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The following signs are allowed within the public right-of-way in all zoning districts. Where such signs are permanent signs, they shall require a license agreement approved by the Public Works Director, or designee ) and/or an encroachment agreement approved by NCDOT as applicable. Signs allowed in right-of-way shall meet all other applicable requirements of this Article.

A. Awning and projecting signs projecting over a public right-of-way.

B. Emergency warning signs erected by a government agency, utility company, or a contractor doing work in a public right-of-way.

C. Public signs erected by or on behalf of the City, County, State or federal government.

D. Signs erected pursuant to a temporary use permit issued by the Planning Director or designee, subject to such ordinances or regulations as may apply.

E. Signs identifying a recognized community, subdivision or development provided that such signs are consistent with an approved overall sign plan, site plan or subdivision plat. This shall also include signs pursuant to paragraph 11.6.2A.10, Off-Premise Non-Residential Entry Signs.

F. (City only) Signs erected in connections with elections, referenda, or current political events provided that they do not exceed six square feet per sign in area and are no more than four feet in height. The signs shall be located so as not to obstruct drivers' vision clearances at intersections. Such signs may be posted 45 days prior to an election in which a person identified on the sign is a candidate or item identified on the sign is on the ballot and shall be removed within 15 days after the election or cessation of candidacy of all persons identified on the sign, whichever comes first. Along State rights-of-way such signs may require permits from NCDOT.