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Regulations for Placement of Political Signs

Election season is here with four Dubuque City Council positions on the Nov. 5 election ballot and two of those positions with primary elections on Oct. 8. As these campaigns get under way, the City of Dubuque is reminding candidates and residents of the regulations that govern placement of political signs. In Dubuque’s residential districts, the property line is generally 10 feet back from the curb while the property line location in commercial districts varies. If a sign is inadvertently placed on the public right-of-way, the City’s Public Works Department may move the sign back on to your property and attach a green slip noting the violation. If the City receives a complaint about a sign, City staff will inspect the sign to determine the actual right-of-way location, which might be more than 10 feet from the edge of the street or curb. Also, political signs cannot be placed on objects in the right-of-way such as trees, utility poles, and medians.

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