Monday, March 25, 2024

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In the world of business, every detail counts. From the products we sell to the way we present our storefronts, every aspect contributes to the overall success of a company. Yet, one crucial detail that often gets overlooked is signage permits. And there are 2 major stakeholders when it comes to permits.

The key stakeholders

The Department of Buildings (DOB) is the department responsible for issuing sign permits. The DOB reviews permit applications to ensure they comply with building codes and local zoning regulations before granting approval. Usually, you only have to apply for a permit at the DOB. However, some buildings or districts are considered landmarks. In that case, an additional permit is required from the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC). Remember these two while we explain the permitting process with the help of Sign Expo.

The process at Sign Expo

At Sign Expo, the first step when helping our clients is to discuss their goals and vision. Once we have a better understanding of their wishes we typically schedule a site survey on location. With decades of experience, our experts often know what we need to do to ensure permit approval. Some factors include size, materials, and installation methods that are most suitable to get approval and are in compliance with safety regulations.

Before designing our experts take into account the safety regulations and building codes of the area. They look at current signage in the area and previous signage on the client's building. Creating something along the lines of the surrounding signage ensures the highest probability of a permit getting approved. Once we have created the shop drawings we seal the drawings with an engineer's sealed stamp. This certification is necessary for the permit application because it indicates that the signage follows safety regulations. After discussing the design with the client and getting their approval, we move on to apply for the permits. The process of securing the permits can take 2-4 weeks when applying with the DOB and it can take up to 4 weeks or longer when you apply with the LPC.

The reason you need our help

Some businesses don’t bother to get the permits and they will just install the signage but this can be even more costly. Fines can be $10,000+ and you will need to remove the sign. Therefore, we highly advise you to do research and get the permit. However, what we noticed when customers apply for the permits themselves, is that the production of the signage takes much longer. In addition, it is very complicated for someone who doesn’t have experience with permitting to get it themselves. The permitting process can be exhausting in terms of the time required and the uncertainty of approval. Don’t fall into the trap of being penny-wise and dollar-foolish.

Contact us if you are having trouble applying for the permits yourself. We’ll make sure that your signage is up in place in no time.