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Sign Variance

When is a Sign Variance Necessary?

A sign variance is required when a proposed sign does not conform to the requirements of the Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance  pertaining to the size of the sign or its location.

What is the Sign Variance Application Process?

A formal variance request is filed by the applicant and reviewed by the Montgomery County Sign Review Board which conducts a public hearing to decide the variance request based on the hearing testimony. The following must be submitted to DPS to obtain a hearing date:

  • Sign Variance Application

  • Sign Permit Application

  • Sign Drawings (design plans, site plans)

  • Photographs


How Long will it Take to Obtain a Sign Variance?

The Sign Review Board normally approves or disapproves a variance request immediately after the hearing. In unusual circumstances, the Board may require additional time to consider testimony before a decision is rendered. When a sign variance is approved, the applicant must apply for the appropriate sign permits at the Department of Permitting Services.

Application Package
Sign Variance Application Application for Sign Variance
  Application for Sign Permit
Fees and Taxes
 Fees Executive Regulations
Credit Card Authorization Form Credit Card Authorization Form
  No Bonds at this time
Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations
  None at this time
Guidelines, Memorandum of Understandings, Interpretations
  None at this time
Frequently Asked Questions
311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Sign Variance"
Online Permitting Status Information and Inspections
Online Data Search 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 Allegheny Power
  Board of Appeals
  Historical Society
  Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation
  Maryland Department of the Environment
  Maryland Division of State Documents
  Miss Utility
  MNCPPC: Historic Area Work Permits
  MNCPPC: MC Atlas
  MNCPPC: Zoning
  Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)
  Washington Gas Light Co.