Contractor Licensing/Registration

General sign erector and limited sign erector

Any applicant who wishes to perform the work of a sign erector in the City of Columbus must first be licensed.

The work of a general or limited sign erector includes, but is not limited to, the erection, maintenance and removal of any permanent, illuminated exterior sign, permanent neon graphic or neon outline lighting, exterior or interior, any graphic on an exterior illuminated awning, permanent, non-illuminated exterior sign more than ten square feet in area and a temporary exterior sign more than 16 square feet in area. 

City of Columbus (licensed) General Sign Erectors may erect and service all graphics allowed by the City of Columbus Graphics Code. 

City of Columbus (licensed) Limited Sign Erectors shall only engage in the erection, maintenance, and removal of painted and non-illuminated graphics no more than 64 square feet in area, limited to 16 feet in height, and not installed over the public right-of-way.

In order to be licensed in the City of Columbus as a General Sign Erector , applicants are required to have a minimum of 5 years of experience in the erection and fabrication of signs.

In order to be licensed in the City of Columbus as a Limited Sign Erector , applicants are required to have a minimum of 3 years of experience in the erection and fabrication of signs.

Related Code Information:
Chapter 3381 IMPLEMENTATION

The Board of Sign Erectors meets once per month. Applicants must submit their application (and fee) no later than 1 week prior to the next scheduled board meeting.

Applicants are required to attend the Sign Erectors Board meeting which takes place at 3:00PM on the 1st Tuesday of every month. Meetings are held in Conference Room D at the Department of Building & Zoning Services, 
757 Carolyn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224.

  1. Adjudications
  2. Due process complaints (filed against or by the contractor)

Below are a list of associated forms:

Sign Erector License Application  
Contractor License Transfer Application  
Application to Waive Board Recertification  
City of Columbus Bond Form  
Assignment/Authorized Signer Form