Sign Permits are required for the construction, alteration, or relocation of some types of signage. Some signs are exempted from the signage requirements in the UDO. Section 30-5.L.5 of the UDO sets out the list of signs that are exempted from the sign requirements. These signs are not required to obtain a Sign Permit.
Section 30.5.L.6 of the UDO sets out the list of signs that are allowed without issuance of a Sign Permit, but which are subject to the signage standards in the UDO. These signs may be installed without a Sign Permit, but failure to comply with the standards in the UDO will result in a notice of violation, filed in accordance with Article 30-8: Enforcement, of the UDO. In no instance may a sign permitted without a Sign Permit be internally or externally illuminated.
There are unique sign standards applied based on a sign’s location in the Downtown (DT) district, the HLO, or some other business zoning district. The UDO requires approval of a Sign Permit for all other types of signs.
A recent change to the sign regulations allows the Planning Commission to consider an alternative signage plan for commercial, industrial, institutional, or mixed use developments containing ten or more acres in area, or for large cultural or public facilities of a singular nature of any size site, for the purpose of increasing flexibility in the application of sign code requirements to promote comprehensive, unified signage for “campus” type development, to recognize site features that require different approaches to signage, and to reward good sign design that enhances community character (see Section 30-5.L.10.g) (http://online.encodeplus.com/regs/fayetteville-nc/doc-viewer.aspx?secid=10438&keywords=%22food+truck%22#secid-10549).