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Political Sign Regulations


Prepared for Candidates and Supporters of Candidates in the Non-Incorporated Areas of Rutherford County

All signs erected within the non-incorporated areas of Rutherford County are regulated in Chapter 12 of the Rutherford County Zoning Ordinance.  Political signs are considered temporary signs for enforcement purposes.  Section 1206 lists the regulations for temporary signage and are listed below for your reference.


Section 1206 of the Rutherford County Zoning Ordinance:  Temporary Signage


A. Residential Areas

In addition to the other signs identified in Subsection 1205 B.1, temporary non-commercial signage may be posted on any lot in a residential district at any given time.  Temporary signage shall adhere to the following;

  1. Any such signs shall be removed within 48 hours of noer serving a purpose.
  2. Sign area for lots of five acres or less – 32 total square feet maximum, which may be divided into a maximum of five signs, provided that no single sign may exceed 16 square feet in area.
  3. Sign area for lots exceeding five acres – 32 square feet maximum, which may be contained on one sign or multiple signs.
  4. Sign height for all lots – 6 feet maximum for freestanding signs. 
  5. Illumination of temporary signage is prohibited.
  6. Temporary signs are not allowed in the right-of-way and shall meet the setback and placement guidelines located in Subsection 1203 C.

B. Office/Institutional and Commercial/Industrial Areas

Temporary signs shall be limited to 2 per lot at any given time.  Temporary signage shall adhere to the following;

  1. Portable signs are prohibited. 
  2. Any such signs shall be removed within 48 hours of no longer serving a purpose.
  3. Sign area – 32 square feet sign maximum, which may be divided by a maximum of two sign faces. Sign height – 6 feet maximum for freestanding signs. 
  4. Illumination of temporary signage is prohibited.
  5. Temporary signs are not allowed in the right-of-way and shall meet the setback and placement guidelines located in Subsection 1203 C.

C. Directional Signs

Temporary Directional Signs are allowed in all zoning districts using the criteria of Subsection 1206 A and B.  In addition, the following criteria shall also apply:

  1. In order to avoid the placement of a series of signs along several miles of roadway, no more than 5 signs shall be allowed per event.  No more than 2 temporary directional signs advertising the same event may be on one lot.
  2. Up to 4 directional signs are allowed per intersection.  Each event is allowed only 1 sign per intersection.  If the number of signs at an intersection exceeds 4, all directional signs may be removed by the Director of Building Codes or an authorized representative.

Violations and Penalty

Consistent with Chapter 14 of the Zoning Ordinance, any person, firm, or corporation violating any of the provisions of this Resolution shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not more than $50.00.  Each day's continuance of a violation shall be considered a separate offense.  In addition to the party violating this ordinance, any other person who may have knowingly assisted in the commission of any such violation shall be guilty of a separate offense.

If you have any questions, please contact the Planning and Engineering Department at 615.898.7730 or the Building Codes Department at 615.898.7734.

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