Signs in Right-of-Way

City Code

City Code Section 30-859 (5). Any signs attached to trees, telephone poles, public benches, street lights, or placed on public property or right-of-way are prohibited. These signs create a hazard for maintenance workers as they complete their daily tasks.

Where can I place my sign?

Signs are often an effective and important marketing tool to draw attention to a garage sale, graduation party, special event, or social function. Just as important as the message of the sign is its placement. Be sure to place signs at least 10 feet from the edge of the roadway as shown below. Watch this video for more information. 

Yards without a sidewalk or curb
Yards with a sidewalk on the edgeYards with a sidewalk and curb
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What is a road right-of-way?

The road right-of-way is the "utility" portion of the public street and can be used by utility companies to put in their lines, etc. and this area is part of the public street. A rule of thumb is the right-of-way is 30 feet from the road centerline. This dimension can vary depending on the specific road and is not meant to be an exact number.

Where is my sign?

If your illegally placed sign is removed by staff, check the bin behind the Elk River Maintenance Facility if you’d like to have it back. This bin is not monitored and we cannot guarantee your sign will be there.