Sign Permits are required for new, relocated, or redesigned exterior signs within the City of Fridley. Before a permanent sign may be constructed, the sign erector must submit an application for Contractor license to the City.
There are two different types of signs that require a permit in Fridley - Permanent and Temporary. Certain types of signs are allowed without a permit, including small temporary signs on private property in one- and two-family residential districts.
A permanent sign is constructed of durable materials, including wood, acrylic, and metal. Permanent signs are durable, easily maintained, and are intended to be used for an indefinite period of time. The permit fee for a permanent sign is:
- $100 for wall signs
- $200 for free-standing signs, including free-standing Static Display Area Signage
There is no permit required to change the message on a permanent sign that has been previously approved, including approved Static Display Area Signage. Static Display Area Signage is defined as a durable, non-moving sign or grouping of signs constructed of plywood, rigid plastic, or similar durable weatherproof materials.
(A more limited type of Static Display Area Sign was previously permitted as “Real Estate Signs” and “Construction Signs”. Now, Static Display Signs are no longer limited to properties under construction or for sale or lease.)
Apply online for a Permanent Sign Permit.
A temporary sign is fabricated of paper, plywood, fabric, or other light, impermanent material intended to be displayed for a short period of time. Examples include: banners, pennants, feather flags, porta-panel signs, beacons, walking signs, balloons, and sandwich boards. Temporary signs may be displayed after a permit has been issued. The fee for a temporary sign permit is $100 per 14 days, with a $200 deposit. There is no longer a limit on the number of temporary sign permits allowed per year.
Apply for a temporary sign permit. Permits will be reviewed within 5 days of receiving a complete application.
Certain types of signs may be displayed without a permit:
- Address signs
- Bench signs
- Noncommercial Flags
- Government signs
- Window signs, covering up to 40% of the window where they are displayed
- Small Directional signs of four square feet or less, spaced 20 feet apart
- Small Incidental Signs with a message not visible off the premises
- Temporary Signs, 6 sq ft or less, on private property in one- and two-family residential districts
- Political & noncommercial signs during an election period
The following signs are prohibited throughout the City:
- Signs erected and displayed on any public right-of-way along streets, sidewalks and alleys, except official traffic control signs
- Signs posted in the public right-of-way are considered abandoned property and may be removed by the City. Please report unauthorized signs in the Right of Way to the Community Development department.
- Signs containing obscene material
- Motion or flashing signs
- Abandoned signs or signs with obsolete sign copy
Special Requirements for Electronic Signs
Permanent Freestanding Signs may have an electronic changeable message provided:
- The sign display does not change more than once every eight seconds.
- The sign never flashes or has animations.
The Sign Code was updated in 2021, with amendments taking effect on December 11, 2021. See Chapter 214 of the City Code for the entire sign code.
To provide a reasonable interpretation of the provisions of the Sign Code, any person or business aggrieved by a decision made by the City regarding the Sign Code may appeal the decision according to the provisions in City Code Chapter 214.14: Appeals.