Political signs in right of way_3The City of Plymouth has an ordinance that bans temporary signs in the right-of-way.  This ban includes political signs and real estate signage.

political signs in right of way_2The city ordinance says, “Any sign intended to convey commercial speech and placed in or upon the public right-of-way or upon utility poles located within the public right-of-way is declared a public nuisance and is therefore prohibited.”

Political signs in right of way_4The ordinance gives all city employees, including appointed officials and elected officials the power and authorization to remove and confiscate signs from the city’s right-of-way.  Those signs will be taken to the Street Department and they will make reasonable effort to contact the violator.  After 10 days if the signs have not been retrieved they will be disposed of.

Political signs in right of way_5Any person, corporation, or other entity found to have violated this ordinance on two or more occasions could be referred to the city attorney who will seek an agreement with the offender that no more signs will be placed in the public right-of-way.  If an agreement cannot be reached the city could take the violator to court and have a fine not to exceed $500 for each violation placed against the violator.