With the upcoming elections, the City of Prescott seeks to remind citizens and candidates for office about local political sign regulations.
Residents and business owners have the option of placing political signs on their private property.
Beginning 71 days before a primary election, and lasting 15 days past a general election, Arizona state statute (A.R.S. 16-1019) allows for placement of political signs in city right-of-way except where the City Council has created sign free zones by resolution. On January 22, 2019 the Prescott City Council unanimously approved a resolution creating two sign free zones in areas of the city well known for visitors and tourists in order to better protect the scenic and aesthetic appeal of Prescott’s most visited locations. Creation of these sign free zones allows the City to remove political signs that are placed in city right-of-way within those areas. In the event that political and other temporary signs are found in city right-of-way within these zones, the Neighborhood Services Division will remove the signs and contact the owners to reclaim them. The affected zones are found marked in yellow in the corresponding maps.
Outside of the sign free zones, political signs are allowed in the right-of-way. However, even where allowed, the signs cannot impede line-of-sight for traffic or pose a danger to pedestrians using public sidewalks or right-of-way. Generally speaking, city right-of-way extends approximately 10 feet from the edge of the street. All signs must have contact information on them. If they do not, the signs are subject to removal.
Circumstances will vary based on the property. If you have further questions, you may contact the Neighborhood Services Division at 928-777-1320 or at email@example.com. For a map of the affected areas, go to City of Prescott home page at www.prescott-az.gov and search “sign free zones.”