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.

7 Comments so far

  1. Jack Ware (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 7:12 pm

    And yet, you can put out orange cones to reserve a parking spot and get shitty if no one respects your lack of authority. I’ve never gotten used to that.

  2. dangerblond (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 7:51 pm

    Actually, I don’t think it is legal to place those cones on a public street, even if it is in front of your house. The problem is that if you move the cones and park your car there, you will probably come back to find 4 flat tires. It’s a case of discretion being the better part of valor.

  3. dan (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 10:13 am

    So anyone can take down the sea of campaign posters along the nuetral grounds during an election? I don’t want to see all that crap. The icing on the cake is seeing city paid sanitation workers removing them days after the election. Your tax dollars at work folks…

  4. dangerblond (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 1:54 pm

    That’s right, the campaign signs on the neutral ground are COMPLETELY illegal and you can remove them whenever you want. It’s tempting to leave the signs for “your” candidate up, but take them down, too. No intelligent person is going to vote on the basis of signs anyway. The candidates are supposed to be fined for every day signs are up. Wonder when was the last time that fine was collected?

    I went on a sign-removal rampage in February and the only signs left standing when I was done were signs for churches. I left them in case volunteers were looking for those churches. Everything else went into the Exploder and into the trash. When Katrina Krewe cleans up an intersection, they take up all the signs. If someone trys to stop you, call 911 and report an assault.

  5. Laurie (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

    Now, you know those alumuminumnum thingies

    they’re good for plant stakes as long as they aren’t bent.


  6. dangerblond (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 1:07 am

    So someone e-mails me this comment instead of posting it here:

    Since the people of New Orleans “choice” in free press is the Republican Times Picayune – with their outrages classified ad prices – perhaps you could use your blog – where you only talk about yourself anyway – to let people know what services are available – one of their few options being signs on posts. Think about it – if you were a tile layer, where would you advertise?? Call the T/P and figure out how many days you would have to work to pay for the ad – IF you GOT any work from the ad. Challenge = Walk in someone else’s shoes for an hour.



    First, if you don’t like what’s on my blog, don’t read it. When I have something that I think would benefit the whole community, I post it here.

    Secondly, alternative and legal methods of advertising and marketing include: The Yellow Pages and their internet counterparts, bulk-rate direct mail and hand-delivery of flyers. If I was tile-layer, I would contact contractors personally and leave my cards at tile retailers. Word-of-mouth from a satisfied contractor or customer is the only way I would contact a tile-layer, personally. Do you honestly think your inability to afford the T-P’s advertising rates should give you the right to litter people’s neighborhoods? Why don’t you try walking in someone else’s shoes?

  7. Llama SMith (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 11:36 am

    What’s funny to me are the houses that flank Whole Foods uptown – these people put an array of wooden sawhorses in front of their property, running the full length of their house and sometimes their neighbors house, space for several cars, including mine.


    Its like, I live fucking downtown, and tour buses are constantly taking up my fucking space. Do I complain? Then again, I’m not an uptown bitty.


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