• NC House Concurs on Billboard Legislation

    The North Carolina house has concurred with a North Carolina Senate version of a billboard legislation by a vote of 60-54.  The bill now goes to the Governor who has 10 days to sign or veto.

    The bill represents a commons sense way to reduce just compensation claims against North Carolina taxpayers.  Here’s what House Bill 645 does.

    In order to minimize just compensation claims the bill allows any condemned billboard to be relocated:

    • within a 2 mile radius
    • within 660 feet of a national highway
    • in a commercial or industrial area
    • not above 50 feet in height

    The bill allows any non-condemned fully conforming billboard legally to be relocated:

    • once every 10 years
    • within 250 feet of the original land parcel
    • within 660 feet of a national highway
    • in a commercial and industrial area
    • not above 50 feet in height.

    A legal non-conforming billboard may be relocated on the same site so long as:

    • the structure is like material
    • the size is not increased
    • the height of the sign does not exceed 50 feet
    • the relocation is not denied by a federal official

    The North Carolina DOT cannot deny a relocation permit due to vegetation and a sign owner is allowed to remove vegetation blocking a relocated billboard.


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