Signs are not only a form of advertising for businesses but are also a form of speech and, as such, the content is protected under the first amendment. Berkley’s City Code regulates the type, size, and the number of signs any property can have. You will find a summary below. For additional information please reference the city’s sign ordinance or garage sale ordinance.
No Permit Needed
- Window Signs (No more than 50% of the window can be covered
- Any sign 6 sq. feet or less in size (2 feet x 3 feet)
- Political Campaign Signs
- Real Estate Signs
One-Time Permit Required (for business districts)
- Wall Sign
- Projecting Sign
- Freestanding Signs
- Awning Signs
- Each Sign Permit Costs $100 plus a $50 bond
- Each Business is allowed one sign per facing street (corner properties get 2 signs)
Annual Permit Required (for business districts)
- Portable Signs (Sandwich Board Signs) on Sidewalk or Private Property
- New Sign Costs $175. Renewal Costs $90
Signs Permitted Twice Yearly
- Animated Signs
- Permit Required: Limited to 2 Permits per Year; 4 Weeks Total
- Permit Costs $80 plus $100 bond
Signs in the public right of way; such as open houses, garage sales or political campaign signs. These signs will be removed from the right of way.
For more detailed information or specific questions, consult Berkley’s Sign Ordinance or the Building Department (248) 658-3320.