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 permit.
All outdoor signs require a permit, with the exception of directional signs (exit and enter) and informational (signs designating restrooms and phones).
Sign permits are required for:
- Building signs;
- Ground and tract identification signs;
- Signs erected on parapet wall;
- Signs in shopping centers or at multi-tenant buildings;
- Internally illuminated signs;
- Temporary event signs (special events);
NOTE: Awnings do not require a sign permit. However, a Building and Electrical permit, and Minor Encroachment may apply if the awning projects over the public right-of-way. Click here for more information on awning requirements.
Before Applying for Your Sign Permit
Sign permit applications should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. If any items are missing, the application package will be returned.
Once accepted for review, a transaction number will be assigned. Review comments will be available via the Online Development Center. The contact person will receive the comments via email once the review cycle is complete. 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.
To receive a permit, a sign must comply with the sign ordinances in the City of Raleigh Unified Development Code, Chapter 7. This process contributes to the style consistency of signs in the Raleigh City limits and area of extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).
Some landlords of multi-tenant properties have established a Common Signange 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 Signange Plan Application to the Development Services Customer Service Center.
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.
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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 email@example.com. If you are unable to submit via email, please call 919-996-2472 for assistance. Applications will not be accepted by fax.
Expected Processing Time for Development Projects
- After permits are received, schedule a final sign inspection, and final electrical inspection, if applicable
request an inspection:
- Use the Online Development Center
- Call the Rapid Response System at 919-857-4412
- Call the Customer Service Center at 919-996-2500 by 4 p.m. the day prior to the desired inspection.
- When you call for the inspection, give the correct address of the property where the sign is located, the sign contractor's name, the permit number and the type of inspection desired
- 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