Sign Here!

Fall is (nearly) here.

You know what that means: Colorful leaves! Apple cider! Tons of candidate signs, cluttering every traffic island, right-of-way and piece of property in town!

But the cops are on it. Here is a (very welcome) press release, concerning election signs AND all others, promoting galas, benefits, you name it:

With election season upon us, the Westport Police Department would like to remind its citizens of the regulations pertaining to temporary signs in town.

Unfortunately we have experienced vandalism and theft regarding temporary signs in the past. This type of behavior will not be tolerated. These crimes may lead to criminal charges such as trespassing, criminal mischief and/or larceny.

The following policy has been established by town officials, in order to provide coordination for the placement of temporary signs by Westport non-profit organizations wishing to advertise one-time-only charitable events.  Signs placed on public property advertising a private business or company will be removed. (Bold italics are mine!)

General Guidelines for ALL Temporary Signs

  • Town property includes traffic islands and road rights of way.
  • The town may not approve, nor is it responsible for, any signs erected on State of Connecticut property. It is not advisable to place signs on State of Connecticut property (including rights of way and islands along Routes 1, 136, 57, 33, and the Sherwood Island Connector, nor on the exit or entrance ramps of I-95 or the Merritt Parkway), as the state may remove them.
  • No sign may be placed on any school property without the prior permission of the superintendent’s office.
  • No sign may be placed within the interior of Compo Beach or Longshore.
  • No sign may be placed on Town Hall property.
  • No sign may be placed on trees or utility poles.
  • No sign may interfere with traffic visibility.
  • Signs on private property require property owner approval. Signs on private property shall not extend beyond the property line or into the town right-of-way and is suggested they be removed within 2 days after the publicized event or election.

Temporary Signs for Political Purposes

Political signs are considered an expression of free speech and are allowed on public property. The General Guidelines noted above apply to temporary signs for political purposes.

(Photo/Miggs Burroughs)

Temporary Signs for Advertising Charitable Events

The placement and locations of temporary signs on Town property for the purpose of advertising a charitable event requires review and approval by the Westport police chief, director of Planning and Zoning, and director of Parks & Recreation, or their designated representatives. Qualifying organizations (i.e. local non-profits) may send the attached request, including proposed locations, for the placement of temporary signs to: Selectman’s Office, Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT 06880 or selectman@westportct.gov.

The following conditions will apply to charitable events:

  • A maximum of 15 signs are allowed for each such event. This includes directional signs.
  • The signs may be erected not more than 2 weeks before the event and must be removed within 2 days after the publicized event.
  • The size of the sign cannot exceed 2 feet by 3 feet.
  • Non-compliance may result in the removal of signs.

Please note that this press release pertains to Town of Westport roads, and not state roads, like Route 1, Route 33, Route 57 and Route 136.

12 responses to “Sign Here!

  1. I hate lawn signs and will no longer
    Clutter my front lawn with request by people who want to drop a sign in my lawn…last one punctured my sprinkler line and I could not exactly confront the person without it turning into some big deal. On top of that I am hating a lawn sign I probably should not hate but it has turned in to a fad and everyone must have one…you know the one I am talking about…. Hate has no home here is many languages. Our actions and words should say it…not a lawn sign every 10 feet. People also like to leave signs promoting the contractor or fenceman or painter….These sign just become visual garbage and if you are influenced based on a nice color or graphic you probably need to focus on the candidates issues in greater detail.

    It back to sign hating season for me and I can not wait for it to end!

  2. Dan – Any guidelines noted re pre-election lead time for political signs …? … not that that will help us much in the current round! Thanks

  3. Does a political sign influence your vote?

  4. These laws are not enforced, at least not up here in God’s country (near the Weston line). Paving and snow removal, fashion camp and masonry…you name it, they’re getting free advertising on town property.

  5. Has anyone ever changed their vote because of a lawn sign?

  6. The funny part is that three folks running for P&Z have completely ignored both Westport’s and the State of Connecticut’s regulations WRT sign placement. I’d hope that those looking to make and implement zoning decisions would follow those rules. BTW, this includes a current member of the P&Z who said to my face, there is an grace period leading up to elections. Which if you read below is an outright lie:

    “Police Issue Press Release on Town Signage Regulations
    Posted Date: 9/14/2017
    With election season upon us, the Westport Police Department would like to remind its citizens of the regulations pertaining to temporary signs in town. Unfortunately there has been vandalism and theft regarding temporary signs in the past. This type of behavior will not be tolerated. These crimes may lead to criminal charges such as Trespassing, Criminal Mischief and / or Larceny. The following policy has been established by Westport Town Officials in order to provide coordination for the placement of temporary signs by Westport non-profit organizations wishing to advertise one-time-only charitable events. Signs placed on public property advertising a private business or company will be removed.

    General Guidelines for ALL Temporary Signs
    • Town property includes traffic islands and road rights of way.
    • The town may not approve, nor is it responsible for, any signs erected on State of Connecticut property. It is not advisable to place signs on State of Connecticut property (including rights of way and islands along Routes 1, 136, 57, 33, and the Sherwood Island Connector, nor on the exit or entrance ramps of I-95 or the Merritt Parkway) as the State may remove them.
    • No sign may be placed on any school property without the prior permission of the Superintendent’s Office.
    • No sign may be placed within the interior of Compo Beach or Longshore Club Park.
    • No sign may be placed on Town Hall property.
    • No sign may be placed on trees or utility poles.
    • No sign may interfere with traffic visibility.
    • Signs on private property require property owner approval. Signs on private property shall not extend beyond the property line or into the Town right-of-way and is suggested they be removed within two days after the publicized event or election.
    Temporary Signs for Political Purposes

    Political signs are considered an expression of free speech and are allowed on public property. The General Guidelines noted above apply to temporary signs for political purposes.

    Temporary Signs for Advertising Charitable Events
    The placement and locations of temporary signs on town property for the purpose of advertising a charitable event requires review and approval by the Westport Police Chief, Director of Planning and Zoning, and Director of Parks & Recreation, or their designated representatives. Qualifying organizations (i.e. local non-profits) may send the a request, including proposed locations, for the placement of temporary signs to: Selectman’s Office, Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT 06880 or selectman@westportct.gov.
    The following conditions will apply to charitable events:
    • A maximum of 15 signs are allowed for each such event. This includes directional signs.
    • The signs may be erected not more than two weeks before the event and must be removed within two days after the publicized event.
    • The size of the sign cannot exceed 2 feet by 3 feet.
    • Non-compliance may result in the removal of signs. “

  7. It’s 2017, and people find sign issues a great concern. Garbage.

  8. Dear Ms. Hunter: It’s a quality of life dilemma. Should we vote on the issues or on the volume of yard signs on each intersection or lawn? FYI, the Police Department’s advisory covers all signs, not just the political ones. It’s common decency.

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