Campaign Sign Regulations

The rules governing temporary political signs are defined in Title 9 of the Grants Pass Municipal Code, 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. (Ord. 4929 §1, 1998)

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

B. Temporary Political Oversized 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. (Ord. 5248, 2004)

B. Temporary political signs may be placed on vacant property. (Ord. 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.(Ord. 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.(Ord. 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 ft.
  2. Maximum square footage:  2 sq. ft. per linear foot of street frontage up to 50 sq. ft., then 1 sq. ft. per linear foot of street frontage thereafter.  
  3. Maximum allowable sq. ft. is 100 sq. ft.
  4. Signs exceeding 6 ft. in height cannot be located within the front or exterior yard setback.

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

Note:  Signs exceeding 6 ft. 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. (Ord. 4929 §1, 1998; Ord. 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.