Campaign Sign Information
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.
Sign Complaints: If you have a complaint regarding a potential size or placement violation of a sign, the complaint should be directed to the local NCDOT County Maintenance Office. The NCDOT's maintenance field employees assist in removing signs that are illegally placed within the state highway right-of-way. The NCDOT has an online portal to report issues. A citizen can select their respective county and report the sign through the website. Citizens who do not want to use the portal can call the main NCDOT number at 1-877-368-4968 (1-877-DOT-4YOU).
Questions concerning legends should be directed to the Board of Elections office.
Note: A city ordinance may prohibit or regulate placement of political signs on streets within the corporate limits.
Signs must be placed in accordance with the following -- per NCGS §136-32(d)
- No sign shall be permitted in the right-of-way of a fully controlled access highway.
- No sign shall be closer than three feet from the edge of the pavement of the road
- No sign shall obscure motorist visibility at an intersection.
- No sign shall be higher than 42 inches above the edge of the pavement of the road.
- No sign shall be larger than 864 square inches.
- No sign shall obscure or replace another sign.
The NC Dept. of Transportation has the authority to remove any signs that violate these rules. If anyone else removes or vandalizes a sign, they could be subject to a Class 3 misdemeanor citation from law enforcement.
NC DOT Contact Information or local number is 704-380-6040.
Signs are not allowed in the Right-of-Way until 30 days before One Stop begins.