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Would you put a political sign in your yard? A lot of people do, and that's absolutely OK (if the HOA doesn't have a rule). How about at your business? Yep. Unless your landlord has rules about it, go for it. But there's one place the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) reminds you is NOT OK for political signs:

The state highway rights of way. In fact, state, county, city, and township roads and highways are all under the same state law.

Basically, keep signs for politics off state, county, city, and township property. When "the people" own something, it isn't the place to put up political signs.

  • Highway rights of way include driving lanes, inside and outside shoulders, ditches and sight corners at intersections.
  • Landowner consent is needed before signs are placed on private property outside of the right of way.
  • MnDOT is required to remove unlawfully placed signs and impound them at a local maintenance truck station.
  • Violation of the law (Minn. Stat. 160.27) is a misdemeanor. Civil penalties also may apply if the placement of signage contributes to a motor vehicle crash and injures a person or damages a motor vehicle that runs off the road.
  • The Minnesota Outdoor Advertising Control Act (Minn. Stat. 173.15) also prohibits placing advertising materials on public utility poles, trees and shrubs, and painting or drawing on rocks or natural features.

MnDOT won't just throw out the signs they remove. They'll do their best to hold on to them, but if you don't pick 'em up eventually they will get tossed.

Stephen Maturen
Stephen Maturen

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