Sign Ordinance Update

The Development and Sustainability Department (DSD) is beginning the process of updating the City’s sign code.

The current Sign Code is part of Mesa’s Zoning Ordinance - Title 11, Chapter 41.  It was originally adopted in 1986, but has been updated several times.

The City is seeking public input on:

  • Topics:  identifying topics for inclusion in the update process.  The topics may be broad or specific, such as:
      • Permanent Sign allowances
      • Temporary Sign allowances
      • Comprehensive Sign Plans
      • Freeway Sign allowance
      • Electronic Message Sign Panels
      • Historic Signs
  • Issues:  identifying issues that may exist with the current Sign Code.


Sign Code Advisory Committee

Committee was created to facilitate public involvement and provide direction to the Zoning Administrator in drafting.

This Committee consists of a representative from each of the following boards:  Planning and Zoning Board, Board of Adjustment, and Design Review Board.

Current Topic/Issue List

Upcoming Meetings

5:00 p.m.
Main Library
Saguaro Room
64 E. 1st Street

Date Location/Topic
March 7
Residential Signs
March 21

Downtown/Urban Area/Mixed Use Signs

April 11

Comprehensive Sign Plans, Application Processing, Sign Permits, Sign Design Standards

April 18

Nonconforming Signs, Discontinued Signs, & Abandoned Signs. Removal of Abandoned, Nonconforming and Discontinued Signs

April 25

Freeway Signs, Electronic Message Panels

May 2

Discussion/Direction Before Writing Initial Draft


The current plan is to try to conclude discussions by May 2nd.  A May 16th meeting could be scheduled at the discretion of the SCAC. Staff would then spend June, July and August drafting the Sign Code Update, and ask the SCAC to meet again in September for review. Although this initial draft would be a public document and available for individual review and comment in September, the Public Review process (including public hearings) of the Draft Update would tentatively be scheduled to begin in mid-October with the Planning and Zoning Board. Other advisory board public hearings and meetings would follow in late October and November, 2013.

Previous Meetings
Date Location/Topic
February 21 Commercial Signs
February 7 Temporary Signs
January 24 Set basic organization of the Sign Code Advisory Committee and list of topics for future meetings.



Questions?  Contact:
Gordon Sheffield

How can I participate?


Tentative Timeline for Process:

through Spring 2013 - Sign Code Advisory Committee meetings

Summer 2013 - Development of Draft Document

Fall 2013 - Public Hearings (Planning & Zoning Board, Design Review Board and Board of Adjustment public meetings)

Winter 2013/14 - City Council Consideration