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Requirements for a Sign Permit

To obtain permission to install a sign on your business:

  1.  Review the Building Permit Standards For Wall Signs, Awnings, Projecting Signs, or Free-Standing Signs
    • See Building Permits for complete building permit information, including processing time and fees.
  2.  Submit a completed Building Permit application in-person at the Municipal Services Building (MSB) Concourse.

Prerequisite Approvals for a Building Permit: Before obtaining a building permit, your project may also need to receive approvals from various city departments if the project meets the listed condition.

  • Zoning/Use Registration Permit for any change in use of the property or any changes in the gross floor area or height of the building. Use Registration Permit Application Contact Licenses and Inspections Zoning Unit (Concourse – 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., 215.686.2567)
  • Three sets of building plans.
    • Plans must be of professional quality and drawn to scale (e.g. 1/4″ = 1′ – 0″).
    • The minimum sheet size is 18” x 24”.
    • The following information must be included on the plan:
      • Sign specifications
      • Wall construction
      • Anchorage details
  • Historical Commission Approval – All work performed on properties listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. For listings see The City of Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Contact the Historical Commission (1515 Arch Street, 13th Floor, 215.686.7660)
  • Art Commission Approval – All work performed on City owned properties or with City funds must be approved by the Art Commission.Contact the Art Commission (13th Floor – 1515 Arch St., 215.683.2049)

Payment Information

RETURNED CHECKS: If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, (1) you authorize The City of Philadelphia or its agent to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account to collect a fee of $20; and (2) The City of Philadelphia or its agent may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment.