Every city has slightly different rules and regulations regarding signage, and Boise is no different. Within the city limits the Planning & Development Services department is responsible for regulating all signs. They determine what the standards will be for design, placement and maintenance. Signage is regulated to protect home and business owners in the area by ensuring that signs are appropriate and coincide with the surrounding area, which protects everyone’s property values. They also make sure that new signs don’t block existing signs and do not inhibit the safe and typical flow of traffic in the area. It may seem like the regulations make things more difficult but they are necessary to protect everyone living and working in the region.
What does the process look like for getting a new sign put up? Before you begin designing your new sign, it’s recommended that you complete the process of applying for a permit and Infinity Signs NW can assist with this entire process. To get started talk with a planning analyst who will help answer any questions you have about the permitting process as well as explain the regulations that will apply to your specific situation. This is an opportunity to discuss your plans with someone who can make recommendations and ensure a smooth process.
The next step is to fill out an application which can be downloaded from www.cityofboise.org/pds. This will take you some time as you’ll need to submit drawings and detailed information about both your proposed new sign as well as all existing signage on the property. After you’ve submitted the application you’ll wait for approval, or any required changes from the city, which you can expect to have within 5 business days. After your permit has been approved you’ll need to obtain a building permit before you can actually install your new sign, but at this point you’ll be all set to start the process of getting your sign fabricated.
As you begin to consider your sign design you should know that there are a few types of signs that are illegal within Boise and should be avoided. These include any signs attached to poles, fences, trees, bridges or barns, some banners, strings of flags, strings of lights, and strings of pennants. In general, the commonly accepted types of signs within Boise are free standing signs, those supported by supports from the ground, wall signs, those attached to the wall of a building, and canopy style signs, those attached to a canopy.
If you have questions about a sign you’re contemplating or would like suggestions on designing a sign within Boise, contact Infinity Signs NW for assistance. We can also provide information on what to do if your proposal has been denied or if you wish to apply for a sign variance to allow for a sign outside of the city standards. Our years of experience in the Boise area can provide a wealth of knowledge to assist you in this area.