Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 7 – 43 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 4 Article 7.3. Signs | CHAPTER 7. GENERAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS Sec. 7.3.16. General Sign Regulations B. Maximum Signage 1. The total maximum signage allowed for any single establishment located in a Mixed Use, IH or CMP district, not including an area with an adopted Streetscape Plan or properties with frontage on Fayetteville Street, is 2 square feet per linear foot of side of the building facing along any street up to a maximum of 300 square feet. 2. If a ground sign or tract identification sign is located on the site, the maximum sign area per establishment is limited 200 square feet. 3. No premise, including those in a Residential District, is prevented from having at least 32 square feet of on-premise signage, except for properties with frontage on Fayetteville Street as described below. Allowable signage may be allocated among the permitted signs in the district. 4. The maximum allowable signage limitation does not apply to Landmark signs, product and information signs, unit numbering identification signs under 10 inches, temporary signs and window signs permitted pursuant to Sec. 7.3.7. 5. No sign or combination of signs shall exceed a total of 3 square feet per linear foot of building frontage for properties with frontage on Fayetteville Street, applies south of Morgan Street and north of South Street. C. Adopted Streetscape Plans Within areas where an adopted Streetscape Plan applies, conformance to the adopted Streetscape Plan is required. In the event of a conflict with the general sign requirements of this Article and an adopted Streetscape Plan, the Streetscape Plan standards shall apply. D. Noncommercial Copy Permitted Any sign authorized in this UDO is allowed to contain noncommercial message in lieu of any commercial message. E. Construction Standards 1. Compliance with Building Code All signs shall comply with the appropriate provisions of the North Carolina State and City Building Codes, the National Electric Code and other provisions of the City Code. 2. Clearance from High Voltage Power Lines Signs shall be located in such a way that they maintain horizontal and vertical clearance of all overhead electrical conductors in accordance with National Electric Code specifications, provided that no sign, except government traffic signs, shall be installed closer than 10 feet in any direction from any conductor or public utility guy wire. F. Sight Triangle 1. Signs shall not obstruct the views of motorists using any street, driveway, parking aisles or the approach to any street intersection. 2. All signs must comply with the sight triangle requirements of the Raleigh Street Design Manual. G. Illumination of Signs Any conforming sign, unless otherwise specifically regulated, may be illuminated provided the following standards are met: 1. Any light source from any illuminated sign or flood light used to illuminate a sign must not be oriented so as to direct glare or excessive illumination onto streets or sidewalks in a manner that may distract or interfere with the vision of drivers, cyclists or pedestrians, as determined by the PublicWorks Director. 2. No illuminated sign shall cast light to exceed 0.5 footcandles measured at the property line of any Residential District and 2.0 footcandles measured at the right-of-way line of a street. 3. Internal illumination cannot exceed 10 footcandles measured at a distance of 10 feet from the sign. 4. All electrically illuminated signs shall have a disconnecting switch located in accordance with the provisions of the National Electric Code. 5. Applications for both a sign permit and an electrical permit shall be submitted and approved by the City prior to the installation. 6. In any -AOD, all illuminated signs shall be shielded in such a manner that no direct glare can be seen from above.