Sign Permit

Download the Sign Permit Application to begin the permitting process. When installing new or refacing existing signage, a permit is always required.

Always double check sign requirements with the Building Inspection Department prior to ordering any signage. The property you are leasing or the property you are building on may have what is referred to as a PD and special signage requirements may be set forth for that particular property that differ from the requirements listed below.

Regulations regarding signage are dictated by the City of Garland Code of Ordinances.

Citywide Regulations

For those businesses not located in what is referred to as the Overlay Districts, you can generally calculate your attached signage as follows:

Measure your business along the main entrance and take that number and multiply it by 2. This is the total square footage of attached signage that you may permit for the business.

Example: A supermarket located within a shopping center has 255 linear feet along their main entrance; multiply that by 2 and this supermarket would be allowed 510 square feet of attached signage; or a fast food restaurant in a freestanding building has 100 linear feet along their main entrance; multiply that by 2 and this fast food restaurant would be allowed 200 square feet of attached signage.

Freestanding signage is dependent upon the height and square footage of the sign. Freestanding signage may be as close as 5 feet and as far back as 25 feet from the property line. Pole signage may be as tall as 35 feet in height; however, anything over 8 feet must be engineered.

Overlay Districts

For those businesses that are located in what is referred to as the Overlay Districts, you can generally calculate your attached signage as follows:

For businesses located within shopping centers, you must measure your business along the main entrance and take that number and multiply it by 1. This is the total square footage of attached signage that you may permit for the business.

Example: A supermarket located within a shopping center has 255 linear feet along their main entrance; multiply that by 1 and this supermarket would be allowed 255 square feet of attached signage.

For businesses in freestanding buildings (no other business shares the building), you must measure your building along the main entrance and take that number and multiply it by 1 1/2. This is the total square footage of attached signage that you may permit for this building.

Example: A fast food restaurant in a freestanding building has 100 linear feet along their main entrance; multiply that by 1 1/2 and this fast food restaurant would be allowed 150 square feet of attached signage.

Freestanding signs are required to be set a minimum 15 feet from the property line. Pole signs are required to be setback a minimum 25 feet from the property line and may be as tall as 22 feet in height; however, anything over 8 feet must be engineered.

Bandit Signs / Temporary Signs

What ever your terminology, temporary / bandit signage (those metal signs that you sometimes see at apartment complexes that showcase amenities) are not allowed in commercial / non-residential districts.

Imitation of Traffic and Emergency Signage

No person shall cause to be erected or maintained any sign using any combination of forms, words, colors or lights which imitate standard public traffic regulatory, emergency signs or signals.

Leasing / For Sale Signs

The leasing company or the property owner may have a leasing sign on the property where vacant space or land is available for lease or sale as long as the signs advertising the sale or lease of a business property shall not exceed sixteen (16) square feet in area or eight (8) feet in height.

Vehicular Signs

Vehicular signs are allowed provided that they are a minimum twenty (20) feet from a street right-of-way on the site which the business is located; unless the use of the vehicle to which the signage is attached is used to transport goods for the business and is in the process of being loaded.

If the vehicle that the signage is attached to is not used for transportation of goods for the business it is advertising it shall be deemed a freestanding sign and subject to all provisions of the code.

If the vehicle displaying a vehicular sign is stopped, parked, or allowed to remain in the same location within the site for any period exceeding twenty-four (24) hours or contains arrows or any directional information relating to the business, it is deemed a freestanding sign.

Electronic Signs

No part of any sign shall flash, change its illumination or copy, rotate, move or create an illusion of movement, except that:

  • Time and temperature copy that can be read from public ways may be allowed; provided that no change of the time and temperature occurs more than once each three (3) seconds or less than once each five (5) seconds.
  • Electronic reader boards which are oriented to be read exclusively within the site and which are not visible from a public way are allowed.
  • Marquee signs which meet all the requirements of either the attached or freestanding sign provisions are allowed.