BUREAU OF STREET LIGHTING
BANNER PERMIT APPLICATION
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Which section of the Los Angeles Municipal Code regulates street banners?
2. Who may install banner?
Answer: Any entity, organization or individual complying with ordinance requirements.
3. What is required for a person and/or a company to install banners in the City?
Answer: Liability Insurance coverage in the amount of $500,000 and Cash or a Bond in the amount of $1,200 on deposit with the Bureau of Street Lighting. A list of authorized banner companies is available at Bureau of Street Lighting upon request.
4. How far in advance should banner applications be submitted?
Answer: Minimum ten working days in advance of event date.
5. Are the locations requested guaranteed?
6. What are the fees to install banners?
7. How long does it take to process an application?
Answer: Ten business days if there are no controversial issues associated with issuance of the permit.
8. What happens when there is insufficient funding in the debit account?
Answer: The use of the banner permitting systems requires opening a debit account. Banner Company is notified and no permit is issued until the account is sufficiently funded.
9. In what order are applications approved?
Answer: On a first come first served basis the Bureau of Street Lighting shall determine priority for approval for requested locations by the date of receipt of application for a permit.
10. Can picture for artwork of the banner be submitted after the permit has been approved?
Answer: No, it must accompany the application.
11. What if I need to change a location or the date?
Answer: You must notify Bureau of Street Lighting at (213) 847-1451 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. prior to the issuance of the permit.
12. How much time do I have to take down the banners?
Answer: Banners shall be removed within 72 hours of the expiration date on the permit. Unless otherwise stated removal activities shall not take place between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. or between 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
13. Do I still need council district approval?
14. Can banners be installed on wooden utility pole?
Answer: Yes. Written approval from affected utility company is required.
15. Can I have the fees waived?
Answer: No. Fees are not waivable. Non-refundable application fees is required for all applicants except for City sponsored events.
16. How long may banners be displayed?
Answer: Various display periods for various types of events range from 30 to 90 days for the initial permit.
17. Can banners be used as directional signage?
Answer: No. Directional signage is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation.
18. Are apartment dwellings considered single-family residences?
19. Where in the City may I install banners?
Answer: At authorized and approved pole locations within the City. (Not on street trees, on city streets/roadways of 84 feet or more in width or on streets where adjoining land use is primarily residential).
20. Are balloons or other decorations allowed?
Answer: Balloons are not permitted; however seasonal decorations are.
21. What is the maximum size of a banner?
Answer: 24 square feet.
22. Who do I contact for approval to install banners on State Highways?
Answer: CalTrans. (Approved encroachment permit is required).
Answer: Not without written authorization from the property owner.
24. What is the difference in a pull-down banner and an overhead banner?
Answer:1. Pull-down - A banner suspended over the public sidewalk or roadway, attached to a single electrolier.
2. Overhead - A banner suspended over the public roadway attached at both ends to an electrolier, outdoor advertising structure or building(s).
25. What is a seasonal decoration?
Answer: Any decoration that is not a banner.
26. What is a Business Improvement District (BID)?
Answer: An Organization that has a determination of exemption from Federal Income Tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501(c)6 of the Internal Revenue Code. A copy of the determination letter must accompany the application.
27. What is a Charitable Organization?
Answer: An organization that has the determination of exemption from Federal Income Tax as an organization described in the Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c) (3). A copy of the determination letter must accompany the application.
28. What is a Nonprofit Organization?
Answer: An organization that is incorporated or otherwise organized as a nonprofit organization pursuant to the laws of the State of California or the United States. Documentation supporting nonprofit status must accompany the application.