Article 10.2 - Applicability

Except as otherwise provided in this ordinance, it shall be unlawful to construct, enlarge, move or replace any sign or cause the same to be done, without first obtaining a sign permit for such sign from the Mecklenburg County Building Standards Department or designated permitting agency. In addition, a certificate of occupancy for the change in the use of property shall require compliance with ARTICLE 10, Signs.

Not withstanding the above, changing or replacing the permanent copy on an existing lawful sign shall not require a permit, provided the copy change does not change the nature of the sign so as to render it in violation of this ordinance. A legal non-conforming off-premise advertising sign that changes from utilizing external illumination to internal illumination or self luminous or from a static copy to changeable message copy shall be considered a change of nature and is in violation of this ordinance.

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