Sign Regulations

Sign Permit Application - Permanent
Sign Permit Application - Temporary

Sign Regulations (City Code Section 405)

The following is a summary of those parts of our sign regulations about which we receive the most frequent inquiries.

SIGNS ARE PROHIBITED ON PUBLIC PROPERTY. The placement of any sign on public property including streets, utility poles, fences, or trees within the public right-of-way is prohibited. This prohibition does include the boulevard area typically located between the curb and the property line. Placement of signs in these locations is prohibited for a variety of reasons, generally to protect public safety and minimize maintenance problems along public roadways. In addition, public property must be kept clear of campaign signs to maintain the government's neutrality in an election. Any sign placed on public property, or private property without the owner's approval, is unlawful litter and may be removed at any time, without notice.

SIGNS ARE PROHIBITED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY IF THEY ARE LOCATED WITHIN THE 25 FOOT SIGHT TRIANGLE AT AN INTERSECTION. All signs are prohibited on private property adjacent to street intersections within a triangular area formed with two legs, lying along the property line (not the curb) and being 25 feet long, and commencing at the property corner, and the third leg connecting the ends of the other two legs.

THE FOLLOWING SIGNS ARE ALLOWED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY WITHOUT A PERMIT BUT WITH RESTRICTIONS:

POLITICAL CAMPAIGN SIGNS. Political campaign signs are allowed provided that (1) they contain the name and address of the campaign committee; (2) they are not displayed in excess of the time limits that have been established by the state; and (3) if located on a corner property adjacent to an intersection they may not be located within the 25 foot sight triangle.  See handout.
PROPERTY "FOR SALE" OR "FOR RENT" SIGNS. A property sale or rental sign announcing the name of the owner, manager, realtor or other person directly involved in the sale or rental of a property or announcing the purpose for which it is being offered may be placed on the subject property provided that (1) it is removed within 14 days after the sale or rental; (2) it is not illuminated; (3) if located in a residential district it may not be more four square feet in area; (4) if located on a corner property adjacent to an intersection it may not be located within the 25 foot sight triangle; and (5) there is only one such sign per property except that corner properties may have one sign on each street frontage.

GARAGE SALE SIGNS. Signs identifying the location and times of a garage sale may be placed on the property at which the sale is to be conducted or on other private property with the owner's consent. Such signs must be removed within 24 hours of the conclusion of the sale, and such time must be stated on the sign. For purposes of this subsection a garage sale is an occasional sale, of limited duration, of used goods or merchandise conducted by a property owner on the owner's premises. (4) if located on a corner property adjacent to an intersection it may not be located within the 25 foot sight triangle

CONSTRUCTION/CONTRACTOR SIGNS. A sign announcing the names of contractors or other individuals or firms involved in the construction, alteration, or repair of a building is allowed on the subject property, provided that (1) it does not advertise any other service or product; (2) it is removed upon completion of the work; (3) it is not illuminated; (4) if located in a residential district it may not be more four square feet in area; (5) if located on a corner property adjacent to an intersection it may not be located within the 25 foot sight triangle; and (6) there is only one such sign per property except that corner properties may have one sign on each street frontage.

HOME OCCUPATION SIGNS. A sign identifying a lawful home occupation under the city's zoning regulations (Section 515.33 Subd. 3d) is allowed on the subject property, provide that (1) there is not more than one such sign on the property; (2) it does not exceed four square feet; (3) it is not illuminated; (4) is set back at least 10 feet from any property line; (5) if located on a corner property adjacent to an intersection it may not be located within the 25 foot sight triangle; and (6) if free-standing (i.e. not mounted to the building) then it is not more than 5 feet tall.


TEMPORARY SIGNS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY ARE ALLOWED BUT THEY DO REQUIRE A PERMIT BEFORE THEY ARE DISPLAYED. The temporary use of banners, pennants, portable signs and similar devices requires a permit. The permit is valid for seven consecutive days. Not more than six permits for each business property may be granted in a 12-month period. For business properties with multiple tenants, each tenant may be granted no more than four permits in a 12-month period. The permit must be prominently displayed at the principal use in the same manner required for building permits. Temporary signs must be set back at least 10 feet from any property line, and if located on a corner property adjacent to an intersection they may not be located within the 25 foot sight triangle.

ANY OTHER SIGNS, FOR EXAMPLE, WALL-MOUNTED OR FREE STANDING PERMANENT SIGNS, REQUIRE A PERMIT PRIOR TO INSTALLATION.

OFF-PREMISES SIGNS ARE PROHIBITED.  Any existing billboards are lawfully nonconforming (“grandfathered in”).