What are the steps to a sign permit?

The sign permit application can be found in the online Permitting and Licensing portal. Your application will include information about each proposed sign – type, size, height, weight, and location. There should be dimensioned site plans, building elevations and sign elevations included, as well as any other drawings to demonstrate compliance. Ground signs of a certain height require structural drawings and a building permit.

When planning any sign, applicants will have to calculate the sign area. Separate measuring rules apply to each type of sign (i.e. ground, wall, etc.) See Municipal Zoning Code Title 20, 20.75.170 - Measurement Rules for information on how to measure and calculate the area of a sign.

An assigned case planner will review for any additional information required to determine a sign’s compliance.

A sign permit must be approved, paid for, and issued prior to being installed.

There is a process for requesting signs that do not comply with sign regulations. Those requests require Design Review. Please reach out to zoning desk and staff can provide details of costs and timing for that process.

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1. Where do I start?
2. What are the steps to a sign permit?
3. Are there other permits required?
4. When is a sign permit required?
5. Where can I see the status of my sign permit?
6. Which signs are prohibited?
7. How is the height of a sign determined?
8. When is an engineering review required for my sign?
9. Do sign permits expire?
10. Are there standards for sign lighting?
11. What clearances affect my signs?
12. What is a Visibility Obstruction Triangle and how does it affect my sign?
13. What are the application requirements for a sign permit?
14. What are the required documents for a sign permit?
15. What is a frontage and how does it affect my sign?
16. When and where are political signs allowed?
17. What is Fire Premise Identification?
18. How is Street Addressing handled under Missoula Municipal Code?