A sign permit for a permanent sign is required before any exterior sign, as defined by the Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance, may be erected in the county. This requirement applies to all types of signs, including free standing, wall-mounted, and marquee signs. Illuminated signs require both sign and electrical permits.
Sign permit applications are reviewed by DPS zoning staff; this review takes approximately ten days. After staff approval, a sign permit is issued along with a sign tag that is to be attached to the sign itself. The following information is necessary to process the permit application:
The total fee for each sign located in DPS zones is $280.50. This includes a permit fee of $255.00 and a 10% automation fee of $25.50.
The total fee for each sign located in MNCPPC zones is $451.00. This includes a permit fee of $410.00 and a 10% automation fee of $41.00.
A $165.00 electrical permit fee is required for illuminated signs. This includes a permit fee of $150.00 plus a 10% automation fee of $15.00.
When processing two (2) or more signs requiring electrical permits a cost of $99.00 per sign is required. This includes a permit fee of $90.00 plus a 10% automation fee of $9.00.
A sign permit for a permanent sign is valid for the life of the sign, if the sign remains in location approved with the permit
|Sign Application||Sign Permit Application|
|Application Procedure||Sign Permit Instructions|
|What if I need a Sign Variance?||Sign Variance Process|
|I need Information on Political Signs||Political Signs|
|What if the Sign is for a Non-Profit Organization?||Non-Profit Legislation|
|Sign Review Board Agenda||Calendar|
|Fees and Taxes|
|Fee Schedules||Executive Regulation for Fees|
|Automation Enhancement||Automation Enhancement Fee|
|Credit Card Authorization Form||Credit Card Authorization|
|Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations|
|Montgomery County Code Chapter 59-F||Montgomery County Code|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Sign"||http://www3.montgomerycountymd.gov/311|
|Online Permitting Status Information and Inspections|
|Online Permit Status, Inspection Scheduling and Canceling||Search DPS|
|Call for More Information|
|In Montgomery County||311|
|Outside of Montgomery County||240-777-0311|
|Other Agencies to Contact|
|Other Agencies and Utilities to Contact||Board of Appeals|
|Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation|
|MNCPPC: MC Atlas|