Political Signs

Political signs

Each year, hundreds of political signs line roadsides across the state. Improperly placed signs can create safety hazards and interfere with a driver's vision along roadways. To maintain traffic safety, while affording office-seekers the opportunity to inform the public, the following rules govern the placement of signs on state highways (US- and M-routes):

  • Political candidates are responsible for obtaining approval from the adjacent property owner to place the signs.
  • Signs must be removed within 10 days following an election.
  • Signs must be more than 30 feet from the edge of the roadway (white line) for highways that do not have barrier-type curbs. For highways with barrier curbs, the signs must be more than three feet from the back of the curb.
  • Signs are not permitted within areas used for clear vision at intersections or commercial driveways, so they will not interfere with the sight distance of a driver. No signs may be placed within the limited access rights-of-way.
  • Any illegally placed signs will be removed. Signs removed by MDOT crews will be kept for seven days at a local MDOT office or maintenance garage, then discarded.

For information on other types of highway signs, see Highway Advertising Signs and Logo Signs & Tourist Oriented Signs