Sign Code

A-frame sign policy temporarily amended
Beginning, Monday, March 30, 2020, businesses in the city of Surprise will be allowed to display an A-frame sign along the adjacent roadway or roadway closest to their business subject to certain requirements. This is a temporary action due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the requirements…

On March 6, 2018 City Council voted to approve a new City Code Chapter 113, which addresses signage. The update aims to balance business needs with aesthetics, while meeting the requirements of law.

The code is effective April 5, 2018.

Res 2018-04 Approved Sign Code

Please note that city businesses operating under an existing Comprehensive Sign Program (CSP) will continue to be guided by the rules of their CSP.

Quick Reference: Temporary & Kiosk Signs

Temporary Signs

Some of the highlights of the new code specific to Temporary Signs are:

  • A limited number of small A-Frame signs may be placed in the right-of-way in residential zoning if in conjunction with a Lawful Temporary Event, subject to certain hours of display. Activities that qualify as Lawful Temporary Events include but are not limited to real estate open houses and religious services held at local schools.
  • A single large A-Frame sign may be erected within 15’ of the public building entrance serving a lawful commercial use. The A-Frame sign may not be located in the right-of-way unless the public business entrance to the building takes access from that right-of-way.
  • Banner signs are allowed in residential and non-residential zoning districts as well as construction sites, subject to certain limitations.
  • Teardrop banners (feather flags) are only allowed in conjunction with a Lawful Temporary Event subject to certain limitations.

Kiosk Signage

The city is contracted with National Sign Plazas to provide directional kiosk signage for businesses city-wide. Kiosk signage is a unique and aesthetically pleasing way to promote several businesses in one location. Kiosks reduce the perception of clutter by providing an organized way to advertise local businesses. Contact Brian Guffey with National Sign Plazas, 480.968.2978, to learn how to get started.

Questions? Please Contact: 

Jason Moquin
City of Surprise Community Development Department
16000 Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85374