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. 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
- Advertising banners
All banners require a permit prior to installation.
Requirements for Temporary Banners
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 .
BANNER PERMIT SUBMITTAL PROCESS & REQUIREMENTS
Step 1: Determine Zoning District
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.
- Banners are not allowed in Residential Districts.
- Banner permit extensions are not allowed.
Step 2: Prepare Application Requirements
Once the zoning district is determined, refer to and familiarize with the general requirements below:
- Banners are allowed in Commercial, Industrial, Special Campus, and Mixed Use districts.
- Banners are not allowed in Residential districts.
- Other types of temporary sign options are allowed in Residential districts. Refer to Section 8.600 – Temporary Signs Allowed
- 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.
- 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.
- Placement: On the building façade or building wall only.
- Quantity: One (1) banner per business or organization.
- Maximum Display Duration: Up to 35 consecutive days within a calendar year.
- The day the banner permit is issued at the One Stop Shop is when the 35-day duration begins.
Step 3: Submit Permit Application
Please have the following materials ready when applying for a banner permit at the One Stop Shop:
- Completed Banner Permit Application (PDF)
- 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.
- Banner Drawing/Rendering: Provide a drawing, rendering, or photo of the proposed banner. Include the banner dimensions (height and length), proposed graphics (wording, logos, text and colors), banner material, and banner installation method.
- Banner Permit Fee: Refer to ‘Banners’ in the Miscellaneous Permit Fee Schedule (PDF) . Fees are subject to change every July.
Propert Owner Approval
The business or organization that is applying for a banner permit is responsible to obtain separate property owner or management company approval for the banner. The Banner Permit Application does not require proof of property owner or management company approval.
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
Additional Sign Resources
- Architectural & Engineering Design Guidelines
- Downtown Urban Design & Architectural Guidelines
- Complete List of COS Interactive Maps
- One Stop Shop
- Code Enforcement