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Posted signs must comply with village regulations

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Posting a sign in a well-traveled area, say for the purpose of advertising a garage sale, seems like a straightforward proposition, right? Well, it actually has the potential to be fairly complex from a legal point of view.

Just to give you some idea, the part of the village ordinance that covers signs is 23 pages in length.

The most common questions regarding signage regulations are related to garage sales. These are considered temporary signs so they don’t require a permit as long as they announce the sale “of new or used personal property from a private residence where the sale activity is occasional … and not associated with a permanent commercial establishment.”

However, that doesn’t mean you can hang your temporary sign anywhere. For instance, “no sign shall be erected on any tree, utility pole, traffic standard or other public sign standard.”

Also, you can’t help yourself to someone else’s property: “Any sign to be placed on property owned by others must have verifiable permission of that property owner.”

There are limits to the number of signs you’re allowed for a garage sale and limits for their size and for the number of days you can display them.

If you have questions about where you can hang a sign, how big a sign can be, what shape it can be, how long it can be left hanging, etc., just call Village Hall to make sure you are proceeding in accord with the ordinance. 

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