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Building/Monument Sign Application
Sign applications can be submitted over the counter or online. All items on the Sign Permit Submittal Checklist must be provided for your application to be complete. Incomplete applications may delay processing.

Check for a center or complex's approved Sign Package Critera. For questions contact Dean Miller  (480) 350-8435.

Sign Standards:
Signs should be considered a component of the design concept for the site and building architecture. The size, proportion, and scale of signs contribute to the overall quality of a project when they can relate to building details rather than compete with them (e.g. signs which extend above the roof line, or cover architectural details, columns, or windows).

In most instances, signage should be designed in proportion with respect to its size, location, and background. For example, signs having size to background ratios of 1 to 4, or 1 to 3, tend to be in better proportion than signs having ratios of 1 to 1, or 1 to 100. Further, signs should not exceed 80% of their vertical/horizontal backgrounds.

The utilization of quality materials for signs is encouraged in all instances. Color and material selection for signs should be related to the color scheme and texture of the building or project materials rather than depend upon "high contrast" factors in order to be effective.

Zoning and Development Sign Code


Planning Office  MAP
31 E. 5th St., East side garden level
Tempe, AZ 85281
480 350-8331 

Checklist & Applications 
Sign Permit Checklist & Application 
Development Plan Review Sign Application
Affidavit of Contractor License & Bonding

Sign Permit Application Review Times

On-Line Sign Permit Application
1. Fill out online sign application & submit
2. In a separate email put the name &
    address of project in the subject line, 
    attach electronic drawings & send to .
Significant Event/Grand Opening Permit
Fill out sign permit application, print form and bring it into the Code Compliance office. The permit will be issued over the counter.

Wayfinding Sign Permit
(A-frame or Upright Signs)
Sign application can be done online. Payment for the sign permit must be made in person at the Code Compliance Office within five (5) days from submittal of application to validate permit.



Last updated: 2/14/2014 8:09:36 AM