Sign Rules for Campaign Season

The Town Council recently amended the town’s sign ordinance.

Here are 10 things that you need to know about signs in River Bend:

  1. Certain signs (for example- campaign signs and real estate signs) are allowed without a permit, but even in those cases, there are guidelines that must be followed.
  2. For the most part, signs can only be placed on private property. They cannot be placed within the public right-of-way* (R/W) or on town-owned property or on town buildings. The one exception allows a resident to place a sign within the town’s R/W but only on property within the R/W which is adjacent to their property. For example, if you live at 315 Main Street, you can only place a sign in the R/W that is adjacent to your property at 315 Main Street. You cannot place signs in the R/W anywhere else in town without the consent of the private property owner.
  3. Signs can never be attached to utility poles, traffic control devices, street signs, guardrails, bridges or any other safety barrier within the public right-of-way.  
  4. During campaign season, which is defined as beginning 45 days prior to the start of early voting and ending 10 days after Election Day, the number of signs allowed to be placed on your property is not regulated. However, any other time of the year, you may only have 2 signs displayed on your property.
  5. This year, early voting begins October 20, 2022 and Election Day is November 8, 2022. Therefore, for the November 8, 2022 election, more than 2 signs can be displayed on your property between September 5, 2022 and November 18, 2022.
  6. Signs shall not exceed four (4) square feet in area, or be more placed than forty-two (42) inches above the ground. Signs must be placed at least 15 feet away from the edge of the street pavement.
  7. Signs must be removed within ten (10) days following the election.
  8. Signs cannot be placed on private property without the consent of the property owner.
  9. This list is not an all-inclusive list of our regulations. Read our sign ordinance here.
  10. Violations of this Ordinance could subject the offender to a $500 per day civil penalty.

* By definition the R/W line is where private property and the edge of the street R/W join. As a general rule the public right of way includes the land between the edge of the street pavement and the back slope of the drainage swale and runs parallel to the street. Very frequently it is the line where utility poles, fire hydrants, phone pedestals and water meters are installed. For the purpose of compliance with this section of the sign ordinance, you do not need to know exactly where the R/W line is. You simply need to be sure your sign is located at least 15 feet away from the edge of the street pavement.

Posted 9-19-22