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Sign permits can be applied for using the Community Development Division's Enterprise Land Management (ELM) Citizen Access Portal. You must create a free private online account to apply for the permit. For questions regarding the application process, contact the Planning Department.
Additional permit information regarding temporary and limited duration signage:
For the full ordinance, view the Zoning Ordinance (PDF) and read Section 19.1-278 Limited Duration Signs.
To apply for a limited duration campaign sign permit, visit the Chesterfield County Community Development Division Enterprise Land Management (ELM) Citizen Access Portal. After creating an account in ELM, apply for a limited duration sign permit by following these instructions (PDF).
For questions or more information, contact Zoning Administrator Ray Cash by email or via phone at 804-748-1071.
Facts and considerations to note regarding limited duration signs before applying for a permit:
If the sign is in the public right-of-way on a major road, no complaints are necessary. They will be addressed as part of our routine, proactive, countywide sign removal efforts.
If the sign is on private property, you may file a complaint using the Community Development Division's Enterprise Land Management (ELM) Citizen Access Portal. You must create a free private online account to file a written complaint.
Yes. However, they are subject to rules that apply to other types of temporary signs. Such signs may not be posted in the public right-a-way, within 20 feet of the edge of pavement or curb, or posted to utility poles or traffic signs. Campaign signs must be removed after the applicable election.
No. Temporary real estate signs are subject to rules that apply to other types of temporary signs. They may not be posted in the public right-of-way. They may be posted on the property being sold or rented, subject to size, number and location standards. Contact the Planning Department for these requirements.
Banners are generally permitted, subject to the same rules that apply to other types of temporary signs. There are limited exceptions for our community event banners. Contact the Planning Department for exceptions and permitting requirements.
Illegal signs in the public right-of-way will be removed. Additionally, the county has the authority to levy a $100 fine per sign against those who post signs in the public right-of-way. Any fines collected for such violations are legally transferred to the state, not the county. The county has found that the removal of signs as a clean-up activity from the public right-of-way is the most efficient use of limited resources and results in faster compliance at a lower cost.
Illegal signs on private property are considered zoning violations and are subject to citation and fines, as appropriate. Sign code violations are considered misdemeanors and are subject to fines of up to $1,000. Additional fines may apply if the violator is found guilty by the courts and does not bring the violation into compliance as instructed by the courts.
County sign codes are part of the Zoning Ordinance (PDF) (Chapter 19.1 Code of the County of Chesterfield, Virginia, 1997). The sign code may be found in Article IV, Division 6 of the code.
Section 33.2-1224 of the Code of Virginia also prohibits signs and advertisements within the limits of the highway (public right-of-way). The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is authorized to remove any sign that is in violation of state code, especially if it interferes with roadside maintenance or presents a safety hazard to motorists. VDOT and Chesterfield County have a formal agreement authorizing the county to remove temporary signs from the public right-of-way. The county removes such sign using various staff and volunteers.
Signs and related mounting/posting materials are later disposed at Chesterfield County waste and recovery convenience centers.