Signs are regulated by the City of Hickory to stabilize and protect property values, to maintain the visual attractiveness of the City and its environment, and to ensure public safety. Regulations govern the location, size, and type of signs and require that most signs have zoning and building permits. Article 10 of the Land Development Code includes Hickory's temporary signage regulations. Applications for temporary sign permits may be obtained at the Permit Center in person or online. For additional information, contact the Permit Center at (828) 323-7410.
General Temporary Signage
Signage announcing openings, closings, management changes, sales, special events, and related must obtain a temporary sign permit. Temporary signs must comply with the following standards, before a permit can be issued:
Applicants may obtain a maximum of a single one (1) year temporary sign permit and a twelve (12) week temporary sign permit within a one year period. Please contact the Permit Center at (828) 323-7410 for more information.
Temporary signs or banners announcing a noncommercial, civic or philanthropic event shall be allowed without the issuance of a temporary sign permit subject to the following standards:
Political signage is subject to regulations passed by the North Carolina General Assembly (G.S. 136-32).
The space between the street curb and closest property line is included as part of the road right-of-way. This space often includes government erected signage, fire hydrants, utility poles, street lights, and sidewalks. Temporary signage is prohibited within the right-of-way due to public safety concerns and may be removed by the Zoning Enforcement Officer without warning. Signage taken by the Zoning Enforcement Officer will not be returned.
Visibility at Intersections (Sight Triangles):
No sign or any other material or structure that will obstruct vision between a height of 2.5 feet and 8 feet (as measured from the pavement edge of the adjacent roadway) shall be erected, placed, or maintained within the following area: