2018 Sign Ordinance Update Adopted by City Council

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For general sign code questions pertaining to the existing code for existing development, please call 480-644-2385 to speak to the Planner of the Day.

For sign permit requirements please call 480-644-4273 or go to:

Questions about the 2018 Sign Code can be emailed to:

The 2018 Sign Ordinance was adopted by City Council on July 9, 2018 and will take effect on August 9, 2018.

The update was developed to make it consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, make it more user-friendly and to update requirements for both portable and permanent signs.  The last major update to the Mesa Sign Code was in 1986 with several sections receiving minor revisions since that time.  The current sign code is part of Mesa's Zoning Ordinance - Title 11, Chapter 41.  The 2018 Sign Ordinance will replace Chapter 41 with the following ten chapters:

Chapter 41:     Introductory and General Provisions

Chapter 42:     Portable Signs

Chapter 43:     Permanent Signs

Chapter 44:     Historic Signs

Chapter 45:     Prohibited Signs

Chapter 46:     Use Permits, Variances, and Interpretations

Chapter 47:     Sign Permits

Chapter 48:     Nonconforming Signs

Chapter 49:     Maintenance, Removal, Disposal, Violations, and Enforcement

Chapter 50:     Definitions

To help prepare for the implementation of the 2018 Sign Ordinance, staff is working on updated sign permit submittal requirements, submittal guides, and creating information brochures.  Please check this webpage in the next couple of weeks for the information, it will be added as it becomes available.

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