All temporary or permanent commercial signs require a sign permit, unless specifically exempt. For signs that do not qualify for a standard permit, the Sign Review Board may grant a modification from the standard regulations.

The following types of signs are not permitted in Rockville: flags, banners, pennants, portable signs, changeable message, flashing or blinking signs.

Signs Not Requiring a Permit:

  • Private residential signs limited to 150 square inches. Certain institutional uses, such as churches and nursing homes, are permitted to have larger signs, which require permits.
  • Election signs are only allowed on private property and are limited to five square feet per sign. Signs should be removed seven days following the election.
Still have questions? Contact: 

Sign Permits
111 Maryland Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Process

Review Requirements

Review the City of Rockville's sign regulations and City Code to understand the guidelines required by the city.

  • All signs must be on same premises as the business.
  • Window signs must not exceed more than 20 percent of the window area.
  • Sign permits are required for refacing an existing sign.
  • Blinking, flashing or moving signs are not allowed. Only churches, gas stations and movie theaters are allowed changable message signs.
  • Signs should be consistent in design with other nearby commercial signs.
  • Temporary "Grand Opening" banner signs are allowed with permit. Size restrictions apply.

Gather Required Documents and Application

Complete the application for a sign permit with the following required materials: 
  • Three copies of drawings showing how the sign is to be displayed, indicating where it will be placed. Drawings must include sign dimensions, lettering and background colors.
  • Written consent of owner(s), or the owner's agent, granting permission for the placement of the sign.
For modification requests, complete the sign modification application.

Submit Application

Bring all required documents with the $85, non-refundable application fee to:

City Hall, Second Floor
Inspection Services
111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850

Sign Review Board

If the sign is not compliant, the permit request will be reviewed by the Sign Review Board, where the application will be approved, modified or denied. You will be given your meeting date after the application has been accepted.