Charlotte Modifies Proposed Sign Ordinance to Allow Real Estate Directional Signs

Revised amendments to the Charlotte Sign Ordinance now permit the use of weekend directional signs for new home construction and real estate open houses, after REBIC raised objections to their elimination.

The proposed regulations for Temporary Off-Premises Signs now read as follows:

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The new language actually allows larger signs (6 square feet in area, or double what is allowed now), and eliminate a current requirement that the signs be located no more than a half-mile from the advertised property. REBIC remains concerned, however, about new language requiring a Realtor® or sign company to obtain permission from a property owner before placing directional signs, and will continue to work with City staff to see if a compromise can be reached.

Weekend directional signs are one of the most effective tools buyers use to find homes for sale. Particularly in Charlotte, where most new home communities are in hard-to-find, infill locations (and often not yet identified on GPS), a ban on temporary directional signs would severely impact home sales, which are already falling due a lack of inventory.

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