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 (i.e., Regional Malls,
Multi-Screen Theaters, etc.). That Ordinance took effect on July
2, 1998. The Development Services Department has the
responsibility of reviewing and approving all applications
for signs, banners, and search lights in the City of
Redlands. Both the Planning Division and Building
& Safety Division have specific criteria and
requirements that must be satisfied in order for a permit to be
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 underlying
zoning district (click here to
view the Zoning Map). 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, and any existing
signs on the building or property. 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 in accordance with Measure
U. For questions about size, type, and placement of
signs, please contact the Planning Division
How To Apply
For information about how to apply and the required three
(3) sets of sign plans, please call the Building & Safety
Division at the One Stop
Permit Center (click here).
Generally, the plans should include a Site Plan (to scale and
with appropriate dimensions), location of all buildings, location
of property lines, location of the proposed sign, a completed
application form, and payment of appropriate fees. Other
requirements for each division are as follows:
- All signs must be drawn to scale, and
the location(s) shown on the elevations or site plan.
- All plans should show the sign(s) with
complete dimensions, in both height and width. This
includes the size of each letter on channel letter signs.
- The colors and materials for each proposed sign should
be identified and clearly labeled. If paint is proposed, the
paint number and company name should be included.
- 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 & Safety:
- Provide full dimensions and cross-section of the
- Show and label anchor bolts size and spacing; method of
attachment or footing.
- Provide all relevant electrical information.
- All electrical installation of signs and neon shall be in
compliance with the California Electrical Code
- All self-contained electrical signs shall be constructed,
inspected, and approved by Underwriters Testing Laboratory and
display a U.S. label of approval and manufacturer’s label.
- Neon in metal channel letters shall be installed with
U.L.-approved electrode housings, and display a U.L. Label
on each letter.
- 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 Planning
staff and/or Building & Safety 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
call or email any of our staff members with your questions and