City of Tulsa Sign Permits


City of Tulsa is checking temporary signs for permits! 

This includes banners and yard signs in front of charity offices!

A charity with our donated banners on their property recently received a visit by a City of Tulsa Sign Inspecter. The charity received the following on paper:

City of Tulsa Logo

Business Owners and Managers:

Business Signs and Temporary Business Signs require permit approval. Our office is responsible for the Sign Administration Program for the City of Tulsa. It has come to our attention that most businesses are unaware of the City ordinances that regulate temporary business signs. The purpose of regulations for temporary business signs is to ensure they comply with minimum standards, do not cause public hazards and do not detract from the beauty of our city.

The City of Tulsa codes specify the following requirements regarding the use of temporary business signs also referred to as promotional business signs:

Title 42, Chapter 18, Definitions - Sign, Promotional Business: A sign, temporary in nature, consisting of tinsel, advertising flags, searchlights, balloons, banners, wind devices, or similar advertising devices, whether or not the same contain any words or characters.

Title 42, Section 1221, Use Unit 21. Business Signs and Outdoor Advertising, C. General Use Conditions for Business Signs: 7. Promotional business signs shall be permitted only as provided in this paragraph. Promotional business sign permits shall be limited to 4 per year for each business. Such permits authoize the use of the sign for a period of 10 days. Any or all of the 4 permitted time periods may run consecutively. 

Promotional business signs are further regulated as follows: City of Tulsa promotional sign permit applications are available at the City of Tulsa Permit Center located at 175 E 2nd St., Suite 450, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Additionally, the permit applications may be obtained online at cityoftulsa.org. Go to the top of the menu to City Services, select 'Permits, Licensing & Land Development', to the right of the page is another menu. Select 'Forms - Permits & Trade Licensing' sign permit applications are located on that page. Promotional business sign permits may be issued to the business owner. The cost of the permit varies from $52.00 to $55.00.

Title 49, "Administrative, Permit and License Fees" Section 117. Accounts for Payment of Fees asserts: Every person or entity shall open an account at the time of an initial application. The initial deposit in the account must be a minimum of $250.00 and maintain a minimum balance of $100.00 to cover any anticipated cost for permits and inspections. When the promotional sign period has ended and a final inspection is made verifying that the signs have been removed, you may request the remainder of the sum in your account to be refunded.

Title 51, Section 3107.18 Excluded from Right-of-Way; Removal Authorized. No sign shall be permitted in the right-of-way of a street under any circumstances. Any sign located in the right-of-way of a public street is by this section declared a public nuisance, a danger to public safety, and may be removed by the code official or any police officer of the City of Tulsa.

The right-of-way is public property between the street edge and your property line, which extends from the edge of the street usually 12 1/2 feet, but can extend a much greater distance to your property line. To obtain the right-of-way distance for your property you may call the Mayor's Action Center at 596-2100. An inspector will be in your area approximately one week from today to determine if your business is in compliance. The penalty for non-compliance can be up to $500.00 as determined by the court system.

Your cooperation in this matter is to everyone's benefit. Thank you for helping us make Tulsa a more beautiful place to live and do business.

Bob Hunt, City of Tulsa, Sign Inspections, 596-9680

 

It has always been Harmon Foundation's policy that charities are responsible for hanging/installing banners, yard signs and/or posters at their own expense, and for complying with applicable building and sign regulatory ordinances and statutes whether city, state or federal.  

Thank goodness the banners are free!


Link to: City of Tulsa Permits and Licensing web page 


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