The purpose of the Sign Ordinance is to promote the public health, safety and general welfare through a comprehensive system of reasonable, consistent and non-discriminating sign standards and requirements. This provides each person or business an opportunity to convey messages while protecting the City against excessive clutter by regulating the size, location, placement, manner, illumination source, and design quality under which signs may be displayed. These regulations help to ensure that signs are consistent with the overall building design and in harmony with the surrounding residential and nonresidential neighborhoods, and provide safety of motorists and pedestrians by minimizing distractions caused by excessive and intrusive signs.
Signs Requiring Sign Permits
Types of signs that require permitting include but are not limited to:
In addition to the sign permit application, a detailed sign and construction package shall be submitted (see Required Information). Sign permits are reviewed for zoning, size, design, placement, building and electrical code compliance.
Once the sign specifications have been approved, if it is a new illuminated cabinet, an electrical permit will be required for the connection of the sign cabinet to the structure.
New monument signs require an inspection at the footing stage. All signs require a final inspection for zoning, building and electrical code compliance. Inspections are scheduled through the inspection hotline at 615-451-5970.
Sign permits are reviewed for zoning, building and electrical code compliance.
The following information is required when applying for a sign permit:
Completed sign permit application
If applying for more than one sign, all signs may be submitted on the same application
Wall-mounted signs require construction details of the sign including the materials and anchoring
Photo or drawing of building showing the location of the sign on the building
Illustration or photo of sign showing the dimensions
Monument signs require construction details of the sign and/or sign cabinet and structure including materials and footing
Site plan showing the width of street frontage and location of proposed sign
Illustration or photo of sign showing the dimensions including from property lines, rights-of-way, buildings and driveways.
Electrical detail is required for all new cabinets