Commercial Sign Guidelines

Signs help draw customers inside businesses, and they play a crucial role in maintaining the character of the Old Georgetown Historic District. The Old Georgetown Board (OGB) reviews the compatibility of new signs by considering the type, size, location, material, and illumination on sign applications. The District’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) regulates the installation of signs, controlling the number, size, location, and materials. All new signs in Georgetown must not exceed allowable signage area permitted by D.C. Building Code and must be consistent with the D.C. Historic Preservation Office sign guidelines; OGB recommendations may be more restrictive than what D.C. regulations allow.

Old Georgetown Board Design Guidelines: Commercial Signs (PDF, 34K)