Sign permits are issued by the City of Atlanta to “regulate the erection and placement of signs within the City of Atlanta in order to provide safe operating conditions for pedestrian and vehicular traffic without unnecessary and unsafe distractions to drivers and/or pedestrians.” (Atlanta Municipal Code § 16-28A.003)
A sign is “any device, fixture, placard, display, or structure visible to the general public that uses or is designed to use any color, form, graphic, illumination, symbol, writing, or visual presentation of any kind to advertise, announce, draw attention to, or identify a product, place, activity, person, institution, business, or other entity or to communicate a message or information of any kind to the public.” “A ‘sign’ shall include both ‘sign face’ and ‘sign structure.’” (Atlanta Municipal Code § 16-28A.004)
STEP ONE – FILL OUT AN APPLICATION
Complete the Sign Permit Application Packet.
STEP TWO – PROVIDE YOUR PLANS
Provide two (2) copies of plans depicting accurately scaled street front elevations, accurately scaled sign renderings and accurately scaled site plans for free-standing signs.
STEP THREE – SUBMIT AND PAY
Submit the application along with at least half of the permit fees in person to the Office of Buildings, Zoning Enforcement Division at 55 Trinity Ave., Suite 3900, Atlanta, GA 30303.
STEP FOUR – ZONING SIGN PERMIT PLAN REVIEW
It can take up to thirty (30) days for the Zoning Enforcement Division to review your sign permit application.
STEP FIVE – APPROVAL AND REMAINING PAYMENT
Upon approval, the remaining balance must be paid to receive your permit.
Please visit this page to see the fee schedule.
After you receive an invoice from the Zoning Enforcement Division, you may pay at the Cashier’s window in City Hall in order for the sign review process to begin. All payments must be made in the first floor of City Hall at the Cashier’s window. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, certified bank check or money order. You cannot pay online and you cannot submit an application online.
Sign Permit Application Packet
If you wish to erect or place a sign within the City of Atlanta, complete this form. Submit the completed form in person.
Click here for a complete list of forms processed by the Office of Buildings.