Public notice is a notice
given to the public
regarding certain types of legal proceedings.
Public notices are issued by a government agency
body in certain rulemaking
It is a requirement in most jurisdiction
s, in order to allow members of the public to make their opinion
s on proposals known ''before'' a rule or law is made.
For local government
, public notice is often given by those seeking a liquor license
, a rezoning
, or other minor approval which must be granted by a city council
, county commission
, or board of supervisors
By private individuals or companies
Parties to some legal proceedings, such as foreclosure
, and estate
actions are sometimes required to publish public notices.
Public notices are sometimes required when seeking a new broadcast license
from a national broadcasting authority
, or a change to modification to an existing license.
U.S. broadcast stations are required to give public notice on the air that they are seeking a license renewal from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission
(FCC), or to notify viewers of the station's purchase by another party. Records of these public notices must often be kept in a station's public file
Method of notice
One method of notice is publication of a public notice ad in a local newspaper of record. Public notice can also be given in other ways, including radio
, and on the Internet
. Some governments required publication in a local/nationwide newspaper or the government gazette
, though there have been attempts among some politicians to eliminate the expense of publication by switching to electronic forms of notification.House Bill 193: Electronic Notice of Public Hearings
from the website of the North Carolina General Assembly
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The Public Notice Resource Center