General Sign Permit Information
Whether you are opening a new business, re-branding your business by changing your sign, moving to a new location or hosting a special event, you will likely need to obtain a sign permit from the Town. Please review the links and information below. If you have any questions, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact us.
Regulations regarding signs in the Town are outlined in Article 15 of the Leesburg Zoning Ordinance. A separate Sign Permit application is required for each permanent business sign. In general, businesses within the Town of Leesburg are limited to two signs per business. Regulations may differ if you are located in the Old and Historic District (See Old and Historic District Sign Guidelines) or in a multi-tenant building/shopping center with an existing comprehensive sign plan (see below). A Certificate of Appropriateness application is required for all signs in the H-1 Old & Historic District or the H-2 Historic Corridor District.
There are various types of signs available to businesses within the Town of Leesburg. The sign type best suited for you may depend on your type of business and characteristics of your location. Article 15 Appendix 1 provides illustrations of various sign types.
When submitting your sign application, please ensure that each application is accompanied by two sets of plans demonstrating the size, character, color, letter style and design proposed; the method of illumination, if any; the exact location of the proposed sign, including a site diagram; and in the case of suspended or projecting signs, the method of mounting each sign and its supporting structure.
Comprehensive Sign Plans
Owners of shopping centers or other multi-tenant buildings may wish to adopt a Comprehensive Sign Plan for their property. These sign plans allow for a more cohesive design compatible with the architectural character of the property and can simplify the sign permit process for current and future tenants. For a complete listing of properties with comprehensive sign plans in the Town of Leesburg, please visit our interactive map.
To apply for a comprehensive sign plan, you must submit an application form along with four sets of plans including the following information; a site plan depicting the location of the proposed signs, colored illustrative drawings, and a specification sheet detailing the size, character and color, as well as the method of illumination and supporting structures (if any).
For properties in the H-1 Old & Historic District, comprehensive sign plans require the approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness application by the Board of Architectural Review in compliance with the H-1 Old & Historic District Sign Guidelines. Please contact our Preservation Planner Lauren Murphy for additional information.
For properties outside of the H-1 Old & Historic District, comprehensive sign plans are reviewed by an internal staff committee. Criteria and guidance for these properties is located in Article 15 of the Town of Leesburg Zoning Ordinance. Please contact our Zoning Administrator Michael Watkins for additional information.
Temporary Sign Permits
There are two types of temporary sign permits issued by the Town as explained below:
A. Promotional Event Sign. If your business is has a special sale or promotion, you may wish to apply for a temporary sign permit. These signs are attached to the primary structure and may be up to 24 square feet and 6 feet in height. Display of promotional event signs is limited to 14 continuous days, five times a year with a separate permit required for each display period. The sign must be removed within 24 hours of the permit's expiration date.
B. Temporary Business Identification. While your permanent business signage is being manufactured or under review, you may apply for a temporary sign permit. These wall mounted temporary signs may be up to 24 square feet to identify a business for a period of 45 days prior to approval of permanent signage.
A one-time renewal of 30 days is permitted upon approval of the Zoning Administrator or designee.
Applications for Temporary Sign Permits must be accompanied by two sets of plans demonstrating the size and placement of the sign.