City Issues Reminder About Political Signs

If you've been driving around town lately, you may have noticed political signs starting to pop up. But the City Codes Department is warning campaigns not to put them too close to the road.
By Michaela MacDonald

LUBBOCK, TX -- The City Codes Department says its important that political signs do not block a driver's right of way. While they haven't seen many problems this year, they want campaigns and supporters to be aware of these regulations.

"We run into sign violations every campaign season," said Stuart walker, Director of Codes Administration for the City of Lubbock. 

He says they're sending out a preemptive reminder to make sure campaign signs do not block drivers view of the road.

"The political signs cannot exceed 36 foot, they have to be on private property and we asked that they be placed so that they do not create a view obstruction," said Walker. "We tell candidates that its a good rule of thumb, 10 feet off of a curb or behind the sidewalk if there is a sidewalk or behind the line of utility poles."

Walker says many campaigns are already aware of the city's sign rules, but some supporters are not.

"More than likely its not the candidates that are going out and putting up signs they get their campaign manager or campaign supporters and they will go out and sometimes they ask people in their yard and sometimes they don't," he said, "We usually work very well with the candidates that are running and they want to address their signs and get them placed correctly, that way they've got their signs out there and people are looking at them."

If you believe a sign, political or not, is blocking your view, Walker says to call 3-1-1 and ask to speak with codes.

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