Business Sign Permit

General Information

The Saint Paul Legislative Code requires all business signs installed within the City of Saint Paul be installed under a permit. A sign permit is required for new signs or to reface existing signs within the City of Saint Paul. If a sign contractor is hired by the property owner, the sign contractor is responsible for obtaining the proper permit and license.

Code Requirements

See Chapter 64 of the City of Saint Paul Legislative Code for information about business signs. Wall, Free Standing, Projecting, Roof, Awning and Portable Signs are all issued with the sign permit application form. If a sign is part of the awning, a permit for both the sign and the awning is required. Any awning/sign that projects over the Public Right of Way 15" or more must obtain a Certificate of Insurance. Special sign districts in the City of Saint Paul are as follows: Smith Avenue, Highland Village, Grand Avenue, St. Anthony Park, and White Bear Avenue. Properties with a local historic designation must be approved by the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) staff. If signs are illuminated, an electrical permit will also be required.

Submittal Requirements

  A site plan drawing must be submitted with each application stating the following information (some special sign districts require scaled drawings). For a sign permit application please click here.

  1. All lot dimensions, including street frontage(s). Corner lots must be indicated.
  2. Location of proposed signs shown on a site plan.
  3. Street and alley locations.
  4. Location and square footage of all existing signage on the property.
  5. Include the type, size, height, and location of the proposed sign(s), and a rendering of the sign(s) showing their copy and dimensions.
  6. If the sign is for a multi-tenant building, a master sign plan is required.
  7. If sign projects over public property, indicate its height, ground clearance, and amount of projection into the public right-of-way.
  8. Freestanding and Roof Signs larger than 50 square feet require structural plans.
  9. For any work involving Nonconforming Signs (excluding demolition work), include a certified survey stating the location, size and height of the existing and proposed repaired or replacement sign.
  10. For Wall Signs, include a picture or detailed rendering of the building showing where the sign will be located.
  11. For Portable Signs, include the name and address of the company the sign is being rented from.

Business Sign Permit Fees & Inspections


Call the assigned inspector at 651-266-9002 between 7:30 am to 9:00 am to schedule inspection times. Schedule inspections before starting work.

Wall and Projecting Sign



Per each square foot


Minimum Permit Fee


Free Standing and Roof Sign



Per each square foot


Minimum Permit Fee





Per linear foot


Minimum Permit Fee


Other Sign Fees
Description Amount

Temporary and Portable Sign


State Surcharge per application (only on signs attached to buildings)


Demolition of Billboard


Repair of Existing Signs

25% of the fee for a new or replacement sign with a minimum of $72.00

Marquee over Public Property


Special Sign District Fee


Penalty Fee

Standard permit fees will be doubled when signs are installed without permits

Permit can be paid by check, Visa or Mastercard.


A permit will expire if work is not commenced within 180 days from the date the permit is issued or is discontinued for a period of 180 days after the work has commenced.