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Does New Hanover County have a patrol that removes lawn signs posted by organizations advertising functions?

“County Zoning enforcement staff periodically perform ‘sign sweeps’ to remove non-compliant signs in the public rights-of-way,” New Hanover County spokeswoman Ruth Smith said. “All signs picked up are kept for at least one week before disposed of in case a sign owner wishes to retrieve their sign.”

County zoning regulations prohibit all signs in public rights-of-way except for signs installed by or with the approval of an appropriate governmental agency, such as the state department of transportation, she said. Signs on private property in the unincorporated areas of the county must comply with the “Design Standards and Regulations for Signs” section that can be found in the county’s Zoning Ordinance. (http://planningdevelopment.nhcgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Updated-March-2014.pdf

Signs attached to public property or utility structures, signs creating traffic hazards or fire hazards and signs containing vulgar words are prohibited in all zoning districts.

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