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In 2012, the City of Colorado Springs completed a major rewrite of the incorporating sign technology and marketing practices for signs on privateproperty. These revisions allowed for a more visually attractive signage while providing a safer environment for the community and included the addition of Coordinated Sign Plans for commercial centers and Electronic Message Center signs. The review and processing of applications and permits on private property are handled at the Development Review Enterprise. Any new sign requires the submittal of a sign application with the addition of a compliance document with the appropriate authorization if the sign is an Electronic Message Center sign.

Various types of sign applications as well as detailed information for signs on private property are included below. If you have further questions, need more information or clarification, or would like to schedule a pre-application meeting, contact Kurt Schmitt at (719) 385-5072 or at

Note: To open the applications and documents, you must have Adobe Reader X or newer to view and print these documents.

Current Sign Ordinance

Sign Application

Sign Application Sample (For Banners)

Coordinated Sign Plan Check List

Coordinated Sign Plan Application

EMC (Electronic Message Center) Compliance Documentation

Engineering Criteria for Sight Distance Requirements

Sign Enforcement Information

Banners - 7.4.409.E

Flags - 7.4.409.C and 7.4.409.D

Inflatable Displays - 7.4.409.E

Window and A-Frame Portable Signs - 7.4.409.C and 7.4.409.E

Motor Vehicles as Signs - 7.4.409.C and 7.4.409.D(3)

Construction, Election and Real Estate Signs - 7.4.409.E and 7.4.409.F

Prohibited Signs - 7.4.411

Development Assistance Bulletin on Signs

Site Plan Examples for ground signs:

Please be advised that at no time may signs be placed within rights-of-way without first obtaining a revocable permit. Depending on the type and size of the sign as well as the location, a revocable permit may not be possible. To download a revocable permit applications, click here. For questions, more information or to schedule a meeting, please contact Sue Matz at (719) 385-5355 or at

Signs within Public Rights-of-Way - 3.2.217

Please note that the addressing for signs is under the authority of the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. For more information, you can contact Enumeration at the Regional Building Department at (719) 327-2880 or at the following link: Enumeration.