Illegal Signs, Sign Abatement
You've seen the signs:
- On a utility pole announcing weight loss services or legal aid
- On sidewalks advertising easy credit card memberships
- On the shoulder of the road or bike paths announcing a new business around the corner
- Advertising a garage sale
- Giving directions to an apartment complex or new housing development.
All these signs are illegal.
Certain signs are legal and require a permit. The city of Phoenix has regulations in place to protect our neighborhoods and major thoroughfares from blight potentially caused by illegal signs. To obtain a permit or for more information on proper signage, contact 602-495-0301 or visit our website.
What is a right-of-way?
The right-of-way varies widely throughout the city of Phoenix. As a general rule, it includes streets, curbs, medians, traffic lights, utility poles, and unimproved shoulders of streets up to private property and generally two-and-a-half feet beyond sidewalks. Placing signs in these areas is illegal.
The city's sign ordinances outline penalties for anyone violating the ordinance. Posting your signs isn't just illegal, it's unsightly and can be dangerous to the public.
The fine for placing signs in the right-of-way ranges from $250 to $2,500.
These fines are imposed per violation.
For more information on political signs, call 602-495-0301.
|Report a violation
Use the smartphone app "MyPhxAZ"
Call the 24-hour hotline to report possible illegal signs in the right-of-way streets.
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Call the information line for questions regarding requirements for the placing of permanent signs and permits.