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Business Sign Permits, Sign Regulations, And Variances – What You Need To Know

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Where To Start With Business Signs?

If you are looking to put up outdoor business signs you chances are you will need a sign permit.  A professional sign  shop will be able take care of the paper work to make sure that you are following sign regulations and can make the sign permit process go smoothly.

Why You Need A Sign Permit For Your Outdoor Sign?

That’s any easy one, so you don’t get a fine!  If the sign inspector realizes that you do not have a permit for your sign they can fine you and have it taken down at your cost.  This is why you need to have a professional sign company prepare your sign permit.  They know which drawings and documents are required for your corporate business signs.

It is also a good idea to make sure your company is in a properly zoned area.  Most sign permits will go through quite easily if they are in a retail, corporate and/or industrial zoned area.  If the sign permit does not fit the parameters of the sign permit, a sign variance may be required.

What Is A Sign Variance?

A sign variance is an approval for a sign that does not fit the set sign permit requirements.  In other words it varies from the sign permit regulations.  This process often requires approval from a sign variance committee.  This is why it is very important to have your sign documents prepared by a professional sign maker that is making the business sign for your company.

Remember you are better safe than sorry when it comes to the outdoor business signs for your location(s).  Always make sure that you abide the areas bylaws and get the required permits prepared by professional sign company that is familiar with sign permit regulations.  Also factor in that there will time required to prepare the sign permit documents and there will be a wait for approval.  Here at The Sign Depot we know the saying  dotting the “I”s and crossing the “T”s applies to more than fonts.  Being thorough and precise in all aspects of the sign making process is something we take pride in and how we became an Award Winning Sign Company.



What To Wear – Wood Fashion

Trends in wood fashion and sign design

For many years wood has been a staple in the construction, furniture and landscaping industries.  It’s multi-purpose and durable.  It displays well in a natural finish, stained or painted, and blends well in a variety of surroundings.

Wood Signs, Lawn Signs, Business Signs

Lately the design industry has taken a look at how to incorporate wood, and that has transcended (or should I say TRENDscended) to the fashion industry.  Now wood is becoming trendy in the high fashion circles.  Wood fashion  finds  are now making their way into today’s hottest looks.  Wood fashion items tend to be fun and functional.  The question is would you wear wood?


Where would you wear wood?

The thought of wood accessories is not new to jewelery industry.  Bangles, earrings and wood beaded necklaces are very popular and match nicely with the latest styles.  Finding new ways to accessorize with wood is the latest craze!

Suddenly wood is cool to carry.  Take your wooden purse, sunglasses and iPhone case with you wherever you roam to give yourself an edgy look.

Wood Purse

Wood Sunglasses

Dear Photograph, Wood iPhone Case

Wood will continue to show up in the latest style trends and the design world is watching.

What’s Next For Wood?

Fashion designers are not the only ones looking for ways to incorporate wood.  Interior designers are adding wood in ways that go well beyond furniture.  The images below are just a few of the ways wood has added style and dimension to create interest and unique qualities to design projects.

wood wall feature

Wood Display

Wood Sign

Looking for ways to stay on trend? Contact us here at Sign Depot and we can create a wonderful wooden sign project that will make a style statement.  Find your favorite finish.  Create with contour cuts.  Choose to chisel.  Stand out with stains. These are ways that wood would make you unique to those around you.

What do you think of wood as an element of style?


Custom Designed Signs Set In Stone

Making Things Permanent with a Custom Designed Sign

Although here at The Sign Depot we specialize in sandblasted cedar signs, we create products using many other materials as well. Wood signs can be fully customized in terms of shape, colour, text and graphics but wood is not the only base that can be Sandblasted.  A custom designed stone sign is also a great way to display your name/logo/address or any other text/design.

Custom stone signs are unique looking and long lasting.  They are very versatile, whether it be as an address marker (like a farm sign), a corporate gift (a restaurant sign) or personalized present, a stone creation can be matched to fit a variety of surroundings and sandblasted to reflect the personality and/or branding of the recipient.

Custom designed stone signs work great on pathways, gardens and near sidewalks.  The weather will not be a factor when it comes to the longevity of your custom sandblasted stone sign.  In fact the outdoor elements will help create character and give it many unique qualities.   Sandblasting the stone is the only beginning of the etched look.  Once the stone has been engraved with the text and graphic in the etched areas, it is then painted to show the highlights of the now personalized stone sign.

Take a look on your gift list.  How many of your friends and family would enjoy having their name set in stone?  Sandblasted signs make great wedding gifts, corporate gifts, and a great present for that hard to buy for person at Christmas.   If a few names come to mind, make sure to contact us and we can help you create a one of a kind custom designed stone sign.  Once designed your custom sign can begin the production process and finishing process and soon your unique stone sign will in your hands.

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