Political Signs

This is a reminder for a candidate or campaign worker for either office or a ballot measure about State law governing campaign signs. Section 5405.3 of the State Outdoor Advertising Act exempts the placing of temporary political signs from normal outdoor advertising display requirements.

Temporary political signs must meet the following criteria:

  1. Encourages a particular vote in a scheduled election.
  2. Is placed not sooner than 90 days prior to the scheduled election and is removed within 10 days after that election.
  3. Is no larger than 32 square feet.
  4. Has filed a Statement of Responsibility certifying a person who will be responsible for removing the sign.

Temporary political signs shall not be placed within the right-of-way of any highway, or within 660 feet of the edge of, and visible from the right-of-way of a classified landscaped freeway. State law directs the Department of Transportation to remove unauthorized temporary political signs and bill the responsible party for their removal.


Submit a completed Statement of Responsibility (PDF) to

Department of Transportation
Division of Traffic Operations
Outdoor Advertising
P.O. Box 942874, MS-36
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001


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