General Information

A temporary sign is a sign, flag, banner, pennant or valance constructed of cloth, canvas, light fabric, cardboard, wallboard or other light materials, with or without frames, which is not permanently secured. A portable sign shall not be deemed to be a temporary sign.

Code Requirements

See Chapter 64 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code for information about temporary signs and banners.

Application Requirements

You must submit the following:

Submit the application and required supporting documents to:

Via email:


In person or by mail:
Department of Safety & Inspections - Zoning Section
375 Jackson Street, Suite 220
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Additional Information

Temporary Sign Permit Fees & Inspections

Inspections are made to assure compliance with the temporary sign regulations, including verification of its removal after the expiration date.


Temporary Sign Permit Application     $85.00

*Effective April 3, 2021, a 2.49% service fee will be charged for all credit or debit card transactions and will appear as a separate transaction on your card statement. This fee is charged by the service provider the Department of Safety and Inspections uses to handle credit card transactions. The City will not receive any of the convenience fees.


A temporary sign or banner is allowed for up to three nonconsecutive times per calendar year, each not to exceed 30 days; or once a year not to exceed 90 days, except that such signs may remain in place during the time of the construction of a building, during the time a building is offered for sale, rent or lease, until the closing date of sale, or as otherwise regulated in the Zoning Code.

Last Edited: March 9, 2023