In an effort to treat all political candidates consistently and fairly, the City of Woodbury has developed a process to enforce regulations related to political campaign signs.
The regulations govern placement of signs and the length of time they may be displayed. While the city can decide where signs are permitted, state law dictates the length of time they may be up. The rules apply to all candidates, regardless of whether they are seeking school, city, county, statewide or national offices.
Permission must be received prior to the placement of signs on private property. The private property owner may withdraw that permission at any time. Also, if you receive permission to place a political campaign sign on private property, and the private property is adjacent to city owned right-of-way, the sign must be located at least five feet back from the curb or shoulder of the road. If the five foot distance places the sign on a trail or sidewalk surface then the signage must be placed on the dwelling side of the sidewalk.
Signs are prohibited on property owned by the city, county and school district(s). Signs also are prohibited from the right-of-way along county roadways (e.g. Radio Drive, Valley Creek Road, and Woodbury Drive), state roadways (e.g. Manning Avenue and Century Drive) and interstate roadways (e.g. I-94).
If political campaign signs are found to be in violation and removed by city staff, the signs will be placed within the trash enclosure located at City Hall. Signs will be disposed of ten days after the election. However, political campaign signs placed on private property, without permission of the private property owner, may be disposed of immediately by the private property owner.
Candidates must take down signs within 10 days after the election. On Election Day, no campaigning (signs, literature, bumper stickers, clothing, etc.) is allowed on public property within 100 feet of a polling location.
Questions concerning campaign sign placement should be directed to Matt Novak, Code Enforcement Officer, at 651-714-3543 or firstname.lastname@example.org.