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Sign Regulations

The following summarizes the City of Fargo's basic rules about signs; these rules are expanded on in the Fargo Sign Code. There are three categories of signs:

Forbidden Locations

Signs are not permitted on the boulevard or other city right-of-way including telephone, power and light poles. Due to the increased number of such signs and complaints about them, the city has begun to rigorously enforce this rule and will be confiscating signs that are found on the right-of-way.

The only exceptions to this rule are garage sale, real estate open house, or Parade of Homes directional signs specific to a short-term event. These signs may be in place a maximum of 14 days and not more than 3 days before and one day after the event.


To obtain an Off-Premises (Billboard) Sign Permit Application or a Permanent Sign Permit Application, please visit our Forms & Publications page.

Sign Permit Fees

Effective January 1, 2008

City of Fargo Sign Code