Permanent Sign

The process outlined below is for the erection, installation, structural alteration, modification, relocation, or replacement of a permanent sign or sign structure.

Where permitted by the Zoning Ordinance, sign types include freestanding, building mounted, window, or upper-story wall and may include illumination, electronic reader board, or changeable copy characteristics.

Signs erected or posted for a period not exceeding 30 calendar days, see Temporary Signs. Signs within the public right-of-way (e.g. sandwich board sign). See the Movable Sign in the Public Right-of-Way page.

Submission Requirements
  • Completed Permanent Sign Permit Application (PDF).
  • Certificate of Appropriateness, if located in the H-1 or H-2 Historic Districts.
  • Approved Encroachment Permit (PDF), if proposed sign or sign structure extends over a public right-of-way.
  • Flood elevation certificate, if property located in a floodplain.
  • Owner/Builder Affidavit (PDF), if applying for exemption from state contractor licensing.
  • Freestanding Sign: Scaled basic development plan showing sign location. Scaled plan of proposed sign. Scaled plan of sign foundations/footings. Weight of sign and method of attachment.
  • Building Mounted/Upper-Story Wall Sign:
    • Scaled basic development plan showing sign location on building wall.
    • Scaled plan of proposed sign and location of sign on the building wall (including horizontal linear dimension of the building wall/storefront on which the sign is to be affixed and the dimensions and location of the proposed sign and any existing signs on the applicable wall).
    • Weight of sign and method of attachment.
  • Illuminated Sign:
    • Electrical details.
    • Shielding or screening detail, if externally illuminated.
Signs greater than 32 square feet or 6 feet in height are required to be designed by a Virginia Registered Design Professional.
Review Process
Once your permit application has been deemed complete and initialized in our system (you will receive a Permit Submittal Confirmation Letter), City staff has 10 business days for zoning review and 10 business days for building review for a total of 20 business days. You may receive comments from City staff if additional information is needed to complete a thorough review. An Additional Submissions Form must accompany any resubmission of plans or information.

Signs are reviewed for compliance with the following codes:
Visit the City of Roanoke's Real Estate GIS page to determine your property's zoning designation.

Fees
Fees are due at time of permit issuance. The fees for a Plumbing Permit are as follows:
  • Building Permit Fee
Valuation of Work
Building Permit Fee
$0.01 to $1,000
$45
$1,000.01 to $50,000
$45 for the first $1,000.01 plus $5 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof, to an including $50,000.
$50,000.01 to $100,000
$290 for the first $50,000.01 plus $4 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof, to an including $100,000.
$100,000.01 to $250,000
$490 for the first 100,000.01 plus $3.50 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof, to and including $250,000.
$250,000.01 to $500,000
$1,015 for the first $250,000.01 plus $3.25 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000.
$500,000 and up
$1,827.50 for the first $500,000.01 plus $3.00 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof.

  • Plan Review Fee (for applications requiring building plans only): 10% of the building permit fee.
  • 2% state levy of total fee.
  • Basic Development Plan Review Fee: $25

Expiration
If the sign is not erected, sign permits shall become null and void within 6 months of the date issuance. The Zoning Administrator may grant 1 six-month extension for good cause upon written request.