Sign Control Ordinance:
While aware of and sensitive to the need for local businesses to adequately identify their products and services, this ordinance was developed with the intention to insure safety of motorists by reducing the distracting influence of uncontrolled signs throughout the county and with the purpose to preserve the scenic and aesthetic features and quality of life for residents and visitors.
Some signs require approval from the Planning Department and a permit from the Building/Inspections Department.
Types of signs exempt from the ordinance include:
- Directional signs to commercial business or direction for sale of real estate or personal property, not exceeding 32 square feet in area, 8 feet in height or length of sign face, and no more than 12 feet high (includes garage sales signs with a maximum life of 7 days)
- Construction warning signs posted by construction companies
- Temporary signs associated with holidays/celebrations for a maximum of 30 days before the date and 10 days after
Basically, signs cannot:
- exceed 150 square feet
- obstruct the view of motorists entering or exiting roads or highways
- be placed within any road or highway right-of-way
- contain obscenities
- resemble a public safety warning or traffic sign
- flash, blink, or have moving parts (including waving)
- be constructed on utility poles, trees, or rock/natural features
- be off-premise along Designated Scenic Corridors
The North Carolina Board of Transportation has its own set of sign regulations that are administered by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NC DOT). It does not allow for off-premise advertising signs along a "Scenic Byway".