- Do I need a sign permit before displaying a sign?
Yes, all signs on the outside of the building, attached or detached, normally require a permit before being displayed. To be permitted, they need to pass the sign code or regulations for each city/county in which they are located.
- Do I need a sign permit before changing or modifying an existing sign?
Yes, if it is an exterior sign, most municipalities will require a sign permit application.
- Do I need a sign permit for temporary signage?
Yes, most cities and villages will require a sign permit application. Temporary sign permits are different from new or permanent sign permits and are often limited to time and frequencies (i.e. good for 30 days, twice a year).
- Can I submit an exception or variation request?
Yes, you can address your request to the Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals. You will need to explain your reasoning and you might have to go through the Public Hearing process in which case you would also have to post Public Hearing Signs prior to the hearing.
- Besides Sign Permit Applications, what else might be needed?
Requirements vary, but may include:
Drawings of the proposed sign
Proposed sizes, materials and color scheme of sign
Plat of Survey with Legal Description
Plans of building drawn to scale showing location of signs and dimensions of building
The distance of the proposed sign from the subject property’s boundaries
Property Owner's signature and approval
Proof of Insurance
Electrical License (for electrical or illuminated signs)
Payment of permits and fees.
Signs can be a thing of beauty or the town’s worst eye sore.
Signs in the wrong place can hinder a driver’s view of oncoming traffic.
Aesthetic concerns – signs can only be so high or wide, uniformity, conformity, etc.
Brightness/change frequency of digital displays may be distracting or a nuisance.
- For more City or Village specific Links and Sign Permit Requirements click here:
City / Village Name Direct Link to Sign Permit Forms Arlington Heights, IL 60005, 60004, 60006 Village of Arlington Heights Barrington, IL 60010 Village of Barrington Buffalo Grove, IL 60062 Village of Buffalo Gove Chicago, IL City of Chicago Des Plaines, IL 60016, 60018 City of Des Plaines Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, 60009 Elk Grove Village Hoffman Estate, IL 60195 Village of Hoffman Estates Itasca, IL 60143 Village of Itasca Glenview , IL 60026 Village of Glenview Kildeer, IL 60047 Village of Kildeer Lake Zurich, IL 60047 Village of Lake Zuirch Lincolnshire, IL 60069 Village of Lincolnshire Long Grove, IL 60049 Village of Long Grove Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 Village of Mt. Prospect Mundelein, IL 60060 Village of Mundelein Northbrook, IL 60062, 60065 Village of Northbrook Palatine, IL 60074, 60067 Village of Palatine Prospect Heights, IL 60070 City of Prospect Heights Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 City of Rolling Meadows Round Lake, IL 60073 Village of Round Lake Schaumburg, IL 60173, 60194, 60194, Village of Schaumburg Vernon Hills, IL 60061 Village of Vernon Hills Wheeling , IL 60090 Village of Wheeling