Know the Sign Code

What is the purpose of the sign code?

Signs play a major role in the identification and promotion of businesses. They also impact the City’s streetscapes and the pedestrian experience. Article 10 of the Miami 21 Zoning Code, provides regulations to:

How was the sign code developed?

The sign code was developed through a collaborative effort between business owners, sign industry specialists, and City Planning staff. A review and analysis was performed on nationwide best practices and standards of other cities and agencies to assess the City’s existing sign ordinance. The existing sign regulations were enhanced using these standards and guidelines to formulate a code to best fit Miami’s signage needs.

Why did the sign code change?

SignsSign codes of the past have established standards and guidelines in a legislative “text” format that can be confusing and misleading to users. With the adoption of the Miami 21 Zoning Code, zoning language has been put into a form-based code format that is easier to read for citizens and are more predictable. With the form-based code standard, the new sign code language is complemented with graphics, pictures, and illustrations to improve interpretation and compliance for business and property owners.


Non-Conforming Signs

What is a non-conforming sign?

Non-conforming signs are signs which do not conform to the new sign code, Article 10 as adopted on May 22, 2014.

Resources

Article 10 
Sign definitions: Article 1.3
Sign Design Standards: Table 15