On December 13, 2018, the Flat Rock village council voted to approve their proposed changes to the village’s sign control ordinance (that revised ordinance, ordinance 102, is not yet on the village’s website but CLG has uploaded a draft here).
What does this mean for you if you have a sign on your property?
It means the village considers you in violation of their sign control ordinance. (CLG continues to hold that the revised sign control ordinance is not in compliance with our First Amendment rights.)
Once the village decides you are in violation of their ordinance, the village administrator must send a notice of violation through the U.S. Postal Service to the property owner as their address appears in the Henderson County tax records.
The property owner will then have 30 days from the mailing of the notice to comply. Note that the 30 days starts the day the notice is mailed, not from the day you receive the notice.
If you don’t comply with the notice after 30 days, then the village sign enforcement officer can issue you a civil citation with fines attached.
So, what to do?
CLG would ask that if you have a sign on your property and receive a violation notice from the village, please let us know and send us a copy of the letter you received either by regular mail (P.O. Box 1675, Flat Rock, NC 28731) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Previous posts on the sign control ordinance:
- Protected or prohibited? (Jan 22, 2018)
- Protected or prohibited?: The sequel (Jan 23, 2018)
- Protected or prohibited?: Continued (July 12, 2018)
- Protected or prohibited?: The sign saga continues. . . (Dec 19, 2018)