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Real Estate Sign Types

Real estate signs (on-premise development signs; for sale, lease and rent signs; and off-premise open house directional signs) are all regulated under Section 8.601.I - Semi-Permanent Signs Allowed 

For Sale, Lease and Rent Signs

On-premises for sale, lease and rent signs are regulated under Section 8.601.I.C

  • Such sign shall be placed on property being rented, leased, or sold.
  • The maximum sign area for a parcel containing an area of two (2) acres or less shall be four (4) square feet.
  • The maximum sign area for a parcel containing more than two (2) but less than ten (10) acres in area shall be nine (9) square feet.
  • The maximum sign area for a parcel containing ten (10) or more acres shall be sixteen (16) square feet.
  • The maximum height of such sign shall be ten (10) feet.
  • Portable signs shall not be permitted.
  • Such sign must be removed when the purpose for which the sign was erected has been completed.

Additional requirements:

  • Such sign may be freestanding or mounted on a wall.
  • If freestanding, such sign shall not be placed in the right-of-way, and shall not create a traffic hazard.
  • The maximum number of signs allowed for each street the property abuts shall be one (1) sign.
  • Sign shall not be placed in any dedicated Natural Area Open Space easement (N.A.O.S).

A sign permit is required for any freestanding for sale, lease and rent sign larger than 4 square feet in accordance with Section 8.303 . To find out a parcel’s size, reference the Maricopa County Assessor’s Online Parcel Map . To find out the location of the property line, N.A.O.S, and right-of-ways, reference Scottsdale’s Online Parcel Information Map If the freestanding sign is proposed in any public utility easement (P.U.E.), written Utility Company Approval

DEVELOPMENT SIGNS

On-premises development signs are regulated under Section 8.601.I.A

A semi-permanent on-premises development sign is allowed only for the purpose of identifying a future development that has been approved by the Development Review Board or a development under construction, and any such sign must be removed immediately upon completion of construction or issuance of certificate of occupancy for the last dwelling or tenant space of the announced development. The maximum number of signs allowed for each street the property abuts shall be one (1) sign. 

An on-premises development sign must conform to the following requirements:

  • Such sign shall not exceed sixteen (16) square feet.
  • If placed behind a dedicated scenic corridor easement, such sign shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet.
  • The maximum height of such sign shall be ten (10) feet.
  • Such sign may not be illuminated.
  • Such sign may not be a permanent sign.
  • Such sign shall be removed immediately upon completion of construction of the announced development.
  • Sign shall not be placed in any dedicated Natural Area Open Space easement (N.A.O.S).  

A sign permit is required for any freestanding development sign larger than 4 square feet in accordance with Section 8.303 . To find out a parcel’s size, reference the Maricopa County Assessor’s Online Parcel Map . To find out the location of the property line, Natural Area Open Space easements (N.A.O.S), Scenic Corridor easements (S.C.E.) and right-of-ways, reference Scottsdale’s Online Parcel Information Map. If the freestanding sign is proposed in any type of public utility easement (P.U.E.), written Utility Company Approval is required.

OPEN HOUSE DIRECTIONAL SIGNS

Off-premises open house directional signs are regulated under Section 8.601.I.D 

The City of Scottsdale has an ordinance that addresses signage placement for open houses. The City requests that all residents and business owners adhere to the following sign requirements: 

  • Open house directional signs shall be used to direct traffic to a residence for sale.
  • Such sign shall be used only when a sales person or homeowner or homeowner's agent is present during the time of the open house.
  • An off-premises open house directional sign shall be allowed at a rate of one (1) sign per each turning movement beginning at the residence for sale and allowed for a maximum one (1) mile distance from the residence for sale.
  • The maximum area of each such sign shall be four (4) square feet.
  • The maximum height of such sign shall be three (3) feet.
  • Such sign shall not be illuminated.
  • Such sign shall not be placed in any right-of-way.
  • Such sign shall not be placed so as to create a traffic hazard.  

Unacceptable placement:

  • On a street median or island
  • On the sidewalk
  • On light poles and traffic control devices  

NOTE: Right-of-way distances may vary based on the street design and width. The actual right-of-way width for a specific street can be referenced by viewing Scottsdale’s Online Parcel Information Map. Signs found in the City’s right-of-way or placed in a hazardous manner may be removed by Code Enforcement without prior notice.