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Posted on: March 30, 2020

City temporarily amends A-frame sign policy during COVID-19 Pandemic

Sign Code Update 2020

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 set forth below.

The temporary use of A-frame signage will be in effect until the Mayor’s declaration of emergency terminates, which is at a date uncertain at this time:

A–frame Sign

  • Cannot be placed in any public or private street or sidewalk.
  • Must be placed behind sidewalk. Cannot be placed between sidewalk and street curb.
  • Sign cannot be placed within any visibility triangle (30’ from curb intersection).
  • 12 square feet sign area. (two sided)
  • 4 feet maximum height.
  • Sign must be maintained in good order and repair.
  • Sign copy must be legible.
  • Sign must be properly anchored or weighted to prevent movement but shall not be chained or cabled.
  • A-frame sign shall have the internal spacing between faces of 45 degrees. Each face shall be fabricated of a wood, hard plastic or metal material that is at least one-half inch thick with no unfinished, sharp or rough edges.

Business should also be aware that they are already entitled to utilize the following signage per the City of Surprise Sign Code:


  • Must be secured on a building. Banner must be attached properly to the building at each corner of the banner.
  • Banners cannot be attached to freestanding poles or vegetation.
  • Maximum size is 1 square foot per linear foot of lease front; not to exceed 500 square feet. (e.g. a store with 20 feet of lease front will be allowed a 20 square-foot banner-a 5’ x 4’ sign).
  • Sign must be maintained in good order and repair.
  • Banner may not exceed 80% of lease frontage or building frontage of a single tenant building.

Sign Walker

  • Sign walker is allowed in any zoning.
  • Sign walkers may carry a maximum of two single-sided signs not exceeding three square feet of sign copy each or one double-sided sign not exceeding 12 square feet of aggregate sign copy.
  • Sign walker is not allowed within 30 feet of any street or driveway intersection.
  • Sign walker is not allowed on the street, nor may they prohibit the safe passage of anyone using a public or private sidewalk.

Any sign displayed in a manner other than described in the code or this temporary policy shall be subject to the City of Surprise Sign Code, which is available at

No fees will be required for temporary signs allowed by this policy.

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