Before COVID-19: Banners and freestanding flags are not allowed for commercial businesses.
Temporary COVID-19 Allowance: All businesses may use certain types of signage without the need for sign permits.
- Banner sign, freestanding flag sign, and/or A-frame signs are approved. Please see below for examples.
How many signs can I have?
- Commercial business: One of each
- Office or industrial business: One sign of your choosing
How big can the signs be?
- Banners are allowed a length of up to 50% of the storefront principal frontage up to a maximum of 20 ft. in length and may not exceed 5 ft. in height
- A-frame signs must not exceed 6 sq. ft., and up to 9 sq. ft. in the downtown area
- Flags may be up to 12 ft. in height
Where can I put these signs?
- Banners are not allowed on city rights-of-way and must be secured to a building
- Flag signs and A-frame signs can be located on private or public property directly in front of the business within the traditional city and specially planned areas (Main Streets, Laureate Park, Metrowest and Baldwin Park Town Centers)
- Private Property
- On private property, the location of the temporary sign must provide a minimum 4 ft. clear space for pedestrians on walkways
- Public Property (sidewalks)
- Must be removed at the end of the business day
- The sign must be located 2 ft. behind the face of curb of the roadway, placed in the landscaped “parkstrip” area of a streetscape, or the “furniture zone” area of a hardscape streetscape treatment
- Only allowed within the streetscape area of a street, and not within the roadway (the area that vehicles may access)
- Must not be secured to tree guards, tree grates or disturb the sidewalk pavement within rights-of-way (e.g. bolted into the sidewalk)
- The location must provide a minimum of 5 ft. continuous clear passage for pedestrians to traverse sidewalk areas
- When no parkstrip or furniture zone is present (the sidewalk is adjacent to the curb), signs must be placed at least 6 ft. from the back of curb
- Must be placed at least 6 ft. from any street corner (where the curb curves to form a corner) or any ADA ramps located at the street corner or elsewhere within rights-of-way
- Care should be taken near curb cuts to provide proper sight lines for vehicle maneuvers consistent with the requirements of the city’s Engineering Standards Manual
- Must not block ingress/egress into the business or an adjacent property
- Signs within rights-of-way are only authorized for the business directly adjacent to the right-of-way (sidewalk) used. No signs are authorized in medians.
These initiatives are available through the length of the Temporary Use Permit: August 1, 2021.
For updated information on coronavirus/COVID-19, visit orlando.gov/covid19.
For questions, contact the Planner on Call at 407.246.2269 (press 1).