Zoning and Signs
The Town of Frisco code requires businesses to acquire sign and banner permits. The code also governs outdoor displays, outdoor storage and home businesses.
Sign Permits FAQ’s
Which sign district is your sign located in?
When is a sign permit required?
A sign permit is required for any person, organization, or business desiring to construct, erect, remodel or change any sign within the Town of Frisco. Applications are administratively reviewed and approval is required prior to installation of any sign.
Existing signs that need repainted, repaired or cleaned do not require a sign permit; however, this exemption does not apply if the color scheme or design of an existing sign is altered or if such repainting results in a different business, product, sign size, or service being advertised by the sign.
Certain signs are exempt from a sign permit. See the exempt section below.
Banners and Signs are should not be erected or displayed until a permit has been approved by the Community Development Department. The Community Development Department strongly encourages businesses to not purchase signs from a sign company until a sign permit is received to avoid any additional costs to the business.
How do I apply for a sign permit?
- Fill out a sign permit application: Sign Permit Application
- Pay a $50 application fee
- Submit all required application materials
- Provide a site plan with a scale of 1”=10’ or greater depicting the locations of all existing and proposed signage, public rights-of-way, property lines, easements, grades, buildings, utilities, and landscaping.
- Provide elevation drawings, photographs, or sketches of the proposed signage depicting the dimensions, design, mounting methods, colors, materials, source of illumination and building façade or other location where the proposed signage will be located.
- A business license is required for any business wishing to display a sign.
- Provide written consent from the property owner. Homeowners Association consent when applicable.
How do I submit my sign permit application?
- The application can be filled out online and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call 970-668-5276 to pay with a credit card over the phone. Sign Permit Application
- Applications can be mailed to:
Town of Frisco
Attention: Community Development Department
PO Box 4100 Frisco, CO 80443
Send a check written out to “Town of Frisco”
- Applications can be submitted in person at Town Hall, 1 Main Street, during business hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and payment can be in the form of cash, check, or credit card.
What types of signs are prohibited and not allowed in Frisco?
- Attention getting devices such as feathers, costumed characters, sign spinners, and snipe signs
- Signs including window signs (open, closed, etc.) that have intermittent, flashing, rotating, or blinking lights or any change in color or intensity.
- Signs including banners that do not advertise an operative business. Signs must be removed within 30 days after the closing of a business. New businesses are not allowed to hang approved signs more than 30 days prior to the business opening.
- Roof signs
For a complete list of prohibited signs, refer to Section 180-22-M of the Frisco Sign Code
What types of Signs are exempt from a Sign Permit?
Certain signs are allowed to display in the Town of Frisco without the requirement of a sign permit because they do not create safety hazards or aesthetic disruption, promote public safety, or provide public information. The following signs are exempt from a sign permit as long as the signs meet the requirements identified in the Frisco Sign Code:
- Information signs on the exterior of a building or incorporated into an freestanding, projecting, wall, or hanging sign
- Examples include “open/closed” sign, “vacancy” sign for motels/hotels, “hours of operation” sign per entryway, or private warning (“no trespassing”, “beware of dog”, etc.)
- Maximum size: 2 square feet in area
- Portable Sandwich Boards Signs:
- 1 per business
- Maximum size: 30 inches in width by 36 inches in height
- Must be removed during non-business hours
- Must be located on the business property, not on public sidewalks or other public property
- Window signs
- Must not exceed 1/3 of the total surface area of the window
- Design cannot be an exact replica of a business’s permanent signage
- Illumination directed at the window sign is not allowed
- Window signs are not allowed in windows above the first floor of a building
For a complete list of exempt signs, refer to Section 180-22-L of the Frisco Sign Code
Banner Permit FAQ’s
What size of banner can I hang for my business?
Businesses located in the Main Street Sign District are allowed to display banners that are 20 square feet in area or smaller.
Businesses located in the Summit Boulevard Sign District are allowed to display banners that are 32 square feet in area or smaller.
How many weeks in a year are banners permitted to display? Temporary banners are permitted to display up to 26 weeks per calendar year, for one week intervals.
How many banners is my business allowed to hang? Businesses may hang no more than 1 banner at a time. Tenant spaces that have multiple business licenses for the same tenant space are allowed to hang 1 banner at a time.
Where can I hang my banner? Banners need to be located on the premises of the business property and are only allowed on the exterior of the building including a fence, deck, or railing. Banners are not permitted to hang on poles or in between trees or other landscaped areas.
How do I apply for a banner permit?
- The application can be filled out online and emailed to email@example.com. Please call 970-668-5276 to pay with a credit card over the phone.
- Applications can be sent by mail to Town of Frisco Attention: Community Development Department PO Box 4100 Frisco, CO 80443. Send a check written out to Town of Frisco
- Applications can be submitted in person at Town Hall during business hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and payment can be in the form of cash, check , or credit card.
The Frisco Town Code requires that all outdoor storage areas, including garbage dumpsters, be completely enclosed by a fence, wall, landscaping or berms so that no material is visible from any public right-of-way or adjacent property. Please help keep Frisco clean.
The Town of Frisco allows businesses to have outdoor displays that are approved by the Community Development Department. Outdoor displays include outside seating for restaurants, and any outside display of merchandise. Contact our department for an application and additional details. Download a Outdoor Commercial Establishment application here.
Home Offices and Home Occupations
If planning to conduct a business out of a residence there are several requirements that must be met. Please contact the Community Development Department to find out what is permitted.
Remodeling and Other Changes
Please check with Community Development Department staff prior to making any changes – construction or use – to any place of business. Some businesses are located in design guideline districts and have special requirements, including exterior paint colors. Staff can assist in determining what is allowed under the Town Code and what permits may be necessary.
Please click here to see more information regarding zoning for the Town of Frisco.
The Community Development Department is here to answer questions about the towns zoning and building codes. For more information stop by Town Hall, or call (970-668-5276), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).