Signs have an impact on the overall character of the community; therefore the Village has an ordinance that establishes limits on the size, height, number, location and design of signs. Chapter 7 of the Village Code [Signs] is available online, or view our Sign Guidelines Brochure for quick reference.
Sign Regulations vary and are based on a variety of characteristics, such as the property's zoning district, the building and sign location, and the type of sign proposed. Different sign types and the associated code section are noted below. You may also wish to review the Sign Guidelines Brochure.
Permitted Sign Regulations - such as Freestanding, Wall, and Awning signs, refer to Section 7.305 of the Village Code.
Prohibited Signs - such as pennants/streamers, roof-mounted signs, and inflatable signs, refer to Section 7.301 of the Village Code.
Special Signs - such as grand opening signs, for sale/lease signs, and directional signs, refer to Section 7.325 of the Village Code.
Signs Requiring a Special Use - such as electronic message centers and off-premise business identification signs, refer to Section 7.330 of the Village Code.
Area of Special Control - the downtown area is considered an area of Special Control, and includes regulations permitting certain sign types, such as projecting signs. Refer to Section 7.335 of the Village Code for more details.
A few sign types are exempt from sign permits, including Banners, Flags, For Sale/Lease, and Window signs. However, there are regulations related to these sign types. Review the Commercial Property Maintenance Guide for a summary of regulations for the most common exempt signs. For a complete list of signs exempt from permit and their associated regulations, review Section 7.205 of the Village Code.
For additional information on sign regulations, contact the Community Development Department at 847/818-5328.