Basic information regarding signs in the City of Shawnee is provided below. The City requires a Sign Permit Application prior to the installation of any signage, and restrictions apply. Additional information may be obtained from Shawnee Municipal Code Chapter 5.64 Sign Code and the Planning Department.
- One monument sign per street frontage is allowed for shopping centers and freestanding buildings that are not in shopping centers.
- Monument signs may be up to 7 feet in height, and the sign face may be up to 50 square feet in area. At least 50% of the sign base must be enclosed.
- The outer edge of a monument sign may be placed on the property line. Landscaping extending a minimum of 3 feet on all sides of the sign base must be placed around monument signs, and the signs must be within a yard area, or within a curbed landscaped area in the parking lot.
- A phone number or web site address may be displayed on a monument sign, provided it is subordinate to the name of the business.
- A site plan of the entire lot is required.
- The permit fee for a monument sign is $75.
- The permit fee for a tenant panel in a shopping center monument sign is $25.
- Each business is allowed one wall sign for each street frontage.
- Wall signs in shopping centers must conform to the approved unified sign scheme for the center as a whole. This may include placement of the sign within a sign band and adherence to prescribed colors.
- A wall sign may not exceed 7% of the area of the store facade on which it is placed. Signs on free-standing canopies may cover up to 10% of the canopy face. Sign copy area within a sign band may not exceed 5% of the signable area.
- A wall sign must be located flat against the wall of the building, not to extend more than 18 inches from the wall.
- Dimensioned or scalable building elevation drawings are required.
- The permit fee for a wall sign is $75. The permit fee for a sign placed in a sign band is $25.
- Signs may be placed on the inside of a window provided they do not include flashing or blinking lights or cover more than 50% of the area of the window in which they are placed.
- No permit or fee is required for interior window signs.
Prohibited Signs (by ordinance)
- Permits are required for temporary signs.
- Permits may be obtained for 90 total days per calendar year. The length and price of these permits are as follows:
- Consecutive Days
- 3 consecutive days -- $20
- 7 consecutive days -- $25
- 15 consecutive days -- $40
- 30 consecutive days -- $75
- 60 consecutive days -- $150
- 90 consecutive days -- $225
- Non-Consecutive Days
- 30 non-consecutive days -- $100
- 60 non-consecutive days -- $200
- 90 non-consecutive days -- $300
- Temporary banners mounted on the building fašade may be no larger than 32 square feet.
- Temporary banners may be placed in the yard area of the parcel upon which the business is located. These unattached temporary signs may be no larger than 20 square feet.
- A grand opening sign permit may be obtained upon opening a new business for the price of $40. This is a one time permit valid for up to 30 days. This period does not count toward the allowable permit days in the year.
- Hot or cold air balloons, pennants, and flags are temporary signs, and must meet certain criteria. (Such as being attached to the building)
- Restaurants that do not have a drive through lane may have one A-frame menu board no greater than 20 square feet in size placed on the sidewalk adjacent to the entrance of the restaurant.
- Freestanding signs and any other type of portable signs are NOT allowed outside of the building.
Permit fees may be doubled for signs displayed prior to receipt of a permit. Signs must be removed within 180 days of business relocation or closure.
- Signs for home-based businesses
- Portable signs
- Off-site advertising (including billboards)
- Pole or pylon signs
- Signs with changeable copy (except for theater marquees and gasoline price signs)
- Signs with moving parts or flashing or moving lights