illegal signs – trash them
I got an e-mail from Becky Zaheri of Katrina Krewe and it reminded me that it is illegal for people to put signs on the neutral ground or on utility poles except in very specific circumstances. Not only that, but it is perfectly legal for any citizen to remove these signs and properly dispose of them. I’ve quoted the relevant city ordinances below. So, feel free to remove any illegal signs from your neighborhood and if anyone complains tell them to look up Section 66-284 of the Municipal Code.
Sec. 134-131. Posters, etc., on telephone or electric poles.
It shall be unlawful to paste or place any bills, posters or dodgers upon any telephone or electrical lamppost or pole, with or without the consent of the owners of such pole.
Sec. 134-132. Political signs prohibited on public property.
It shall be unlawful for any person to attach to, paint, or erect any type of political advertisement in, on or over public streets, sidewalks, curbings, traffic signs, public buildings, or any other public property within the city. Each day any such violation shall continue shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
Sec. 66-284. Littering, unlawful posting or placement of advertisements, posters, handbills, or signs on public property.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person, organization, or entity to erect, post, or cause the posting, placement, or maintaining upon any public street, right-of-way, servitude, roadway, emergency lane, median, neutral ground, shoulder of a road, curb or sidewalk, tree, utility pole, structure, public building, traffic sign, or any other public property or any private property located on public property or upon any public property located on private property any sign, marker, placard, poster, notice, handbill or any sign bearing advertising of any nature whatsoever including political advertising, commercial advertising or advertising of a noncommercial nature.
(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to official governmental notices or traffic, parking control, or public informational signs including signs identifying hospitals, churches, or schools or directional signs erected not more than three hours legally posted or erected by employees of the city or the state or its political subdivisions or their duly authorized agents while acting in the course and scope of their employment or authorization.
(c) The city attorney is authorized to seek an injunction in district court to prevent additional violations of the provisions of this section.
(d) Except for signs posted on trees on public property, all departments and agencies of city government are specifically authorized to remove any sign posted, erected, or maintained in violation of this section. Except for signs posted on trees on public property, it shall be lawful for any person to remove and properly dispose of any sign, placard, poster or other advertisement posted, erected or maintained in violation of this section. Only the parkway and park commission or entities or persons specificallydesignated by the parkway and park commission may remove signs from trees located on public property.