Houston's Sign Installation Regulations

What Is the Houston Sign Code?

The City of Houston Sign Code was originally adopted in May 1980 and revised in December 2012 to provide business owners parameters regarding signage on and off premise. The Sign Code provides standards for the use, quality, construction, and location of advertising signs throughout the city. The Code also regulates off-premise signs, billboards, and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). The height, size, and lighting of signs is determined by the category of the street from which the sign will be viewed. If this sounds confusing, don't worry. We know the ins and outs of this code, and we'll be happy to answer your questions.

How Do I Apply for a Permit?

According to the City of Houston website, the application process can be completed in person or arrangements can be made to fax in your application. Many questions regarding your application can be answered on the telephone or by faxing a drawing to the Plan Analysts. All inspections, with the exception of the site inspection, must be scheduled by 4:00 pm the day prior to inspection. Electrical signs must receive a final inspection from the Electrical inspection Section in order for the final construction to be performed by the Sign Inspector.

About the Permit

Permits must be obtained before signs can be erected, altered, or repaired. Permits are obtained from the Sign Administration Division, Planning and Development Department, and they are issued only to licensed sign contractors.  

No new permits can be issued for off-premise signs (Exception: Section 4612(b) of the Houston Sign Code). Relocation permits are issued for certain off-premise signs.

Call Saifee Signs Today

If you'd like to learn more about Houston's sign installation regulations, call the sign experts at Saifee Signs today. You can reach us at (713) 263-9900.