Construction Site Signage Requirements

Signs on Temporary Protective Construction Structures

Protective structures such as construction fences, scaffolds and sidewalk sheds have specific signage requirements and prohibitions

  • Construction Code §3301.9 contains the required signs to be posted at a construction or demolition site. Such signs include the fence project information panels and the sidewalk shed parapet panel. Construction and demolition projects excluded from displaying fence project information panels or sidewalk shed parapet panels must comply with Construction Code §3301.9.3 and 3301.9.4, respectively, and display the prescribed information. Such signs shall be maintained so that the sign remains legible, securely attached and free of sharp edges, protruding nails or similar hazards.
  • Construction Code §3307.4.6 prohibits the posting of any sign, information, pictorial representation, business or advertising message to any protective structure other than required by law.
  • Construction Code §3301.10 provides an exception to the above prohibition when a temporary structure obscures the view of a lawful, existing business sign. When that occurs, a temporary business sign may be posted on the protective structure in accordance with the following regulations:

    1. The temporary sign shall be securely fastened to the face of the protective structure at a location directly in front of such business storefront;
    2. No projecting temporary signs shall be permitted, and all temporary signs shall be limited to a maximum height of 4 feet (1219 mm), and when affixed to a sidewalk shed, shall not project above the parapet;
    3. No temporary signs shall be permitted on the ends of any protective structure, unless the lawful and existing sign would otherwise be obscured from view by a deck or parapet of a sidewalk shed or bridge; and
    4. No temporary signs shall project below the deck of any sidewalk shed.
Note: A temporary sign is a sign that is on display for 30 days or less. If the sign is on display for more than 30 days, a permit is required.

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