Sign Permits

Ordinance: O-2021-01 and O-1625

These updates to the City of Jacksonville sign regulations come after almost two decades without a change and are the result of work in partnership with Planning Concepts and the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation (JEDCO) as well as a committee of stakeholders and community members. The first update incudes measures to improve safety and beauty along commercial routes while the second update expanded the ability for businesses to have grand opening displays and reduced restrictions on temporary signs. The sign regulations can be found at the link below.

Key Changes in O-2021-01:

  • Expanded and modernized sign classifications and definitions.
  • New Temporary sign permit.
  • Reduced visual clutter of commercial corridors.
  • Improve aesthetics of commercial areas to attract more business and more businesses.
  • Increased regulations for new billboards.
  • New 30-Day grand opening allowance.

Key Changes in O-1625:

  • Increased the allowance for Grand Opening displays.
  • Increased the allowable display duration for temporary signs with a permit and allow for concurrent display by multiple businesses.
  • Clarified that signs on soft substrates attached in a permanent fashion may be used as wall signs.
  • Allowed “Sandwich Board” and “Blade” signs to be displayed/used in all non-residential zoning districts.
  • Reduced regulations on flagpoles in residential zoning districts.
  • Allowed “Feather Banners” to be displayed during business hours and subject to additional regulations.

How do I get a permit?

To inquire about a permit, please fill out the permit application below. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact

Quick Reference Guide

Please see the full sign ordinance for a full list of sign types and their individual restrictions/specifications.

Signs Requiring a Permit

Sign restrictions and specification can be found in the full sign regulations.
  • Awning Signs
  • Banner Signs
  • Beacons
  • Billboard Signs
  • Blade Signs
  • Changeable Copy Signs
  • Changeable Electronic Variable Message Signs
  • Construction Signs
  • Exterior Directory Signs
  • Flags and Flagpoles (In commercial areas)
  • Flashing Signs
  • Freestanding Pole Signs
  • Grand Opening Signage
  • Marquee Signs
  • Master Signage Plans
  • Menu Boards
  • Monument Signs
  • Pennants/Feather Pennants
  • Permanent Banners
  • Real Estate Signs (Commercial and Multi-Family)
  • Subdivision Identification Signs
  • Suspended/Hanging Signs
  • Wall Signs

No Permit Required

Some restrictions and specifications still apply. See full sign regulations for details. 
  • Concrete Tomatoes
  • Flags and Flagpoles (In residential areas)
  • Garage Sale Signs
  • Governmental Signs
  • Holiday Decorations
  • Interior Signs (not attached to exterior windows or doors)
  • Legal Notices
  • Memorial Signs/Headstones
  • Official Traffic Signs
  • Personal Identification Signs
  • Political Signs
  • Sandwich Boards/A-Frame Signs
  • Signs Required by Law
  • Single Family Residential Real Estate Signs
  • Vehicular Signs

Prohibited Signs

Exceptions for permitted grand openings and employment signs. See full sign regulations for details.
  • Bandit Signs
  • Beacons
  • Flashing Signs
  • Inflatable Signs
  • Moving/Rotating Signs
  • Off-Premise Signs
  • Permanent Banners
  • Portable Signs
  • Signs Held by Individuals
  • Signs Imitating Traffic Devices
  • Streamers
  • Windblown Device