Online Guide to Sign Ordinance Information

The information you need will depend on where the sign is. What is the jurisdiction? Where is the sign set on the ground or is it attached to a structure? Certain circumstances will also affect the regulations that apply - Special Use zoning, Conditional Use approvals, Historic zoning and Overlays, etc.

Unless specifically stated otherwise, all signs require a permit.


Kernersville Sign Ordinance - please contact Kernersville Zoning at 992-0605 or the Kernersville web site

Not sure what the correct jurisdiction is? You can look up addresses in the Forsyth County Geo-data Explorer (new window). 


Winston-Salem Sign Ordinance [pdf] 

In the Winston-Salem sign ordinance, look for:

  • On-premise ground signs, page 13 (H)
  • Attached signs, page 16 (I)
  • Electronic message board signs, page 10 (F) (2).
  • Prohibited signs, page 7 (D)
  • Signs allowed without a permit, page 8 (E)
  • Special signs allowed with a permit, page 10 (F)
  • Signs in the Right-of-Way, see information [pdf] 

Forsyth County Sign Ordinance [pdf] 

In the Forsyth County sign ordinance, look for:

  • On-premise ground signs, page 7 (E)
  • Wall signs, page 10 (F)
  • Prohibited signs, page 1 (4)
  • Special signs allowed, page 2 (B)
  • Signs in the Right-of-Way, please call (336)703-6600  for information from the NC Department of Transportation

Revised Clemmons Sign Ordinance [pdf/926kb/17p] 


Lewisville Sign Ordinance [pdf] 

In the Lewisville sign ordinance, look for:

  • On-premise ground signs, page 9 (E)
  • Wall signs, page 12 (F)
  • Prohibited signs, page 1 (3)
  • Specific signs allowed, page 1 (B)
  • call (336) 945-5558  for more information

Walkertown Sign Ordinance [pdf] 

In the Walkertown ordinance, look for:

  • On-premise ground signs, page 14 (G), call (336) 595-4212
  • Wall signs page 17 (H)
  • Prohibited signs, page 8 (8)
  • Specific signs allowed, page 9 (D)

If you need more help or information, please contact Fred Holbrook at 747-7427.

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