Sign Permits

Sign Permitting Costs

The minimum fee is $55.00 for a sign permit (sign 40 square feet or less). There is an additional $2.35 fee per s.f.

Temporary Banners cost $5.50 and there is no fee for non-profit groups. 

  1. Submittal Process
  2. Review Process

Sign Permitting Process

Submit the following COMPLETED applications/forms & site plans to the Building & Zoning Office: 

  • Sign Permit Application including checklist on first page. (MUST include electrical contractor information, if applies)
  • Site Plan (attached) Please draw a site plan/sign location plan in relation to buildings and/or lot lines and distances from those property lines and surrounding structures. 

1) If requesting a storefront wall or projecting sign, show measurements of storefront and where you wish to display sign; 

2) If requesting a window/door sign, please show measurements of window/door and where you wish sign to appear; 

3) If requesting a temporary banner/sign, freestanding or monument sign, indicate exact location on property of where sign will be displayed (including street names/ intersection). 

  • Sign Construction Documents 
  • Elevations of Sign 
  • Lighting Specification Sheet (Electronic Message Boards) (if applicable) 

Applications will not be accepted unless all of the following have been submitted. 

Sign Companies submitting sign permits, please review our sign code.

Inspection Schedule

NOTE: The number of inspections is to be determined upon review of application.
Type of Inspection Cost Sign Type Contact Phone #
Footing (if necessary) $75.00 Free Standing Monument Building & Zoning Office 618-281-7144 ext. 105
Electrical Rough-in Inspection (if necessary) $75.00 Electronic Message, Wall, Free Standing, Projecting Building & Zoning Office 618-281-7144 ext. 105
Electrical Inspection (if necessary) $75.00 Electronic Message, Wall, Free Standing, Projecting Building & Zoning Office 618-281-7144 ext. 105
Building Final Inspection $75.00 Electronic Message, Wall, Free Standing, Projecting Building & Zoning Office 618-281-7144 ext. 105

This is a general guide for the Building Permit Application within the City of Columbia, IL.  All code requirements are too extensive to list within this guide.  For specific questions or further information, please contact the BUILDING & ZONING OFFICE AT (618) 281-7144 ext. 105.