Raleigh City Leaders Considering Business Sign Restriction

Date: April 30, 2014

Proposal Could Impact Numerous Small Businesses

The Raleigh City Council in February began considering an expansion of the regulation of signs in business windows. Currently, regulations primarily limit signs posted on the outside of business establishments. The Council is proposing a strict limit on signs mounted on the inside of windows. While the move is being driven by opposition to large illuminated signs mounted on the inside of windows, the proposal would also impact printed signage. Signs would be limited to two square feet per linear foot of window space.

What This Means For Small Business:

A survey by city officials found that about a quarter of businesses would be impacted, and the proposal has drawn sharp opposition from the business community. Businesses feel that the regulation is unnecessary and would seriously impact their ability to publicize their wares and services. This week, the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association came out firmly against the proposal, arguing that hundreds or even thousands of businesses would find themselves in violation.

What Happens Next:

The Raleigh City Council is planning to appoint a task force to review the proposal.

Further Reading:

The Raleigh (NC) News & Observer and the North Raleigh News both cover the issue.

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