Got Political Signs? Time to Clean Them Up

Here are the local rules for removal of signs supporting your favorite candidates and causes.

Now that the elections are over, it’s time to remove campaign signs from private properties. Here are the guidelines regarding signs for our local jurisdictions:


From the Washington State Department of Transportion for signs along state highways:

Campaign signs on property visible from state highways are allowed by Washington Administrative Code 468-66, but must be removed 10 days after the General Election. That 10-day period ends Friday, Nov. 16.

Failure to remove the signs after being notified by the Washington State Department of Transportation can result in a misdemeanor pursuant to Revised Code of Washington 47.42.080(2).

For more information about outdoor advertising signs, contact Pat O’Leary, WSDOT outdoor advertising specialist, at 360-705-7296 or visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Operations/Traffic/Signs.


From the city of Edmonds:

All off-premises campaign signs shall be removed within 10 days after the primary, general, or special election to which they pertain.


What to do with the signs?

Be sure to check with your local candidate to see if they want the signs back to recycle or to reuse in the next election!

Tom Jamieson November 09, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Thanks for posting this and providing definitive links.
Jeanne Gustafson November 09, 2012 at 07:05 PM
You bet, Tom!


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