Raleigh City Leaders Considering Business Sign Restriction

Date: April 30, 2014 Last Edit: September 07, 2016

Proposal Could Impact Numerous Small Businesses

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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