Political signs are allowed to be placed in the City of Lenoir as long as the placement adheres to City code. Please contact the City of Lenoir Planning Department at 828-610-8442 for questions about these rules.
Allowances for Political Signs By Location
On Private Property
Each sign is limited to 3 sq. ft., with a maximum of 9 sq. ft. of temporary signs per parcel, per road frontage.
Any sign type/copy area otherwise permitted for commercial signage can also be utilized for non-commercial speech (like campaign signs).
No time limit.
Local Street Rights-Of-Way
Generally, placing signs behind telephone poles and/or behind the sidewalk will ensure your signs are located out of the City’s right-of-way.
NCDOT right-of-ways within the City limits
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, the State allows for campaign signs to be placed within the right-of-way of state highways.
Signs must be placed in accordance with the following:
setback at least 3 feet from edge of pavement
cannot obscure motorist visibility at intersections
maximum height is 42 inches, measured from the elevation at the edge of pavement
max size is 864 sq. inches
cannot obscure or replace another sign
Signs must be in good repair (not dirty, tattered, in danger of falling, or otherwise in poor condition)
Signs must be placed with permission of the property owner – adjacent property owners must give permission for signs placed in NCDOT right-of-ways
Signs must not block visibility around driveways and/or street intersections.
It is unlawful to remove or destroy other candidate’s signs. (Note: If you are the owner of the property, and a sign has been placed without your permission, you can remove it.)
Signs placed improperly within the right-of-way may be removed without notice by City enforcement staff.
NCDOT streets within the City limits
Blowing Rock Blvd/Hickory Blvd
Morganton Blvd/Wilkesboro Blvd
Southwest Blvd/Harper Ave/Creekway Drive/N. Main Street (4 lane divided/5 lane dual left center portions)