Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 7 – 42 Effective Date: March 6, 2018 Supp. No. 5 CHAPTER 7. GENERAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS | Article 7.3. Signs Sec. 7.3.16. General Sign Regulations Sec. 7.3.16. General Sign Regulations A. Area Computation of Copy and Signs 1. Individual Letters a. The area of copy or the area of a sign which consists of individual letters that are erected directly onto a surface exclusive of any sign face, is measured by finding the area of the minimum imaginary rectangles or squares of vertical and horizontal lines, which fully encloses all sign words, copy or message. b. All or a portion of at least 1 side of each rectangle and square must be coterminous with the side of another rectangle or square. At least 75% of the sign area must be enclosed by 1 rectangle or square. c. Rectangles and squares cannot be configured to indent within a letter. 2. Multi-Sided Signs The sign area of a sign with three or more sides (multi-sided signs) containing a copy, message, decoration or announcement visible from a street, highway or expressway is equal to the sum of the areas of any 2 adjacent sides. 3. All Other Signs a. The sign area is measured by finding the area of the minimum imaginary rectangles or squares of vertical and horizontal lines which fully enclose all extremities of the sign, exclusive of its supports. b. All or a portion of at least 1 side of each rectangle or square must be coterminous with the side of another rectangle or square. c. At least 75% of the sign area must be enclosed by 1 rectangle or square. d. Rectangles and squares cannot be configured to indent within a letter. A C E B DF A F C D BG E B A C Area of copy = (A ×B) + (C×E) + (D×E) + (F×G) (A×B) ≥ 75% of sign area Individual Letters: Multi-Sided Signs: All Other Signs: Area of sign = (A×B) + (D×C) + (F×E) (A×B) ≥ 75% of sign area Area of sign = (A ×B) + (A×C)

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