Apply for Signs

Business signs direct attention to a commodity, service, business, or profession which is conducted or offered on the same lot.

Before you Start

Please review the Permit Requirements below as these vary from project to project.

Ready to get started? First, make sure you are registered and activated at our Online Permit Center. For instructions, please visit our Planning & Building Video Tutorials webpage.

What to Do

Permit Requirements

How to Apply

  1. Step One: Design Review

    Please be sure to review the Commercial Design Review Guidelines for signage.

    • Submit a Zoning Worksheet through our Online Permit Center*
      * NOTE: You will be taken to our login page first before you can submit a Zoning Worksheet
    • In the Worksheet, upload your completed Basic Application for Development Review and all associated plans and documents
    • A planner will review your submission
    • Please note that public notice of your project will be required
    • Once approved, you will receive a decision letter from the Bureau of Planning
  2. Step Two: Building Permit (All Signs EXCEPT Re-facings)
    • Submit a Building Worksheet through our Online Permit Center*
      * NOTE: You will be taken to our login page first before you can submit a Building Worksheet
    • In the Worksheet, upload your completed Building Permit Application, including a description of work to be performed, plans, and all other required documents
    • For illuminated signs, you must also apply online for an Electrical Permit
  3. Step Three: Application Review

    Once we receive your application, staff will review your documents for completeness. If further information is needed, a planner will contact you at the email address provided. For the latest processing estimates, please see our Average Permit Processing Turnaround Times webpage.

Need to Know

QUESTIONS?

Call (510) 238-3911 or find quick answers through our Permit Questions Portal. You may also schedule an appointment with Permit Counter staff during open hours.

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