Please contact the Planning Division at (805) 583-6769, if you desire to discuss your proposed sign(s), and for any questions you may have regarding the planning process and/or the required application submittal information and materials.
Permanent SignsIf you are interested in a permanent sign for your project or business, please refer to SVMC Section 9-37.060, which calls out specific standards depending on whether the project is located in the residential or commercial/industrial zoning district. The standards regulate the size and placement of wall signs depending on the size and proximity of the building to the street, and the size, height, and site location of freestanding monument signs. In designing your sign(s), please refer to the Permanent Sign Handout and the Citywide Design Guidelines to review the quality of signs the City is visualizing for our community.
Any new or revised sign requires a Sign Permit, which is issued by the Planning Division. In most cases, your sign contactor prepares the exhibits and applies for the permit, with the appropriate Planning Review Fees. The exhibits should include a photo simulation(s) showing the proposed sign(s) on the building and/or the monument sign along the street frontage of the property.
Please refer to SVMC Section 9-37.070 for general standards for all temporary signs. The following criteria for temporary signs are required to ensure fairness among the businesses and to preserve the aesthetic value of our City.
1. Temporary signs should be prepared by design professionals (e.g., graphic designers) whose principal business is the design, manufacture, or sale of signs, or others who are determined by the Director of Environmental Services to be capable of producing professional results.
2. The City of Simi Valley does not regulate message content (copy) of signs; however, the following are principals of copy design and layout that can enhance the readability and attractiveness of signs:
a. Sign copy should relate only to the name and/or nature of the business and/or promotion.
b. Information should be conveyed briefly or by logo, symbol, or other graphic manner. The intent should be to increase the readability of the sign and thereby enhance the identity of the business.
c. The materials should be durable and capable of withstanding weathering.
d. The colors on signs and structural members should be harmonious (e.g., compatible and complementary) with one another.
For information regarding the specific types of temporary signs, please select from the following:
3. Temporary Charitable Commercial Signs are commercial signs posted by a charitable organization, as defined in SVMC Section 9-80.020. Temporary Charitable Commercial Signs do not require a permit, subject to the following standards: 1) property owner permission is required; 2) posting period is limited to 30 days prior and 5 days after the respective charitable commercial event; and, 3) the posting period is affixed to the lower right side of the sign. The size of the sign is limited to a maximum 6 feet high and 12 square feet. There is no limit to the number of signs or the zone for which they are located; however, no sign is allowed in the street public right-of-way.
5. Real Estate Signs for the purpose of sale or lease are allowed without a permit per State Civil Code Section 713. The signs are allowed on a continuous basis subject to one sign per parcel, maximum six feet high, and limited to 50 square feet in commercial/industrial zones and 12 square feet in residential zones.
6. Vehicle Signs are allowed without a permit, if the sign is painted directly upon, magnetically affixed, or permanently affixed to the body or other integral part of the vehicle, and does not extend more than 12 inches above or beyond the overall height or width of the vehicle.