO SIGN ORDINANCE

CASE: 2-TA-2016

The City of Scottsdale is preparing a text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance that will amend the requirements for temporary signs, semi-permanent signs, and remove special event sign regulations from the Zoning Ordinance.
Case Information Sheet

The City is also preparing a text amendment to the Scottsdale Revised Code that will update and incorporate special event sign regulations into Chapter 22 of the Scottsdale Revised Code.
Special Events Signs Update Information

Open House Information:
The City of Scottsdale is preparing a text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance and Scottsdale Revised Code that will amend the requirements for temporary signs, semi-permanent signs, and special event signs. As part of a broad city-wide outreach on this proposal, the community is invited for review and comment at two Open Houses regarding these proposed amendments. Staff representatives will be available to provide information and respond to questions.

Date & Time: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, 5:30-7p.m.
Location: One Civic Center 7447 E. Indian School Rd.
Temporary & Semi-Permanent Signs: Community Development Rooms 1, 2 & 3
Special Event Signs: Plan Review Rooms 1, 2 & 3

Date & Time: Wednesday, 12/7/2016, 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: Via Linda Senior Center 10440 E. Via Linda
Temporary & Semi-Permanent Signs: Room 4
Special Event Signs: Room 6

City Staff Contact: Andrew Chi, Planner
P: 480-312-7828  Email: achi@scottsdaleaz.gov 

REGULATIONS FOR SPECIFIC SIGN TYPES

Grand Opening Banners
Prohibited Temporary (Illegal Signs)
Campaign
For Sale, Lease, Rent & Open House
Garage, Yard & Estate Sales

PERMIT APPLICATION, PLAN REVIEW & INSPECTIONS

When a sign permit is required, in accordance with Section 8.303.I - Requirement of Permitlinks to external site, this section outlines the permit application requirements, plan review times and inspection process:

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

  • Refer to Page 3 of 5 of the Sign Permit Application for minimum submittal requirements.
  • Arizona Senate Bill 1598 (A.R.S. § 9-835(D)) requires an Administrative Review & Acceptance at the One Stop Shop of permit applications prior to a Substantive Review.        
  • Once the sign permit 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).
  • The One Stop Shop does not provide over-the-counter sign review services.
  • After the sign permit application review is approved, the applicant is contacted 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

Once a permit is issued, applicant has 180 days to 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, 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.
  • Inspection Services Department

MASTER SIGN PROGRAMS

Most commercial developments in Scottsdale are governed by a Master Sign Program (MSP). The purpose of a MSP is to provide consistent sign design and placement standards for building and freestanding signs. All signage contained within the development are to comply with the design standards established by the Master Sign Program.

  • Some developments may not have a Master Sign Program.
  • Utilize the provided search options below to check if a development has a MSP.
  • Always consult with the property owner or property management company to check if there is a copy the development’s MSP on-file.

OPTION 1 

Master Sign Program Case File Search
Search for MS, SA or DR Case Type with ‘Master Sign Program’ or ‘MSP’ in the case name.

  • MS – Master Sign Program
  • SA – Staff Approval
  • DR – Development Review Board

OPTION 2

Online Map
Search an area of the City for information on master sign programs, development cases, plan reviews, building permits and code enforcement notices.

  • Filter the date range. The earlier the date, the more probable search hits (ex: 01/01/1990 to today’s date).
  • Click on the location of the development to show a list of search hits.
  • Master Sign Programs are labeled as “Cases” as indicated by a red icon on the map.
  • Look for MS, SA, or DR cases with ‘Master Sign Program’ or ‘MSP’ in the case name.

Identify the case number (ex: 15-MS-2016), and utilize Case File Search to view the case online.

OPTION 3

Visit the One Stop Shop and speak with a Planner.

OPTION 4

Email Planning Department Staff  to request a digital copy of a Master Sign Program. E-mail requests are processed within 1-2 business days.

Include the following information in the email:

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

NEW MASTER SIGN PROGRAMS, MASTER SIGN PROGRAM AMENDMENTS, & RESCINDING MASTER SIGN PROGRAMS

Requests to approve new master sign programs, amend existing master sign programs, or rescind outdated master sign programs, begins with the City’s Pre-Application Process.

During the pre-application process, it will be determined by Planning Staff whether the master sign program request will be reviewed through the City’s Development Review Board (DRB) process or Minor Development Review (Staff Approval) process.

Process Flow Charts:

Application Fees (Refer to Pre-Application & Sign Fees):

QUESTIONS?

Still have sign questions? Email Planning Staff, or visit the One Stop Shop and speak with an on-call Planner. Emails are returned within 1-2 business days.