Sign Code

Contact Information: 

Planning Division
P: 303-450-8739

development@northglenn.org

Northglenn City Hall
11701 Community Center Drive
Northglenn, CO 80233

Sign Code

Most non-residential signs require a sign permit, whether they are permanent or temporary.

Non-residential includes:

  • Business retail or service
  • Office
  • Institutional
  • Industrial

Application

The city’s Sign Code Application must be completed and returned to the city’s Planning Division to acquire a sign permit. You will need the following information to complete the application:

  • Type of sign (use standards below to determine)
  • Cost
  • Illustration, showing the dimensions
  • For a detached sign, you need a site plan showing:
       - Sign location
       - Other significant structures on site
       - Sidewalks and bike paths
       - The set-back from street right-of-ways
  • For wall signs, provide a drawing or photo of the completed building facade, sign size and dimensions of the building facade
  • Please use the guidelines listed below to determine the regulations for the type of sign you wish to have. The city's sign code is designed to promote economic vitality by being consistent but flexible.

    Signage Standards

    Please use the charts below for signage regulations.


    PERMANENT SIGNAGE



    Permanent Wall Signage
    (e.g. Identification Sign on the Building)
    The total square footage of the sign depends on the size of the building’s facade. Multiple signs are allowed as long as the total sign area does not exceed the maximum signage area as noted in the chart.

    Building or Tenant Unit Facade Allowed Sign Area Maximum Sign Area
    251-1,000 SF 25 SF plus 1 SF per each additional 10 SF over 251 SF 100 SF
    1,001-2,500 SF 100 SF plus 1 SF per each additional 12 SF over 1,001 SF 225 SF
    2,501-5,000 SF 225 SF plus 1 SF per each additional 14.5 SF over 2,501 SF 400 SF
    5,001 SF + 400 SF plus 1 SF per each additional 20 SF with a maximum of 450 SF 450 SF

    Permanent Detached Signage
    (e.g. Identification Sign Near the Street or in the Parking Lot)
    Individual detached businesses or non-residential buildings can have one detached sign per each street frontage. The maximum size of the sign depends on the square footage of the building.

    Building Square Footage Maximum Square Feet Per Face Maximum Height Setback Low Profile Maximum Suare Feet Per Face Low Profile Maximum Height
    0-10,000 SF 36 SF 25 feet 10 feet 45 SF 8 SF
    10,000 SF + 60 SF 30 feet 75 SF

    Joint Identification Signage
    (e.g. Sign for Two Businesses That Occupy the Same Building)
    Businesses or non-residential groups that share a building, wall or parking area can share one sign per street frontage. The maximum size of the sign depends on the square footage of the building.

    Site Size Maximum Square Feet Per Space Maximum Height Setback Low Profile Maximum Square Feet Per Face Low Profile Maximum Height
    0-10,000 SF 50 SF 25 feet 10 feet 62.5 SF 8 feet
    10,001-20K SF 100 SF 125 SF
    20,001-40K SF 150 SF 187.5 SF
    40,001-80K SF 200 SF 250 SF
    80,001-160K SF 250 SF 30 feet 312.5 SF
    160,001 SF + 300 SF 40 feet 375 SF

    TEMPORARY SIGNAGE



    Regular Temporary Signage
    (e.g. Seasonal, Semi-Annual Sales)
    Up to two temporary signs - either on the wall, detached, or both - are allowed for up to 120 days during the calendar year. They can be displayed for up to 60 consecutive days at one time.

    Temporary Sign Type Maximum Size Maximum Height # of Signs Allowed Duration Limit Per Year Front, Side Setback
    Freestanding 18 SF 6 feet from grade of land 1 Up to 60 consecutive days, but no more than 120 in a year 8 times per year 10 Feet
    Wall 32 SF N/A N/A
    Development 96 SF 12 feet 1 per frontage Duration of the project Duration of the project 10 feet

    Moving Signage
    (e.g. Twirlers, Air Dancers)
    Signs that move - either mechanically, by a person, or otherwise - are allowed for up to 30 consecutive days.

    Temporary Signage Type Limited Duration Grand Opening Event
    Maximum Size 18 SF 32 SF
    Maximum Height

    10 Feet from grade of land
    # of Signs Allowed 2
    Sign Types Animated, mechanically agitated, pennants, windblades, portable, wind-powered
    Duration 30 consecutive days in a calendar year 30 consecutive days after the business is opened
    Limit Per Year Once Per Year One Time Only
    Front, Side Setback 6 Feet from edge of roadway 5 Feet from edge of roadway

    Temporary Signs That Do Not Require a Permit
    (e.g. Election, Weekend Sales)
    Non-residential users may post election and special weekend sale signs without a permit. Still, these signs must comply with display and duration rules.

    Sign Type Weekend Sign Sale Election Season Sign Election Season Banner
    Maximum Size 6 SF 3 SF 18 SF
    Maximum Height 6 Feet from grade of land 8 Feet
    # of Signs Allowed 2 3 2
    Duration Noon on Friday until the following Monday 60 days prior to the event and 5 days after
    Limit Per Year N/A Election Season
    Front, Side Setback 10 Feet

    City of Northglenn
    11701 Community Center Drive
    Northglenn, CO 80233
    303-451-8326