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
  • Construction fence banners

All banners require a permit prior to installation.

Temporary Banner General Requirements & Rules

Building Mounted

  • Only allowed on properties in Commercial Zoning Districts.
  • One (1) square foot per one (1) linear foot of building wall, not to exceed 250 square feet.
    • Service Residential (S-R) limited to 12 square feet.
  • Maximum Mounting Height: 36 feet, not to extend above any roof line.
  • Placement: On the business storefront, securely attached to the building façade.
  • Quantity: One (1) banner per business or organization.
  • Maximum Display Duration: 35 consecutive days.
  • The 35-day duration begins one (1) day after the banner application is approved.
  • The banner shall be made of weather resistant material, shall be securely fastened to the building façade, and shall be installed in a manner that does not create a traffic or pedestrian hazard or obstruct any sidewalks or pedestrian pathways.

Construction Fence Mounted

  • Only allowed on properties in Commercial Zoning Districts
  • Maximum area: 32 square feet.
  • Maximum height: Not extend above the temporary/security fencing.
  • Location: On temporary/security fencing not in the right-of-way.
  • Maximum number of signs: One per street frontage.
  • Maximum duration: To be removed upon expiration of building permit or approval of final inspection.
  • The banners shall be made of weather resistant material.
  • The perimeter of the banner shall be securely fastened to the temporary/security fencing, or printed on to the temporary/security fencing screening.

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.



  • Banners are not allowed in Residential Districts.
  • Banner permit extensions are not allowed.

  • Submit Permit Application

    The final step is to obtain a banner permit to install the banner. Banner permits are submitted online.

    Required Documents

    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.
    3. 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.
    4. Banner Permit Fee: Refer to ‘Banners’ in the Miscellaneous Bldg Permit Fee Schedule. Fees are subject to change every July.

    Property 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 for 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
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