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The Sign Project Process

Here at Dale Sign Service we have decades of experience with how a sign project runs from start to finish, but many of the customers we help are new to what a sign project entails.

Here is an overview of the project life cycle of a sign so you can be comfortable knowing what to expect when you bring your sign project to us.


Even if you’re not sure what your sign will actually look like, you can call and talk to us about the general dimensions of the sign, its location – inside or outside, over a highway or on a low brick wall – whether it will be lit, what material you want it made out of and general ideas like that. Those kinds of characteristics can help guide your next steps in the project, specifically the design portion. We also can answer any questions you have about the rest of the sign project process, especially as it relates to your project.

From the characteristics of your project we can help you understand what your options are. Using our extensive knowledge of zoning and permitting, materials and where they work best, along with what size signs will have the best impact, we can give you estimates based on all the various options. This way we can proceed with your sign project confidently.


Once you know the possibilities from our conversation on what options are available to you, you can work with our design team to create the sign or signs you want. This is more than materials and dimensions – this includes colors, logos, lettering and anything else that will go into the design of the sign. We can help you from any point in your design, whether you have only a vague idea of what you want your sign to look like all the way to if you have a design finalized.

Our professionals also will work into the design of the sign all the details that will be necessary to pass the permitting process, if a permit is required, such as how the sign will be mounted, how it will be lit, and other details on how it will be installed. If your sign is intended for the inside of a building, we can help with what requirements the building owner has for the sign, as well as inform you about what signs work best for transfer to other buildings should you decide to move to a new location.

During the design phase of your sign project, we can help you understand what signs require a permit and what to expect from the permit process. This includes our estimate of how long the permit process takes, along with how long it will take to make your sign.


Many signs require a permit. Usually signs that are outside or visible to the general public have permit requirements. We are knowledgeable about permit requirements at the city, county, state and federal levels, along with timelines for a permit and the cost of a permit. We will help you through the permit process for your sign project.


The Sign project process

This might be the most exciting part of the entire sign project. You’ve designed your sign and gotten it through the permit process. Now we get to build your sign. We have decades of experience in building all kinds of signs and take pride in our craftsmanship. We enjoy seeing the fruits of our labor and delivering the finished product to our customers.


Often, delivering the finished product to our customers includes installing the sign. Along with our decades of experience in sign making we have decades of experience in sign installation and installers with decades of collective experience in installing signs. We offer installation services for all our signs and enjoy installing our signs, which is the equivalent of seeing our work on display.

Post-installation maintenance

Even after our signs are installed we don’t consider our job complete. You can count on Dale Sign Service to help you maintain your sign after it is installed. We are happy to keep your sign running smoothly, if there are mechanical parts, and looking good.

Now that you know the steps involved in a sign project from start to finish, talk to us about your sign project and we’ll be happy to see your vision go from an idea to a reality.

The sign experts

13652 Manchester Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63131

Phone: (314) 966-2620

Immediate sign services

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