§ 12.6  SIGNS PERMITTED WITH A LAND DEVELOPMENT PERMIT.
   This section sets forth the standards for the types of signs that are required to obtain a land development permit prior to their construction, erection, enlargement, display, alteration, or illumination
   12.6.1   Permitted signs by Base Zoning District.Table 12-1, Permitted Signs by Base Zoning District, prescribes the allowable types, numbers, dimensions, locations, and configurations of permitted signs within the Base Zoning Districts.
 
Table 12-1 Permitted Signs By Base Zoning District
Sign Type
Use Type
Maximum Area (Sq. Ft. per Face)
Maximum Height (Feet)
Maximum Number
Location
Illumination
RP and RR Districts
Directory Sign
Civic and institutional
6
4
1
5 feet behind curb or 10 feet from edge of pavement
External
Monument Sign
SF detached residential subdivision
36
8
1
At least 5 feet behind ROW and at least 10 feet from any property line
External
Nonresidential
48
Wall Sign (Front)
Nonresidential
5% of wall area, up to 36 sq. ft. per sign
1 story building: below roof. 2+ story building: below sill of 2nd floor windows
1
N/A
Internal
Wall Sign (Side)
1 per facade
RS, RT, RMX, and RMF Districts
Directory Sign
Civic and institutional
6
4
1
5 feet behind curb or 10 feet from edge of pavement
External
Monument Sign
SF detached residential subdivision
36
8
1 per development entrance
At least 5 feet behind ROW and at least 10 feet from any property line
External
Attached residential (min. 10 units)
Civic and institutional
48
1 per street frontage, with a minimum separation of 200 feet between signs
Wall Sign (Front)
Civic and institutional
5% of wall area, up to 48 sq. ft. per sign
1 story building: below roof. 2+ story building: below sill of 2nd floor windows
1
N/A
Internal
Wall Sign (Side)
1 per facade
NB and CB Districts
Awning Sign
Nonresidential
25% of awning area
Limited to awnings associated with the 1st floor
N/A
N/A
None
Canopy Sign
Commercial use with fuel sales
10% of canopy face
N/A
1 per street frontage
N/A
None
Directory Sign
Civic and institutional
10
4
1
5 feet behind curb or 10 feet from edge of pavement
External
Commercial
5 per tenant up to 25 sq. ft.
6
1 per street entrance
Not visible from public ROW
Hanging Sign
All uses
16 inches high by 36 inches wide
7.5 feet above sidewalk (minimum)
1 per establishment
Under awning
None
Monument Sign
All uses (except multi-tenant buildings)
48
8
1 per street frontage with minimum 200 feet of separation between signs
At least 5 feet behind ROW and at least 10 feet from any property line
Internal or external
Multi-tenant buildings
60
Pole Sign
Nonresidential uses
60
20
Internal
Projecting Sign
All uses
36
10 feet above grade (minimum)
1 per establishment
Signs shall be located in such a manner that the top of the sign does not extend past the roofline
Internal
Wall Sign (Front)
All uses (except multi-tenant buildings)
1 per linear foot of building or suite facing the street, up to 75 sq. ft. per sign
1 story building: below roof. 2+ story building: below sill of 2nd floor windows
2
N/A
Internal
Multi-tenant buildings
1 per tenant
Wall Sign (Side)
All uses
5% of wall area, up to 50 sq. ft. per sign
1 per facade
Window Sign
All uses
50% of total window area on first floor facade
First floor primary facade
None
OI District
Awning Sign
Nonresidential
25% of awning area.
Limited to awnings associated with the 1st floor
N/A
N/A
None
Directory Sign
Civic and institutional
10
4
1
5 feet behind curb or 10 feet from edge of pavement
External
All other uses
5 per tenant up to 25 sq. ft.
6
1 per street entrance
Not visible from public ROW
Hanging Sign
All uses
16 inches high by 36 inches wide
7.5 feet above sidewalk (minimum)
1 per establishment
Under awning
None
Monument Sign
All uses (except multi-tenant buildings)
48
8
1 per street frontage with minimum 200 feet of separation between signs
At least 5 feet behind ROW and at least 10 feet from any property line
External
Wall Sign (Front)
All uses (except multi-tenant buildings)
1 per linear foot of building or suite facing the street, up to 50 sq. ft. per sign
1 story building: below roof. 2+ story building: below sill of 2nd floor windows
2
N/A
Internal
Multi-tenant buildings
1 per tenant
Wall Sign (Side)
All uses
10% of wall area, up to 25 sq. ft. per sign
1 per facade
Window Sign
All uses
25% of total window area on first floor facade
First floor primary facade
None
HB District
Awning Sign
All uses
35% of awning area
Limited to awnings associated with the 1st floor
N/A
N/A
None
Canopy Sign
Commercial use with fuel sales
20% of canopy face
N/A
1 per street frontage
N/A
None
Directory Sign
Civic and institutional
12
4
1
5 feet behind curb or 10 feet from edge of pavement
External
Commercial
5 per tenant up to 50 sq. ft.
6
1 per street entrance
Not visible from outside of the development
Interstate Sign
All uses
450
50
1 billboard or interstate sign per parcel
Signs must be located within 50 feet of the ROW of 1-85 or an access road to 1-85 abutting the 1-85 ROW; no closer than 1,000 feet from any other interstate sign or billboard; and located only on parcels with a minimum of 1,800 linear ft. of road frontage abutting ROW of I-85 or an access road abutting ROW of I-85
Internal or external
Monument Sign
All uses (except multi-tenant buildings)
48
8
1 per street frontage with minimum 200 feet of separation between signs
At least 5 feet behind ROW and at least 10 feet from any property line
Internal or external
Multi-tenant buildings
80
Pole Sign
Commercial uses
120
30
Internal
Projecting Sign
All uses
48
10 feet above grade (minimum)
1 per establishment
Signs shall be located in such a manner that the top of the sign does not extend past the roofline
Internal
Wall Sign (Front)
All uses (except multi-tenant buildings)
1 per linear foot of building or suite facing the street, up to 125 sq. ft. per sign
1 story building: below roof. 2+ story building: below sill of 2nd floor windows
4
N/A
Internal
Multi-tenant buildings
1 per tenant
Wall Sign (Side)
All uses
5% of wall area, up to 75 sq. ft. per sign
1 per facade
Interstate Wall Sign
All interstate frontage buildings
15% of wall area up to an aggregate total of 450 sq. ft.
4
Signage must be located on the building facade which faces the interstate
Window Sign
All uses
50% of total window area on first floor facade
First floor primary facade
None
LI District
Awning Sign
All uses
25% of awning area
Limited to awnings associated with the 1st floor
N/A
N/A
None
Canopy Sign
Commercial use with fuel sales
20% of canopy face
N/A
1 per street frontage
N/A
None
Directory Sign
All uses
5 per tenant up to 50 sq. ft.
6
1
5 feet behind curb or 10 feet from edge of pavement.
External
Monument Sign
All uses
80
8
1 per street frontage with minimum 200 feet of separation between signs
At least 5 feet behind ROW and at least 10 feet from any property line
Internal or external
Pole Sign
All uses
100
25
Internal
Wall Sign (front)
All uses (except multi-tenant buildings)
1 per linear foot of building or suite facing the street, up to 100 sq. ft. per sign
Below roof line
2
N/A
Internal
Multi-tenant buildings
1 per tenant
Wall Sign (side)
All uses
5% of wall area, up to 75 sq. ft. per sign
Below roof line
1 per facade
N/A
Internal
Window Sign
All uses
50% of total window area on first floor facade
First floor primary facade
None
HI District
Billboard (Outdoor Advertising Sign)
All uses
450
35
1 per parcel
Signs must be located within 50 feet of the ROW of 1-85
External
Interstate Sign
All uses
450
50
1 billboard or interstate sign per parcel
Signs must be located within 50 feet of the ROW of 1-85 or an access road to 1-85 abutting the 1-85 ROW; no closer than 1,000 feet from any other interstate sign or billboard; and located only on parcels with a minimum of 1,800 linear ft of road frontage abutting ROW of I-85 or an access road abutting ROW of I-85
Internal or external
Monument Sign
All uses
100
8
1 per street frontage with minimum 200 feet of separation between signs
At least 5 feet behind ROW and at least 10 feet from any property line
Internal or external
Pole Sign
All uses
150
35
Internal
Wall Sign (front)
All uses (except multi-tenant buildings)
1 per linear foot of building or suite facing the street, up to 150 sq. ft. per sign
Below roof line
4
N/A
Internal
Multi-tenant buildings
1 per tenant
Interstate Wall Sign
All interstate frontage buildings
15% of wall area with an aggregate total of 450 sq. ft.
4
Signage must be located on the building facade which faces the interstate
Wall Sign (side)
All uses
5% of wall area, up to 100 sq. ft. per sign
1 per facade
N/A
 
   12.6.2   Additional sign standards. The following standards shall apply in addition to those set forth in Table 12-1.
   (A)   Attached signage.
      (1)   Projecting signs and wall signs may not be located on the same facade of a structure.
      (2)   Wall signs shall not project more than 18 inches from the wall to which they are attached.
      (3)   Projecting signs may not project more than four feet from the wall to which they are attached.
      (4)   No attached sign or its supporting structure shall cover any window or part of a window.
   (B)   Freestanding signage.
      (1)   No more than one type of freestanding sign (monument sign or pole sign) may be used on a single parcel.
      (2)   Monument signs may only be erected along a street frontage where the principal structure is set back at least 15 feet from the right-of-way.
      (3)   Pole signs may only be erected along a street frontage where the principal structure is set back at least 30 feet from the right-of-way.
      (4)   In parcels with an interstate sign, no pole sign or monument sign may be erected so as to be seen from I-85.
   (C)   Electronic message boards.
      (1)   Electronic message boards may only be included as a feature on monument, pole, or interstate signs.
      (2)   Electronic message boards shall not comprise more than 25% of the permitted area of the sign on which they are included.
      (3)   The display on an electronic message board may not change more frequently than once per minute. Animated message transitions are not allowed.
      (4)   The display on any electronic message board that can be seen from 1-85 must be static.
   (D)   Billboards (outdoor advertising signs).
      (1)   No billboard shall be erected within a 1,000 foot radius of another billboard or interstate sign within the town’s jurisdiction.
      (2)   Billboards shall comply with all NCDOT permitting requirements and regulations pertaining to the clearing of vegetation within the right-of-way.
   (E)   Sign appearance.
      (1)   The use of high intensity colors or fluorescent pigments is prohibited.
      (2) All signs and sign supports must be constructed of materials that present a finished appearance. Rough cut plywood and recycled telephone poles are not permitted.
      (3)   The sign’s lettering should be professionally applied; a graffiti look with hand painted or paint stenciled letters is not acceptable.
      (4)   Exposed neon signs are prohibited.