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Draper City Political Sign Ordinance

05 May 2004 Published in Litigation Materials

Title 9 Chapter 26 Amended July 6, 2004
Page 43 Effective July 6, 2004

G) Political Signs.

(i) Political signs are temporary signs supporting the candidacy for office or urging action on any other matter on the ballot of primary, general, and special elections.

(ii) Such signs shall be limited to a period immediately preceding the election of thirty (30) calendar days.

(iii) When a primary election is required for a public office, signs for candidates seeking election may be displayed thirty (30) days in advance of the primary election. Candidates successful in the primary election may leave their signs in place for the upcoming general election.

(iv) When a primary region or national election is required for a public office, signs for candidates seeking election may be displayed forty-five (45) days in advance of the primary election. Candidates successful in the primary election may leave their signs in place for the upcoming general election

(v) Signs for referenda or initiatives that are held in conjunction with regularly scheduled elections shall be limited to thirty (30) calendar days preceding the election.

(vi) Signs for any special election shall be limited to a period immediately preceding the election of five (5) calendar days.

(vii) The maximum area of such sign shall be thirty-two (32) square feet.

(viii) The maximum height of such sign shall be ten (10) feet.

(ix) Such sign may be freestanding.

(x) The person, party, or parties responsible for the erection or distribution of any such signs shall be jointly and severally liable for the removal of them within five (5) Calendar days after the election to
which they refer.

(xi) Failure to remove signs within the specified time limit may require City officials to remove the signs. Each candidate found not to have substantially complied with the removal of the signs shall be charged for staff time and expense of sign removal. Such charge shall not be less than $2.50 per sign removed.

(xii) No permit shall be required for such sign.

(xiii) A sign exceeding three (3) feet in height shall not be placed where the sign violates visual obstruction regulations.

(xiv) Signs shall not be allowed and shall be removed when they are attached to any regulatory sign. These shall include but will not be limited to: stop signs, yield signs, speed limit signs, caution signs and school crossing signs.

(xv) Placement of signs is encouraged within private property. Any sign placed in public right-of-way is subject to removal by City staff when it is found to be a safety hazard, or the placement of such sign could cause damage to public property. When signs are removed for this reason, the responsible party shall be notified of the reason for the removal and the location. The sign will be made available for five (5) calendar days to be picked up. After that time, it will be destroyed.

(xvi) Wanton destruction of political signs shall constitute a Class C misdemeanor and shall be punishable in accordance with other personal property destruction statutes.