Sign Permit Details

Sign Permit

General Info - Statewide Permit


Permit required to erect, alter or relocate a sign or billboard in Howard County.

This purpose of this permit is to regulate all exterior signs and interior window signs placed for exterior observance so as to protect property values, to protect the character of the various communities in the County, to protect health, safety and morals, and to promote the public welfare.


  • N/A

    Approval time

  • $50.0 - $200.0

    Application cost

Obtaining the Permit

Ready to get your permit? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents

  1. Application must include the location of the sign structure.

  2. Application must include name and address of the sign owner and sign erector.

  3. Application must include drawing of sign design and dimensions.

  4. Application shall be signed by the applicant, if the applicant is any person other than the property owner, the permit shall also be signed by the owner of the property or his authorized representative.

  5. If building site already has signs, submit photos showing all existing signs and sign dimensions.


Apply for the Permit

Ready to apply?

  • Online Application

Maintaining Your Permit

Renewal and maintenance -

Maintaining your Permit (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain Permit/stay in good standing)

  1. Signs and billboards shall be inspected annually by the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits.

  2. All signs and billboards and components thereof shall be kept in good repair and in safe, neat, clean and attractive condition.

Agency/Contact

Permit Issuer - Information

Who issues the permit?

Howard County - Department of Inspections, Licenses, Permits

Contact Information

Cathy Anest

Email: canest@howardcountymd.org

Tel: (410) 313-2455