Signs

Overview


The Planning Division handles all requests for signs within the Village of Libertyville. Requirements for signs are governed by the Village Zoning Code. These requirements were updated in May 2015, a copy of the regulations can be viewed in Ordinance 15-O-40. Nearly all signs require a permit. The number of signs per location is determined by the square footage of the space. A copy of the Appearance Review Guide and/or Sign Permit Application is available for you to download. Sign requirements can be found in Article 11 of the Zoning Code (also refer to related amendments).

You may contact us on-line, by phone at (847) 918-2028 or by visiting 200 E. Cook Avenue, Libertyville, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Sign Location
Signs must be located on private property, in the location approved by the permit. Off-site advertising is not allowed in the Village.

Styles of Signs


  • Awning/Canopy
  • Balloons
  • Banners
  • Flags
  • Freestanding
  • Marquee
  • Projecting
  • Others - feathers, windrunners, etc.

Types of Signs and Requirements


Temporary Sign
(Grand Opening, Special Sales, Balloons, Banners & Flags, etc) – Issued for a 30 day display period. Temporary sign permits may be obtained 3 times a year with a 15 day waiting period between display periods. Temporary Signs for new businesses will not be approved until the business has occupancy or a Building Permit for the tenant space.

Temporary Business Sign (sign to identify business while permanent sign is being approved). A Temporary Business sign permit may be obtained once the permanent sign has been applied for and allows a 60 day display period.

Monument Sign. A sign design plan, landscape plan, foundation plan and if necessary electrical diagram must be included with the Sign Permit Application.

Wall Sign. A sign design plan and if necessary electrical diagram must be included with the Sign Permit Application.

Directional Signs. A sign design plan and if necessary electrical diagram must be included with the Sign Permit Application.

Garage/Yard Sale Sign. Allowed only on the private property where the sale is being held. No signs are allowed in the public right-of-way or attached to street lights, trees, stop signs, or traffic signals

Real Estate Sign (open house, home for sale or rent). Allowed only on private property where the sale is being held. No signs are allowed in the public right-of-way or attached to street lights, trees, stop signs, or traffic signals

New Development Sign. Allowed at site (as approved by the Appearance Review Commission and permit) for a six month display period.

Political Message Sign. Two signs per lot, not to exceed four square feet in area. Must be set back no closer than 15 feet to any lot line or public right-of-way.

Election Sign. Sign shall be on private property and requires owner consent. Shall not exceed 16 square feet in area and located not closer than 15 feet from any intersection. Signs to be posted no more than 45 days before the election they apply and must be removed within 5 days after the election.

Window Sign.
  • C-1 Commercial District – For first and second floor tenants, one permanently affixed window sign is permitted per window opening, not to exceed 35% of the window opening.
  • All Other Non-Residential Districts – Total area of all window signs shall not exceed 35% of total window area on any street frontage.