Building & Sign Guidelines
The Design Guidelines provide design standards to ensure compatible
development and redevelopment within the Central Business Improvement
District (CBID). The guidelines regulate the rehabilitation of buildings
and set forth standards for new construction and streetscape
All public projects or private projects involving public funds in the
CBID must meet the intent and standards contained within these
guidelines. In addition, these guidelines shall regulate any
improvements within the public right-of-way, such as streetscape
improvements as well as all signage, whether public or private.
Downtown Sign Code
By ordinance, businesses within the Central Business Improvement
District must adhere to a Sign Code. With very few exceptions, Downtown
Memphis Commission Design Review Board (DRB) must approve all signs and
banners that are placed for the view of the general public in Downtown
Memphis. This includes both permanent and temporary signs and banners.
DRB approval is required prior to the sign or banner being installed.
Failure to receive proper approval may result in the removal of the sign
or citations and fines.
Building and Sign Design Resources
Review Design Guidelines
Review Sign Code
Design Review Board Process and Application
Design Review Board