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Banner Permit Application  (PDF)

A banner is a temporary sign composed of a flexible material, such as vinyl, fabric, pliable plastic, paper, or other lightweight material, and not enclosed in a rigid frame. The Sign Ordinance regulates the duration, size and placement of banners, but not the content. However, banners can only display messages related to the on-site business or on-site development. Off-site banners are prohibited.

Examples of banner uses include, but not limited to: grand opening banners, coming soon banners, and advertising banners.

All banners require a permit prior to installation. The Planning & One Stop Shop Staff may review, and issue permits for banners. Refer to 'Banner Submittal & Permit Requirements' below.


Requirements for Temporary Banner Signs

Ordinance Text:
Sign Ordinance Section 8.600.E - Temporary Banner Signs Allowed links to external site

Temporary Banner Signs are regulated by the underlying zoning district. A complete category and list of zoning districts can be found in Zoning Ordinance Article IV – Districts and Boundaries Thereof links to external site.

The first step in determining banner requirements is to find out the zoning district of the property where the banner is proposed. Utilize the links below to find the zoning district of the property:

Property Information Form

Online form to obtain information about a property, including the zoning district.

Parcel Map Information

Online map to locate parcels, zoning districts, aerials, and easements.


 Once the zoning district is determined, refer to the general requirements below:
  1. Banners are allowed in Commercial, Industrial, Special Campus, and Mixed Use districts.
  2. Banners are not allowed in Residential districts.
  3. Maximum Area:
    • Commercial, Industrial, Special Campus, and Mixed Use districts: Maximize size is one (1) square foot per one (1) linear foot of building or suite frontage, not to exceed 250 square feet.
    • Service Residential (S-R) district: 12 square feet.
  4. Maximum Mounting Height:
    • Commercial, Industrial, Special Campus, and Mixed Use districts: 36 feet, not to extend above any roof line.
    • Service Residential (S-R) zoning district: Not to extend above any roof line.
  5. Placement: On the building façade or building wall only.
  6. Quantity: One (1) banner per business or organization.
  7. Maximum Display Duration: Up to 35 consecutive days within a calendar year.
  8. The day the banner permit is issued at the One Stop Shop is when the 35-day duration begins.
  9. Banner Permit extensions are not allowed.
  10. Banners shall be made of weather resistant material, shall be securely fastened to the building façade or building wall, and shall be installed in a manner that does not create a traffic or pedestrian hazard or obstruct any sidewalks or pedestrian pathways.
  11. Banners shall not encroach into any public right-of-way.


Banner Submittal & Permit Requirements

The final step is to obtain a banner permit to install the banner. Banner permits are issued in-person over-the-counter at the City of Scottsdale One Stop Shop

NOTE: The One Stop Shop cannot accept: digital banner application submittals, mailed banner application submittals, or banner artwork proposals included in a sign permit application plan review submittal. Banners are reviewed separately and issued in-person only at the One Stop Shop.

Please have the following materials ready when applying for a banner permit at the One Stop Shop:

  1. Completed Banner Permit Application (PDF)
  2. SITE PLAN/AERIAL SITE PLAN – Outline and show the location of the business or building, point to the location of the banner, and label the length of the business or building frontage length.
  3. BANNER DRAWING/RENDERING – Provide a drawing, rendering, or photo of the proposed banner. Include any proposed graphics (wording, logos, text and color), banner material, installation method, and dimensions (height x length).

*DISCLAIMER: The business or organization shall be responsible to obtain separate property owner/management company approval for the banner. The City’s banner permit application does not require proof of property owner/management company approval for the banner.    

The banner permit fee can be found at this link:  Miscellaneous Building Permit Fees 08/01/17 (PDF) . Fees are subject to change every July.


Prohibited (Illegal) Temporary Signs

The following examples of temporary signs are not allowed, and no permit exists for these types of signs:

  • Street banners
  • Vertical feather/blade banners
  • Temporary signs attached to utility poles, street signs, or bandit signs stuck into the ground
  • Gobo (lighting) signs projected onto any structure or surface.
  • Pennants, balloons, and other inflatable devices, unless such devices are approved in conjunction with a Special Event Permit



Still have questions on banner requirements? You may email Planning Department Staff, call 480-312-7000, or visit the One Stop Shop  and speak with an on-call Planner.