Am I allowed to put up a temporary sign?

Yes, but there are rules that need to be followed.

According to Article Ten, Section C.5a of the Town of Simsbury Zoning Regulations, temporary outdoor signs for public purposes may be erected for charitable, civic, or non-profit purposes in all zones, under the following conditions:

  1. Temporary Sign Permit is issued by the Zoning Enforcement Officer. The application, which clearly states the size and location of the sign(s) and clearly indicates that the owner of the property has approved of the sign's posting, must be completed and signed by the applicant.
  2. No permit shall exceed sixty (60) days and the sign shall be removed by the applicant upon expiration of the Permit.
  3. No temporary sign authorized under this sub-section shall exceed 32 square feet.

Additionally, if the sign is posted on Town property, there is a limit of 2 weeks. Again, a temporary sign permit application will need to be filled out and approved by the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

According to Article Ten, Section C.5b of the Town of Simsbury Zoning Regulations, temporary signs for business purpose may be issued under the following conditions:

The following temporary signs shall be allowed by Permit from the Zoning Enforcement Officer in the Simsbury Center Zone, the Professional Office Zone, all Business Zones (B-1, B-2, B-3), and the Industrial I-1 and I-2 Zones:

1.       Temporary sign in lieu of a permanent sign which is pending before the Zoning Commission or an approved sign which is under construction; under the following conditions:

i.                A Temporary Sign Permit is issued by the Zoning Enforcement Officer. The application, which clearly states the size and location of the sign(s), must be completed and signed by the applicant;

ii.               The temporary sign shall be affixed to the exterior of the structure or located within the structure and visible from the exterior and shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet;

iii.              No Permit for this type of sign shall be valid for more than ninety (90) days or until the permanent sign has been installed. The sign shall be removed upon expiration of the Permit;

iv.              If a new business is opening, or an existing business coming under new ownership or management on a lot which has a previous sign approval, this section may be utilized to post a sign announcing that information, however, in this case, no Permit shall be issued for more than ninety (90) days.

2.       Temporary Signs to Advertise Special Business Events.

One temporary free-standing sign per business advertising a special sale, promotion, or other important business events shall be permitted four (4) times per calendar year under the following conditions:

i.                A Temporary Sign Permit is issued by the Zoning Enforcement Officer which clearly states the size and location of the sign(s), must be completed and signed by the applicant;

ii.               Such sign shall not be more than twelve (12) square feet in area nor be more than four (4) feet in total height;

iii.              Permits shall be issued in fourteen (14) day increments;

iv.              No sign shall be placed within the right-of-way of any town or state road nor obstruct the sight line of any intersection;

v.              All signs must be in good repair, and have a professional appearance

vi.              No sign allowed under this subsection shall be within one hundred fifty (150) feet of another sign allowed under this subsection.