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Building/Monument Sign Application 

Sign applications and corrections can now be submitted online through Tempe's Citizen Portal, and will no longer be accepted via email. All items on the Sign Permit Submittal Checklist must be provided for your application to be complete. Incomplete applications may delay processing.

Check for a center or complex's approved Sign Package Criteria. For questions contact Dean Miller  480-350-8435. 

Sign Standards

Signs should be considered a component of the design concept for the site and building architecture. The size, proportion, and scale of signs contribute to the overall quality of a project when they can relate to building details rather than compete with them (e.g. signs which extend above the roof line, or cover architectural details, columns, or windows). 

In most instances, signage should be designed in proportion with respect to its size, location, and background. For example, signs having size to background ratios of 1 to 4, or 1 to 3, tend to be in better proportion than signs having ratios of 1 to 1, or 1 to 100. Further, signs should not exceed 80% of their vertical/horizontal backgrounds.

The utilization of quality materials for signs is encouraged in all instances. Color and material selection for signs should be related to the color scheme and texture of the building or project materials rather than depend upon "high contrast" factors in order to be effective.

Help Guide for Citizens Access - instructions on how to navigate our self-service portal to check the status of your project or permits or to schedule inspections.

Zoning and Development Code Part 4, Chapter 9, Signs

Planning Office  MAP

31 E. 5th St., East side garden level 
Tempe, AZ 85281 
480 350-8331 

Checklist & Applications 

Development Plan Review Sign Application 
Affidavit of Contractor License & Bonding
Sign Permit Checklist
Sign Permit Application Review Times

Online Sign Permit Application

 1. Fill out the Online Sign Application on Tempe's Citizen Portal
Sign Type K Permit        (Formally Special Event Permit)
Fill out Project Submittal Application, print form and bring it into the Community Development office. The permit will be issued over the counter.

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