Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Signs 11.1 General Purpose And Intent


11. Signs

11.1. General Purpose And Intent It is the purpose of this chapter to authorize the use of signs whose size, type, and location are compatible with their surroundings; to ensure signs do not become a public hazard, traffic hazard, or nuisance; to preserve the characteristics of each district; and to protect and enhance the overall appearance of the community. It is not the intent of this chapter to prohibit any sign, display, or device containing any lawful, noncommercial message.

11.2. Applicability

All signs within the Town of Wake Forest’s jurisdiction area shall be covered by these regul ations and be erected, constructed, or maintained in accordance with the provisions of this section.

11.2.1. Permits Required A.

Except as provided otherwise in Sections 11.8 and 11.9 or elsewhere in this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person to erect, construct, enlarge, move, or replace any sign without first obtaining a sign permit, in accordance with the Development Permit process in Section 15.6.1, from the Administrator to ensure compliance with the provisions of this ordinance. B. Additional permits may be necessary pursuant to the regulations in the state building code or other sections of this ordinance. 11.2.2. Alteration of Sign Face Cleaning, electrical repair, resurfacing, and other maintenance of a sign shall not require a permit. The changing of tenant name panels on multiple-tenant development signage and the change of copy on other signs specifically designed for changeable copy shall not require a permit.

11.2.3. Master Sign Plan

A master sign plan shall be required for Planned Unit Development Districts. The master sign plan is used for establishing the parameters for the size, location, and design of signs for a large, single development.

11.3. Computation of Signage Measurements

11.3.1. Computation of Sign Area A.

The area of a sign face shall be deemed to be the entire area within the smallest polygon that will encompass the extreme limits of the writing, representation, emblem, or other display on the sign that can be reasonably calculated. B. The area shall also include any material or color forming an integral part of the background of the display or used to differentiate the sign from the backdrop or structure against which it is placed. C. Frames or structural members not bearing informational or representational matter shall not be included in computation of the area of a sign face.

Town of Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance – July 19, 2022


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