Sign Standards

 

 

Types of Signs

There are two types of signs:

                Temporary Signs
                Non-temporary Signs

 

 

Register a Temporary Sign

Temporary signs (banners, development signs, sandwich boards) must be registered.

     

Registration is quick, easy, and simple.

Register your sign here (no fee is required).

Temporary Sign Registration Form


Types of Temporary Signs

Type

Description

Registration Required?


Type 1

Yard Signs (typically advertising real estate, political campaigns, and meetings)

No

More Info

Type 2

Banner Signs (typically announcing community, sporting, or similar events)

Yes

More Info

Type 3

Development Activity Signs (typically advertising land for sale, construction or development activity)

Yes

More Info

Type 4

Sandwich Board or A-Frame Signs

Yes

More Info

Temporary Wall Signs

Temporary signs mounted to building walls

Yes

More Info

  

Apply for a Sign Permit

(non-temporary signs)

Apply for a sign permit (for non-temporary signs) by clicking the link below:

Application for Sign Permit

 


New Sign Standards Adopted by City Council

The City Council updated the City of Concord’s Sign Standards (Article 12) of the Concord Development Ordinance on November 10, 2016, with enforcement beginning March 10, 2017. 

Click here to read the new standards

In November of 2016, Concord City Council adopted an ordinance that entirely repealed and replaced Article 12 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO). This article is known as the "Sign Standards", which regulates all signage within the City limits. The sign standards, like other sections of the CDO have been amended from time to time. However, the 2016 revision is the first major update since the year 2000, when Concord's Zoning Ordinance was repealed and replaced with the Unified Development Ordinance.  The Unified Development Ordinance was then renamed to the Concord Development Ordinance.

Beyond the need for a general update, Concord and other municipalities are revising sign standards in response to a 2015 United States Supreme Court decision that greatly expands the definition of content neutrality in relation to the enforcement of sign standards. 

Goals of the new sign standards:

  • simplify the standards by a reorganization of the document
  • limit temporary signs
  • improve sign quality

This update provides an incentive for property owners to invest in high quality and permanent signage. 

City Council adopted the updated standards effective immediately to allow businesses to take advantage of quality incentives, but also to provide a 120-day grace period (Until March 10, 2017) at which time enforcement of the updated standards will begin. For more information about the 2016 sign standards update, call 704-920-5152 or click here to read the new standards.

 

Informational Pamphlet

Updated Sign Standards

 

New Sign Standards

Article 12 
of the Concord Development Ordinance

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  Can I display temporary signage?

Answer:  Yes. Depending on the zoning classification, the size, number of signs, and eligible time periods may vary. Check out section 12.3 of Article 12 to determine which category (Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 and Type 4 signage) your sign will be in. Pay special attention to section 12.3.9, which suspends regulations for Type 1 signage during certain times of the year.

 

Question:  Do I need to obtain a permit for a temporary sign?

No. Temporary signage no longer requires a permit or a fee from the City.  However, you must register your temporary sign on the City’s website and acknowledge compliance with sign regulations. This new format allows citizens to participate in a cost free honor system while allowing Code Enforcement to track signs that are legally displayed.

 

Question:  My sign was permitted by the City and installed prior to November 10, 2016.  With the adoption of the new sign standards (Article 12), it now appears that my sign is non-conforming.  Will I be required to take down the sign and install a new one that conforms to Article 12?

Answer:  No.  If your sign was permitted by the City of Concord prior to November 10, 2016, then the sign is “grandfathered” and may remain as is.  If there is a change in business or land use, then the sign must be brought into compliance with Article 12.

 

Question:  My sign was not permitted by the City and was installed prior to November 10, 2016, and it now appears as though my sign is non-conforming with the new sign standards in Article 12.  Will I be required to take down the sign and install a new one that conforms to Article 12?

Answer:  Yes.  If your sign was not permitted by the City of Concord prior to November 10, 2016, then the sign must be brought into compliance with Article 12.

 

Question:  I want to set out a sign in my yard to help sell my house or business.  Do I need to get a permit or register the sign with the City?

Answer:  No.  Small yard signs do not require any permit or registration.  However, you want to make sure to follow the requirements as specified in the ordinance.

 

Question:  I want to set out a banner sign in the yard to advertise an event.  Do I need to get a permit or register the sign with the City?

Answer:  Yes, the sign must be registered with the City.  Click here to register the sign.

 

Question:  I want to set out a sandwich board sign (an A-frame sign) at the front of my business.  Do I need to get a permit or register the sign with the City?

Answer:  Yes, the sign must be registered with the City.  Click here to register the sign, and be sure to follow the restrictions.

 

Question:  Can I leave a sandwich board sign out while my business is closed?

Answer:  No, the sign cannot be displayed more than 30 minutes prior to the daily opening of the business, nor more than 30 minutes following the daily closing of the business.

 

Question:  If I leave a temporary sign out longer than the specified time frame, will this be a violation of the ordinance?

Answer:  Yes, code enforcement officers will verify that the sign is displayed in accordance with the ordinance, and that the sign is not displayed longer than the allowed time frame.

 

Question:  Am I required to pay a fee to register a temporary sign?

Answer:  No, there is no fee to register a temporary sign.  Simply use the registration form on the web site, or call/visit the Planning & Neighborhood Development Department office.

 

Question:  Are feather banners still allowed?

Answer:  Beginning July 1, 2017, feather banners are prohibited.


New Sign Standards

Article 12 
of the Concord Development Ordinance