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Sign Permit

available via mail   Via Mail
available in person   In Person

Available Summer 2021

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Application for a sign permit. Applications and forms needed to obtain a sign permit. This includes both building mounted and freestanding signage that is to be erected or structurally altered. This also includes the installation or alteration of attached and detached signs.


The fee for a sign permit is based on the estimated cost of labor and material.  The current fee is calculated as follows: $100 for the first $5000 of estimated cost + $7 per additional $1000 or fraction thereof.  In addition to the permit fee, there is a 2% state levy.  The total fee owed at time of application is the permit fee plus the state levy (permit fee times .02).  A permit fee calculator is available at

How to Receive this Service

Please mail or hand deliver the following documents along with the permit fee to the Department of Building Construction and Inspections:

Permit Application
1 copy of Sign Permit Application
2 copies of site plan showing

  • exact location of all signs in relation to buildings, roads, property lines and drainage and utility easements
  • the primary public entrance to the building and any required sign setbacks

2 copies of sign drawings showing the shape and dimensions of all signs, lettering height and

  • if attached: method of securing to building and method of illuminating
  • if detached (freestanding): method of erection and elevation verifying the sign height, sign height, size and depth of structural supports, size and depth of foundation and materials to be constructed

Permit Cancelation
1 copy of Request for Permit Cancelation
Note: You must enter a reason for the cancelation. If a refund is requested, you must add the request to the reason for cancelation. The refund rate is 100% if the permit has not been issued or 75% of the permit fee only if the permit has been issued.

Banners and Other Attention Getting Devices

Attention getting devices such as pennants, banners, banner signs, streamers, balloons, and inflatable devices of any configuration when displayed out-of-doors do not require a permit to be displayed. One attention getting device may be displayed 10 days per 3 month period. A banner sign may not exceed 32 square feet in area.

The maximum height for an inflatable device, including underlying buildings and structures, is 30’ from the average grade to the highest point of the device.

Some areas of Henrico County may prohibit the display of attention getting devices. To ensure that your location is allowed to display attention getting devices, please call the Planning and Zoning Division of the Permit Center at (804) 501-7280.

Contact Us

Karen Marsh
(804) 501-4361

Building Inspections

Physical Address
4301 East Parham Road
Henrico, VA 23228

(804) 501-4360
Automated Permit System
(804) 501-7770

(804) 501-4984

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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