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It’s no secret that when it comes to building codes, Sedona’s are more strict than most. Its sign code is no exception.

The best example of this is McDonald’s, which is home to the only teal arches in the world. While the company balked at the sign code precluding use of the iconic yellow in 1992, in the end it worked out well for them.


“McDonald’s teal arches are a great example of a partnership between an international corporation and the city which resulted in the location becoming a unique worldwide attraction,” Sedona Senior Planner Cari Meyer said.

The city is in the process of updating its 20-year-old city sign code. And through Tuesday, Jan. 31, staff is accepting feedback from resident and business owners as part of the process. This ordinance sets the standards for all signage throughout the city.

“One of the most common comments the city receives regarding signs is in regard to the quality of the signs,” Meyer said. “The proposed new sign code amends the design standards with the intent of achieving quality signage in the city.

“We have been working on the new sign code for nearly a year and are excited to be able to present a draft to the public for review and comment since community feedback is so important to us. We believe that the proposed changes will lead to better overall signs in the city and hope the citizens feel the same way.”

The city is requesting feedback to meet the following schedule for review by the Planning and Zoning Commission and Sedona City Council:

  • The Planning and Zoning Commission will review the Draft Revised Sign Code on Tuesday, Feb. 7, with a public hearing tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 7.
  • A work session with council is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 26.

“What we are hoping to receive from the public is feedback on what types of signage the community wants,” Meyer said. “Examples of good and bad signs with detailed explanations of what they like and don’t like will be most helpful in guiding our efforts.”  

She said an update to the sign code has been on staff’s radar for a number of years as the current code does not reflect modern technologies, methodologies and materials of sign construction and illumination. However, she noted the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued an opinion that has significantly impacted the way cities can address signs. The primary finding of this opinion provides that sign codes cannot regulate content [sign message and words] and can only focus on things such as location, size, height, color, material, illumination and function.

“This draft incorporates this opinion as well as comments that staff has received over the years regarding how the current sign code is or is not working,” she said.

In order to provide feedback, review the Draft Revised Sign Code and fill out the accompanying worksheet online at SedonaAZ.gov/LDC. In this accompanying worksheet, the proposed significant changes to the sign ordinance are outlined.

Completed worksheets may be returned to Meyer’s email address below or dropped off at the Community Development Department Office at 102 Roadrunner Drive, Building 104. For more information on the Draft Revised Sign Code, contact Meyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (928) 203-5049.

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