Did you know you need a permit to place A-Frame portable signs in the City of Lincoln? Title 16 of the Lincoln Municipal Code provides details on the Sign Ordinance. Sign Permits undergo a similar review process to Building Permits.

How to Apply

1. Fill out a Sign Permit Application

2. Submit 2 copies of a picture or drawing of the proposed sign, including dimensions. Sample below.

Diagram showing sample A-frame sign drawing, labeled A for width, B for height, C for depth

Maximum Dimensions
DimensionMaximum (inches)

Width (A)


Height (B)


3. $300 permit fee

4. Submit 2 copies of dimensioned site plan showing proposed location. Please include details such as:

  • Distance to curb (min. 2' from edge of curb)
  • Existing doorways
  • Landings
  • Light poles

Sample below:

Diagram showing sample site plan for a sign on the sidewalk. Sign is shown 2' from curb on a 12' wide sidewalk.

Submit Permit Package

You can submit your permit package and check payment at the Building Permit Counter:

City Hall

Community Development Department, 2nd Floor

600 Sixth Street

Lincoln, CA 95648

Placing Sign on Public Sidewalk or in Right-of-Way?

If yes, you also need an Encroachment Permit.

The Encroachment Permit fee is $89 and is valid for 12-months. You may re-apply after each 12-month period is up.

Review Time

Upon acceptance of a complete application, please allow up to 2 weeks for review and approval. In some instances, review process may take longer than the projected time. All applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.