Public Notice Signs

What does it mean when you see a public notice sign?


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A – Appearance Commission B - Evidentiary Hearing BOA C - Evidentiary Hearing COA D - Zoning Decision Approved P - Zoning Public Meeting S - Evidentiary Hearing SUB X – Public Hearing Street Closing Z - Zoning Public Hearing

Have you seen one of these signs around Raleigh? Learn more below about what each sign means and why it might matter to you.

A – Appearance Commission

Image of the A public notice sign

This sign tells you a Design Alternate request has been filed with the Appearance Commission for a project at/near the sign’s location. An evidentiary hearing is required during this process. The sign tells you:

UDO reference: 8.3, 8.4 

Sign contact: Carter Pettibone

Did you know? The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) sets rules for the way buildings, yards, and streets are designed. Sometimes, a developer’s team proposes designs that do not meet those standards but otherwise meet the city’s goal of creating a high-quality built environment. When that happens, developers can request a Design Alternate that is reviewed by the city’s Appearance Commission, who make sure the request meets the city’s goals. 

At the hearing, both the applicant and other interested parties present evidence in support of or in opposition to the application. Visit the Appearance Commission for more information on agenda, cases, and meeting location.

B - Evidentiary Hearing BOA

Image of the B public notice sign

This sign tells you that an application has been filed with the Board of Adjustment (BOA) for a project at/near the sign’s location. An evidentiary hearing is required during this process. The sign tells you:

  • A hearing date
  • A project case number  

UDO reference: 10.2.9, 10.2.10, 10.2.11, 10.2.18

Sign contact: Eric Hodge or Keegan McDonald

Did you know? A BOA application is filed to request permission to break a development rule (UDO) because following the rules causes significant difficulty for the project. Oftentimes, these requests are made for things that prevent conforming to the rules, such as an oddly shaped lot or natural impediment. 

At the hearing, both the applicant and other interested parties present evidence in support of or in opposition to the application. Visit the BOA webpage for more information on the agenda, cases, and meeting location. 

C - Evidentiary Hearing COA

Image of the C public notice sign

This sign tells you that an application has been filed with the RHDC Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) Committee for a project at/near the sign’s location. An evidentiary hearing is required for this process. The sign tells you:

  • A hearing date
  • A case number
  • The project address
  • Description of the proposed exterior changes

UDO reference: 10.1.4.D.1; 10.2.15

Sign contact: Collette Kinane and Erin Morton 

Did you know? The COA Committee is part of the Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC). A major work COA application is usually filed for exterior work like additions, new construction, demolition, tall fences, and large accessory buildings. A COA is required for exterior work within a historic overlay district or to a historic landmark. 

At the evidentiary hearing, both the applicant and other interested parties present evidence in support of or in opposition to the application. The current agenda and meeting information are available online through the RHDC webpage. 

D - Zoning Decision Approved

Image of the D public notice sign

This sign means that an administrative approval has been issued for a property at/near the sign’s location. This sign is for information purposes only and there is no action necessary on your part. The sign tells you:

  • The project address
  • A description of the project 

UDO reference: 10.2.8.D.1.d

Sign contact: Current Planning Team

Did you know? While this sign may be related to an infill project, you will often see this sign because the project includes a new building of 25,000 square feet or more in size. The project may also include an addition that increases an existing building by more than 10% or 25,000 square feet. If these projects are located within 100 feet of property zoned R-1, R-2, R-4, R-6, or R-10, a sign is posted.

P - Zoning Public Meeting

Image of the P public notice sign

This sign means a public meeting has been scheduled to review a rezoning request for a project near/at the sign’s location. The sign tells you:

UDO reference: 10.2.4

Sign contact: JP Mansolf or Carmen Kuan 

Did you know? The Planning Commission considers requested changes to Raleigh’s zoning map and makes recommendations to City Council.  

Visit Planning Commission webpage for more information on agenda, cases, and meeting location. 

S - Evidentiary Hearing SUB

Image of the S public notice sign

This sign tells you that an application has been filed for a subdivision at/near the sign’s location. An evidentiary hearing is required during this process. The sign tells you:

  • A hearing date
  • The current project address
  • A project case number
  • Description of the proposed subdivision 

UDO reference: 10.1.4.D.2; 10.2.5

Sign contact: Collette Kinane and Erin Morton 

Did you know? Only subdivision applications in a historic overlay district or to a historic landmark have this step.  After meeting all administrative code requirements, the final decision on the subdivision is made by the COA Committee of the Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC).

At the hearing, both the applicant and other interested parties present evidence in support of or in opposition to the application. The current agenda and meeting information are available online through the RHDC webpage. 

X – Public Hearing Street Closing

Image of the X public notice sign

This sign tells you that a petition has been filed with the City of Raleigh Transportation Department for a permanent closure of a public street or alley (i.e., public right-of-way) near the sign’s location. A public hearing is required during this process. Generally, the sign tells you:

UDO reference:  The procedure for closing public streets and alleys within the City is dictated by State Law rather than the UDO, as outlined in North Carolina General Statute § 160A-299. More information is available here: https://www.ncleg.gov/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/PDF/BySection/Chapter_160A/GS_160A-299.pdf.

Did you know? Street closure petitions under § 160A-299 are a request to close a public right-of-way that has been dedicated to the City. This process applies to requests to permanently close the public right-of-way. It does not apply to temporary street closings, public nuisance abatement, or traffic control for special events. To learn more, see the Transportation Department’s Street Closings page. View maps of active street closing cases.

Z - Zoning Public Hearing

Image of the Z public notice sign

This sign means a public hearing has been scheduled in response to a rezoning request for a project at the sign’s location. The sign tells you:

UDO reference: 10.2.4 

Sign contact: JP Mansolf or Carmen Kuan

Did you know? The City Council makes the final decision about whether or not a property should be rezoned 

Visit the Public Hearings page for information on cases, speaking during the public hearing, and meeting location.  

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