The Sign process is utilized to obtain permit approvals for freestanding signs, wall signs and other types of signs that require permits, including banners.

More than one sign may be approved by a single issued Sign Permit provided that (1) the signs are located on the same site and (2) the permit holder is responsible for all erecting all signs. Any required structural or electrical work to erect a sign can be included on this permit.


Approvals or Permits Issued

  • Issuance of a Sign Permit by the Development Services Center
  • The permit lists all required inspections

Submittal Requirements

  1. Completed Sign Permit Application (PDF), including all contractors conducting the work, submitted to the Development Services Center or online through Accela Citizen Access (ACA)
  2. Application fee
  3. One set of sign plans providing the required information as listed on Sign Plan Standards

Permit Requirements

  1. The sign plans must comply with the Development Ordinance sign regulations and applicable provisions of the North Carolina Building Code.
  2. An approved land development plan for the site.
  3. If a Common Signage Plan (PDF) is required, it must be approved.
  4. Payment of required permit fee.
  5. Applicant is authorized to obtain the permit.
  6. Upon meeting all permit requirements, the applicant is entitled to a Sign Permit.

Additional Information

  • Projects are assigned a Case Manager to act as the point of contact and assist with managing the project through the plan review process.
  • A common signage plan must be prepared in accordance with the Common Signage Plan (PDF) standards for all land development projects with more than one business, building or lot. The signage plan is part of a site plan, group development plan, multiple lot development or planned development plan. The signage plan must be approved prior to the issuance of any construction permits for the project.
  •  Permit Update

​Expected Processing Time

  • Within 2 business days of receipt of an application the Planning & Development Department will determine whether an application is complete or incomplete.
  • If the application is incomplete, then the applicant will be notified within those 2 business days with a written list of application deficiencies. 
  • If the application is complete, then it shall be considered submitted.
  • Approximately 5 business days from submittal of a complete application the Planning & Development Department will approve, approve subject to conditions, or disapprove the application in accordance with review standards of the Development Ordinance.
  • The application will be approved upon the determination that it meets all applicable review standards of the Development Ordinance.
  • If the permit application is approved subject to conditions, the applicant may submit a revised application to show conformance with the conditions of approval or address the comments.
  • If the application does not meet the review standards of the Development Ordinance, it will be denied with comments and the applicant may appeal or revise the application addressing the comments.
  • Any revised application will be reviewed and decided within 5 business days of submittal.
  • If the applicant appeals a denial, it will be considered in accordance with the appeal provisions of the Development Ordinance.


  • All permit fees are due prior to permit issuance
  • See the Development Fee Schedule (PDF) for specific fees
  • Payment types accepted: Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and Check or Money Order payable to the City of High Point
  • Online (ACA) payment types accepted: Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and E-check