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A sign permit for a permanent sign is always required before any exterior sign (as defined by the City and County of Honolulu) may be installed. This requirement applies to all types of signs, including free standing, wall-mounted, and marquee signs. In most cases, any “electrified” signs will require both a sign and an electrical permit.

Our staff can organize the necessary permits to ensure that the signage installation is performed in accordance with local city and county requirements. We can also provide all the necessary documentation including site drawings and certificates of insurance that may be required by city and county, building department, shopping center management company or property land owner.

The following information is typically necessary to process the permit application:

  • Tax Map Key number of the building that the sign will be installed on
  • Zoning district of the building that the sign will be installed on
  • Linear frontage of the business establishment where the sign will be installed
  • Size (SQFT) and dimension of the sign
  • Location of the sign on the property or building (site plan required)
  • Shop drawing of the sign

Peterson Sign Company can help you with the entire process to make sure your signage is not only visible, but legal.

From the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP)

This information is related to obtaining a permit for a sign by the Honolulu City & County. If electrical work will be involved, you must also apply for a separate building permit.

DPP site

Applying online