Sign Permit Information

The City of Salem is now using an online system for permit applications. This new system will streamline the application process for both the applicants and the department staff.

Applicants can take out permit applications at a time and location of their convenience; payment by credit card or check is also securely integrated into the process via Stripe. An e-mail address is required to access this system.

Please navigate to to access the applications available.

All exterior signs, awnings and interior signs that can be seen from the exterior are required to receive permitting prior to installation.  

For the Salem Sign Ordinance, please see Chapter 4 of the Code of Ordinances.

Portable ("A-Frame") Signs - The Portable Sign Ordinance was adopted in June 2010.  Please click here to read the ordinance.  

The following information is applicable to all signage:

If the location is in the Urban Renewal Area, the following information is also applicable:

Please note that in some areas of the city, additional approval by a governing board or commission may be required (i.e. Salem Historical Commission).

For additional assistance, please see pages 16 through 21 of the Commercial Design Guidelines.

For more information on the sign permitting process, contact 978-745-9595, Ext.5685.