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City Targets Illegally Placed Temporary Signs

Post Date:05/23/2017 4:21 PM

The City of Melbourne is attacking the proliferation of temporary signs that are being illegally placed in the city’s rights-of-way.

“Signs placed in the right-of-way can distract drivers, putting them in the ground so close to the road poses a hazard to the person doing it, and the visual clutter they create is downright ugly,” said City Manager Mike McNees.

Along with alerting sign owners of this violation of City code, Melbourne City employees are aggressively picking up and disposing any illegally placed signs

Signs may be placed on private residential or commercial properties if they adhere to the following rules:

  • Non-commercial signs, such as political signs, must have the property owner’s permission. It is up to the owner of the sign to ensure the owner has given permission.
  • Commercial signs must have a building permit or special activity permit (this includes permission from the property owner obtained through the permit process).
  • May not be positioned as to create a traffic hazard.
  • Must be 10’ off the property line.
  • Any one sign placed on a commercial property must not exceed 72 square feet and not be more than 8’ high. A single sign placed on residential property must not exceed 6 square feet and not be more than 3’ high.
  • Total aggregate sign area of all signs shall not exceed 72 square feet if placed on commercial property or 30 square feet if placed on residential property.
  • All signs must be removed within five calendar days of any event or election.
  • Other restrictions may apply

No private, non-commercial or commercial signs may be placed in public rights-of-way.

If you have any questions about temporary signs, please contact the City of Melbourne Code Enforcement Division: (321) 608-7946.

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