Permits are required by most municipalities for signs that have a tie to a business. This means, signs that are used for promotion of a business, product, or business event. Most non-profit events, church events, and personal events are not really regulated.
Happy birthday signs, garage sale signs, and real estate signs are not usually regulated by the cities code enforcers.
In order to find out if you are going to need a permit, you need to call the building inspector of your town/city. He can tell you what regulations your town/city has, how much a permit costs, and how long the permit lasts.
The farther away you go from the city (Buffalo), the longer the permits last. Most suburbs of Buffalo allow 1-2 months maximum a few times per year.
To find the phone number to your town hall (Building Inspector/Code Enforcers #), just do a Google search and the town website should pop right up!
|Town/City||Normal Rules||Building Inspector|
|Amherst||1 Month Grand Opening, 2 week regular, 2 permits per calendar year||716.631.7000|
|Buffalo||Permits Usually Not Needed||716-851-4926|
|Cheektowaga||$50 Deposit required, 30 day maximum Fees||(716) 686-3490 or 686-3471|
|City of Tonawanda||$50 Per Sign Permit Fee Schedule||716-695-1806|
|Clarence||Temporary signs will be granted a time limit of 30 days. A business may have a temporary signnot exceeding 60 days per year. Rules|| One Town Place
Clarence, NY 14031
|Depew||30 days maximum, Once per calendar year Rules||Tony Fischione, Code Enforcement Officer 716-683-1400 x143|
|Grand Island||No Bigger than 32 square feet LINK 4 times per year, 30 day increments. $100 for 30 days||Phone 773-9600 ext. 646|
|Kenmore||$50.00 website||(716) 873-5700|
|North Tonawanda||No sign permits needed||(716) 695-8595|
|Lancaster||All temporary signs must receive a permit from the Lancaster Building Inspector and, where applicable, the Village of Lancaster Historic Preservation Commission before use. LINK||716-684-4171|
|Niagara (Town Of)||Temporary sign permits are required for each sign proposed to be erected/placed, at a cost of $25.00. The total allowable number of temporary signs, depends on the type of signage proposed . LINK||Building Inspector
(716) 297-2150 ext. 125
|Tonawanda (Town of)||Code SIGN 25SF – 34.99SF $60.00 – PORTABLE GROUND SIGN (2 WK INCREMENTS (8 WKS TOTAL) LINK||716) 877-8801|
|Williamsville||sign permit form||(716) 632-4120 x3011|
|Wheatfield||Call for information||(716) 694-1026|
|West Seneca||$70/60 Days Fee Schedule||(716) 558-3242website|
Last updated 7/6/2015