Temporary Signs

Yard signTemporary signs like garage sale, election, sports league and contractor signs are common in our neighborhoods. They're defined as any sign constructed of cloth, canvas, light fabric, cardboard, wallboard or other similar materials, with or without frames, intended to be displayed for a short period of time. They don't usually require a permit. 

Keep in mind that if a sign in the right of way or on public property doesn't comply with City regulations, it can be removed by City staff. To avoid this, make sure you're following the right rules for the current circumstances.

General temporary sign rules that always apply:

  • Signs may not be placed in public parks or on other public property. 
  • Signs may not exceed 6 square feet in area or 4 feet in height.
  • Signs may not exceed 5 pounds in weight, including both the sign and its mounting system.
  • Signs may not be placed within the required sight-distance setback triangle (see the diagram at the bottom of this page). 
  • Signs must be placed with the consent of the property owner.

When we aren't in an election period:

  • Signs are not allowed in the public right-of-way (see definition at the bottom of this page). 
  • Signs must be set back at least five feet from the public right-of-way line. 
  • Signs must be removed once they've been posted for 90 days.

An election period is 45 days before and two days after any primary, general or special election. During this time:

  • Signs are allowed in the right of way.
  • Signs must be set back 6 feet from the back of the curb. They cannot be placed between the back of the curb and a sidewalk or trail.
  • They must be removed from the right of way before and after the applicable election period. They can remain in a yard for up to 90 days, as long as they are out of the right of way.