Sign Ordinance Rewrite

Last Updated: 5/3/2022

The City of High Point has created a Public Review Draft of the new Sign Regulations, and we need your feedback!


Although the sign regulations have been amended over time, they have not been completely rewritten since 1992. The current Development Ordinance, which was rewritten and adopted in 2016, did not include a rewrite of the sign regulations, they were only reformatted to match the rest of the Development Ordinance.

The goals of the rewrite are to create user-friendly regulations through simplified language and graphics to illustrate the regulations wherever possible. The project started with the Cooper Consulting Company team conducting a review and assessment of the current regulations, holding stakeholder group interviews with targeted interest groups, and soliciting public input through mailed and online surveys. Public meetings were held for the consultants to share their initial observations and ideas and provide an opportunity for public feedback prior to drafting the regulations.

Based on all of the information gathered, a public review draft of the new sign regulations is available for your review and feedback. Please review the documents in the table below and give us your feedback. Comments and questions can be submitted using the linked fillable form or by e-mailing comments directly to  signordcomments@highpointnc.gov. In June the City will hold a public drop-in session to get feedback and answer questions. 

Following the public drop-in session, comments on the draft will be accepted until June 30. After that date, the comments received will be reviewed and considered prior to completing the public hearing draft, which will be presented to and considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. The public hearing draft will be posted on the website for review prior to the hearings.

Public Review Draft Documents

Below are links to documents that are related to the public review draft of the sign ordinance.

Name Description
Summary of Changes (PDF) This is a summary of the changes made to the existing sign regulations.
Section 5.7 Signs (PDF) This is the bulk of the new sign regulations. This section was rewritten in its entirety, so it is a clean document without underline and strikethroughs.
Section 10.4 Definitions (PDF) The definitions have been grouped together under "s" for signs, some definitions have been rewritten, new definitions have been added, and others have been deleted. The document shows the new text with bold and underline and the deleted text with strikethroughs.
Section 10.2.10 Sign Rules of Measurement (PDF) This section describes how to measure signs based on the regulations and it provides illustrations. This section was rewritten in its entirety, so it is a clean document without underline and strikethroughs.
Section 2.5.13 Sign Permit (PDF) This section covers the sign permit procedure. It includes amendments to the existing text, so the new text is shown with an underline and the deleted text with strikethroughs.
Section 3.7.3 Planned Development Districts (PDF) This section includes standards applied to Planned Development districts. It includes amendments to the existing text, so the new text is shown with an underline and the deleted text with strikethroughs.
Section 3.8.7 Gateway Corridor Overlay (PDF) This section includes standards applied to Gateway Corridor Overlay (GCO) districts. In general, the sign regulations were moved from the GCO to Section 5.7 Signs. It includes amendments to the existing text, so the new text is shown with an underline and the deleted text with strikethroughs.
Section 4.3 Use Standards (PDF) This section includes standards for specific uses listed in the Principle Use Table. It includes amendments to the existing text, so the new text is shown with an underline and the deleted text with strikethroughs.
Section 4.4 Accessory Structures and Uses (PDF) This section includes standards that are applied to accessory structures and uses. It includes amendments to the existing text, so the new text is shown with an underline and the deleted text with strikethroughs.
Section 4.5 Temporary Uses (PDF) This section includes standards that are applied to temporary uses. It includes amendments to the existing text, so the new text is shown with an underline and the deleted text with strikethroughs.
Section 5.10.4 Prohibited Lighting (PDF) This section includes a list of where exterior lighting is prohibited. It includes amendments to the existing text, so the new text is shown with an underline and the deleted text with strikethroughs.
Section 5.14.3 Corner Retail (PDF) This section includes standards that are applied to corner retail. It includes amendments to the existing text, so the new text is shown with an underline and the deleted text with strikethroughs.
Section 8.5 Nonconforming Signs (PDF) This section includes standards applied to nonconforming signs.  It includes amendments to the existing text, so the new text is shown with an underline and the deleted text with strikethroughs.
Section 9.7.5 Revocation of Permits (PDF) This section includes the process for revoking permits.  It includes amendments to the existing text, so the new text is shown with an underline and the deleted text with strikethroughs.

Other Documents

The documents below are from earlier in the project.

Document Description
Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign (PPT) Introduction to the sign project
Sign Ordinance PowerPoint Presentation (PDF) April 11, 2019 presentation and initial considerations and observations.
Part 1 - Diagnostic Report: Legal Issues in Regulating Signs (PDF) Part 1 addresses the legal foundation for Constitutionally-appropriate sign regulations, particularly ensuring that in drafting new sign regulations the City does not, inadvertently or otherwise, infringe on its citizens' First Amendment's right to freedom of speech.
Part 2 - Diagnostic Report: Sign Ordinance Analysis (PDF) Part 2 is an in-depth analysis of the City's existing Sign Ordinance as well as other sign provisions found throughout the Development Ordinance.