All new signs and modifications to existing signs, including sign face changes, require a sign permit. The regulation of signage ensures an equal opportunity for all businesses to advertise and improves the visual quality of the South Lake Tahoe community. Sign design standards encourage the innovative use of design and promote renovation and proper maintenance. The City Sign Ordinance in Chapter 6.40 of the City Municipal Code allows for each business to have freestanding and building signs. The placement and size of signs are based primarily on the business' square footage, vehicle speed limit, height of the sign, setback measurements, and the angle of the sign to the street.
A business or property owner may apply to have a sign designated as a “Locally Unique” sign. The application shall be made to the City Planning Division on a designated form and include the application fee. The application will be considered by the City Planning Commission. For a complete list of all criteria please refer to Chapter 6.40 of the City Municipal Code. Please download a Locally Unique Sign Application (PDF) to apply.
Temporary signs for temporary activities or special events may be permitted with a Temporary Activity Permit (PDF). The city encourages temporary signs that can be used to create excitement for upcoming special events or to advertise new business opportunities. Examples include grand openings or under new ownership announcements. Temporary signage can also used to advertise businesses during remodeling, construction, or road work.