Apply for a Temporary Sign Permit

​If you want to install, enlarge, alter, or move a sign, you will need to get a permit. Salem Revised Code (SRC) Chapter 900

​Sign Application Form

Temporary signs requiring a permit

The following types of signs require a sign permit:

  • Banner permits are valid for 30 days.
    • You are limited to one banner per street frontage.
    • Each business is limited to four banner permits per year.
    • Banners may be no larger than 50 square feet in area, and they must be securely attached to a building with all four corners securely.
  • Banners for Apartments and Retirement Homes: Permits are valid for 60 days and may be renewed on a continuous basis.
    • You are limited to one banner per street frontage.
    • Banners may be no larger than 50 square feet in area, and they must be securely attached to a building with all four corners securely.
  • Banner across Liberty Street SE and on Liberty Parkade
  • Pennants may consist of flags, streamers, antenna flags, or triangular-shaped flags. A permit for a pennant is valid for six months.
    • Pennants are not allowed on residential properties.
    • Each different type of pennant display requires a separate pennant permit.
    • Pennants cannot use of propellers or similar rotating or wind activated devices.
  • Balloons: This may be the child-size balloons or larger cold-air inflatable-type balloons. Permits are valid for 14 days.
    • Balloons are not allowed on residential properties.
    • Permits for balloons are limited to one per business per premise with a minimum of six months between each permit.
    • The height of balloons may not exceed 35 feet above the roof of the building.
    • Balloons shall be securely attached with non-metallic cable, so as to withstand wind pressures of 30 pounds per square foot of exposed surface.
  • Temporary Sign Permit for Christmas trees and fireworks stands.

Apply for a permit

Apply for a permanent sign permit by bringing the following to the Permit Application Center:

Rules for temporary signs

The following rules apply to all temporary signs:

  • A-frame, sandwich board, or portable type signs over 30 inches tall are not allowed.
  • No temporary sign may be illuminated.
  • No temporary sign may be a vision hazard.
  • Temporary signs must be kept in a neat, clean condition.
  • No temporary sign may be attached to fences, trees, shrubbery, utility poles, or like items.
  • No temporary sign may obstruct a permanent sign on adjacent or abutting properties.
  • No temporary sign may use propellers or similar rotating wind activated devices. 

Temporary signs are not allowed in a public right-of-way which includes sidewalks, alleys, curbs, utility poles, planter strips, etc., except sidewalk signs in the downtown area in compliance with the placement standards of (SRC 900.115). Contact a planner if you want to know where the public right-of-way ends and your property begins.

Temporary signs not requiring a permit

Temporary signs that do not require a sign permit are called exempt temporary signs. They fall into the following categories:

  • Lawn signs which are commonly small political signs or real estate signs.
    • Lawn signs shall not be placed in the public right-of-way or in a vision clearance area, and shall not block a public sidewalk.
    • They are normally made out of a corrugated plastic, gray board, or similar type material and will not withstand much of a wind load.
    • Lawn signs must have the date of initial display posted on the sign or post or a letter mailed to the Building Official with the date of installation provided.
    • You can display lawn signs for 60 days, twice per year.
  • Rigid signs are signs that are built to withstand an 80mph wind.
    • You can display a rigid sign for one year.
    • Rigid signs shall not be placed in the public right-of-way or in a vision clearance area, and shall not block a public sidewalk.

The following size restrictions apply to exempt temporary signs:

​Lawn signs ​Rigid signs ​Total square feet of sign area allowed at one time for each property
​Residential properties 6 ​square feet; 30 inches maximum height ​6 square feet; 6 feet  maximum height ​6 square feet
​Commercial properties under 10,000 square feet in area ​6 ​square feet; 30 inches maximum height 8  square feet; 6 feet  maximum height ​8  square feet
​​Commercial properties over 10,000 square feet in area but less than 1 acre ​6 ​square feet; 30 inches maximum height 16 square feet; 6 feet  maximum height ​16 square feet

​Commercial properties 1 acre or more in area

​6 ​square feet; 30 inches maximum height ​32 square feet; 6 feet  maximum height ​32 square feet

Removal of signs

The City may remove temporary signs which are illegally placed or are otherwise prohibited by the sign code. Signs collected by the City will be held for a period of 30 days to allow the owner to reclaim it. Any signs which haven’t been reclaimed after 30 days will be discarded.

Retrieval of removed signs

You may call (503) 588-6173 to reclaim your sign.

A fee of $67.50 will be charged per sign. 

Contact us

Permit Application Center Planning Desk
Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 320
Salem OR 97301
Mailing address:
555 Liberty ST SE RM 305
Salem OR 97301
Phone: 
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