This one thing kills business owners before they even open! 

1. Have you checked your local zoning?
    What do or don't you see? Many new business owners think they found the perfect location for their business. However, they failed to check the local zoning or landlord sign criteria. This is a very common mistake made by new business owners. They often think they can just put up a sign they like and will be open and ready for business. However the landlord’s sign criteria may be a sudden shock to the budget. Many new business owners don’t even know about sign criteria before they sign the lease agreement. Once they are locked in to a contract, they realize their sign budget may need to increase dramatically to afford the type of sign the landlord requires. Often this will leave a new business without a sign for many months. Many don’t ever get a sign and eventually go out of business all together.
2. Check your landlords sign Criteria before you sign on the line!
    A sign criteria is usually provided by the landlord to show you what type of signage tenants are allowed to put on their storefront. This is very important to know to accurately determine the budget needed for a sign. It will usually lay out the size, colors, whether or not logos are allowed, etc.
3. Is the property you are leasing located in an area with a town review board?
    Before you plan your grand opening, you need to make sure you won’t have any delays from local governing offices. Some properties fall within a town review board’s area and require their approval for any changes made to the property, including signage. Do your research before you sign the lease. You may not be allowed to do what you originally planned. Many town review boards will dictate the look of your location. They can deny you the right to use your logo for a sign and can even tell you what color your sign must be.
   To add to this confusion, these review boards typically only meet once per month. Usually, they require plans and proposed designs to be submitted in advance. We recommend submitting two sets of sign plans. What you want? What you think they want? Taking these things into consideration will often keep you from having to wait another 30 days for the next review board meeting.
4. Once you have landlord and Town review approval, it's time to get permits for your signage.
    Every sign requires a sign permit. Some require an electrical permit as well. Every county, town, or jurisdiction has different requirements and processes. Sign permit acquisition can be very time consuming and frustrating. Certain permits even require appropriate licenses to obtain them. Your local sign company should have these licenses and the know-how to quickly obtain all necessary permits. Once all the work is complete the sign company of your choice will have to call in all the necessary inspections and obtain the final sign permit for your records.


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