Signs of Historic Significance
Some signs themselves have become significant and iconic elements of the built environment. Since policies regulating the size and placement of business signs have changed over the years, some of St. Petersburg’s most unique and recognizable signs have become nonconforming. In order to allow and encourage the continued use, maintenance, and preservation of these signs, the City has adopted regulations pertaining to Signs of Historic Significance.
Signs found to meet a set of criteria pertaining to their age and representation of St. Petersburg’s material culture may be placed on an Inventory of Signs of Historic Significance by the Community Planning and Preservation Commission. Signs included in this inventory may be allowed flexibility with regard to non-conforming size and placement in order to encourage their reuse and preservation, but the classification does not preclude owners from removing the signs. Signs may be nominated for the inventory by owners or City staff.