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Posted on: October 8, 2020

City reminds citizens about local ordinance governing political signs

As the U.S. Presidential election set for November 3 nears, the City of Joplin would like to remind local and national campaign offices of the City’s ordinance regarding political signs.

“The City has a set standard for the size dimensions allowed with these types of signs,” said Keegan Stanton, City Planner. “We also need people to adhere to the placement restrictions in place to ensure signs do not block the sight triangle of drivers and pedestrians. This is a matter of safety for everyone in our community.”

Sign regulations can be found in the Joplin City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 6 Advertising, Article II Signs, Sec. 6-32 Applicability of article, (c) Exemptions from permit requirement. It reads:

(2) Political signs shall not exceed eight square feet in area, provided such signs shall not be more than five feet in height and shall not be located closer to the street than 15 feet from the back of the curb or edge of street on any property without a sidewalk or the back of the sidewalk on any lot where a sidewalk is located. However, in no event shall any sign be located on any public right-of-way.

“We are beginning to receive complaints regarding political signs recently erected in the city limits,” he said. “We remind the public that the City will enforce this ordinance if a sign is in violation.”

For more information, contact Keegan Stanton at KStanton@joplinmo.org or 417-624-0820 Ext. 511.

We remind the public that the City will enforce this ordinance if a sign is in violation

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