As most citizens are aware, there are numerous regulations and policies aimed at keeping North Carolina safe and beautiful.
Political candidates and committees will be doing their share if they instruct their campaign workers not to place signs on public property. And, they will be helping save and protect citizens’ lives. Some of the signs can block motorists’ view of oncoming traffic which could result in a serious or even fatal accident.
North Carolina State Board of Elections
14-156. Injuring fixtures and other property of electric-power companies. It shall be unlawful for any person willfully and wantonly, and without consent of the owner, to take down, remove, injure, obstruct, displace or destroy any line erected or constructed for the transmission of electrical current, or any poles, towers, wires, conduits, cables, insulators or any support upon which wires or cables may be suspended, or any part of any such line or appurtenances or apparatus connected therewith, or to sever any wire or cable thereof, or in any manner to interrupt the transmission of electrical current over and along any such line, or to take down, remove, injure or destroy any house, shop, building or other structure or machinery connected with or necessary to the use of any line erected or constructed for the transmission of electrical current, or to wantonly or willfully cause injury to any of the property mentioned in this section by means of fire. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.
(1907, c.919; C.S., s. 4328; 1993, c. 539, s. 94; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14 (c).)
19A NCAC 02E.0415 Advertising Signs Within Right of Way. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to erect or place any advertising or other sign, except regulation traffic and warning signs approved by the Department of Transportation, on any highway or the right of way thereof, or so as to overhang the right of way, or to permit the erection or placing of any advertising or other sign, as herein prohibited, on any highway right of way which is situated over any land owned, rented, leased or claimed by such person, firm or corporation. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or other corporation that has erected, or placed, or permitted to be erected or placed, any advertising or other sign, as herein prohibited, or for any person, firm or corporation owning, renting, leasing or claiming any land over which a highway or highway right of way is situated, and on which highway or highway right of way any advertising or other sign has been erected or placed, to allow such advertising or other signs to remain on state highway or right of way thereof.
History Note: Authority G.S. 136-18 (10); 136-30
Eff. July 1, 1978.
ORDINANCE REGULATING SIGNS IN MUNCIPALITIES
VILLAGE OF ALAMANCE
Temporary Sign: A sign displayed for a period of not more than twelve (12) months.
CITY OF BURLINGTON
Political Signs: Political signs erected in connection with elections or political campaigns proved that: (Amendment adopted June 6, 2000; effective date of amendment, August 1, 2000.)
a. Such signs are prohibited on utility poles and may not obstruct drivers’ vision clearances at an intersection.
b. Such signs shall not be posted earlier than sixty (60) days prior to a primary, general or special election and are to be removed within ten (10) days after the election.
c. Such signs shall not exceed 32 square feet in area.
d. Signs found to be in violation of this section may be removed by Zoning Enforcement Officers.
TOWN OF ELON
Campaign or Elections Signs – Not to exceed 4 square feet per side, located only on private property with the permission of the property owner. Campaign signs are limited to one per candidate per road right-of-way. May be displayed not more than 45 days prior to an election and must be removed within 7 days after the election.
TOWN OF GIBSONVILLE
Temporary Signs: Temporary political signs located on private property are to be removed within seven (7) days after an election
CITY OF GRAHAM
Temporary Signs: Temporary political yard signs advertising candidates or issues, provided such signs do not exceed one (1) sign per candidate per zoning lot or sixteen (16) square feet in area per display surface, are not erected prior to forty-five (45) days before the actual election day and are removed within seven (7) days after the election
TOWN OF GREEN LEVEL
Campaign/Political Signs are allowed in all zoning districts without a sign permit if they meet the following guidelines:
a. Each sign shall not exceed more than 18 square feet in area
b. All such signs shall be removed within seven (7) days after the election for which they were made
c. No sign shall be placed upon any right-of-way, on any telephone pole or any street sign, or on any public property
d. No sign may be posted earlier than 45 days before the appropriate election date
TOWN OF HAW RIVER
Yard Signs: Yard signs erected temporarily such as political signs or those advertising yard sales shall be removed within five (5) days after the event promoted has taken place
CITY OF MEBANE
Temporary Signs: Temporary political yard signs advertising candidates or issues, provided such signs do not exceed one sign per candidate per zoning lot or four (4) square feet in area per display surface, are not erected prior to sixty (60) days before the appropriate election, and are removed within four (4) days after the election. No sign shall be attached to utility poles, traffic regulatory signs, or other publicly-maintained structures.
TOWN OF OSSIPEE
TOWN OF SWEPSONVILLE