Historic Signs

Historic Sign Criteria

The Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission (HRC) may designate signs as historic. Historic Sign designation exempts a sign from meeting certain zoning requirements and prohibits changes to the sign without HRC staff approval. For a sign to be designated as "Historic," the HRC must find that a sign closely resembles its original appearance, is at least 25 years old, and meets at least three of eight specific criteria listed:

  • The sign bears a national or local emblem, logo, or other graphic that is unique to the property or the establishment, or that it is a remnant of an advertising program that is no longer used by the parent company
  • The sign is significant as reflecting the history of the building, structure, object, property or the development of the area, or recognized as important to the culture or history of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
  • The sign possesses unique characteristic or incorporates materials, design, or craftsmanship not commonly found in newer signs
  • The sign is unique, notably aesthetic or creative, so as to make a significant contribution as a work of art
  • The sign is recognized as a popular focal point within the community
  • The sign is associated with historical individuals, events or places
  • The sign is characteristic of a specific historic period
  • The sign exhibits unique or rare characteristics that enhance the streetscape or the community at large

Application Hearings

The HRC hears Historic Sign Designation Applications (PDF) at its regular monthly meetings, on the first Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. at:
Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building
Public Meeting Room
100 E First Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Historic Sign Applications, Staff Reports & Designation Actions - 2018 to Present

ApplicationMeeting DateSign NameAddressStaff ReportDesignation
HS2018-001 Application (PDF)
October 3, 2018Mr. Barbecue1381 Peters Creek ParkwayHS2018-001 Staff Report (PDF)
HS2018-001 Designation (PDF)