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COVID-19 Update: Building

The Building Department is open for permits and outdoor inspections. No inspections are currently being scheduled inside occupied dwellings.

For more information, please visit Section 2109 of the Zoning Ordinance.

Fee: $25 + $50 per sign face

A permit for signs requires a Building Permit Application found on the Building Permits, Applications, & Forms page.


Signs allowed without a permit:

  • Directional signs less than or equal to four (4) square feet (one (1) for each public entrance from a collector/arterial street: up to a maximum of two (2) per zoning lot/development).
  • Flags bearing national, state, municipal, educational institution or organization as approved by the building official.
  • Nameplates less than or equal to two (2) square feet.
  • Temporary special event signs up to 30 days per year (cannot be in right-of-way, may be up to ten (10) percent of the front face area of the building).

Prohibited Signs:

  • String lights, LED tube/string lights used in connection with a business
  • Portable or swinging signs
  • Signs on trees, utility poles, benches or private property
  • Signs with obscene material or distracting terms (“stop,” “look,” or “danger”)
  • Signs in right of way
  • Signs with flashing, noise, moving lights, varying light intensity, animation, excessive brightness, images displayed for less than ten (10) seconds, fading or scrolling between messages
  • Illuminated signs without a permit
  • Non-illuminated window signs occupying more than twenty (20) percent of all windows or with more than two (2) signs per window
  • Signs that advertise products/services not provided on site
  • Temporary special event signs (banner signs) displayed for longer than thirty (30) days per year
  • Damaged or illegal signs

Charter Township of Ypsilanti  •  7200 S. Huron River Dr. Ypsilanti, Mi 48197  •  (734) 484 - 4700

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