Temporary On-Premise Signs

Temporary on-premises signs are permitted in accordance with Chapter 155 of the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances (specfically Sections 155.20 through 155.24). Temporary signs shall be regarded as personal property unattached to the real property on which they are placed, and shall not be considered structures for purposes of compliance with other requirements of the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances or the applicable zoning regulations.

If does not meet the standards provided in Chapter 155, it is prohibited unless it can meet the regulations for permanent signs provided in the zoning regulations (the Land Development Code).

Types of Permitted Temporary On-Premises Signs

See Chapter 155 of the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances for the complete ordinance provisions.

Small freestanding signs. One small freestanding sign associated with a principal non-residential use shall be allowed.

  • Permitted only on properties associated with a principal non-residential use.
  • Shall not exceed 12 square feet of surface area per face and there shall be no more than 2 faces.
  • Shall not extend more than 4 feet above the ground on which it is placed.
  • Limited to the hours of operation of the principal non-residential use on the site.
  • Shall not be allowed within the public right-of-way, interstate right-of-way, expressway right-of-way, or a public easement, unless all required permits have been issued therefor.
  • Shall not be constructed and placed in a location that obstructs sight lines for streets, pedestrian right-of-way, and driveways.
  • Shall not be illuminated or contain any electrical component.

Banner signs.  One temporary banner sign shall be allowed on the premises of a non-residential principal use. A permit is required for every temporary banner sign.

  • Shall be attached to permanent structures only.
  • Shall not be installed in a manner that allows it to flap or otherwise move with the wind.
  • Shall not be displayed to exceed 30 consecutive days and/or for a cumulative period not to exceed 90 days in any calendar year.
  • Shall be limited to the greater of 60 square feet or 50% of the permitted permanent attached sign area for the side of the permanent structure on which the temporary banner sign will be installed (calculated using the applicable zoning regulation)

Temporary freestanding signs.  One temporary freestanding sign shall be allowed. A permit shall be required for every temporary freestanding sign.

  • Permitted on any property
  • Limited to a period not to exceed 120 days in any calendar year 
  • Shall not exceed 32 square feet of surface area per face and there shall be no more than 2 faces
  • Shall not extend more than 6 feet above the ground on which it is placed
  • May not be illuminated, or contain any electrical component unless UL approved and unless connected to a ground fault interrupter; all illuminated signs shall be non-flashing and any illumination shall be constant in intensity and color
  • All components shall be non-moving and stationary

Window signs.

  • Permitted for all principal non-residential uses
  • A principal non-residential use may display window signs in windows on the ground floor of the building so long as the area of such signs does not exceed 25% of total of each window in which the signs are located

Rent/sale signs.

  • Permitted in any zoning district
  • One rent/sale sign shall be permitted for each street abutting the property on which the sign is placed
  • Where a non-residential property's street frontage exceeds 600 linear feet, 2 rent/sale signs may be located along that street frontage
  • Must be removed no later than seven days following the closing of sale or consummation of lease for the property.
  • Rent/sale signs located on a non-residential property may not exceed 64 square feet in area
  • Rent/sale signs located on a residential property may not exceed 12 square feet in area
  • Where 2 rent/sale signs are permitted to be located on one property, the combined area of the signs shall not exceed the total maximum area allowed for one rent/sale sign

Construction signs and subdivision construction signs.

  • Permitted in any zoning district
  • One construction sign per contractor engaged in construction activity on the property on which the sign shall be permitted
  • One subdivision construction sign shall be permitted at each dedicated street entrance within the building lines of the subdivision
  • Construction signs associated with an individual contractor may not exceed 12 square feet in area and may not be more than 15 feet above ground in height.  Alternatively, one sign associated with all contractors engaged in work on the property on which the sign is placed may not exceed 64 square feet in area and may not be more than 15 feet above ground in height.  Subdivision construction signs may not exceed 64 square feet in area and may not be more than 15 feet above the ground in height.
  • All construction signs must be removed within 7 days following issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the building that is the subject of the construction activity.  Subdivision construction signs may be placed no more than 60 days prior to the commencement of construction, and may remain until such time as 80% of the lots in the subdivision have been sold.