Campaign signs gone wild

I try to stay away from politics but how many PSA’s have run on local TV stations letting Laredo know about the ordinance prohibiting posting signs on the public right-of-way? You would think someone running for county attorney would know this.

If Mr. Garcia needs a reminder, he only needs to look at the Texas Department of Transportation website:

Rules for Posting Campaign Signs

During campaign season, the landscape blooms with a special kind of flower – the political sign. Unlike wildflowers that are welcome anywhere, putting campaign signs on public lands is illegal. So before you plant that sign, learn the law and keep Texas beautiful.

You need to know

  • It is illegal to place any signs on or within the right of way. This includes posting signs on trees, telephone poles, traffic signs and other objects on the right of way.
  • Campaign signs along Texas roads can be placed on private property with the owner’s permission.
  • Signs must be made of lightweight material and be no larger than 50 square feet.
  • Campaign signs may be posted as early as 90 days before an election (no earlier) and must be removed within 10 days after the election.
  • Before placing a sign inside of incorporated city limits, check with the city for applicable ordinances.
  • Sign Removal

    If you’ve placed your sign in the right of way or it’s posing a traffic hazard, we will remove it without prior notice. All costs associated with sign removal will be paid by the sign owner.


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    7 Responses to Campaign signs gone wild

    1. says:

      I din know there were ordinances governing he signage….interesting! I wonder if the painted walls fall into other categories?

      • Que Fregados says:

        I wish!! It’s so tacky. My friend calls it political graffiti. It can be curbed with city ordinances but none exist in Laredo that I know of.

        • M~ says:

          there are laws against it and where it’s allowed and not allowed, it’s on city website. what i can’t stand is the painted walls, so flippin’ tacky! i told hubs there is NO WAY i would allow that. ofcourse men being men he said he’d do it in a second so long as price is right, ahh money, lowering human standards since invention.

    2. M~ says:

      yet my lost dog poster comes down the next day and here we are forced to look at this crap, pfft!

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    4. Que Fregados says:

      Good comment on FB from Kimberly:

      Another point…You are actually not supposed to put what you are running for until the cutoff which I think is 90 days. Maybe wrong maybe the city has changed the ordinance. But private property owners can put up whatever they want. Including painting their yard fences. Free speech…

      The problem lies in utility easements including telephone poles and pipelines and sidewalk easements which is public property. Usually a billboard is considered a right-of-way. So technically billboards shouldn’t go up until the cut-off. They also must have a right of way disclosure. The Texas ethics commission has the advertising guidelines but the enforcement is up to the city or county.

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