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Political Election Signs in Right of Way

The Kent County Road Commission permits the placement of posters/signs advertising one’s candidacy within county right-of-way with the following restrictions:

  • Political candidates are responsible for obtaining approval from the adjacent property owner to place the signs.
  • Signs shall not be larger than nine square feet.
  • Signs shall be a minimum of fifteen feet from the edge of the paved surface, outside of mowing limits, and at least one hundred and fifty feet from the intersection of another road.
  • No signs shall be placed in vision corners.
  • All signs must be removed within ten days after the election.

The Kent County Road Commission removes signs from the right-of-way under the following circumstances:

  • When signs pose a safety problem for motorists and pedestrians
  • When complaints are received from adjacent property owners
  • When signs impede routine maintenance efforts including mowing

If signs, or their placement, do not adhere to KCRC’s Political Election Signs in the Right-of-Way policy, the signs will be removed and stored at one of KCRC’s four complex; Central Complex - 1500 Scribner Avenue NW in Grand Rapids; South Complex - 4949 Tim Dougherty Drive SE (formerly South Complex Drive), Grand Rapids; Southwest Complex - 131 84th St SW in Byron Center; and North Complex - 11777 White Creek Ave NECedar Springs. There is a $10 per-sign retrieval charge.

Townships and cities within Kent County may have more restrictive signage policies than KCRC; therefore, candidates are advised to review each municipality’s regulations.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has a separate policy governing the placement of signs on state highways (US- and M- routes):

  • Political candidates are responsible for obtaining approval from the adjacent property owner to place the signs.
  • Signs must be removed within 10 days following an election.
  • Signs must be more than 30 feet from the edge of the roadway (white line) for highways that do not have barrier-type curbs. For highways with barrier curbs, the signs must be more than three feet from the back of the curb.
  • Signs are not permitted within areas used for clear vision at intersections or commercial driveways, so they will not interfere with the sight distance of a driver. No signs may be placed within the limited access rights-of-way.
  • Any illegally placed signs will be removed. Signs removed by MDOT crews will be kept for seven days at a local MDOT office or maintenance garage, then discarded.

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