Signs

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita seeks to eliminate blight, improve the appearance of business and residential areas, and create a community where all those who live, work and play can experience a sense of pride and well being. Your partnership is needed to achieve these goals. The City's Municipal Code is designed to protect the residential atmosphere of your neighborhood as well as to prevent unsafe and unsightly use of property.  By reporting violations of our codes, you allow us to work together to achieve the quality of life everyone wants to enjoy in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Sign Requirements

There are special requirements for construction and placement of business signs. These codes are designed for safety and appearance:
  • Any permanent sign requires a Sign Permit, which can be obtained from the Planning Division. For information, please call 949-635-1800, ext. 6701.
  • Temporary banner signs require a permit and are subject to specific regulations related to the size and length of time the banner may be displayed. Please click below for the permit application for a temporary banner.
  • Signs on public property are not permitted. This includes public buildings, walls, bridges, hydrants, trees, street signs, traffic signs, utility poles, utility equipment boxes, etc.
  • Sign twisters and other human directional signs are not permitted.
Reporting Complaints
Issues related to signs can be called in 24 hours a day at 949-635-1800, ext. 6703. You may also report an online complaint on the City's Community Connection.