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Posted on: February 27, 2023

City provides guidelines on the placement of signage ahead of April election


The City of Springfield is reminding residents and property owners of guidelines in Springfield City Code outlining the placement of signage on public and private property. While placing advertising in the right-of-way of any public thoroughfare is prohibited, signage on private property is allowed under various restrictions.   

Section 98-7 of City Code outlines the prohibition on placement of advertising in the right-of-way and is designed to protect public safety, provide access to vital utilities, reduce litter and to ensure publicly owned property remains neutral.  

The City’s right-of-way is generally located anywhere along a public street extending to at least within a foot behind a sidewalk, power pole, or any other public infrastructure. The right-of-way tends to widen to 10-40 feet from the pavement at intersections to provide safe sight distances for traffic. Right-of-way areas generally include roadway medians, ditches, stormwater basins, and along some trails.  

Section 36-454 of City Code outlines the parameters for signs placed on private property, including a section on political signs, which are exempt from permit requirements but must still follow sign regulations and building code. Code stipulates that political signs placed on private property must not be illuminated, cannot be located within required sight triangles and must be removed within 48 hours after the election to which they were directed.    

“The placement of signs in the City’s right-of-way has always been a problem, but we’ve found it has become a growing issue in recent years,” explains Public Works Assistant Director Kirk Juranas. “Signs advertising yard sales, businesses and election issues can all hinder stormwater drainage and the maintenance of utilities and other vital infrastructure if placed in the wrong spot. They can also add to unsightly litter and are just an improper usage of publicly-owned space.” 

During the upcoming election season, personnel from Springfield Public Works, Building Development Services and other City departments will monitor the placement of signage on public and private property as they are going about their daily duties throughout the city.  

Signage found within the right-of-way will be removed and stored at the Phil Broyles Complex (1111 W. Chestnut Expressway) where candidates and businesses are allowed to collect their signs 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Any signage not claimed will be disposed of after the election.  

Signage located on private property that is suspected of not complying with zoning code requirements will be referred to the Building Development Services Department. A zoning violation case will be opened when signs are found to be in violation.  

Signage guidelines can also be found online along with other information at

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Media contact: Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713 or [email protected]

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