Apply for a Banner Permit

Do you want to hang a banner on a city-owned light pole? We allow organizations to hang banners on light poles to promote events. You can apply for the permit here. 

Online Form

Step 1.Review the banner requirements before applying

Make sure to start the process early. We recommend checking availability at least a month before you want to hang your banner. We also recommend that you use a sign or printing contractor. This process can be difficult to do on your own. 

Banner timing and payment:

  • You'll need to submit your application at least 14 days in advance (no more than 1 year in advance)
  • We issue permits for 2 month periods.
  • It costs $50.00 for each 2 month period you apply for, and you can hang as many banners as you want.
  • Send a check to pay for your permit. Write checks to the Grand Rapids City Treasurer.

Banners restrictions:

  • No political banners
  • No advertisements for a product
  • No reflective banners or banners with flashing lights
  • No banners that attempt to direct or influence street traffic in any way.
  • No banners that obstruct traffic signals or signs.

Step 2.Decide where you want to hang your banner

Decide which light pole you want to hang your banner(s) on.

To check availability, give us a call at the number listed in the Contact Us section. Expect a call back from the City within three business days.

Step 3.Design your banner

It's a good idea to review the Banner Specifications. After you choose an available light pole, your contractor will check the size of your banner to see if you need extra hardware.

If you want to make your own banner, give us a call.

Step 4.Fill out the online form

Apply Online

Step 5.We'll review your application

You can expect to hear back from us within 7 business days.

Paper Form

Step 1.Review the banner requirements before applying

Make sure to start the process early. We recommend checking availability at least a month before you want to hang your banner. We also recommend that you use a sign or printing contractor. This process can be difficult to do on your own. 

Banner timing and payment:

  • You'll need to submit your application at least 14 days in advance (no more than 1 year in advance)
  • We issue permits for 2 month periods.
  • It costs $50.00 for each 2 month period you apply for, and you can hang as many banners as you want.
  • Send a check to pay for your permit. Write checks to the Grand Rapids City Treasurer.

Banners restrictions:

  • No political banners
  • No advertisements for a product
  • No reflective banners or banners with flashing lights
  • No banners that attempt to direct or influence street traffic in any way.
  • No banners that obstruct traffic signals or signs.

Step 2.Decide where you want to hang your banner

Decide which light pole you want to hang your banner(s) on.

To check availability, give us a call at the number listed in the Contact Us section. Expect a call back from the City within three business days.

Step 3.Design your banner

It's a good idea to review the Banner Specifications. After you choose an available light pole, your contractor will check the size of your banner to see if you need extra hardware.

If you want to make your own banner, give us a call.

Step 4.Print and fill out the banner permit form

Download and print or scan the form to submit.

Download Application

Step 5.Mail, email, or drop off your completed form

You can find our contact information in the Contact Us section on the right side of this page.

Step 6.We'll review your application

You can expect to hear back from us within 7 business days.

Phone

Step 1.Review the banner requirements before applying

Make sure to start the process early. We recommend checking availability at least a month before you want to hang your banner. We also recommend that you use a sign or printing contractor. This process can be difficult to do on your own. 

Banner timing and payment:

  • You'll need to submit your application at least 14 days in advance (no more than 1 year in advance)
  • We issue permits for 2 month periods.
  • It costs $50.00 for each 2 month period you apply for, and you can hang as many banners as you want.
  • Send a check to pay for your permit. Write checks to the Grand Rapids City Treasurer.

Banners restrictions:

  • No political banners
  • No advertisements for a product
  • No reflective banners or banners with flashing lights
  • No banners that attempt to direct or influence street traffic in any way.
  • No banners that obstruct traffic signals or signs.

Step 2.Decide where you want to hang your banner

Decide which light pole you want to hang your banner(s) on.

To check availability, give us a call at the number listed in the Contact Us section. Expect a call back from the City within three business days.

Step 3.Design your banner

It's a good idea to review the Banner Specifications. After you choose an available light pole, your contractor will check the size of your banner to see if you need extra hardware.

If you want to make your own banner, give us a call.

Step 4.Call our office to get a copy of the form

We can mail, email, or fax the form to you. Call the number in the Contact Us section on the right side of this page.

Step 5.Mail, email, fax, or drop off your completed form

Send the form to the address, email, or fax number in the Contact Us section on the right side of this page.

Step 6.We'll review your application

You can expect to hear back from us within 7 business days.

In Person

Step 1.Review the banner requirements before applying

Make sure to start the process early. We recommend checking availability at least a month before you want to hang your banner. We also recommend that you use a sign or printing contractor. This process can be difficult to do on your own. 

Banner timing and payment:

  • You'll need to submit your application at least 14 days in advance (no more than 1 year in advance)
  • We issue permits for 2 month periods.
  • It costs $50.00 for each 2 month period you apply for, and you can hang as many banners as you want.
  • Send a check to pay for your permit. Write checks to the Grand Rapids City Treasurer.

Banners restrictions:

  • No political banners
  • No advertisements for a product
  • No reflective banners or banners with flashing lights
  • No banners that attempt to direct or influence street traffic in any way.
  • No banners that obstruct traffic signals or signs.

Step 2.Decide where you want to hang your banner

Decide which light pole you want to hang your banner(s) on.

To check availability, give us a call at the number listed in the Contact Us section. Expect a call back from the City within three business days.

Step 3.Design your banner

It's a good idea to review the Banner Specifications. After you choose an available light pole, your contractor will check the size of your banner to see if you need extra hardware.

If you want to make your own banner, give us a call.

Step 4.Come to our office to fill out the form

 We'll give you a copy of the form and help you fill it out.  You can find our address in the Contact Us section on the right side of this page.

Step 5.We'll review your application

You can expect to hear back from us within 7 business days.