Sign Regulations, Processes and Permits
This webpage provides information and resources on the Scottsdale sign ordinance, sign resources, regulations for specific sign types, master sign programs, sign permit application, sign plan review, and sign inspections. Click on the navigation links below to jump to a specific section of the webpage
- As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has been declared an emergency health crisis, the City of Scottsdale is taking precautions and prioritizing the health and wellness for all of our customers by closing most city buildings, including One Civic Center, which houses the One Stop Shop and Permit Services.
- Businesses that would like to obtain a banner approval to display a banner on their storefront may now apply for a banner approval online on this webpage.
- The City of Scottsdale is relaxing its temporary banner requirements by:
- Allowing a business the ability to obtain a banner approval more than once in a calendar year,
- Providing an opportunity for a business to request an extension to the 35-day banner display limit until the COVID-19 situation is resolved, as determined by the City of Scottsdale, and
- Waiving the $30.00 Banner Permit Fee until the end of May 2020.
- Submit a Banner Approval Application
SIGN ORDINANCE UPDATE: 4-TA-2019
The City is in the process of updating the Sign Ordinance. Case 4-TA-2019: Sign Ordinance Update – Freeway, Permanent & Temporary Signs is a proposed text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to introduce freeway-appropriate freestanding and building signs for large mixed-use developments along the Loop 101 Freeway, and to update the permanent and temporary sign regulations that was not part of the last code update in 2017.
The City invites all residents, stakeholders, and businesses to provide comments and suggestions. Click on the link below to view case information and to submit comments.
Property Information Request
Find information about a property by entering the address or the Maricopa County Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) in the link below. Information on the property’s zoning, permits, cases and other property records are readily available. Use this tool to submit your sign questions, or to request a copy of a master sign program (MSP) if a MSP cannot be found searching Master Sign Case Files or the Master Sign Program Map.
Master Sign Programs
To search for a city-approved master sign program for development, and to obtain information and requirements on master sign programs (MSP), comprehensive sign programs (CSP), and community sign districts (CSD); along with information on the process of creating a new sign program, amending an existing sign program, and rescinding outdated sign programs visit our master sign programs page
SIGN ORDINANCE & RESOURCES
The Scottsdale Sign Ordinance is the official set of requirements and standards that govern the permanent and temporary sign requirements of the City. It is officially known as Article VIII – Sign Requirements of the Zoning Ordinance.
Sign Ordinance Requirements:
- Sign Ordinance Section 8.200 – Definitions
- Sign Ordinance Section 8.302 – Sign Programs
- Sign Ordinance Section 8.303 – Requirement of Permit
- Sign Ordinance Section 8.500 – Permanent Building Signs Allowed
- Sign Ordinance Section 8.510 – Permanent Freestanding Signs Allowed
- Sign Ordinance Section 8.600 – Temporary Signs Allowed
Sign Ordinance Resources
To assist with navigating and understanding the Sign Ordinance, refer to the list of resources below, which will help determine the appropriate building and freestanding sign requirements.
Look up a property to determine the zoning district.
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.
Assessor Parcel Map
Measure the property line length to determine freestanding sign applicability and requirements.
Utility Company Approval Contacts
List of utility company contacts if a freestanding sign is proposed in a public utility easement (PUE).
Intersection & Driveway Sight Distance
Calculate the sight visibility triangles for intersections and for driveways.
Additional Sign Resources
- Architectural & Engineering Design Guidelines
- Downtown Urban Design & Architectural Guidelines
- Complete List of COS Interactive Maps
- One Stop Shop
- Code Enforcement
REGULATIONS FOR SPECIFIC SIGN TYPES
This section provides information and regulations on the most commonly-requested sign types.
Private Property Signs
Information on private property compliance signage: Dog Waste Disposal Signs, Restricted Parking & Towing Signs, Accessible Parking Signs for the Physically Disabled, and No Trespassing Signs.
Temporary Banner Signs
Requirements and application for temporary banners.
Temporary Real Estate
and Development Signs
Information and requirements on real estate signs, development signs, and off-premise residential activity signs.
Prohibited Temporary Signs
Illegal temporary signs managed by the City’s Code Enforcement Department.
Requirements for Campaign Signs (also known as Political Signs).
Special Events Signs
Sign requirements for permitted special events managed by the City’s Tourism and Events Department.
Traffic Control and Street Signs
Requirements and standards for traffic control signs, traffic signals, and city street signs managed by the City’s Transportation Department.
Addressing & Premises
Minimum requirements for address numbers required by the Fire Code. Refer to the International Fire Code (IFC) Section 505 – Premises Identification.
SIGN PERMITTING PROCESS
Sign Ordinance Section 8.303 – Requirement of Permit outlines when a sign permit is required. If a sign permit is required, this section provides the application, plan review, and inspection process.
Step 1: Submit a Sign Permit Application
- Download and complete the Sign Permit Application
- Submit a completed Sign Permit Application in-person at the One Stop Shop or digitally upload the application online using the Digital Plan Submittal Program.
- An Arizona-licensed general contractor or Arizona-licensed sign contractor is required to install sign(s) for commercial properties.
- Arizona Revised Statutes Section 9-835(D) requires an Administrative Review & Acceptance of applications at the One Stop Shop prior to advancing to a Substantive Review.
- Sign Plan Review Fees (PDF) are collected when the sign application is Administratively Accepted at the One Stop Shop.
- If the sign application is Administratively Accepted, the application advances to the Plan Review (Substantive Review) process.
- The Administrative Review time frame is five (5) calendar days, however, the One Stop Shop has an Administrative Review processing goal of one (1) business day for online submittals, and an Administrative Review processing goal of approximately 15 minutes for an in-person submittal at the One Stop Shop.
Step 2: Plan Review (Substantive Review)
- Substantive Review Time Frame: 7 calendar days per review cycle.
- There are no expedited plan review services.
- The One Stop Shop does not provide over-the-counter sign plan review services.
- Once the application is reviewed by City Staff, if the application has corrections, the applicant is notified by the One Stop Shop to pick-up the corrections. The applicant corrects the plans, and then resubmits the revised plans at the One Stop Shop.
- To reduce the number of trips to the City, a sign permit application can be submitted online using the Digital Plan Submittal Program. If there are corrections, the applicant can download the corrections digitally online. The plans can be digitally resubmitted online, without ever having to visit the City to resubmit plans.
- After the application is reviewed by City Staff, and if the application is approved, the applicant is notified by the One Stop Shop to pick-up the approved plans in-person (sign permits cannot be issued online).
- Sign Permit Fees (PDF) are paid in-person at the One Stop Shop, and a sign permit inspection card is issued to the applicant.
Step 3: Inspections
After the sign permit is issued, the 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 last inspection. A fee is required to reinstate an expired permit.
- City approved plans are to remain on the job site during construction, and accessible for the City building inspector.
- After the installation of the sign(s), 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 and codes.