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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Street Light Banners

Street Lights

PBOT Signals and Street Lighting Division manages and processes permits for the installation of banners on City owned street light poles. Nonprofit organizations may apply for a banner permit to promote events or occasions that have a direct and large civic benefit under certain conditions and specifications. We also process permanent banner permits for place making a City neighborhood, business district, or nonprofit location. Banners can only be installed with a permit.

Contact:

Street Light Banners

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 800

Portland, OR, 97204

banners@portlandoregon.gov

503-823-4461

 

Event Banners

Event Banner Application

Permanent Banners

Permanent Banner Application


Event Banners

Purpose:

  • Events must be available to all people (spectators and participants).
  • Events must benefit locally-based nonprofit organizations.
  • Banner art must be appropriate for display.
  • Corporate endorsements are permitted if they are not dominant in the composition of the banner.
  • Events/ Banners should not be:

       > Political
       > Religious
       > Commercial
       > Profit Making

  • Profit making organizations may hold permits if they are acting as the agent (providing insurance, sponsorship, management) for a nonprofit organization.

Click here for fillable application

 How to Apply:

  • Submit applications up to 60 days, and no less than three weeks, before requested hang date.
  • Maximum 150 banners per event (75 poles).
  • Hang banners 2 per pole.
  • Each permit is valid for a one-month period per application.
  • Application checklist:

     > Completed, signed application.
     > Scaled copy of banner art.
     > Valid certificate of insurance and either Exhibit A signed by insurance agent or appropriate                              additionally insured documentation (as specified below).

  • The City, will verify requested locations are available and reserve areas in our schedule. If requested locations are not available, we will find alternatives.
  • The City Attorney's office will review and approve all applications.
  • Applicant will receive an "Approved Permit". Banner installer will receive a copy of approved permit. Permit is only valid when signed by the City Traffic Engineer or designee.
  • Submit applications to:

Email: banners@portlandoregon.gov

Mail:  City of Portland

          1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 800,

          Portland, OR, 97204-1914

          (please allow extra time for mail delivery)

Fees and Payment:

  • $110 permit application fee + $1/ pole.
  • Applicant will receive an invoice from the City's accounting department.
  • Payments are due within 30 days of date of invoice

Locations:

City owned twin ornamental street light poles in the Central Business District, Lloyd District, NE/SE Grand and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Starting January 1, 2019, there is a moratorium on banner permits on the following streets:

· SW/NW Broadway from Jefferson St to Hoyt St

· SW 4th Ave between SW Jefferson St and W Burnside St

· W Burnside St from 2nd Ave to Park Ave

· SW/NW 10th Ave between Madison St and Hoyt St

· SW 11th Ave between SW Jefferson St and SW Yamhill St

· SW Washington St from SW 2nd Ave to SW 14th Ave

  • Installations limited to specified streets and locations named on the banner permit.
  • Banners are not permitted along MAX and Streetcar route.
  • The Convention Center permits poles around the Convention Center.

 Installation Specifications:

  • Production, installation, maintenance, and removal of banners is the responsibility of the permit holder.
  • Two banners per pole (back to back).
  • Banners must be no larger than 4 ft. by 5 ft. (per drawing attached to permit application).
  • The bottom of the banners must be a at least of 11 ft. above the sidewalk.
  • Banners must be attached to poles (see Figure 1)
  • PVC to be 1/2" to 1", schedule 40 PVC.
  • Banners must have wind vents (see Figure 1)
  • No banners on poles with traffic control devices (see Figure 2)
  • No banners on poles marked "no install".
  • No banners on pole under construction or repair.
  • Banners deemed hazardous by the City will be removed at the permit holder's expense.

 Terms and Conditions:

  • Permit holder is responsible for installation, maintenance, replacement, and removal of banners.
  • Install banners according to specifications of PBOT Signals and Street Lighting Division.
  • Install banners in designated locations on permit.
  • Install banners only for the designated time as stated on the permit.
  • Permit holder is responsible for all costs to repair damage to the street light pole(s) caused by the installation, installment of, or removal of banners.
  • The City Traffic Engineer, or designee, may regulate the composition and content of the banners and impose other conditions or regulations necessary in the interest of the street's appearance and the public's safety.
  • Permit is revocable at any time at the sole discretion of the City Traffic Engineer or designee. If permit is revoked, the permit holder will remove banners from street light poles as directed by, and to the satisfaction of, the City Traffic Engineer or designee. Failure to do so, gives right to the City, or its contractors, to remove the banners. The permit holder will be responsible for all costs incurred by the City, or its contractors, for the removal of the banners. The City will not be liable for any costs incurred, or suffered by, the permit holder, or anyone else, arising from the permit's revocation.
  • The permit holder will indemnify, defend and hold harmless the City of Portland, its officers, agents and employees from all claims, demands, actions and suits (including all attorney fees and costs) brought against any of them arising out of the issuance of this permit.
  • The permit holder will provide satisfactory evidence of public liability insurance. An endorsement to name as additional insured the City, its officers, agents and employees as to any claim or claims for damage or injury resulting from or growing out of the operations of the applicant under the permit applied for, and containing a further endorsement that the policy will not be canceled without 30 days prior written notice to the City Traffic Engineer. The endorsement will be either (1) in the form attached as Exhibit A; or (2) in the form of Insurance Services Organization (ISO) Form CG 2012. The insurance will provide the following minimum limits of coverage:
  • The insurance will provide coverage of not less than $1,000,000 (one million dollars) per occurrence.
  • Proof of insurance must be approved before installation of banners.

 

Permanent Banners

The City of Portland Signals and Street Lighting Division may permit permanent banners on City owned street light poles per requirements below:

Purpose:

  • Place making for a City neighborhood, business district or a non-profit location.
  • Banner art must be appropriate for display.
  • Corporate endorsements are permitted if they are not dominant in the composition of the banner.
  • The City Traffic Engineer, or designee, may regulate the composition and impose conditions in the interest of appearance of the street and public safety.
  • Banners should not be:

       > Political
       > Religious
       > Commercial
       > Profit Making

Click here for fillable application

 How to Apply:

  • Application checklist:

     > Completed, signed application.
     > Scaled copy of banner art.
     > Valid certificate of insurance and either Exhibit A signed by insurance agent or appropriate                                               additionally insured documentation (as specified below).

  • Permits are valid for a one-year period and renewed annually.
  • Specific locations discussed once application is received.
  • Some street light poles are owned by PGE, Pacific Power or communications companies and must be permitted with those groups.

PGE: UAMBanners@pgn.com

Pacific Power: Sheila.Holden@pacificorp.com

  • The City Attorney's office will review and approve all applications.
  • Applicant will receive an "Approved Permit". Banner installer will receive a copy of approved permit. Permit is only valid when signed by the City Traffic Engineer or designee.
  • Submit applications to:

Email: banners@portlandoregon.gov

Mail:  City of Portland

          1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 800,

          Portland, OR, 97204-1914

          (please allow extra time for mail delivery)

Fees and Payment:

  • $110 permit application fee 
  • Applicant will receive an invoice from the City's accounting department.
  • Payments are due within 30 days of date of invoice

Locations

Permanent banners may be located throughout the City on City owned street light poles.  Permit reviewer will check pole ownership and feasibility of installment.

  • Installations limited to specified streets and locations named on the banner permit.
  • Banners are not permitted along MAX and Streetcar route.
  • The Convention Center permits poles around the Convention Center.

 Installation Specifications:

  • Banner installation, maintenance, and removal is the responsibility of the permit holder.
  • Banner design is reviewed and approved at the discretion of City Engineer or designee and subject to review by a City of Portland structural engineer.
  • Max size is 23" x 60".
  • The bottom of the banners must be a at least of 12 ft. above the sidewalk or 15'6" above the road and 40" below the neutral and transformer.
  • Banners must have wind vents.
  • No banners on poles marked "no install".
  • No banners on pole under construction or repair.
  • Banners that do not adhere to City specifications and deemed hazardous will be removed at the permit holder's expense.

 Terms and Conditions:

  • Permit holder is responsible for installation, maintenance, replacement, upkeep and removal of banners.
  • Install banners according to specifications of PBOT Signals and Street Lighting Division.
  • Install banners in designated locations on permit.
  • Install banners only for the designated time as stated on the permit.
  • Permit holder is responsible for all costs to repair damage to the street light pole(s) caused by the installation, installment of, or removal of banners.
  • The City Traffic Engineer, or designee, may regulate the composition and content of the banners and impose other conditions or regulations necessary in the interest of the street's appearance and the public's safety.
  • Permit is revocable at any time at the sole discretion of the City Traffic Engineer or designee. If permit is revoked, the permit holder will remove banners from street light poles as directed by, and to the satisfaction of, the City Traffic Engineer or designee. Failure to do so, gives right to the City, or its contractors, to remove the banners. The permit holder will be responsible for all costs incurred by the City, or its contractors, for the removal of the banners. The City will not be liable for any costs incurred, or suffered by, the permit holder, or anyone else, arising from the permit's revocation.
  • The permit holder will indemnify, defend and hold harmless the City of Portland, its officers, agents and employees from all claims, demands, actions and suits (including all attorney fees and costs) brought against any of them arising out of the issuance of this permit.
  • The permit holder will provide satisfactory evidence of public liability insurance. An endorsement to name as additional insured the City, its officers, agents and employees as to any claim or claims for damage or injury resulting from or growing out of the operations of the applicant under the permit applied for, and containing a further endorsement that the policy will not be canceled without 30 days prior written notice to the City Traffic Engineer. The endorsement will be either (1) in the form attached as Exhibit A; or (2) in the form of Insurance Services Organization (ISO) Form CG 2012. The insurance will provide the following minimum limits of coverage:
  • The insurance will provide coverage of not less than $1,000,000 (one million dollars) per occurrence.
  • Proof of insurance must be approved before installation of banners.

FIGURE 1. Banner Installation

FIGURE 2. Location of Photo Sensor