Texas Border Affairs
Laredo, Texas — Due to the upcoming election campaign, the City of Laredo would like to remind political candidates of the regulations in place regarding the placement of campaign signs within the incorporated city limits. Political signs are permitted on private property with the consent of the owner. Applicants should keep in mind that signs should not exceed 36 square feet in area or 8 feet in height. In addition, signs must not contain moving parts or be artificially lit in such a way as to cause a nuisance or danger. Other restrictions for political signs include:
- Public right-of-way – it is suggested that the signs are not placed on the right-of-way, but on private property which is normally behind a fire hydrant, meter or lamp post.
- Works – Signs may not be placed on trees, fire hydrants, telephone poles, towers or on any public property including parks, municipal facilities, drainage or utility easements.
- Traffic hazards – signs may not be placed in any sight triangle or in areas necessary for motorists or cyclists to clearly see oncoming traffic from cross streets, motor vehicles, bicycles or pedestrians.
- Parked vehicles – signs may not be attached to an automobile, truck, trailer or similar mobile structures that are parked in the same locations for long periods of time. This practice will be considered for advertising purposes.
- Painted walls or fences – signs cannot be painted on a fence, railing or wall.
The City continues to impose strict measures and regulations regarding the placement of political signs to protect public safety and promote aesthetic improvement. The City will not be involved in resolving disputes between campaigns regarding the use of signs. A sign placed on the public right-of-way or considered a danger to traffic is immediately confiscated. Unauthorized posting of political campaign signs is considered a class C misdemeanor. The community should keep in mind that all political signs must be removed after 10 election days.
For questions regarding the City Signs Ordinance and setbacks, the public may call the Building Development Services Department at 956-794-1625 ext. 6.