Sign Commission

Apply for a Sign Permit
The Sign Commission and Sign Inspector are responsible for ensuring signage in Williamstown meets the local sign bylaw. If you are interested in applying for a sign please note that the Williamstown Community Development Department has joined the Berkshire County online permitting system for the submittal of applications for residential and commercial building permits, sheet metal permits, mechanical permits, plumbing and gas permits, electrical permits, annual inspection certificates for public buildings, and sign permits.

If your sign request needs to be heard before the Sign Commission please note the Commission meets the 4th Thursday of every month and the deadline for getting permits submitted is the Friday prior to the meeting. If you have any questions regarding signs or sign permits please call the Community Development Office at 458-9344. 

ONLINE PERMIT SYSTEM INSTRUCTIONS
 If you do not own a computer or if you need assistance using a computer, both are available. A computer station terminal will be located on the Third Floor of the Municipal Building at 31 North Street in the Community Development Office. Administrative Assistant Sarah Hurlbut will be available to assist you with any issues.

The Community Development Office is open Monday–Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Additional public use computers are available just across Field Park in the Milne Public Library.

Why Register an Account?
Applicants who create an account (which takes under 5 minutes) have the following benefits while using the system:
- Your personal information (Address, Contact Information) will auto fill on your application directly from your account.
- Applications can be edited prior to issuance if additional information is needed.
- Attachments can be added to the application.

How to Register?
1) Pop up blockers: Pop up blockers in windows must be shutoff. Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox are the preferable internet browser’s to use with this permit software.
2) Point your browser to http://permiteyes.com/berkshire/user_login.asp. Note: If you are already registered with the Full Circle Technologies, Inc. Berkshire Online Permit System for another city or town in Berkshire County, you do not have to create a new user id. You may log on using your existing id.
3) Apply for a permit as a Registered User or a New User

I’m registered, how do I apply for a permit?
1) Click on New Application located at the upper left hand side of the home page form.
2) Choose your street from the drop down menu.
3) Choose your street number from the pull down menu.
4) Select the sign permit application from the drop down menu.
5) To submit an attachment of your sign for the application after submittal, select your permit by clicking the "i" in the circle on the far right side of the home page. Once the sidebar opens, Click on “Add/View Attachments” and follow the prompts to add site plans and/or pictures of the sign. If for some reason you cannot complete the attachment you will be able to submit paper copies of plans, specifications, and other necessary information to our office.
7) Payments: Town Staff will calculate the fee for you. You will be notified through the system shortly after your permit is applied for of the fee. The fee may be paid through the system with a credit card or e check via. Also we will still accept check or cash either by mail or walk in at 31 North Street, Williamstown, MA 01267. If paying in this manner please note the address and assigned permit application number on your check. Please note that your permit will not be issued and approved until the correct fee is received.


Members
The Sign Commission consists of not less than 5 and not more than 5 members appointed by the Board of Selectmen in accordance with Article 23 of the February 25, 1963 Annual Town Meeting.
  • Tim Hamilton, Chair (2017)
  • Stuart Armet (201)
  • Lindsay Neathawk (2015)
  • Anne Singleton (2016)
  • Kathy Thompson (2020)
Sign Bylaw
The Sign Bylaw, Chapter 53 of the Code of Williamstown (PDF), was adopted as Article 26 of the May 17, 1994 Annual Town Meeting.