Temporary Single Exhibition Event Signs

New Temporary Sign Ordinance

Temporary Single Exhibition Event Signs (Signs) in the public right-of-way (ROW) must obtain a permit through the City of Chino Hills Community Development Department prior to placement. The regulations took effect on May 24, 2018. A press release (PDF) was distributed as part of the outreach effort to inform the public. (Please note: Political and yard sale signs are excluded from this process. Refer to CHMC Section 16.38.046 for political signs and Section 5.04.330 for yard sale signs.)

Exhibition Event is defined as a specific time when members of the public are invited to a private residential property within the City of Chino Hills for the purpose of socializing, viewing and/or engaging in sale or lease transactions, including, without limitation, events such as a real estate open house, holiday open house or similar activity.

Placement, Location & Spacing of Signs


Signs shall be placed only in the landscaped portion of the public street parkway, and shall be prohibited in public ROW medians, tree wells, sidewalks or any other location where the City determines the sign may cause a safety hazard or interfere with vehicular or pedestrian movement including, but not limited to, the movement and accessibility of persons with disabilities.

 Signs must be attached to a wire, wood or similar post, or A-frame and placed securely in the ground on a landscaped or other permeable ground surface of the public street parkway. Placement by any other manner or on light poles, utility poles, fire hydrants, permanent signs or sign poles, or any other public equipment or facility is prohibited.

View the sample parkway area (PDF).


Signs cannot be within fifty (50) feet of the corners at the following intersections: 

  1. Butterfield Ranch Road and Shady View/SR71 off ramp (PDF) 
  2. Carbon Canyon Road & Canyon Hills (PDF) 
  3. Carbon Canyon Road/Rustic Drive & Chino Hills Parkway (PDF) 
  4. Chino Avenue & Peyton Drive (PDF) 
  5. Chino Hills Parkway & Chino Hills Marketplace (PDF) 
  6. Chino Hills Parkway & Peyton Drive (PDF) 
  7. Chino Hills Parkway & Pipeline Avenue (PDF) 
  8. Chino Hills Parkway and Ramona (PDF) 
  9. Grand Avenue & Boys Republic Drive (PDF) 
  10. Grand Avenue and Chino Hills Parkway (PDF) 
  11. Grand Avenue & Peyton Drive (PDF) 
  12. Peyton Drive & Eucalyptus Avenue (PDF)
  13. Soquel Canyon Parkway & Butterfield Ranch Road/Los Serranos Country Club Drive (PDF)
  14. Soquel Canyon Parkway & Pomona Rincon Road (PDF)


Identical signs must be spaced a minimum of 100 feet apart.

Sign Size

The maximum sign area for each sign shall not exceed four (4) square feet. The maximum height for each sign shall not exceed four (4) feet. For double-sided signs, only the area of one side shall be counted toward the maximum area allowed.

Number of Signs Permitted

 The maximum number of signs is fifteen (15) per event.

Duration of Placement (per event)

Signs in the public ROW shall only be displayed on during the event and only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, observed Memorial Day and observed Veterans Day between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Events held Monday through Thursday are only allowed to place signs at the location of the event.

Permit Fee

There is no fee for Temporary Single Exhibition Event Sign permits.

Process for Obtaining Permit (2 Steps)


Applicant Registration: (Specific to Individual Persons) 
Any individual who plans to hold a Single Exhibition Event, and place signs in the public ROW, in the City of Chino Hills is required to register as an applicant using the link below. Once registration has been completed, a registration certificate will be sent via email. Keep this document at hand as the registration number assigned is required during the sign permit process.  Applicant registration is valid for one (1) year from the date of issuance.

View the applicant registration.


Permit Submittal: (Specific to Address/Location of Event) 
Sign permits are required for each location and can be obtained by submitting an application using the link below. Applicants shall apply for sign permits a minimum of four (4) business days prior to the event. Any application(s) received after 3:00 p.m. may be processed the following business day. No permit applications will be processed after 12:00 p.m. on Fridays, or on Saturdays or Sundays. All regulations must be complied with. Permits are valid for a period of six (6) months from the date of issuance. 

Apply for a sign permit.

Please note: The registration and sign permit process will create public documents which are subject to posting on the City's website.

Display of Permit (per event)

The permit must be adhered to the face of each sign. Alternately, the applicant may display his/her business card in place of the permit provided the business card contains the applicant's name, contact phone number, location of the event, and permit number.


Signs placed in prohibited areas (as noted above), signs that do not display a valid permit, and signs placed on prohibited days (as noted above) are in violation and may be pulled by Code Enforcement. The permit holder will be subject to a fine of $36 per sign. At time of payment, the signs will be returned.

Ordinance Number 326

View Ordinance Number 326 (PDF).