Installing a Sign


Signs must comply with regulations outlined in the NYC Construction Codes and the NYC Zoning Resolution. There are restrictions on where advertising signs can be located.

To install a sign, a construction permit is required from the Department. Signs that are painted or smaller than six square feet and not illuminated do not require a permit. Permits are issued by the borough office of the borough in which the sign is located:


Bronx (718) 960-4732
Brooklyn (718) 802-4035
Manhattan (212) 393-2624
Queens (718) 286-8372
Staten Island (718) 420-5403


Electrical Permit

A proposed sign requiring an electrical connection must have a separate work permit to install it. This permit is filed by a licensed electrician and issued by the Electrical Unit in each of the Department’s borough offices.


Illuminated Sign Permit

If the sign is illuminated, an annual illuminated sign permit may also be required. Illuminated sign permits must be renewed annually. Owners of illuminated signs that extend beyond the building line will be automatically billed for an Annual Illuminated Sign Permit.


Hanging a Sign

Signs must be hung by a Licensed Sign Hanger. Following is a list of Licensed Sign Hangers:



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