Public notice


Public notice is a notice given to the public regarding certain types of legal proceedings.

Public notice to "all persons that have left deeds for recording at the Recorders Office in Mercer County", Pennsylvania, July 4, 1807

By governmentEdit

Public notices are issued by a government agency or legislative body in certain rulemaking or lawmaking proceeding.

It is a requirement in most jurisdictions, in order to allow members of the public to make their opinions 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 variance, or other minor approval which must be granted by a city council, county commission, or board of supervisors.

By private individuals or companiesEdit

Parties to some legal proceedings, such as foreclosures, probate, and estate actions are sometimes required to publish public notices.

In communicationsEdit

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 noticeEdit

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, television, 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.[1][2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Proposal to Stop Required Public-Hearing Notices in Papers Gets Shelved, a May 2009 article from Editor & Publisher, archived from the original
  2. ^ House Bill 193: Electronic Notice of Public Hearings, from the website of the North Carolina General Assembly


  • The Public Notice Resource Center