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Sign permit

A sign permit is required to erect, enlarge, expand, alter, operate, or relocate a sign within the Village.

To expedite review, please be sure to submit the following with the permit application found below.

  • Plans and specifications showing the location on the lot or building face and the methods of construction, illumination and support

  • A scale drawing showing sign faces, exposed surfaces and the proposed message and design, accurately represented as to size, area, proportion and color

  • Photographs of the street sides of the property, showing all existing signs

  • A calculation of the total amount of sign area presently on the property

  • The applicant's assertion that the sum of the areas of the requested sign and any existing sign do not exceed the maximum allowed

  • Evidence of a valid business license (when required)

  • Letter from a licensed architect, structural engineer, or sign manufacturer/installation company verifying the structural integrity, safety and overall soundness of the sign design and installation

Sign permit application

Work hours in the Village of River Forest:

  • 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Saturdays
  • No work on Sundays, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas

Prohibited signs

The following signs are specifically prohibited: 

Advertising/Billboard Home Occupation Real Estate Sold Signs A Sign on Public Property
Attention-Getting Devices Moving or Animated Temporary Signs Sign Painted Directly on a Wall or Fence
Banners Off-Premises* Vehicle/Trailer Ground Sign More than 15 Feet Above Grade of Adjacent Residential District
Box Signs Portable Signs Pertaining to a Business No Longer Operating  
Electronic Reader Board* Projecting Signs Sign on Tree, Utility or Light Pole  

*These signs may be approved as part of a Planned Development


Contact Building & Zoning

  • (708) 714-3552
    (708) 366-3702 fax
  • 400 Park Avenue
    River Forest, IL 60305
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  • Mon: 8:00am to 7:00pm
    Tue–Fri: 8:00am to 4:30pm