Campaign Sign Regulations

The rules governing temporary political signs are defined in Title 9 of the Grants Pass Municipal Code  (PDF), in section 9.21 (Sign Standards). The subsection relating to political signs has been extracted here for your convenience.

9.21.610 - Temporary Political Signs Defined.

A temporary political sign is a rigid or flexible material used to advertise a candidate or ballot measure. (Ordinance 4929 §1, 1998)

A. Temporary Political Yard Signs are those signs which are three square feet or less with individual support.

B. Temporary Political Over-sized Signs are those signs exceeding three square feet.

9.21.620 - General Placement Rules for all Temporary Political Signs.

A. Temporary political signs must be placed behind any sidewalk and cannot extend on or over public property or public right-of-way. (Ordinance 5248, 2004)

B. Temporary political signs may be placed on vacant property. (Ordinance 5248, 2004)

C. A "double sided" temporary political sign with no more than six inches of separation between each plane is considered a single sign.(Ordinance 5248, 2004)

D. Temporary political signs may be erected no earlier than 11 weeks prior to the applicable election and must be removed no later than one week after the applicable election.(Ordinance 5248, 2004)

9.21.630- Temporary Political Signs in Industrial and Commercial Zones.

A. There is no limit to the number of temporary political yard signs which may be placed on property in the industrial or commercial zones.

B. Oversized Political Signs in Commercial Zones: Each parcel of land is permitted 1 freestanding sign per street frontage, subject to the following limitations:

  1. Maximum height: 25 feet.
  2. Maximum square footage: 2 square feet per linear foot of street frontage up to 50 square feet, then 1 square feet per linear foot of street frontage thereafter.
  3. Maximum allowable square feet. is 100.
  4. Signs exceeding 6 feet in height cannot be located within the front or exterior yard setback.

Note: Signs exceeding 6 feet in height require a Building Permit.

C. Oversized Political Signs in Industrial Zones: Each parcel of land is permitted 1 freestanding sign per street frontage, subject to the following limitations:

  1. Maximum height: 25 feet 
  2. Maximum square footage: 150 square feet per freestanding sign.
  3. Signs exceeding 6 feet in height cannot be located within the front or exterior yard setback.

Note: Signs exceeding 6 feet in height require a Building Permit.

9.21.640 Temporary Political Signs in Residential Zones

There is no limit to the number of temporary political signs which may be placed on a single lot in a residential zone. However, each sign cannot exceed 3 square feet. A sign permit is not required for these signs. (Ordinance  4929 §1, 1998; Ordinance 5129 §1, 2002)

9.21.650- Enforcement

A. Candidates shall remove and City employees are authorized to remove and dispose of any sign which does not have a valid sign permit and which is located on or over public property or public right of way.

B. Candidates shall remove and City employees are authorized to remove and dispose of any temporary political sign erected earlier than 11 weeks prior to the applicable election or not removed within one week after the applicable election.