Yard Signs: BOA, COA & Zoning


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Board of Adjustment Public Hearing RHDC Certificate of Appropriateness Public Hearing Notice Zoning Decisions Zoning Public Meeting and Public Hearing Signs

Here is a breakdown of all the different kinds of public notice signs. Some of the signs are for informational purposes only while others signify a public meeting or public hearing. Below is a description of each sign and how and when it is used.

Board of Adjustment Public Hearing

Board of Adjustment Public Hearing Sign

If you have seen this sign posted in or around your neighborhood it means one of the following Board of Adjustment applications has been filed (UDO Sections 10.2.9., 10.2.10., 10.2.11. or 10.2.18.):

  • Special Use Permit
  • Variance
  • Appeal of Administrative or Historic Development Commission Decision
  • Design Adjustment
  • Design Alternate

What does this mean for you?

The Board of Adjustment (BOA) will consider the application at an evidentiary hearing scheduled on the date as indicated on the sign insert. Current agenda information is available online through the Board of Adjustment webpage.

The BOA meeting is where both the applicant and other interested parties present evidence in support of or in opposition to the application. All persons addressing the committee regarding an application must be sworn or affirmed as required by North Carolina law.

Most BOA meetings are held in the City Council Chamber, Room 201 of the Raleigh Municipal Building, located at 222 West Hargett Street. Free parking is available in the parking garage on the same city block.

Still have questions? Please send an e-mail to Eric Hodge or Keegan McDonald.

RHDC Certificate of Appropriateness Public Hearing Notice

RHDC COA Hearing Sign

If you have seen this sign posted on a property in your neighborhood it means that a major work Certificate of Appropriateness (UDO Sec 10.2.15) application has been filed. The sign insert provides the case number and a description of the proposed exterior changes associated with the application.

What does this mean for you?

The Certificate of Appropriateness Committee (COA Committee) of the Raleigh Historic Development Commission will consider the Certificate of Appropriateness application at an evidentiary hearing scheduled on the date as indicated on the sign insert. Current agenda information is available online through the RHDC webpage.

 The COA Committee meeting is where both the applicant and other interested parties present evidence in support of or in opposition to the application. All persons addressing the committee regarding an application must be sworn or affirmed as required by North Carolina law.

Detailed information on every pending major work Certificate of Appropriateness case can be accessed via the Current Development Activity Page when you scroll down to “COA Cases” section.

Most COA Committee meetings are held in the City Council Chamber, Room 201 of the Raleigh Municipal Building, located at 222 West Hargett Street. Free parking is available in the parking garage on the same city block.

Still have questions? Please send an e-mail to rhdc@rhdc.org or call our office at 919-832-7238.

Zoning Decisions

Zoning Decision Sign

If you have seen this sign posted in or around your neighborhood it means one of the following Administrative Zoning Decisions has occurred on property meeting the qualifications for “Residential Infill Compatibility” (UDO Section 2.2.7.):

  • Approval of a New Home
  • Approval of an addition to an existing home or structure
  • Approval of a new Accessory Structure

What does this mean for you?

  • This sign is for informational purposes only. There is no action necessary on your part.
  • The sign means that a permit has been issued for construction activity at the address specified on the sign insert. The sign insert provides a description of the construction activity associated with the permit.

If you have questions, concerns, or would like additional information about the approved construction activity you may either send an e-mail to currentplanning@raleighnc.gov or call our office at 919-996-2492.

Zoning Public Meeting and Public Hearing Signs

Zoning Public Meeting Sign

If you have seen a Zoning Public Meeting or Public Hearing sign posted in or around your neighborhood it means that a Rezoning (UDO Sec 10.2.4) has been requested nearby.

What does this mean for you?

The Planning Commission will consider the Rezoning request at a public meeting scheduled on the date as indicated on the sign. Current agenda information is available online through the Planning Commission webpage. The Planning Commission will consider changes to the city's zoning map and make a recommendation to the City Council. You may have already received some information on this rezoning case from your Citizen's Advisory Council.

Detailed information on every pending zoning case can be accessed via our Current Development Activity page and scroll down to “Zoning Cases”.

A total of 20 minutes will be allotted for comment on this case during the Planning Commission meeting. The applicant’s presentation along with comments from proponents of the case may not exceed ten minutes. Opponents of the case will then have up to ten minutes for comment. Each speaker will be allowed to speak for a maximum of two minutes, and speakers should not repeat previously stated information. After the applicant, proponents, and opponents have exhausted their time allotments, the applicant will have two additional minutes to respond. Time limits will be enforced with a timing device. The Commission may grant more time for comments by a majority vote.

Most Planning Commission meetings are held in the City Council Chamber, Room 201 of the Raleigh Municipal Building, located at 222 West Hargett Street. Free parking is available in the parking garage on the same city block.

Still have questions? Please contact Planning and Development at 919-996-2682.