The Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits, Inspections and Enforcement Division is responsible for regulating business signage that advertises a business, product, or a service.

Below you can find information on how to report illegal off-premise business signs posted in the county right-of-way or signs posted at a business that do not have a sign permit.

Citizen Access Portal

Submit an Illegal Sign Complaint

In order to submit an illegal sign complaint, you must first register for an account on our Citizen Access Portal.

How to Register for an Account

Visit our Citizen Access Portal and click on the link at the top right to “Register for an Account.” Check the box to acknowledge that you have read and accepted the terms of the Disclaimer. You then click “Continue Registration” found within the gray Login Box towards the bottom. Enter your Login and Contact Information. When registration is complete, you will see: Congratulations! You have successfully created an online account with Howard County DILP.

How to Submit an Illegal Sign Complaint

After you register and log back in, click on the “Enforcement” tab. Under the Enforcement tab, select “Create a Sign Complaint” by clicking on the hyperlink (underlined wording). You will then need to check the box to indicate you have read and accepted the terms of the Disclaimer which leads you to the entry screens for entering your complaint and should be self-explanatory.

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