Sign Permits

All sign permit applications are available online and can be applied for in person, APPOINTMENTS ARE RECOMMENDED. Appointments can be made: 

Monday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Adopted Code

City Code Chapter 204 (Off-Premise Signs)

2021 IBC with local amendments

City Code Chapter 140 (Land Management Code)

Sign Permits are required for:

  • Permanent and temporary signs
  • Awnings
  • Banners
  • Billboards
  • Canopy and Hanging Signs
  • Freestanding/Pylon
  • Building Mounted
    • Box Sign
    • Channel Letters
    • Formed Letters

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

A contractor license is required 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.