Signs - Lake Elsinore

Lake Elsinore
General Rules: 

A sign permit must be obtained, before putting up a sign as per the City Code at 17.196.030 Permit required.

Application for sign approval must be submitted to the City along with three copies of the plan showing the position of the sign; design and structure details; a current photograph showing existing signs; a statement showing the dimensions and size of all signs; and other information the City may need. For more on this part, CLICK HERE at 17.196.040 Procedure.

Public Right of Way: 

E. No signs, lights or other advertising structure shall be located in such a manner as to constitute a hazard to pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or in such a manner as to obstruct free and clear vision at any location where, by reason of the position, shape, color or movement may interfere with, obstruct the view of, or be confused with any authorized traffic sign, signal or device, nor shall such sign advertising structure make use of any word, phrase, symbol or character in such a manner as to interfere with, mislead or confuse traffic. Taken from Prohibited Signs, Section 17.196.100

Prohibited Signs: 

Portable signs, signs which incorporate in any manner any flashing, moving or intermittent lighting, rotating or animated signs and signs that do not obstruct the view of pedestrians and motorists. 

Real Estate Signs: 


On-Site Signs and Flags. New residential developments which offer 10 or more units for sale or lease may erect temporary on-site advertising signs subject to the following:
  1. Size.

    • One sign per residential development may be located within the boundaries of the development. Such signs shall not exceed 100 square feet in area and with a total height of 20 feet above grade;
    • Additionally, up to 10 flags shall be allowed, such flags shall not exceed 15 square feet in area and with a total height of 20 feet above grade.
  2. Approval Required. Signs and flags are subject to approval of a temporary sign permit by the Director. The permit shall be valid for one year. Extensions may be granted by the Director upon request of the applicant until all units are sold;
  3. Bond Required. Such signs and flags are subject to a $500.00 cash bond in order to guarantee prompt removal upon expiration of the approval period, not to exceed 30 days. For more, click here at 17.196.130 Temporary advertising for new residential developments.



Your permit could be revoked if you do not comply with the provisions of the code.

In the case of Off-site directional signs, any sign placed contrary to the provisions of this title may be removed by the City and the cost of removal shall be deducted from said deposit. Additional costs incurred by the City resulting from the removal of illegal signs shall be charged to the developer.

Miscellaneous (other notable information): 

Definitions: “Off-site sign” means any sign, including billboards, which directs attention to a business, commodity, service or entertainment conducted, sold or offered elsewhere than on the premises, and only incidentally on the premises if at all.