How long does it take to get a new sign?

When it comes to signage, whether it's for your business, event, or any other purpose, understanding the timeline for getting a sign made and installed is essential for successful planning. The process can vary significantly depending on various factors. In this blog post, we'll provide a general overview of the steps involved and discuss the variables that influence the time it takes to complete a sign project.


Step 1: Design and Approval

The initial step in the sign-making process is design and approval. This stage involves discussing the design concept, creating mock-ups, and obtaining any necessary permits or approvals from local authorities. The time required for this step depends on the complexity of the design and the efficiency of the approval process. It could take anywhere from a few days to several weeks.


Step 2: Fabrication

Once the design is approved, the fabrication process begins. This stage involves creating the sign based on the approved design. The time it takes for fabrication depends on factors such as the size, materials, and complexity of the sign. Smaller signs made from readily available materials may be fabricated in a matter of days, while larger, more intricate signs can take several weeks to complete.


Step 3: Installation

Installation is the critical step where your sign is placed at its designated location. The time required for installation can vary significantly. Simple indoor signs can often be installed in a matter of hours, while outdoor signs, particularly those requiring specialized equipment or permits, can take several days or even weeks.


Factors Influencing the Timeline

  • Customization: Highly customized signs may require more time in both design and fabrication. Custom materials, intricate details, and unique features can extend the timeline.
  • Permits and Regulations: The need for permits and adherence to local regulations can add time to the process. The time it takes to secure permits can vary widely depending on local government processes.
  • Availability of Materials: If specific materials or components are not readily available, it may take longer to source them, impacting the fabrication timeline.
  • Project Size: The size of the sign matters. Larger signs typically require more materials and may need more time for fabrication and installation.
  • Complexity of Design: Signs with complex designs, including special lighting, 3D elements, or unique shapes, require more time to fabricate and install.
  • Weather Conditions: Outdoor sign installation can be influenced by weather conditions. Poor weather may delay the installation process.
  • Workload of the Sign Company: The workload of the sign company you choose can affect the timeline. Busier companies may have longer lead times, especially during peak seasons.



At Bravo Sings, we always strive to have your sign ready as soon as possible. However, the timeline for getting a sign made and installed can vary widely based on the factors mentioned above. To ensure a smooth and timely process, it's essential to plan ahead, communicate with Bravo Signs, and be aware of any permitting requirements. By understanding these variables and considering them in your planning, you can effectively manage your sign project, ensuring that your signage is installed when you need it and meets your expectations.