Flying Flags in North Carolina

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Your Guide to Flying Flags in North Carolina

Your Guide to Flying Flags in North Carolina

Displaying Flags

NC flag flown at sunrise
  • Flags should be flown sunrise to sunset. 
  • Flags may be displayed 24-hours a day if properly illuminated.
  • Only all-weather flags should be displayed during inclement weather.


U.S. flag flown above NC flag on the same staff
  • The NC flag should never be placed above the U.S. flag. If on the same level, the NC flag should be placed to the right of the U.S. flag. 
  • When on the same staff, NC flag should be under the national flag. When flown from adjacent staffs, the U.S. flag should always be hoisted first and lowered last.

Flying Flags at Half-Staff

U.S. flag pictured higher than the North Carolina flag
  • Flags may be flown at half-staff only by Presidential proclamation (which affects federal buildings, grounds, and naval vessels) or by the Governor’s order (which affects state facilities).
  • The flag is hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to half-staff. The flag is then raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
  • The flag of North Carolina may not be displayed at full staff while the United States flag is at half-staff.

Purchasing NC & U.S. Flags

Official United States and State of North Carolina flags are available to purchase from the NC Department of Administration.

Please be aware that all flag purchases picked up or delivered within the state of North Carolina are subject to North Carolina state and county tax. If you are tax exempt, you must provide and attach proof within the online form.