Campaigning & Sign Regulations

Reporting Sign Violations

Sign Restrictions

Statewide guidelines for sign placement

  • Prohibited Signs – Flashing signs, illuminated tubing or strings of lights outlining roof or building lines of structures, roof signs, portable signs, windblown signs, and suspended signs shall be prohibited in all zoning districts.
  • Signs for Which No Permit is Required – The following signs may be erected or displayed in any district without a permit, provided the uses of the premises upon which such signs are erected or displayed are in compliance with all other zoning regulations:
    • a) any sign containing less than two (2) square feet;
    • b) incidental signs, provided that the number and location of such signs are approved on plans submitted to the Wake County Zoning Administrator and that the number of signs is no greater than reasonably necessary;
    • c) political signs, provided no political sign shall be erected earlier than the established filing date for an election nor allowed to remain longer than fifteen (15) days after the election.
  • NC General Statutes Concerning Signs
    • Planned communities (homeowners associations) limiting the right to display political signs on private property GS 47F-3-121
    • Political signs allowed on DOT right-of-way (highways) GS 136-32
    • Political signs not allowed on electric company fixtures GS 14-156
    • Signs are protected from being damaged or taken down GS 14-384
    • Size requirement for print advertisements GS 163-278.39(b)


N.C.G.S. §163-166.4 states, “No person or group of persons shall hinder access, harass others, distribute campaign literature, place political advertising, solicit votes, or otherwise engage in election-related activity in the voting place or in a buffer zone...” The buffer zone will be 50 feet from the entrance to the polling place except where deemed by the Wake County Board of Elections to be necessarily closer, but no less than 25 feet from the entrance to the polling place. There will be publication of information regarding the entrance location and distance of the buffer zone no later than 30 days before the election.

Please visit our Polling Places webpage for more information about buffer zones.

We are guests at all of our polling places and early voting sites. We need your cooperation for us to remain welcome. We ask that all campaigns and campaigners clear the polling places and surrounding premises of all election materials as soon as the polls close.

Early Voting Site or Election Day Polling Place Buffer Zone Violations

Contact the Wake County Board of Elections: [email protected] or 919-404-4040