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Denver Sign Permit Applications: Tips and Tricks

William (Bill) Hayes


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The permitting process for exterior signage in Denver has been put into a helpful document here by the municipality. In this blog post we will take you through some steps we know to be helpful when preparing to navigate through the permitting process to get your business sign up and making those important impressions.
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Step 1 - Determine your zoning code

The first step will be to determine which zoning district your business is located in. To make this easier, Denver have developed this interactive zoning map. Simply enter your address and make a note of your zone district, you will use this information to review the city code restrictions and design guidelines. 


Step 2 - Find your zoning district in municipal code to determine signage allowances

Understanding and deciphering the signage allowances in the municipal code can be tricky. A mistake here could be disastrous for the timeline of your project. We would always recommend having a trained sign professional help you through this process. Luckily, companies like Signdealz have dealt with various municipalities hundreds of times and are going to be your best bet to get your permit process completed smoothly.

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Step 3 - Design that fits within code

Now that you have your signage allowances you can begin your design phase. Here at Signdealz we utilize a network of some of the nations best and most experienced sign designers to ensure your sign looks just how you want it, while keeping your design within municipal code. Our consultative approach will make sure you make well informed design decisions, we offer scientific advise based on years of experience and research in this industry. Have a look at some of our previous work here.

Step 4 - Obtain your zoning permit

Once you have your design that fits within code, you will want to ensure your permit package meets the requirements and has all the necessary documents to be accepted for review when you drop it in. Denver requires you to make your zoning permit submital in person, this will be reviewed the same day. 

Step 5 - Obtain any other necessary permits

Building, electrical and public works are some examples of other permits you may need to obtain to proceed with your sign project. The permitting process can be complicated, luckily the right sign professional by your side should give you the ability to navigate the process efficiently.

What kind of permit do you need to put up a business sign?

The answer for this question depends on the type of sign you are looking for. Every municipality is different when it comes to sign code, generally sign code addresses the following three major categories of permanent external business signage:

  • Projecting signs
  • Wall Signs
  • Ground Signs

If you are looking for a sign professional to cover every aspect of your sign project from design, through permitting to installation than it may be time for you to get in touch!


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William (Bill) Hayes
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William (Bill) Hayes

William (Bill) Hayes, with over 20 years of experience, is deeply committed to assisting small and medium-sized businesses in developing effective B2B advertising strategies. His expertise primarily focuses on integrating on-premise signage solutions with traditional advertising methods. At Signdealz, Hayes leads the charge in innovating advertising tactics aimed at SMEs, concentrating on generating efficient, lead-producing mechanisms that outperform competitors in both immediacy and cost-effectiveness. He spends much of his time working directly with small business owners, guiding them in evaluating locations, advertising strategies, and the necessary systems to attract customers to physical sites. Utilizing a tested network of partners, Hayes plays a crucial role in facilitating the nationwide distribution of signage, underscoring his dedication to enhancing the visibility and growth of businesses across various sectors.

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