Banners - Light Pole and Skyway

The City of Saint Paul allows temporary banners to be placed on light poles and external skyway bridges. The following items MUST BE included in the permit application package in order for it to be considered. Please read overview of guidelines below as well.

  1. Download and complete banner permit application form by clicking here.
  2. Copy of certificate of insurance
  3. Electronic sample file of the banner to be displayed, to scale.
  4. Listing and/or map of the specific locations for the banners 
    1. Map – Downtown Light Poles Locations
    2. Downtown Skyway Bridges Locations Map
  5. $74 non-refundable permit fee. Pay in any of the three following ways.
    •  Over the phone with credit by calling our main line at 651-266-8989 and asking to speak with one of our clerks regarding a sign permit payment.
    • In person with cash, check, or credit card at the address listed below.
    • By mail with a check. Address envelope as follows:
      Attention: Sign Permit Payment
      Department of Safety and Inspections
      375 Jackson St., Suite 220
      St. Paul, MN 55105

REQUESTING A BANNER PERMIT

Requests should be submitted at least 10 business days before the requested date to install the banners. Failure to do so and incomplete information in request materials may result in delays. For the most current information on banner requests, please check this page each time you apply for a banner permit.

Step 1: Download, review, complete and submit the banner request application

Step 2: Liz Xiong, Marketing Manager, will contact the requesting party to review all submitted materials. In addition, Ashley Skarda from the Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI) will verify if sponsorship advertisement on the banner design meets ordinance code (no more than 15 % of the banner) and verify the organization’s liability insurance.  If the request is approved, requestors will be notified to contact the appropriate installation division. In some cases, changes or additional information will be needed by the Marketing Manager and DSI in order to approve the request.

Step 3: Requestors must coordinate the delivery and installation of the banners with the appropriate installation division.

  • Light Pole & Skyway Banners: Don Bjorkman, Street Lighting Division of the Department of Public Works, (tel) 651-266-9780 or (e-mail) don.bjorkman@ci.stpaul.mn.us

If arrangements are not made to pick up banners after they are taken down, the banners will be disposed of. 

Note: Final determination to complete the banner installation will be at the discretion of Public Works and Forestry technicians. 


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Lightpole Banner

OVERVIEW OF GUIDELINES      

Requirements for Banner Purposes & Design

  • No banner or sign shall be affixed to or removed from any light pole or exterior skyway bridge except by authorization of the City. A request form must be approved by the Director of Marketing and by the Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI), prior to a banner’s installation.
  • All banners must serve a legitimate public interest and shall not contain any advertising other than that which is directed toward the specific event. Sponsorship logos may only take up to 15% of the space on the banner.
  • Banners & signs for special events should not be in place earlier than 2 weeks before the event and should be removed within 3 days after the event. Seasonal banners can remain in place for up to 3 months as long as they are still in serviceable condition.
  • Banner material shall be of a durable, weather-resistant material like canvas, nylon or vinyl-coated fabric.

Download the application for banner permitting to see complete requirements for light pole or skyway bridge banners.

The City reserves the right to refuse to install banners if it is felt they are not of a quality to withstand the elements. The City also reserves the right to remove banners because of construction, damage, or any other practical reason, at the customer’s expense. No authorization shall be granted without proof of public liability insurance issued by a company licensed in Minnesota in the amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000) single event coverage naming the City and HRA as additional insured, with a 10-day written cancelation notice to the City and HRA. Should the policy be canceled, the banners and/or signs shall be removed immediately unless a replacement insurance policy is provided. Requestors are encouraged to submit their request as early as possible and to contact the Marketing Office to check on the status of their banner request. Once authorization is granted, requestors must contact Public Works or Parks Forestry to organize banner delivery. If arrangements are not made to pick up banners after they are taken down, the banners will be disposed.

Current Rates & Payment

All installation fees are due upon delivery of banners to Public Works or Parks Forestry division, respectively. Taxes will apply unless the requester can produce an ST3 form for tax exemption. 

  • $400.00 per skyway banner installed.
  • $53.00 per pole banner. This rate is true unless the pole location does not have brackets for the banner. The requester will then be responsible for both the bracket cost and banner cost.
  • $74.00 permit fee. Due upon permit approval notice to Department of Safety and Inspections. Pay in any of the three following ways.
    • Over the phone with credit by calling our main line at 651-266-8989 and asking to speak with one of our clerks regarding a sign permit payment.
    • In person with cash, check, or credit card at the address listed below.
    • By mail with a check. Address envelope as follows:
      Attention: Sign Permit Payment
      Department of Safety and Inspections
      375 Jackson St., Suite 220
      St. Paul, MN 55105

If you are interested in putting up other types of signs or not sure what your request qualifies as, please visit the Department of Safety & Inspections (DSI) permit page.