Sign Permitting Information
Most signage in the City needs to be permitted by the Planning Department. The Planning Department regularly receives complaints about various sign violations throughout the City. Most commonly business owners place small, real estate-size signs advertising a product or service on the side of a road, or install large feather-style flags in front of their business to attract the attention of passing motorists. With the exception of actual real estate signs advertising a property for sale or lease, these signs are prohibited by Brevard City Code.
Other types of signs that are generally prohibited include those posted on utility poles, trees, fences, or other signs, signs creating a traffic hazard, signs within the public right of way, flashing or moving devices, off-premises advertising signs, and portable signs.
The purpose of sign regulation is to prevent dangerous conditions from occurring due to their size, location, construction, or manner of display or to mislead the public by causing
There are several exceptions, exemptions, and types of signs that are allowed without permits. For example, “No Trespass” or “Warning” signs are exempt from permitting requirements. Other signs, including those on or behind window glass, private traffic signs, or commemorative plaques do not require permits but are limited in size or location.Please use the links below to learn about what signs are allowed and require a permit, what signs are allowed without this issuance of a permit, and what signs are simply prohibited in the City. To report a potential violation please visit www.cityofbrevard.com/report, call the Planning Department at (828) 885-5630, or write us at 95 W. Main St., Brevard, NC 28712. Penalties for violations vary, and are utilized as a last resort, but can range from $50 to $500 per day. Most violations are simply from a lack of understanding of the rules and can be addressed quickly and easily without the need for penalties.
EXCEPTIONS & EXEMPTIONS
- What is the purpose of regulating signs?
- Do I need a sign permit to advertise my business?
- Which Zoning District Am I In?
- How much is a sign permit?
- What kind of ground sign can I have for my business located in DMX, NMX and RMX districts?
- What kind of ground sign can I have for my business located in CMX district?
- What kind of ground sign of can I have for my business located in IC district?
- What kind of ground sign of can I have for my business located in GI district?
- What kind of wall sign can I have for my business located in CMX, DMX, NMX, RMX, IC, and GI district?
- Can I have a temporary banner or A-frame sign?
- Can I get a permit for decorative flags, banners and other moving devices like pennants, balloons, windsocks?
- What are the rules for political signs?
- Can I get a permit for an electronic display sign?
- Can I get a permit for a canopy sign?
- Can I have a sandwich board sign in lieu of a ground sign?
- Am I allowed to put a sign in the public right-of-way?
- Am I allowed to have off premises advertising signs?
- Can I have a flashing sign?
- Can I have a moving sign?
- Can I post a sign to utility poles, trees, fences, rocks or other signs?
- Can I have a roof sign?
- Can I post a “No Trespassing” sign on my property?
- Do I need a permit for a temporary real estate sign?
- Do I need a permit for signs on window or glass?
- Can I post a private traffic sign to help navigate entering and exiting my business?
- Are there exception for government and charitable organizations?
- Are there special provisions for gasoline service stations?
- Do I need a permit for a construction sign?
- Where can I review other maps or policies?