How to permit a new LED sign is a question we are repeatedly asked at Sign-Express.  Depending on your location, investigating the sign permit code and what you are allowed for your business or organization can be both confusing and stressful.  One might think that a simple call to the permitting authority would produce the results you desire.  The fact is, most of the time if you are able to get someone on the other line, you are left with more questions than answers.

Not all permitting authorities are created equal, if they were, we would all have exactly what we needed in the form of LED signage.  Our permit experts have experienced all of the phases of permitting challenges, from no one ever calling you back, “No” as the standard answer, to faxed over code that exceeds eighty pages or more.  Then there is the challenge of locating the actual authority for the client’s address location.  Is it state, county, or city?  What is your zone?  The worse ones are a mixture of all, meaning you have to comply with several permitting code factors and coordinate your applications and document filings with more than one person.  Not all public workers are the most motivated in helping you receive a permit for an LED sign or any permit for that matter.  I have tremendous respect for government workers and the challenges of their jobs.  Understanding mountains of permitting code written over the years is definitely not an easy task.

Some of the most restrictive permitting regulations are posed against LED signs around the nation.  If you are unlucky, you may be operating your businesses in a “No LED Sign” zone where buying and installing one is simply out of the question.  Other parts of the country are split on the issue of LED signs, some put message restrictions such as “message hold times” and “brightness regulations”.  The worst yet are those permitting authorities that limit the size of the LED sign to “8 square feet”, yes we had a client that was only allowed 8 square feet of LED for his 200 square foot highway sign structure.  Needless to say, an 8 square foot LED sign would have been a bad investment due to the lack of visibility of the cars driving by at highway speeds.  The good news is, there are some areas of the country that are very pro-business and have few restrictions on an LED sign.  Pulling a permit in these areas is a simple application and exchange of documents along with a minimal fee.

Successful LED Sign Permitting
This is precisely why Sign-Express encourages all of our clients to utilize our sign permitting services to the full extent.  Translating the LED sign permitting code to a distinct answer for size, height, distance and shape is the goal of our permit review specialist.  Sign-Express will do a free permit review for all of our clients wishing to understand the limitations and expectations of signage for their business or organization.  This is no charge to you, all we ask is that you allow us to the opportunity to win your business.  We are confident that you will enjoy working with Sign-Express and its professional staff of sign designers, project managers, and business development specialists.  We have been permitting, building, and installing signs nationwide since 1998 and some of our team members have worked in the sign industry all their lives.

Sign-Express is your professional LED sign permitting professional resource.  Sign-Express is a nationwide signage solution provider specializing in LED signs and lighted sign design, sales, permitting, installation and service.  The Sign-Express team has all the right components to help make your business or organization’s outdoor marketing successful.  We stand firmly behind the products we sell and guarantee our work will be top-notch.  After all, your image is our image and your success means our success.  You can contact Sign-Express at 1-800-888-5051 or email us at  Visit us at and take the next step toward transforming your outdoor marketing ability.

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