It's election season again and time to remind everyone of the rules regarding the posting of political signs.
Section 28.1501.04(9) of the Sign Ordinance permits the following for temporary political signs:
- Up to a total of 12 square feet of political signage may be placed on private property.
- Candidates are allowed to place signs only with the property owner's permission.
- Signs may not be placed in public rights-of-way. Generally, the right-of-way is the area between the sidewalk and the street. In areas where there is no sidewalk, the right-of-way generally ends 20 feet behind the street.
- There are no longer any time limits for placement or removal of political signs.
- Permits are not required for temporary political signs.
Signs that are placed in the public right-of-way will be removed and discarded by Village staff. Candidates will be notified if their signs are found in unauthorized locations. If campaign signs are habitually placed in the right-of-way, the Village may take additional enforcement measures including tickets and fines.
If the Village receives a complaint or observes signs on private property that are not in compliance with these standards, Village staff will contact the property owner and candidate to explain the requirements.