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Surprise Sign Ordinance: Business Input

Friday, June 23, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Raoul Sada
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Action Alert

(Surprise Only)

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce


The Chamber’s Action Alerts are sent to members and the business community when their action is needed.  Action Alerts enable the business community to engage in the political process. Your voice will make a difference. The Chamber is not affiliated with any governmental entity. The mission of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce is to champion economic prosperity, foster a pro-business climate, and to improve the quality of life in our region.

RE: Surprise Sign Ordinance

·         In February 2017, Surprise City Council approved removing the temporary sign policies adopted during the 2009 economic downturn and the 2016 Bell-Grand construction project to support permanent and more engaging signage throughout the city.

·         Effective April 23, 2017, all businesses and organizations must adhere to the original signage policy which includes, but is not limited to: • A-frames are not permitted city-wide • Building banners are only allowed twice per year, for 30 days city-wide • In the event of a Grand Opening, the building banner is permitted for a 60-day period city-wide • Special events require a Temporary Use Permit* *This requirement was temporarily lifted for Bell-Grand businesses under the temporary policy

·         The next step in the process is a series of discussions with the Planning and Zoning Commission. Each session will cover a specific topic related to the sign code, as outlined below.

·         Following the Planning & Zoning Commission discussions, staff will make the appropriate revisions to the draft sign code, post the revised draft to the city’s website for public review, and schedule public hearings for Fall 2017.

·         The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce is encouraging business owners to make your voice heard.


Five Things You Can Do Now:  

1.    Review the proposed sign ordinance ay


2.    Attend the Chamber breakfast on meeting on June 27 and hear from Eric Fitzer, Community Development Director, City of Surprise on the proposed sign ordinance.


3.    Attend a Planning Zoning Commission meeting, and make your voice heard.  


4.    Go to the Chamber website and complete the sign survey (


5.    Contact the City of Surprise with your comments to make official comments.

Chamber Breakfast

June 27, 2017, from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM

City of Surprise Sign Ordinance Update

(Registration fees apply, special rates are available)


Register at

The Colonnade
19116 Colonnade Way
Surprise, AZ 85374

Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings

You are encouraged to attend, even if you think that subject matter might not pertain to your specific situation.


  1. July 6, 2017 – Wall Signs and Freestanding Signs
  2. July 20, 2017 – Billboards, Freeway Signs, and Electronic Messaging Centers (EMCs)
  3. August 3, 2017 – Temporary Signs
  4. September 7, 2017 – Open Discussion and Summary of Revisions


The above meetings will take place at 6:00 PM at the City Council Chambers located at 16000 Civic Center Plaza in Surprise.



What is Chamber

A chamber of commerce is an organization of businesses seeking to further their collective interests while advancing their community. Business owners voluntarily form these local societies/networks to advocate on behalf of the community at large, economic prosperity and business interests.


What is advocacy?

Communities depend on strong economies to thrive, and strong economies are built by healthy businesses. It is important that policy-makers understand the impact legislation and regulations has on the business community so that policy encourages economic growth, not hinder it. Having a healthy business community encourages other businesses to locate in our area, making our region more vibrant and creating a higher quality of life. 

What advocacy means to you and businesses

The Surprise Regional Chamber advocates for business-friendly legislation at the local, state and federal levels of government. We monitor public policy issues so that you can focus on your business, not government regulation.