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Temporary Sign Permit

Type of Signs Permitted

Only the temporary advertising signs specified below are allowed. No other type of signage is allowed.

Permitting & Enforcement

In order to expedite permitting for the signs, the city has implemented a web-based self-sign-up permit system for business owners at Owners may simply enter information below for the desired sign(s) to self-permit. It is also a resource to track sign usage, and city staff will review the list to make sure all signs in use are on the list. If a business does not have access to the self-sign-up, they may contact Planning Director Dean Wheatley at (319) 626-5747 for assistance, or stop by City Hall. Citations will be issued to businesses placing signs that are not permitted.

Cost of Permit

At this time there is no fee for the permit.

When Signs Can be Placed

The signs are allowed to be displayed for up to 10 days up to five times per 12-month period. Owners can track their usage with the online permitting system.

Where Signs Can be Placed

Signs may only be displayed on private property. Generally, that means behind the sidewalk. Signs placed between the sidewalk and the street will be removed by city staff.

Sign Condition

Signs are to be kept in good condition and replaced when damaged or faded.

Number of Signs Allowed

The number of signs allowed is:

  • For single-tenant or single-owner lots: two signs for each street frontage, but if the lot has over 100 feet of street frontage, one additional sign for each 50 feet.
  • For multi-tenant lots, the same rules for single-tenant/single-owner lots but make sure to coordinate with other businesses in the development so the maximum is not exceeded. The number of signs is based on the lot frontage and not the number of businesses.

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