Permitted and Prohibited Signs

Prohibited Signs


The following signs are prohibited:
  • Signs that illuminate to an intensity more than 200 lamberts, as measured from the right-of-way, or in such a manner so as to cause glare or brightness to a degree that could constitute a hazard or nuisance or is constructed or contains material capable of reflecting light images, sound waves or mirrored images
  • Signs that display gestures or words which are obscene as defined in the Sign Regulations of the Red Oak Zoning Ordinance
  • Signs, other than a nameplate and address showing street number, on a fence, railing or wall which is not a structural part of the building in or facing a residential zoning district, whether or not on the property line
  • Billboards
  • Unless authorized by the City Council, signs, paper or material, or paint, stencil or writing of any name or number (except house or street address numbers) or other mark on any public sidewalk, curb, gutter or street.
  • Permanent banners unless:
    • The banner is not facing a right-of-way
    • The banner is directed toward the inbound lanes of an on-site drive-through or walk-up window or self service machine
    • The building is not a kiosk.
  • Signs upon any public utility pole, or structure, or on any tree that is located on public land or in a public right-of-way
  • Over or in public rights-of-way. No sign may be erected in the right-of-way except movement control, traffic control devices, street signs or directional signs placed by the city or state.
  • Signs that prevent free ingress to or egress from any door, window or fire escape. No sign of any kind may be attached to a standpipe or fire escape
  • Signs that obstruct free and clear vision, or at any location whereby reason of position, shape, color, degree, manner or intensity of illumination it may interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic
  • Signs that interfere with, obstruct the view of, or be confused with any authorized traffic control device
  • Signs that encroach upon the visibility triangle of any street intersection
  • Signs of any type erected within 50 feet of an adjoining residential district except by special permit of the City Council, subject to appropriate conditions and safeguards.
  • Signs attached to a motorized vehicle, where the primary use of such vehicle is for sign purposes are prohibited. Signs attached to or upon any motorized vehicle are prohibited where any such vehicle is allowed to remain parked in the same location, or in the same vicinity, at frequent or extended periods of time where the intent is apparent to be one of using the vehicle and signs for the purpose of advertising. Vehicles operating under a city franchise are excluded from this provision. This provision does not restrict the identification signing on vehicles used for delivery service, interstate commerce or any bona-fide transportation activity.

Permitted Signs


Signs advertising each legally zoned activity within any district are allowed subject to the following conditions and regulations:
  • Signs must pertain only to the identification of a building, business, or products and services manufactured, sold, or offered on the premises where the sign is located, except as otherwise provided.
  • In the event two (2) or more signs share a single structure, each sign or panel may be considered separately for square footage purposes, provided that each sign or panel has no relationship to the others, except the combined footage of such signs cannot exceed the total square footage allowed for the sign.
  • Except as otherwise provided, all signs must conform to the following requirements relative to type of sign allowed, maximum area, surfaces, heights, location, setback, and other provisions as set forth below by zoning district:

Residential Districts (AG, RE, R-1, R-2, R-3, and R-4)


No signs is permitted in a Residential Zoning District except as follows:

Non-residential Uses in a Residential District.


For a property used for a non-residential use such as a church, school or park located in a Residential District (AG, RE, R-1, R-2, R-3, AND R-4), no signs are permitted in these areas except as follows:
  • Those signs allowed under Purpose and Procedures Exemptions.
  • One attached or detached sign subject to the following restrictions:
    • Maximum size is 40 square feet;
    • Construction design and material must match main building;
    • Entire sign must be located inside private property; and
  • Such temporary signs that may be allowed by the Temporary Signs Regulations.

Apartment District


No signs are permitted in an Apartment District except the following:
  • Those signs allowed under Purpose and Procedures Exemptions.
  • Such temporary signs that may be allowed by the Temporary Signs Regulations.
  • One sign per street front, subject to the following restrictions:
    • The sign may be attached to the building or set back half the distance from the building line to the property line
    • The sign must not exceed 40 square feet
    • The sign height can not exceed 12 feet
    • Construction design and sign material must match the main building
    • The entire sign must be located inside private property

Business District Signs (O, C-1, C-2, C-3, I, HO, and PD)


No signs is permitted in the O, C-1, C-2, C-3, I, HO, and non-residential areas of a PD zoning district except for the following:
  • Those signs allowed under Purpose and Procedures Exemptions.
  • Such temporary signs that may be allowed by the Temporary Signs Regulations.
  • Permanent signs which comply with the following restrictions:
  • Monument signs may not exceed 120 square feet total surface area.
  • Multi-tenant Monument signs may not exceed 200 square feet total surface area.
  • Attached Signs that meet the following conditions:
    • The basic allowance for wall signs is limited to 3 square feet of sign area for each lineal foot of building or tenant frontage
    • The minimum sign area for each tenant may not be less than 25 square feet
    • Each tenant may have multiple attached signs as long as the total attached sign area does not exceed the allowances established for attached signs
    • An attached sign or signs can not be greater than 75% of the length of the tenant space or the length of the building frontage for single tenant buildings
    • The area of any wall sign may be increased by 25% when the building is setback at least 200 feet from the public right-of-way and may be further increased an additional 25% for each additional 200 feet of setback, or fraction thereof, up to a maximum of 100%
    • Attached signs can not exceed the roofline
    • For an attached sign which is framed, outlined, painted or otherwise prepared and intended to provide a background for a sign display, the area and dimensions includes the entire portion within such background or frame. For an attached sign comprised of individual letters, figures or elements, the area and dimensions of the sign encompasses a regular geometric shape (rectangle, circle, trapezoid, triangle, etc.), or a combination of regular geometric shapes, which form, or approximate, the perimeter of all elements in the display, the frame, and any applied background that is not part of the architecture of the building. When separate elements are organized to form a single sign, but are separated by open space, the sign area and dimensions are calculated by determining the geometric form, or combination of forms, which comprises all of the display areas, including the space between different elements. Minor appendages to a particular regular shape, are not included in the total area of an attached sign.
  • No sign is allowed on a roof
  • Each sign must provide a minimum of 10 feet vertical clearance from sidewalk or ground level
  • Monument and Multi-tenant Monument Signs with an effective area of 50 feet or less may be located as near as 5 feet to the public right-of-way or at the building line if this requires lesser setback provided that said sign is a premise or direction sign and does not occupy the space between 2 feet and 10 feet above grade within 15 feet of the public right-of-way except for supports, which may not exceed a total cross section area of 2 square feet
  • Monument and Multi-Tenant Monument Signs with an effective area of 120 square feet or less may be located as near as 15 feet of the public right-of-way provided that said sign is a premise or directional sign
  • Permanent attached banners that meet the standards of “drive-through banners” and conform to all restrictions except the vertical clearance requirement. Such banners may be replaced without the requirement of additional permits
  • Permanent detached banners with effective width of no more than 3 feet measured from the edge of the structure on which the stanchions are attached to the outer edge of the banner, and a length, if attached to a monument sign, of no more than 90% of the height of such sign, or, if attached to a private light pole or pole sign, of no greater than 90% of the distance between a point 10 feet above the adjacent ground and the connection coupling of the light fixture, arm, or sign frame. No more or less than 2 permanent detached banners may be symmetrically attached to the side of any existing monument sign or to the pole of an existing pole sign or private light pole. Permanent detached banners attached to private light poles and pole signs must be a minimum of 10 feet from the adjacent ground at their lowest point. Permanent detached banners must be attached by 2 cast metal decorative stanchions in such a manner that the banner is taut across the entire surface of the sign. The stanchions must be removed or a new banner displayed if no banner has been displayed for a period of 90 consecutive days. Banners that utilize approved stanchions may be replaced without the requirement of additional permits, however if the stanchions are removed, replaced, or relocated a new permit is required. Stanchions must be similar in design to the image below:

Decorative Stanchion

  • Illuminated or non-illuminated attraction or reader boards that can accommodate posters no larger than 24 square feet, are constructed of a metal frame, and are flush mounted to either the side or rear exterior wall of a structure or to the front wall of a structure with a SUP. Attraction or reader boards must be displayed in such a manner that no portion of the poster or frame is higher than 8 feet above the adjacent ground level. Up to 3 attraction or reader boards may be displayed on a rear or side elevation, however, additional attraction or reader boards may be displayed provided that there are no more than 1 attraction or reader board per every 10 lineal feet. Illuminated attraction or reader boards must be installed so that no wiring or conduit is visible or accessible to the public
  • Such signs as allowed by the Off-Premise Detached Signs Regulations below

Interstate Signage for property within an HO, C1, PD Zoning District


Interstate signs on property within an HO, C1 or PD zoning district must comply with the following:
  • Signs are subject to the Texas Highway Beautification Act-Outdoor Advertising Signs.
  • Permanent signs are subject to the following restrictions:
  • Monument signs can not exceed 40 feet in height and 10 feet in width. Overall surface area can not exceed 150 square feet.
  • Multi-Tenant Monument Signs can not exceed 40 feet in height. Overall surface area can not exceed 300 square feet;
  • Attached Signs that meet the following conditions:
    • The basic allowance for wall signs are limited to 3.25 square feet of sign area for each lineal foot of building or tenant frontage
    • The minimum sign area for each tenant can not be less than 25 square feet
    • Each tenant may have multiple attached signs as long as the total attached sign area does not exceed the allowances established for attached signs
    • An attached sign or signs can not be greater than 75% of the length of the tenant space or the length of the building frontage for single tenant buildings
    • The area of any wall sign may be increased by 25% when the building is setback at least 200 feet from the public right-of-way and may be further increased an additional 25% for each additional 200 feet of setback, or fraction thereof, up to a maximum of 100%
    • Attached signs can not exceed the roofline
    • For an attached sign which is framed, outlined, painted or otherwise prepared and intended to provide a background for a sign display, the area and dimensions include the entire portion within such background or frame. For an attached sign comprised of individual letters, figures or elements, the area and dimensions of the sign encompasses a regular geometric shape (rectangle, circle, trapezoid, triangle, etc.), or a combination of regular geometric shapes, which form, or approximate, the perimeter of all elements in the display, the frame, and any applied background that is not part of the architecture of the building. When separate elements are organized to form a single sign, but are separated by open space, the sign area and dimensions are calculated by determining the geometric form, or combination of forms, which comprises all of the display areas, including the space between different elements. Minor appendages to a particular regular shape are not included in the total area of an attached sign.
  • Pole signs can not exceed 50 feet in height; must be mounted on one or more freestanding columns, on braces in or upon the ground and not a part of the building. The overall surface area can not exceed 300 square feet
  • A Monument, Multi-Tenant Monument, or Pole sign with an effective area of 50 square feet or less may be located as near as 5 feet to the public right-of-way or at the building line, if this requires a lesser setback, provided that said sign is a premise or directional sign, does not exceed 50 feet in height and does not occupy the space between 2 feet and 10 feet above grade within 15 feet of the public right-of-way except for supports, which may not exceed a total cross-sectional area of 2 square feet
  • A Monument, Multi-Tenant Monument, or Pole sign with an effective area of 150 square feet or less may be located as near as 15 feet to the right-of-way, provided that said sign is a premise of directional sign and does not exceed 50 feet in height
  • A Monument, Multi-Tenant Monument, or Pole sign with an effective area of 300 square feet or less may be located as near as 25 feet to the right-of-way or as near as the building setback line specified by the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, whichever is further, provided that it does not exceed a height of 50 feet
  • The sign must be within 500 feet from or adjacent to the interstate
  • Permanent detached banners with effective width of no more than 3 feet measured from the edge of the structure on which the stanchions are attached to the outer edge of the banner, and a length, if attached to a monument sign, of no more than 90% of the height of such sign, or, if attached to a private light pole or pole sign, of no greater than 90% of the distance between a point 10 feet above the adjacent ground and the connection coupling of the light fixture, arm, or sign frame. No more or less than 2 permanent detached banners may be symmetrically attached to the side of any existing monument sign or to the pole of an existing pole sign or private light pole. Permanent detached banners attached to private light poles and pole signs must be a minimum of 10 feet from the adjacent ground at their lowest point. Permanent detached banners must be attached by 2 cast metal decorative stanchions in such a manner that the banner is taut across the entire surface of the sign. The stanchions must be removed or a new banner displayed if no banner has been displayed for a period of 90 consecutive days. Banners that utilize approved stanchions may be replaced without the requirement of additional permits, however if the stanchions are removed, replaced, or relocated a new permit is required. Stanchions must be similar in design to the image shown in Business District Signs above.
  • Illuminated or non-illuminated attraction or reader boards that can accommodate posters no larger than 24 square feet, are constructed of a metal frame, and are flush mounted to either the side or rear exterior wall of a structure or to the front wall of a structure with a SUP. Attraction or reader boards must be displayed in such a manner that no portion of the poster or frame is higher than 8 feet above the adjacent ground level. Up to 3 attraction or reader boards may be displayed on a rear or side elevation, however, additional attraction or reader boards may be displayed provided that there are no more than 1 attraction or reader board per every 10 lineal feet. Illuminated attraction or reader boards must be installed so that no wiring or conduit is visible or accessible to the public.

Off-premise Detached Signs


A Specific Use Permit is required for all Off-Premise signs.