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Effective October 1, 2011, the state is changing its rules on political signs on state roads. This new legislation (Senate Bill 315) restricts the Town’s ability to regulate political signs on State (DOT) owned roads. Read more.

View a map of roads in Cary to see which roads are Town thoroughfares, state roads or privately-maintained streets.

Got questions or comments about the state law? Contact the NC Department of Transportation at (877) DOT-4YOU.

How Does Cary Regulate Political Signs?

The Town of Cary amended its Land Development Ordinance related to signs in 2016 in response to the United States Supreme Court opinion in Reed v. Town of Gilbert.  Campaign signs for candidates are generally temporary signs (as are real estate signs, event-related signs, and others) and are permitted as described in the table below.  Property used for residential purposes will be permitted a total of eight temporary signs, limited to five square feet in area, and property being used for non-residential purposes will be permitted a total of four temporary signs. 

Please note that no signs are allowed in the right-of-way of Town-maintained streets.  Effective Oct. 1, 2011, the state changed its rules on political signs on state roads. View a map of roads in Cary to see which roads are Town thoroughfares, state roads or privately-maintained streets.

Got questions or comments about the new state law? Contact the NC Department of Transportation at (877) DOT-4YOU. 

Temporary Signs

 

Where can I pick up political signs that have been removed by Town of Cary staff that did not meet the above regulations?
  

Signs can be picked up at Town Hall (316 N. Academy Street) on the 3rd floor of the parking garage in the storage area labeled “Temporary Sign Storage.”  For questions please call our Contact Center at (919) 469-4046.