Sign Permits

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How to Obtain a Sign Permit

Application for Sign Permit and Zoning Certificate
Informational Sheet for Sign Permit Applicants
Note: All Permit applications must be accompanied by an Application for a Zoning Certificate.  

A sign permit is required for new signs, as well as any reface, replacement (even if identical) or changes to an existing ground, pole, monument, wall, or window sign. All sign permit applications, excluding certain tenant panels, must be approved by the Design and Review Board before a permit can be issued. Please click here for the Design and Review Board Meeting Dates and Deadlines. 

As of June 6, 2012, Sign Permit fees are due at the time of submittal.  Please see the following link in order to determine the sign permit fee:
Sign Permit Fees

Please review our sign ordinances prior to application submittal, this will help to ensure that your proposal complies to our regulations and that your application is processed as quickly as possible. For the City of Bridgeton’s rules and regulations please click here to download a copy of the Bridgeton Sign Ordinance and click here for accompanying Table of Design Elements (referenced in Section 515.040).

What you will need when submitting an application for a Sign Permit:

1.    Application for Building Permit
2.    Application for Zoning Certificate
3.    Sign Permit fee (this is non-refundable)
4.    Four copies of a photo or rendering of the proposed sign, including sign measurements
5.    Monument, Ground, and Pole Signs:
                Four Copies of a site plan showing the location of the proposed sign
                Landscaping Plan
       Wall or Window Signs:
                Four copies of a photo showing the location of the proposed sign
                Measurements of the signable area (the window or area of the building in which sign will be located)

PLEASE ALLOW AMPLE TIME FOR REVIEW AND ISSUANCE: typical review time for a sign permit is 4-6 weeks, depending on submittal date, meeting dates/deadlines, and non-compliance issues.  Work may NOT be started before the issuance of a permit. 


Once the application, permit fee, and required plans are received by the Public Works Department it will be processed and given an application number.  The application will then be sent to the Planning and Zoning Department for review and approval.  After the Planning and Zoning Department has approved the application, it will go through a preliminary plan review in the Building Department. If the sign complies with the sign ordinance it will be placed on the next available Design and Review Board agenda, where the Board will review the application. 

At the Design and Review Board meeting, the Board will discuss the contents of the application and typically will have several questions for the application.  It is strongly recommended that there be a representative present to answer these questions; the Board will likely table an application until a represetative attends the Design and Review Board meeting.

If the Board approves the application, it will be sent back to the Building Department for a final comprehensive review, and the sign permit will then be issued.  PLEASE NOTE: The sign permit is typically issued 5-10 business day after the Design and Review Board has approved the application. You will be contacted upon issuance.

If the Board denies the application you will be given the option to revise your drawings and resubmit.


 Sign permits are good for 6 months from the date of issue.