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In 2015 National City enacted a new sign ordinance designed to boost the visibility of business from the street by clearing away signage clutter and creating attractive storefronts and streets. We want to build vibrant neighborhoods that are friendly, attractive, safe and energized with pedestrians and buyers!  

 This guide is intended to be a quick reference document and not an exhaustive list. Any questions related to the information contained in this guide or related to signs not referenced in this guide should be directed to the Planning Department. Additional information can be obtained through the City’s Municipal Code 
or by contacting the Planning Department via telephone at 619 . 336 . 4310 or email at planning@nationalcityca.gov


PERMANENT COMMERCIAL SIGNS

Wall Signs Perm Commercial XWall Signs - Greater than 25 Square Feet  in area

REQUIREMENT

 

 PoleMonument SignsXPole/Monument Signs - Public assembly 

REQUIREMENT

Digital Display Sign XDigital Display Signs 

REQUIREMENT
See code section 18.47.080 (k)

Wall Signs Mounted XWall Signs - 25 Square Feet or less in area

REQUIREMENT

 

 

Directional Sign XDirectional Signs 

REQUIREMENT

 

Projecting Signs XProjecting Signs

REQUIREMENT
See code section        18.47.080 (j)

HandPaintedWallSign XWall Signs - Painted 

REQUIREMENT

Commercial Flags XFlags

REQUIREMENT 

 

Reface Existing Signs XReface existing signs

REQUIREMENT
Sign Reface Application:  Please contact the planning department for more info. 


TEMPORARY COMMERCIAL SIGNS 

Banner, Flags and Pennants XBanner, Flags, and Pennants

(Except Auto Sales Lots)
REQUIREMENT

Banner permit          required

 

Temp Free Standing XConstruction Signs 

REQUIREMENT

• Building permit may be required 

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Special Events Signs

REQUIREMENT

• Temporary use          permit   

 

RESignReal Estate Signs
(Sale or Lease)

REQUIREMENT

• Building permit may be required

 

 

Window SignsTWC_Sign_Type_Grid2

REQUIREMENT

•No permit required

 

 

 

TWC_Sign_Type_GridA-Frame / Sandwich Board Signs 

REQUIREMENT

•Temporary Use permit required

 


NEIGHBORHOOD/RESIDENTIAL SIGNS


 Permanent Free Standing Signs - ResidentialPermanent free standing signs for
single-family subdivisions, multi-family
developments, and mobile home parks

REQUIREMENT

• Maximum number – two freestanding
signs
• Maximum area – one hundred square feet
total combined area

Temp Free Stand Construction-multi family XConstruction site signs-multi-family developments
REQUIREMENT

• Maximum display area for signs shall
 be no greater than fifty square feet
 per frontage
• All construction site signs must be
 removed prior final inspection or
 certificate of occupancy
• Illumination Prohibited


Construction Site Signs XConstruction site signs-single-family developments
REQUIREMENT

• Construction site signs shall be no larger than twenty square feet per frontage

 


 Permanent Wall Signs XPermanent wall signs (multi-family & mixed use only)
REQUIREMENT

• Maximum size– twenty-five square
ft or less 
• Maximum flag pole cumulative of linear footage – twenty-five feet
• Maximum flag pole height – same as
maxim

 

 
Flags XFlags                             REQUIREMENT

• Maximum flag area – twenty-four square feet
• Maximum flag pole cumulative of linear
footage – twenty-five feet
• Maximum flag pole height – same as
maximum height of zoneum height of zone

Maximum  Sign Size Residential XMaximum Sign Display
REQUIREMENT

• Six square feet per individual sign at
all times

 

 

 

 

Maximum Display XMaximum display area 
REQUIREMENT

• Sixteen square feet per parcel, per street frontage
• The maximum area is the cumulative total of all signs.
° Signs including street address,
occupants, name(s), and visual
images mounted on the ground
(i.e. door mats) not included in
maximum area
• There is no maximum area during an
election period