What’s illegal and what’s not
Practicing ‘Right-of-Way’ With Signs
The right-of-way varies widely throughout the city of Phoenix. As a general rule, it includes streets, curbs, medians, traffic lights, utility poles, and unimproved shoulders of streets up to private property and generally two-and-a-half feet beyond sidewalks. Placing signs in these areas is illegal. The city’s sign ordinances outline penalties for anyone violating the ordinance. Posting your signs isn’t just illegal, it’s unsightly and can be dangerous to the public.
Planning and Development staff may issue permits for temporary events, grand openings/temporary business identification while awaiting permanent signage, temporary business identification during periods of right-of-way construction, and temporary signs for places of worship. Balloons and banners may be used as temporary signs, however, portable “A” frame signs, pennants, streamers, or other similar devices are not permitted.
Sign area is based on the length of the wall occupied by the business, generally one-square foot of sign area for each foot of building elevation. All businesses are allowed a minimum of 50 square feet.
Window signs generally are prohibited if they exceed 30 percent of any window area or placed on glass doors.
Flags, Banners, Pennants and Streamers
These are illegal under the sign ordinance. Banners and ballons are not allowed unless a city permit is obtained for certain short-term occasions, such as grand openings, pending permanent signage and special events. For more information, call 602-495-0301.
Read more Phoenix rules and regulations surrounding signage here.