Political Sign Regulations

Regulations are in place for political signs that are placed on private property.


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 Residential Zoning Districts

  • Signs may not exceed fifteen (15) square feet in area and three and one-half (3.5) feet in height.
  • No premises (subdivided lot) may contain more than sixty (60) square feet of such signage.

Commercial Zoning Districts

Developed property

  • Political signs are treated as information signs and may not exceed six square feet in area and three and one-half feet in height.
  • No premises (subdivided lot) may contain more than thirty-two square feet of information signage.

Undeveloped property

  • No sign may exceed thirty two square feet in area and fifteen feet in height.
  • No premises (subdivided lot) may contain more than sixty square feet of such signage.

North Carolina Law

The General Assembly of North Carolina passed Senate Bill 315 in August of 2011 that permits campaign signs in the right-of-way. Signs are permitted during the period beginning on the 30th day before the beginning date of "one-stop" early voting and ending the 10th day after the primary or election day. No campaign sign should exceed six square feet in area or 42" in height.

It is a class 3 misdemeanor for a person to steal, deface, vandalize or unlawfully remove a political sign that is lawfully placed.

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