Sign Permit

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Build Henrico Permitting Instructions

  • Register for and login to your customer account on the Build Henrico website.
  • Select “Permits” on the Build Henrico home page.
  • Select “Sign Permit” under Other Permits to create your permit application and follow the online application instructions. Upload the following applicable documents to be included with your permit application:
    • Sign Plan – 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
    • Owner’s Statement of Responsibility –  Statement that applicant is either the owner or owner’s agent, i.e., exempt from being a licensed contractor
    • Site Plan (Plot Plan)
      • 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

Henrico Sign Ordinance

Document Submission Standards

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Permit Cancelation

  • Permit not issued:  Withdraw in customer portal.
  • Permit issued: Complete Request for Permit Cancelation and call our Permit Technicians at 804-501-4360 for assistance.
  • Note: You must enter a reason for the cancelation. If a refund is requested, you must add this request to the reason for cancelation. The refund rate is 100% of the permit fee if the permit has not been issued and 75% of the permit fee if the permit has been issued.


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 submittal is the permit fee plus the state levy (permit fee times .02).  A permit fee calculator is available at

Banners and Other Attention Getting Devices

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

Permit Technician
(804) 501-4360

Building Inspections

Physical Address
Department of Building Construction and Inspections
4301 East Parham Road
Henrico, VA 23228

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

Mailing Address
Department of Building Construction and Inspections
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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