We are now in the midst of election season and regardless of which candidate or party people are rooting for, they feel patriotic. And how do folks show their patriotism? By displaying the United States flag of course!
Although most people are aware that the United States flag is protected by CCIOA and cannot be banned in common interest communities, they still adopt rules concerning flags to retain some control over the manner of display and size. However, are you aware that any rules concerning the United States flag must be in compliance with the Federal Flag Code?
If you are anything like the author of this blog, you’ve probably never read the Code from start to finish; so how do you know if your rules comply with the Federal Flag Code? Below are a few requirements from the Federal Flag Code you may not have been aware of:
- The United States flag should only be displayed from sunrise to sunset; however, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness;
- The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is utilized;
- No other flag should be placed above or on the same level as the United States flag;
- When a flag is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the building, the union of the flag must be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff;
- The flag should never touch anything beneath it.
If you found any of the above requirements surprising, take a look at the other provisions of the Code and make sure your flag rules do not contradict any of them.
Please contact an Altitude attorney at 303.432.9999 or [email protected] with any questions concerning the Federal Flag Code or your flag rules.