Submittal Requirements Minor Encroachments for Signs Common Signage Plan Information Expected Processing Time Fees
There are many types of signs a business may want to install in the City of Raleigh. Displaying a business sign or portable signage where advertising is visible from the public right-of-way, requires a zoning permit.
To receive the required zoning permit a sign must comply with the sign ordinances in UDO Chapter 7. 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.
Permits are required for wall signs, ground signs, projecting signs, and temporary signs.
Please submit your permit application and all required supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org and through the Permit and Development Portal. If you are unable to submit via email, please call 919-996-2472 for assistance. Applications will not be accepted by fax.
Review comments will be available via the Permit and Development Portal. Customers will be notified when all trades have reviewed the application and/or permits are ready for pick up and payment of fees will be accepted at this time.
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Required for Electronic Submittal for All Sign Types
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For signs in a historic district a Certificate of Appropriateness is required.
Signs with Logos
Minor Encroachments for Signs
Signage is located over or on the public right-of-way, and is not permanently affixed to the sidewalk or street requires a Minor Encroachment approval. Minor Encroachment submittal packages for signage over the right-of-way must include:
- Minor Encroachment application
- Non-residential permit application
- Scaled drawing showing:
- proposed placement of items in the right-of-way
- method of installation
- One image based on the requirements of UDO Ch. 7.3
- Landlord approval on sign image
- Indemnity Agreement releasing the City of Raleigh from liability for damages incurred by clients using the public right-of way. We must receive a hard copy of this agreement and CANNOT ACCEPT VIA EMAIL.
- Certificate of Liability Insurance
- Applicant must have $1 million in liability insurance with City of Raleigh named as the certificate holder
- The general liability policy must include the endorsement CS 20 13 11 85
- If the encroachment is in a historic district, a Certificate of Appropriateness is required
NOTE: If a right-of-way permit is issued for any work occurring on the right-of-way, the contractor must provide a performance bond of $5,000.00. Please see the Right-of-Way Services page for more information.
Common Signage Plan Information
Some landlords of multi-tenant properties have established a Common Signage 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 Signage Plan Application to the Planning and Development Customer Service Center.
Expected Processing Time
The Development Fee Schedule provides a list fees that are charged for development projects. The minimum permit fee will be charged for each new sign.
Payments can be made:
- Online via registered account in the Permit and Development Portal
- In person via the cashier in the Customer Service Center. We accept cash, Mastercard, Visa, or checks made payable to the City of Raleigh