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Sign Permits

Sign Controls:

The City of Malden regulates signs in Malden through the Sign Control Ordinance (R.O. 1991 Section 3.35) to ensure signs are appropriate for their respective uses, keep with the appearance of the affected property and surrounding environment, and are protective of the public health, safety, and general welfare. 

The Sign Control Ordinance describes what signs require a permit and what signs are prohibited. It also includes regulations for different types of signs, where signs can be located, the size of signs, and the number of signs allowed.

The Malden Sign Control Ordinance is available here.

Permit to Erect Sign:

All signs require a Permit to Erect Sign, except for signs not requiring a permit under the Sign Control Ordinance. The fee for the Permit to Erect Sign is $100 plus $5 for every $100 value of the sign.

The application for the Permit to Erect Sign is available here.

Sign Design Review:

Any sign requiring a permit must be reviewed and approved by the Sign Design Review Committee (SDRC).  Applications for sign design review must be filed with the Department of Permits, Inspections, and Planning Services. Within 45 days of the submission of a complete application, the SDRC will issue an approval or notice of denial to the applicant.  Any conditions or restrictions contained in the Sign Design approval are conditions for the issuance of the building permit. The fee for Sign Design review is $50 per application.

The application for Sign Design Review is available here

More information about the SDRC process is available here.


For questions about the sign permit process, contact Cathy Bartlett in the Permits, Inspections, and Planning Services Department at or 781-397-7000 x2151