Sign Permits

Sign permits are required for all new signs and replacement of or modifications to existing signs within the Town of Hilton Head Island.

What types of signs are allowed for Hilton Head Island?

  • Sign designs are reviewed for compliance with the Town's sign regulations defined in the Land Management Ordinance.
  • Refer to the Town's Design Guide for information on how to design signs that fit in with the Island's unique character.
  • View Prohibited Signs - Land Management Ordinance (LMO) Section 16-5-114.I

Sign Permit Process

A Project Manager will be assigned to guide you through the entire process and be your point of contact for any questions.

Step 1. Submit Your Application

Download the application and submit it with all required materials and filing fee.

Sign Permit Application

Filing Fees:

  • $25 filing fee plus $25 for each sign face

Application Deadlines

There are no deadlines to submit a Sign Permit application.

Step 2. Staff Review

Small Signs

  • Applications for signs smaller than 40 square feet can be reviewed and approved by staff.

Large Signs

Applications for signs over 40 square feet (including the sign face and supporting structure) are reviewed by the Town's Design Review Board.

  • Staff will prepare a report that includes a recommendation to the Design Review Board.
    Note: This is only a recommendation. The Design Review Board makes the final decision.

Step 3. Design Review Board Meeting

What can I expect at a Design Review Board Meeting?

  • The review of your application at the Public Hearing.
  • The Project Manager will present the application for the Board's review.
  • You have the opportunity to answer questions that board members may have.

The Design Review Board can:

  • Approve as submitted;
  • Approve with conditions discussed during the meeting; or
  • Deny the application.

View the Application Specific Review Procedures - LMO section 16-2-103

View our Community Development Application Process Table


Contact Trey Lowe, Senior Planner, at or 843-341-4690.