CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - The City of Charlotte released a list on Monday of things citizens should be aware of if planning to attend or hold a peaceful protest.
The City said they respect and strive to protect citizens’ rights to exercise their First Amendment rights through lawful protests and demonstrations.
The following is a reminder of how to demonstrate peacefully and legally:
- Citizens may engage in lawful protest activity on public sidewalks and City plazas without the need for a permit
- A parade permit is required to march or demonstrate in the streets. Doing so without a permit is illegal.
- The City’s Picketing Ordinance, which governs protesting on sidewalks and City plazas, contact information, and a notification form can be found here - http://charlottenc.gov/CMPD/Pages/Resources/Ordinances.aspx
- The City’s Public Assembly and Parade Ordinance, which governs parades and demonstrations in the streets, can be found here - https://www.municode.com/library/nc/charlotte/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH19STSIOTPUPL_ARTXIPUASPA
- Additional information regarding permitting of parades and demonstrations in the streets can be found here – http://eventpermits.charlottenc.gov/