Signs in the City of Raleigh
There are many types of signs a business may want to install in the City of Raleigh. Displaying a business sign, or hosting an event where advertising is visible from the public right-of-way, requires a zoning permit.
Zoning permits are required for wall signs, ground signs, projecting signs, and temporary signs.
Before Applying for Your Sign Permit
Sign applications should be submitted via email to Sign Permits. If you cannot submit your application via email, please call 919-996-2472 for assistance. Please review all submittal requirements as described on this page.
Review comments will be available via the Permit and Development Portal. Customers will be notified when all trades have reviewed the application and/or permits are ready for pick up. Payments will be accepted at that time and can be paid online via the permit portal, or in-person.
To receive a permit, a sign must comply with the sign ordinances in the City of Raleigh Unified Development Code, Chapter 7.
Installation of signs must begin within six months of the date that the City issues a permit. The City strongly advises businesses not to fabricate signs until permits have been issued.
Common Signage Plan Information
Some landlords of multi-tenant properties have established a Common Signage Plan approved by the City of Raleigh. Signs must conform to these criteria, which may cover colors and materials. A landlord who wants City of Raleigh approval of criteria for signs in a new development should submit a Common Signage Plan Application to the Development Services Customer Service Center.
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Required for some signs:
Temporary (special) events signs:
Additional requirements for wall signs:
Additional requirements for billboards:
Additional requirements for signs with logos in shopping centers, office complexes and other multi-tenant properties using logos:
Please submit your sign package to Sign Permits. If you are unable to submit via email, please call 919-996-2472 for assistance. Applications will not be accepted by fax.
Minor Encroachments for Signs
Signage that encroaches into the right-of-way requires a Minor Encroachment approval if it is located over or on the public right-of-way, and not permanently affixed to the sidewalk or street.
Minor Encroachment submittal packages for signage over the right-of-way must include:
- Minor Encroachment application
- Non-residential permit application
- Scaled drawing showing:
- proposed placement of items in the right-of-way
- method of installation
- One image based on the requiremetnts of UDO Ch. 7.3
- Landlord approval on sign image
- Indemnity Agreement releasing the City of Raleigh from liability for damages incurred by clients using the public right-of way. We must receive a hard copy of this agreement and CANNOT ACCEPT VIA EMAIL.
- Certificate of Liability Insurance
- Applicant must have $1 million in liability insurance with City of Raleigh named as the certificate holder
- The general liability policy must include the endorsement CS 20 13 11 85
- If the encroachment is in a historic district, a Certificate of Appropriateness is required
Expected Processing Time for Development Projects
- Minimum permit fee will be charged for each new sign
- See Development Fee Schedule for specific fees
- The Development
Services Customer Service Center processes payments
- Payment types include cash, MasterCard, Visa or check made payable to the City of Raleigh
- You can also pay fees online via the Permit and Development Portal
- After permits are received, schedule a final sign inspection, and final electrical inspection, if applicable
- To request an inspection visit the Permit and Development Portal
- Electrical inspections are required for any electrified signs. Only a licensed electrician may wire an electrified sign
- The final sign inspection is made after the sign is erected