Permits are required for all outdoor signs.
Dynamics can assist you
with any of the permit processes below:
| The local Zoning
Department (city or township) determines the size and location
of the proposed sign. They have certain criteria on how to determine
the maximum sign square footage available and the set-back (front
edge of sign) from the right-of-way. Most locations have a maximum
height. For example Harrison Township is 60 feet and Washington
Township is 6 feet.
| The local Building
Department (city, county or state) examines the structure and
installation method to make sure the sign complies with local
or state construction requirements. The Ohio Basic Building
Code (OBBC) is commonly used for signs. Most large sign installations
must meet an 90 mph wind load factor, and require stamped certified
plans by a licensed engineer or architect.
| An application
must be completed showing sketch of building, location of signs
in place, plot plan of area with streets indicated, attachment
methods and landlord/owners signature. A separate application
must be submitted if you need to apply through the county or
state for a building permit for the sign.
| The City of
Dayton Zoning reviews the sign for size and location of the
installation. After zoning approval, the sign application goes
to the City of Dayton Building Department for review of the
sign structure and installation method. The sign drawings may
include fastener details (spec length and width of bolts, etc.),
detailed wall structure, weight of sign and footer details.
| Harrison Township
Zoning reviews the sign for size and location. They do not have
a building department, so the Montgomery County Building Department
reviews the structure and installation method. If a sign is
installed without a permit or according to approved specifications/code,
the city or county has the legal right to have you remove the
sign or change the installation method. If a sign is installed
without a permit, does not meet local code and the city, township
or county find out, it is possible the sign will be removed
and never be used.
| Most cities,
townships and counties have a variance process if you want to
install a sign that does not meet local zoning or building code.
You can apply for a variance and state your case before the
local Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). This process usually takes
| Most locations
allow temporary signage for 30-60 days per calendar year. Typical
applications are Grand Opening and Now Open banners. Some locations
allow no type of temporary permits.