MARYSVILLE, Calif. September 16, 2016 – With the fall election around the corner, political candidates and campaign workers for either an office or a ballot measure are reminded about a state law governing the placement of “Temporary Political Signs” within view of a state highway, according to the State Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
Section 5405.3 of the State Outdoor Advertising Act allows an exemption for the placement of “Temporary Political Signs” along certain state highways. However, these signs are not to be placed within the state right of way or be visible within 660 feet from the edge of the right of way of a classified “landscaped freeway.” If the signs are within view of a state highway, candidates MUST file a Statement of Responsibility form with Caltrans’ Outdoor Advertising Program in Sacramento.
A temporary political sign meets the following criteria:
- Encourages a particular vote in a scheduled election.
- Is placed no sooner than 90 days prior to the scheduled election and is removed within 10 days after that election.
- Is no larger than 32 square feet.
- Has a statement of responsibility form filed with the Department of Transportation certifying a person who will be responsible for removing the signs.
State law directs Caltrans to remove unauthorized temporary political signs and bill the responsible party for their removal.
For more information or copy of the form “Statement of Responsibility” for temporary political signs, please visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/trafficops/oda/political.html