Public notice

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

By government[edit]

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 companies[edit]

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

In communications[edit]

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 that they are ending analog TV service early during the digital television transition in the United States.[citation needed] Records of these public notices must often be kept in a station's public file.

Method of notice[edit]

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 newspaper, though there have been attempts among some politicians to eliminate the expense of publication by switching to electronic forms of notification.[1][2]

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