Sign Permits

To help support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has extended the duration that a temporary banner may be displayed to 60 days and has waived all Temporary Banner Permit fees. To obtain a Temporary Banner Permit, please complete a Temporary Banner Permit application and email the completed application to A completed application may also be mailed to: City of Rancho Santa Margarita, Attn: Planning Division, 22112 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688. Staff will confirm acceptance and approval of the Temporary Banner Permit via email. This is a temporary measure intended to help local businesses in accordance with the City’s Declaration of Local Emergency; all temporary banner regulations will be reinstated when emergency orders are lifted.
Sign Requirements
You must obtain approval of a sign permit and a building permit from the City's Development Services Department prior to the installation of any new sign. Most commercial centers in the City have approved Sign Programs which establish a common theme, incorporating similar design elements in terms of materials, letter style, color, illumination, sign type, and sign shape.

Before purchasing a new sign, first consult with your property manager and be sure to contact a planner from the Planning Division to review the applicable regulations.

Temporary Banner Permits

Temporary banner permits do not currently require a sign permit, but are required to comply with the following requirements:
  • Temporary banners are limited to no more than 24 square feet.
  • Temporary banners are allowed for a period of no more than 30 days within a calendar year.
  • Temporary banners are limited to where they can be located on the property
  •  In certain circumstances, alternate locations may be approved (i.e., sport registrations, community-wide events, etc.).
For More Information
Furthermore, no sign permit may be issued until a Certificate of Use and Occupancy Permit has been approved. For further information, you may contact the Development Services Department at 949-635-1800.

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