Banners - Light Pole, Skyway Bridges and Trees

The City of Saint Paul allows temporary banners to be placed on light poles, external skyway bridges and previously approved tree locations. The following items MUST BE included in the permit application package in order for it to be considered. 

Send the following items to banners@stpaul.gov

  1. Download and complete the online banner permit application form by clicking here.
  2. Copy of certificate of insurance provided.
  3. Electronic sample file of the banner to be displayed, to scale.
  4. Detailed list and/or map of the specific locations for the banners 
    1. Map – Downtown Light Poles Locations
    2. Downtown Skyway Bridges Locations Map

Upon approval of your banner permit, submit payment of $74 non-refundable permit fee for the Department of Safety and Inspections.

  • OPTION 1: Pay by 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.
  • OPTION 2: Pay in person with cash, check, or credit card at the address listed below.
  • OPTION 3: Pay 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

PROCESS OF TEMPORARY BANNER PERMIT REVIEWS:

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: After you complete and submit the banner request application to banners@stpaul.gov, you will be contacted via email or by phone from a representative of the Mayor's Office to inform you of your permit request status within 5-7 business days. The representative may discuss the purpose of your event related to the banners.

Step 2:  Shortly after submitting your requests, a representative 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 liability insurance provided is in good standing. 

Step 3: If both criteria above are satisfactory, your request will be approved and you will be informed to work directly with the installation technicians. For light pole banners, you will need to coordinate the delivery and installation with Don Bjorkman, Street Lighting Division of the Department of Public Works, by phone at 651-266-9780 or via e-mail to don.bjorkman@ci.stpaul.mn.us. For tree installations, call the Saint Paul Forestry office at 651-632-2431 to drop off banners a minimum of 3 business days prior to the scheduled installation date. 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.


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Lightpole Banner

Current Rates & Payment

$400.00 per skyway, total due upon delivery of banners to Public Works
$53.00 per light pole banner, total due upon delivery of banners to Public Works
Tree banners, Parks Forestry will determine all associated costs and invoice after banners
have been removed.
$74.00 for permit fee. Payable by cash, check or credit card to DSI if approved. Mail payment to

  • 375 Jackson St. Suite #200, Saint Paul, MN 55101.

SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION, CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE, BANNER PROOF FILE VIA EMAIL TO BANNERS@STPAUL.GOV. 

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