Municipal Archives

City of Dallas Sign Manuals, 1978-1983

Collection 1991-102


Repository​Dallas Municipal Archives
Office of the City Secretary
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorCity of Dallas Department of Housing and Urban Rehabilitation and the Department of Urban Planning 
TitleCity of Dallas Sign Manuals
Quantity1 linear inch
AbstractManuals detailing regulations for erection of private signs within the city, 1978-1983.
Language​​Records are in English

Scope and Contents 

An adjunct to Chapter 41 of the Dallas City Code, the manuals provide standards for the erection and maintenance of private signs within the City of Dallas and cover the years 1978, 1980, and 1983.

The City of Dallas has had zoning and planning policy making bodies as early as 1916 but an actual board, the City Plan Commission, was not created until 1919. As established in the City Charter, the Commission is responsible for making recommendations to the City Council regarding planning and zoning matters, and for administering portions of the Texas Local Government Code regarding the platting and recording of subdivisions and additions. 

Early planning was coordinated through the Commission and the City Engineer, and a Department of City Planning was created in 1945. Departmental organization changed many times between the 1950s and the 1990s (including the Department of Urban Planning), and in October 2002 the Dallas City Council created a Development Services Department. The department provides permit and plan review, approval and inspection services for private development.


The collection is arranged chronologically.


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City of Dallas Sign Manuals, 1978-1983 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives​

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Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History

Container List 

BoxFolder​​Title, Date
11Sign Manual 1978
​2​Sign Manual 1980, 1983