Sign Code Update

The City of Surprise is in the process of amending City Code Chapter 113, which deals with signs. The update aims to balance business needs with aesthetics, while meeting the requirements of law, and staff is currently seeking public input.

PDF FileRead the proposed changes to the Sign Code

View the Sign Code Resource Flyer

Sign Code Resource Flyer

Public Meetings


 
In Spring 2017, the city hosted a series of public meetings to gather input on proposed sign code changes. The next step in the process is to conduct a series of discussions with the Planning and Zoning Commission. Each session will cover a specific topic related to the sign code, as outlined below. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these meetings.

 
 Date Topic  Time  Location
July 6 - Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting Wall Signs and Freestanding Signs 6 p.m.  Surprise City Hall – City Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
July 20 - Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting Billboards, Freeway Signs, and Electronic Messaging Centers (EMCs) 6 p.m. Surprise City Hall – City Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
Aug. 3 - Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting Temporary Signs 6 p.m. Surprise City Hall – City Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
Sept. 7 - Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting Open Discussion and Summary of Revisions 6 p.m. Surprise City Hall – City Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
 

Following the Planning & Zoning Commission discussions, staff will make the appropriate revisions to the draft sign code, post the revised draft to the city’s website for public review, and schedule public hearings for Fall 2017.

The anticipated timeline includes: a City Council Work Session discussion in November 2017; a City Council vote at a Regular Meeting in December 2017; and sign code policy changes to be effective in January 2018.

Public comments may be submitted anytime during the process.
 
For questions regarding the update to the sign code, please contact Robert Kuhfuss at robert.kuhfuss@surpriseaz.gov or 623-222-3137.

How to offer input:


  • Attend one or more of the public input meetings listed above.
  • Submit written comments:
    • By Mail:
      Robert H. Kuhfuss, AICP, City of Surprise Community Development Department
      16000 Civic Center Plaza,
      Surprise, AZ 85374
    • By Email: robert.kuhfuss@surpriseaz.gov
    • Online: via the text box below