The location, height, size and illumination of signs are regulated in order to maintain the attractiveness and orderliness of the appearance; to protect business sites from loss of prominence resulting from excessive signs on nearby sites; and to protect the public safety and welfare.
All signs shall in no way endanger the health and safety by causing distraction to
operators of motor vehicles on the streets and highways.
HOW TO GET A SIGN PERMIT
If you need Building Department approvals, you must apply for them before, or while applying for your sign permit.
The first step is to fill out a Building Permit Application form and a Sign Application which can both be found below. Next, file the applications with the City Building Department and Planning Department. Your application needs to include three complete sets of plans.
The plans must include the following:
- Plot Plan: Draw the perimeter of entire parcel. Show all parcel dimensions to scale. Show the front and side dimensions of the proposed sign in proportion to the building.
- Elevations and Landscape: Minimum of North, South, East and West four elevation views showing all openings, exterior finish, roof pitch and material. Include landscape plan for free standing signs.
- Vicinity map with north arrow.
All plans require signature of person responsible. A licensed professional must sign certain specific plans or conditions.
Leaving any of the above out of your application may cause delays in plan checking. It also may cause us to return your plans due to insufficient information.
ISSUANCE OF SIGN PERMIT
When your plans are checked and approved and you have met any related conditions of approval, your permit is ready to be issued. You will be contacted to come to the office, pay the fees, and pick up your permit. An owner-builder must sign the form in person. Contractors may authorize an employee to sign permits. This authorization must be given in writing.
If the owner or contractor intends to hire anyone to work on the project, she/he must provide a certificate of Workers’ Compensation Insurance. This certificate needs to name the City of Waterford as a certificate holder. This certificate, with a current expiration date, must be on file before the permit can be issued. Contractors must present evidence of a current contractor’s license (pocket card) and must have a current City of Waterford business license at the time of permit issuance. An approved copy of the plans must be kept at the job site.
You must pick up your permit within 180 calendar days from the date you applied for it. You may submit a written request for a one time extension before the 180th day. If this period ends without your picking up your permit, you will lose your plan check fee. After the permit has been issued to you, you have 180 calendar days from the date it was issued to start work on your building and call for an inspection by the Building Division. You may submit a written request for an extension on the building permit deadline before the 180th day.
At each stage of construction you will be required to call or fax a request to the Building Division for an inspection. The Building Division requires twenty four hours advance notice for all inspections. Specific times of the day cannot be scheduled.
After a permit has been issued, any changes to the plans must be approved by the Building and Planning Division. Two sets of the proposed changes must be prepared by the architect, engineer or plan preparer and brought in for our review.