Monument signs are a subcategory of freestanding signs. They stand directly on the ground or on a low to the ground base structure. While the heights of monuments signs vary, they provide a low profile look as compared to other freestanding signs. The professional low profile appearance of monument signs if often preferred by office park developments and churches and sometimes mandated by city sign and zoning ordinances.
For instance, the Malvern Avenue Overlay District in Hot Springs (HWY 270) and the Cantrell West Overlay District in Little Rock (HWY 10) both prohibit freestanding signs, other than monument signs, for commercial businesses within those districts.