The City of Ojai is well-known for its appreciation of history, unique aesthetics, and small town character. In order to preserve these characteristics, the City requires all residents and business owners to adhere to the City’s signage ordinances. Effective June 1, 2017, the City has begun enforcing its signage regulations.

The City has noticed increases in A-Frame/menu board signs (commonly referred to as “sandwich boards”) and banners throughout the City. These signs are not allowed under the City’s municipal code. The City began focusing on enforcement of the sign ordinance beginning June 1, 2017, and has been contacting merchants who have illegal signs to educate them on the City’s sign regulations.

Please review the signage on your premises and ensure it meets the requirements of the municipal code. If you have questions regarding current or proposed signage, Community Development staff is available by phone during normal business hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at (805) 646-5581, ext. 112.

In addition to A-Frame/menu board signs and banners, listed below are six of the most often observed sign violations that business owners should be aware of.

Most Frequently Observed Sign Violations

  1. Neon signs
  2. Off-site commercial or business signs
  3. A- or T-frame sandwich board signs
  4. Price signs
  5. Signs mounted on the roof or eave of a structure
  6. Signs outlined by individual light bulbs

For detailed information on the signage requirements, visit the City web page at Under “Quick Links”, select the “Municipal Code” link. On the Municipal Codes page, select “Signs” under the “Ordinances about which we often receive questions” heading.

Please feel free to contact the City with any questions Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 805-646-5581, ext. 112.