Political Campaign Signs a No-No on State Highway Rights of Way
This reminder comes every election season.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says placement of campaign and other advertising signage on any highway rights of way is not allowed under state law. All state, county, city and township roads and highways fall under the same state law.
HIghway rights of way include driving lanes, inside and outside shoulders, ditches and sight corners at intersections.
Landowners' consent is also needed before signs are placed on private property outside the right of way.
Minnesota Department of Transportation crews are required to remove unlawfully placed signs and impound them at one of its local maintenance truck stations.
Violation of the law is a misdemeanor.
Civil penalties may also apply if the placement of signs contributes to a motor vehicle crash and injures a person or damages a motor vehicle that runs off the road.
The Minnesota Outdoor Advertising Control Act also prohibits placing advertising materials on public utility poles, trees and shrubs, and painting or drawing on rocks or natural features.