Signs Are the Wrong Way to Use the Public Right-of-Way
With the election season in full swing the City of Fort Collins would like to remind residents where signs can and cannot be placed. In the enthusiasm of campaigning, people may not realize the City has rules about sign placement in the public right-of-way and on private property.
Campaign signs may NOT be placed in any public right-of-way or on property owned by the City including parks, natural areas, property around City buildings, utility and traffic signal poles, and boxes and traffic signs. Public rights-of-way include streets, medians, alleys, sidewalks and the strip of land between the curb and the sidewalk. In many cases, homeowners maintain that strip of land between the curb and sidewalk, even though it is public right-of-way.
Where should signs be placed? Generally speaking, if there is a sidewalk, the best rule of thumb is to place the sign two feet behind the sidewalk. If a sidewalk does not exist, we ask that you place the sign a few feet behind the curb or edge of roadway. Also, safety is our first priority, so please be mindful when placing a sign on a corner, it can obstruct the line of sight for pedestrians, as well as operators of vehicles and bicycles.
Signs in the right-of-way are required to be removed. For questions, please call Neighborhood Services at 970-224-6046.