The Sign Code was updated by the City in order to
address and provide specific sign criteria for the various new
land uses proposed within the City (ie., Regional Malls,
Multi-Screen Theaters, etc.). The new Ordinance took effect on
July 2, 1998. You may wish to view the Revised Sign Ordinance in
the Ordinances Section of the Web Page. The Development
Services Department has the responsibility of reviewing and
approving all proposed signs, banners, and search lights requests
in the City of Redlands and both the Planning and Building and
Safety Divisions have specific criteria and requirements that
must be satisfied in order for a permit to be
issued. Click here to view the Sign Code Depending upon the speed of your modem,
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The maximum allowable sign area, height, and type of site
identification sign(s) permitted for the various land uses within
the City is determined based on the underlaying zone districts
which range from residential, commercial, and industrial. Also
taken into consideration in determining the size and number of
signs is the size of the building or lot where the business is
located. Freestanding Signs must be approved by the Planning
Commission and all signs over one-hundred twenty (120) square
feet must be approved by the City Council.
Both Divisions of the Development Services Department have
requirements that are common which include the submission of
three complete sets of plans. The plans should include a
dimensioned site plan, location of buildings, property lines,
location of proposed sign, a completed application, and payment
of appropriate fees. The completed application is submitted to
the Planning Division first and then Building and Safety issues
the Permit. Other requirements for each division are as follows:
All signs must be drawn to scale and its location is shown on
the elevations or site plan.
A vicinity map should be included to show the location of the
All signs should be completely dimensioned in both height and
width. This includes the size of each letter on channel letter
The colors for each proposal should be identified. If there
is a sign program the paint number and company name should be
The signage calculation is based on either lot frontage,
lease frontage, or building frontage; the appropriate figure
should be detailed on the site plan.
Building And Safety
Provide dimensioned cross section of sign; provide electrical
information; show anchor bolts size and spacing.
All electrical installation of signs and neon shall be in
accordance with the national Electrical Code, latest addition.
All self contained electrical signs shall be constructed,
inspected, and approved by Underwriters Testing Laboratory and
displaying a U. S. Label of approval and manufacturers label.
Neon in metal channel letters shall be installed with U. L.
Approved electrode housings and displaying a U. L. Label on each
Interior or exterior neon will be installed with aa
electrodes terminating in U. L. Approved neon electrode
receptacles. All conduit, boxes, and receptacles to be grounded.
Disconnect switch must be within 50 feet in plain view of all
signs. Also switch required at remote neon transformers.
All signs to be inspected during installation. Sign
contractor is to supply necessary equipment for inspector during
The building permit must be installed on each sign in a
Please be advised that this is only a brief introduction to the
City’s Sign Code and does not contain all details involved with
every sign issue. We suggest that you coordinate with our staff
prior to under taking any potential sign project. Our staff is
dedicated to serving the general public and are always ready to
help. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members with
your questions and concerns.