Election Sign Policy

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Election signs

Definitions.

(a)   Election signs: An election sign is any sign which indicates the name, cause or affiliation of anyone seeking public office, or which indicates any issue for which a public election is scheduled to be held.

(b)   Moving election signs: A moving election sign is any election sign affixed to or located in or on a vehicle, and which does not exceed five (5) feet in width or two (2) feet in height.

(c)   Hand held election signs: A hand held election sign is any election sign held by hand and which does not exceed five (5) square feet.

(d)   Window election signs: A window election sign is any election sign which does not exceed thirty (30) per cent (up to a maximum of six (6) square feet) of the total area of the window in which it is installed, painted or affixed. For purposes of this section, a window shall be defined as an opening in the wall of a building for admission of light and air and enclosed by a frame.

(e)   Public property: All publicly owned property, including streets, rights-of-way and easements.

General provisions.

(a)   It shall be unlawful for any person to post an election sign upon any public property in the city including, but not limited to, signs posted for any local, county, state, national, or special district elections. Unlawfully posted signs on public right-of-way shall be subject to removal by the city immediately.

(b)   No more than one (1) election sign per candidate, measure, or issue shall be permitted on any one (1) private property site unless it is a corner lot, in which case two (2) signs per candidate, measure, or issue may be placed, so long as there is no more than one (1) sign per street frontage and the signs are no closer than twenty-five (25) feet from the corner or intersection. No election sign shall be allowed to be located on a roadway median.

(c)   Election signs shall not be illuminated or reflected or contain any three-dimensional objects.

(d)   All election signs shall be removed within ten (10) calendar days following the election date to which they relate.

(e)   Election signs in residential zoning districts shall not exceed four (4) square feet in area and four (4) feet in height. Election signs in non-residential zoning districts shall not exceed four (4) square feet in area and shall not exceed six (6) feet in height. 

(f)   Election signs shall be located a minimum of ten (10) feet from the curb or the edge of the pavement where no sidewalk exists. Election signs shall be located a minimum of three (3) feet from any existing sidewalk, right-of-way or utility pole and away from the street. No sign shall be within twenty-five (25) feet from any corner or intersection excluding hand-held signs.

Permitted election signs. The following signs shall be permitted by the city:

(a)   Moving election signs.

(b)   Hand held election signs, except there shall be no hand held signs permitted in a roadway.

(c)   Window election signs.

(d)   Election signs as permitted in this section.


Prohibited election signs.

(a)   Other than the signs permitted in subsection (4) above, no election signs shall be allowed in the city.

(b)   The prohibition of this subsection shall in no way apply to election announcements signs, which signs shall be posted, by the city, in the public right-of-way to announce to the citizens each election held in the city, be it general, municipal, or referendum.

Removal.

Any election sign found posted or otherwise affixed upon any public property contrary to the provisions of this section shall be immediately removed by the code enforcement division, the department of public works, or their designee without requiring notification to the campaign chairperson or designee.