Sign Permit

WHEN IS A  PERMIT RE­QUIRED FOR SIGNAGE?
A building permit for new or altered signage is required for most signs. Certain small signs, directional signs, window signs and change of copy on existing legal signs do not usually require a permit. Other signs, such as temporary banners, require approval of a sign permit through the Planning Division, but no building permit. Contact a Planner by calling 510-583-4216 or emailing planning.division@hayward-ca.gov to determine whether your sign will require a permit. Do not order or install any sign until after you have an ap­proved permit.

WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
Signs are regulated by the City to achieve a harmo­nious and pleasing environ­ment in which to work and reside by en­suring com­pliance with adopted standards pertaining to size, height, number, location, and design.

WHO APPROVES A SIGN PERMIT?
Signage requiring a building permit will be approved by the Building Division. Signage that does not require a building permit will be approved by the Planning Division. In either case, you can start by emailing a Planner at planning.division@hayward-ca.gov to confirm that your proposed signage meets the requirements of the City's Sign Ordinance.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE CITY'S SIGN REGULATIONS?

The City's Sign Ordinance is located in Chapter 10, Article 7 of the Hayward Municipal Code. 

WHAT IF I WANT TO APPLY FOR A VARIANCE TO THE CITY'S ADOPTED SIGN ORDINANCE?

Variances to the Sign Ordinance are only approved in cases where there are special conditions or circumstances unique to the property. In some instances, minor variances may be approved by staff. In other cases, the variance application will be referred to the Planning Commission for a decision.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO PERMIT NEW OR MODIFIED SIGNAGE?

  1. Contact a Planner by calling 510-583-4216 or emailing planning.division@hayward-ca.gov to determine the zoning of the parcel where you wish to locate a sign and to discuss the proposed signage. Refer to the Sign Ordinance to determine the allowable square footage, location, and the number of signs that are permitted.
  2. If the signage requires a building permit (most signage including wall signs and monument signs), you may initiate the building permit process by going to the City's Permit Center webpage and clicking on "Ask Us a Question or Start an Application."  If the signage does not require a building permit (temporary banners, A-frame signs, etc.), complete the application form linked below and email it along with the proposed plans to planning.division@hayward-ca.gov. You may also complete the process in person by bringing hard copies of the applicable permit application and two sets of plans to the Permit Center located on the first floor of City Hall at 777 B Street. 
  3. If your proposal does not comply with the sign regula­tions or applicable building codes, staff will discuss changes which need to be made to bring your sign into compliance.  

WHAT MATERIALS DO I SUBMIT?
A set of plans including a plot plan with setbacks, building frontage lengths, and the location of signage clearly labeled; building eleva­tions showing the location of any proposed wall signs (if applicable); and details about the size, height, and materials of all proposed signs, drawn to scale.

HOW LONG DOES APPROVAL TAKE?
Administrative approval can sometimes be accomplished the same day. Signs requiring engineering review may take additional time.

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