Sign Permits

All sign permit applications are taken between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00, Monday through Friday in the Planning & Code Administration Office on the third floor of City Hall.

Adopted Code


City Code Chapter 204 (Off-Premise Signs)
2015 IBC with local amendments

Sign Permits are required for:


  • Permanent and temporary signs
  • Awnings
  • Banners
  • Billboards
  • Canopy and Handing Signs
  • Freestanding/Pylon
  • Building Mounted
    • Box Sign
    • Channel Letters
    • Formed Letters
Sign permits are not available online and can only be applied for in person. Applications are accepted Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Applications need to include:


  • Sign dimensions
  • Materials, details of construction, and method of attachment (if applicable)
  • Loads, stresses and anchors (if applicable, a design prepared by a Licensed Professional may be required)
  • Exact layout, text and colors on each sign

In addition to the above information, freestanding/pylon/monument signs must include:


  • Footing detail with depth of footing, diameter and thickness of concrete
  • Design and size of foundation walls
  • Applications for signs measuring 15 feet or more in height must include a professionally prepared signed and sealed drawing

Overhanging signs must also include the following:


  • Indicate the measurement from the lowest part of the sign to the sidewalk
  • A certificate of insurance naming the City of Hagerstown as certificate holder with general liability insurance of at least $300,000 is required for any sign overhanging a City of Hagerstown right-of-way

Documents required at application:


At the time of sign permit application one or more of the following may be required:

Contractor License

Contractor license is require for all sign projects

Contractor License Application

Process Time

Sign permits are usually issued approximately two-three weeks after a complete application is submitted, but processing time may take longer if application is incomplete or project is more complex.