Guidelines for Political Signs

Out in the country

The county rules are less strict than those of municipalities.  If you have questions about a county  issue please contact the Alamance County Inspections Department.  The Alamance County Board of Elections provide the information about signs but they do not “police” the rules. 

Rules for signs in Municipalities

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 driver’s 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 must be removed within seven (7) days
after an election.
Type #Permitted Area (sq ft) Setback (feet) Height (feet) Ilum.b
Temp. Political
Signs/All
Districts

NA 6 R/Wa 6 none

a Signs must be located outside public street R/W and outside and sight distance area.

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

Click to access ORDINANCE-REGULATING-SIGNS-IN-MUNCIPALITIES-002.pdf

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