Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 7 – 44 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 4 CHAPTER 7. GENERAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS | Article 7.3. Signs Sec. 7.3.17. Nonconforming Signs H. Common Signage Plan 1. To achieve congruity, unity of development and to avoid conflicts within any site with more than 1 principal building, no sign permit shall be issued to any development containing more than 1 establishment until a common signage plan has been approved in accordance with Sec. 10.2.12 . 2. No permit will be issued in violation of the common signage plan. Such criteria shall be as follows: a. Specified allowed type script that shall be observed. b. Maximum and minimum letter height that shall be observed. c. Specified allowed sign types, all other signs shall be prohibited. d. Sign placement by specifying sign panel location or elevations. e. Specified maximum of 7 colors to be applied to the sign and its background that shall be observed. Colors shall be in addition to black and white. f. In addition to the 7 color limit, the colors of black and white or a color that matches the building material color of the wall on which it is attached or the dominant exterior building material such as, but not limited to, brick or marble shall be allowed. g. Federal and State registered trademarks or service marks may employ additional colors; provided, they do not exceed the following: i. 12¼ square feet for all establishments less than 10,000 square feet; ii. 18 square feet for establishments greater then 10,000 to 30,000 square feet; iii. 25 square feet for establishments greater than 30,000 to 100,000 square feet; and iv. 36 square feet for establishments greater than 100,000 square feet. h. The sign includes its casings, supports and backings. Only those signs which are erected or altered after the common sign plan is established shall be affected by the common sign plan Sec. 7.3.17. Nonconforming Signs A. Within 90 days after the effective date of this provision or within 90 days following an extension of areas in which this section is applicable any portable ground sign, temporary sign, vehicle sign or windblown sign not authorized by Sec. 7.3.13.L. shall be removed. All other signs which are made nonconforming by an amendment to this UDO or an amendment to the Official Zoning Map or extension of areas in which this UDO is applicable shall be discontinued and removed or made conforming within 5½ years after the date of the amendment or extension, unless explicitly prohibited by state statute. B. Nothing in this UDO shall prohibit the ordinary maintenance repair of a nonconforming sign or replacement of a broken part of a nonconforming sign. Whenever any nonconforming sign or part of a nonconforming sign is altered, replaced, converted or changed, the entire sign must immediately comply with the provisions of this UDO. C. Nonconforming signs that are destroyed or damaged by 50% or more of their value shall not be rebuilt or repaired except in conformance with this UDO. D. Nothing in this UDO shall prevent a City Council-designated landmark sign from indefinitely remaining on-premise so long as the landmark sign complies with all the standards of Sec. 7.3.15. E. Within 90 days after the effective date of this provision or within 90 days following an extension of areas in which this section is applicable: 1. Any paper, poster board or similar sign or display shall be removed or otherwise made conforming.