STATE HIGHWAYS & COUNTY ROADWAYS
No signs are permitted in
state highway right of way.
Political signs adjacent to
and within 660 feet of any Nevada Highway System highway must meet federal
spacing, size, zoning and lighting requirements. A permit must be obtained from NDOT (Nevada Department of
Transportation) for political signs larger than 4' x 8'.
A permit is not required for smaller (4' x 8'or smaller) political signs.
Political signs must not
distract drivers and cannot resemble official traffic signs.
Political signs cannot block
the view of oncoming traffic.
Political signs erected on
private property that is adjacent to state highway right of way may be erected
no more than 60 days before the election at which the candidate or
question appears on the ballot. These
signs must be removed within 30 days after the election unless the
candidate appears on the general election ballot because of the results in the
primary election. In the latter
circumstance the signs must be removed within 7 days after the
Political signs violating
state rules will be removed by NDOT employees.
Political signs advertise
support of or opposition to candidates or ballot questions.
County rules for prohibited signs are
codified in Douglas County Code 20.696.200. Some of the more common violations are:
utility poles and traffic control posts.
county right of way.
private property adjacent to county right of way without consent of the property
obstruct clear views of pedestrians and traffic.
County code requires removal
of political signs within seven calendar days after the elections.
Political candidates and
ballot question advocacy groups should be encouraged to contact the Nevada
Department of Transportation Right of Way Division in Carson City at
(775)888-7480 for a full understanding of state signage rules.
Candidates and advocacy
groups should review chapter 20.696 of the Douglas County Code for local
controls related to signs and advertising.
Political candidates and ballot question advocacy
groups should not rely solely on summaries like this memorandum and materials
available from the County Clerk. These
materials supply a useful overview but are not a substitute for familiarity with
state regulations and the county code.
If you have
any additional questions please call the County Clerk's Office at (775) 782-9020.