Sign Permits

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The City of Sandy Springs has various sign ordinances which govern the type and number of signs that can be displayed on private property.

Effective immediately: All free standing ground signs will require a separate building permit to be reviewed and approved prior to the approval of the sign permit. All inspections will be requested under the building permit.

In order to help you understand how these ordinances apply to the signage on your property, the City offers these guidelines:

Office Use Districts

Each lot may display up to two Standard Informational Signs without obtaining a permit from the City.
During a political election, between the date of qualification and final determination on each ballot issue or candidate, each lot may display an unlimited number of Standard Informational Signs.

Commercial and Mixed Use Districts

Lots having one business may display up to two Standard Informational Signs without obtaining a permit from the City.Lots having more than one business may display up to four Standard Informational Signs without obtaining a permit from the City.
During a political election, between the date of qualification and final determination on each ballot issue or candidate, each lot may display an unlimited number of Standard Informational Signs.

Single and Multifamily Residential Use Districts

Each lot may display up to two signs without obtaining a permit from the City. One of the signs may be an Expanded Informational Sign or a Cantilever Sign. The other sign can only be a Standard Informational Sign.
During a political election, between the date of qualification and final determination on each ballot issue or candidate, each lot may display an unlimited number of Standard Informational Signs, however, only one may be an Expanded Informational Sign or Cantilever Sign.

Signs During Vacancy

When a development is vacant or has lots, units or tenant spaces that are vacant, the owner may display one sign per street frontage, however, a permit from the City is required.

General Restrictions:

  • The maximum size is 16 square feet. The maximum height is 5 feet.
  • The maximum period of time a sign can remain in place is 90 days, with no more than two 90-day periods permitted per calendar year.
  • Signs are not permitted to be internally illuminated. Any development with a permit for a sign during vacancy is prohibited from having standard informational signs and/or banners during the 90-day permit period.
  • Balloons and streamers are prohibited
  • The City, without giving notice any party, will remove any sign placed in the public right-of-way, placed on public property , or any sign that poses an immediate safety threat to the life or health of any members  of the public.
  • All signs shall be located at least ten feet from the right-of-way or twenty feet from the edge of pavement if a private street (as a general rule, the right-of-way for a public street is the area located 10.5 feet from the back of the curb or edge of pavement, if there is no curb). 

Sign Types

StandardStandard Informational Signs

  • 4 square feet maximum
  • Maximum height of 3 feet
  • Sign face made for short term use, containing no reflecting elements, flags or projections
  • Mounted on a stake or metal frame with a thickness or diameter not greater than 1 ½”
  • No time limit

ExpandedExpanded Informational Signs

  • 6 square feet maximum
  • Maximum height of 5 feet
  • No time limit

Cantilever Signs

  • 6 square feet maximum
  • CantileverMaximum height of 6 feet
  • No time limit
  • No permit required
  • Sign face made for short term use, containing no reflecting elements, flags or projections
  • Sign hanging or suspended below a rigid horizontal support which is not more than 4 inches by 4 inches, with one end of the horizontal support attached to a vertical support which is not more than 4 inches by 4 inches

Sign Permit Application

 

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