Bill Summary for H 581 (2017-2018)

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Jun 26 2017

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View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
House Bill 581 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 5, 2017
AN ACT TO PROMOTE UNIFORMITY OF REGULATION AND MODERNIZATION OF OUTDOOR ADVERTISING, TO ALLOW FOR THE RELOCATION AND RECONSTRUCTION OF OFF-PREMISES OUTDOOR ADVERTISING, TO INCREASE PERMIT FEES FOR OUTDOOR ADVERTISING, TO CLARIFY STANDARDS FOR SELECTIVE VEGETATION REMOVAL, AND TO ESTABLISH A REASONABLE TIME FRAME FOR MAKING AGENCY DECISIONS REGARDING PERMITS AND APPEALS.
Intro. by Lewis, Saine, Goodman, Hanes.

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House amendments make the following changes to the 3rd edition.

Amendment #1 deletes the proposed changes to GS 136-133(c), which expanded the existing provisions to include building permits, and prohibited requiring a building permit or local building inspection for off-premises advertising if the proposed construction was evaluated and certified by a professional engineer as being in compliance with the State Building Code.

Deletes proposed GS 87-1(b)(4), which excepted from the definition of general contractor any person engaged in the construction of outdoor advertising signs subject to Article 11 of GS Chapter 136.

Amendment #4 modifies the applicability provisions of Section 10 of the act, which enacts GS 136-131.3 (Relocation of permitted off-premises outdoor advertising sign). Now provides that the section applies to off-premises outdoor advertising signs removed on or after the date the act becomes law (previously, removed on or after January 1, 2014). Deletes provisions providing for signs removed on or after January 1, 2014, but prior to the date the act becomes effective, which called for construction work on relocation in accordance with GS 136-131.3(a) as enacted to commence within one year of the date the act becomes effective.

Modifies the applicability provisions of Section 21 of the act, which amends GS 153A-143 (Regulation of outdoor advertising). Now provides that GS 153A-143(d2) applies to off-premises outdoor advertising signs removed on or after the date the act becomes effective (previously, removed on or after January 1, 2014).

Modifies the applicability provisions of Section 22 of the act, which amends GS 160A-199. Now provides that GS 160A-199(d2) applies to off-premises outdoor advertising signs removed on or after the date the act becomes effective (previously, removed on or after January 1, 2014).

Amendment #5 modifies the requirements that existing off-premises outdoor advertising are subject to if being altered or reconstructed to a changeable message sign, requiring that the changeable message sign cannot be located within 5,280 feet (previously, 1,000 feet) of any other changeable message sign permitted by the Department of Transportation that is facing the same direction of traffic on the same side of the highway. Makes conforming changes. 

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