In 2015, The U.S. Supreme Court decided in the Reed v. Gilbert, Arizona case. The decision confirmed that governments cannot regulate the content of signs due to the First Amendment, but determined that governments can establish regulations regarding placing signs on private property and city property, including public rights of way.
While there is no longer any distinction regarding the message on a sign whether it be political, religious, real estate, retail or other types, placing signs on public property is still prohibited. This includes sidewalks, streets, medians, parks, and on utility poles and boxes. The placement of signs on city property has always been prohibited and enforced on a complaint basis. Portable signs and sandwich boards on the publicly-owned sidewalks impede pedestrian movement and ADA accessibility.
View Sign Codes for the following municipalities:
Centennial Sign Code
No sign shall be located in any of the following locations:
1. In or over public rights-of-way (which, in addition to streets, may include other elements, such as sidewalks, parkways, retaining walls, utility poles, traffic control devices, medians, and center islands that are within the public right-of-way).
Corridor Setback Requirement.
- No temporary sign shall be placed within the right-of-way (as provided in Section 12-6-302, Prohibited Sign Locations), or within 30 feet of the edge of pavement (whichever creates a greater setback from the edge of pavement), along the following street corridors: E. Orchard Road; E. Arapahoe Road; E. Dry Creek Road; E. County Line Road; S. Broadway; University Boulevard; S. Colorado Boulevard; S. Holly Street; S. Quebec Street; S. Yosemite Street; S. Havana Street; S. Dayton Street; S. Peoria Street; E. Easter Avenue (East of S. Havana Street); S. Clinton Street; S. Potomac Street; S. Jordan Road; S. Parker Road; Smoky Hill Road; S. Himalaya Street; E. Broncos Parkway; S. Chester Street; S. Fraser Street; S. Buckley Road; S. Tower Road; S. Liverpool Street; S. Picadilly Street; and S. Reservoir Road.
- The setback requirement of this Section shall not apply in the following circumstances: a) Where the front yard of any lot that is used or zoned for single-family residential purposes abuts any right-of-way identified in subsection (1) above. b) Where an intervening private fence, wall, or other structure clearly delineates the boundary of private property outside of the prescribed public right-of-way, in which case the required setback shall include only the area up to and including the outside surface of such private fence, wall, or other structure.
Centennial Land Development Code – http://www.centennialco.gov/uploads/FileLinks/ef546f152b9441c786b27ff6f84939b3/2011_LDC_eff_09.14.15_5.pdf
Article 6 – Signs and Lighting – http://www.centennialco.gov/uploads/FileLinks/ef546f152b9441c786b27ff6f84939b3/2011_LDC_eff_09.14.15_5.pdf
Englewood Sign Code
Currently there is a public hearing scheduled for April 17, 2017. There should be a publication in May of the revised sign, most likely published at the end of May. Updates will be posted as we receive them.
Lakewood Sign Code
Real Estate Signs:
1. Real estate signs shall advertise only the sale or lease of real property.
2. Real estate signs shall be limited to one sign per street frontage.
3. Real estate signs on property within the R districts shall not exceed 6 square feet per face in size and 6 feet in height.
4. Real estate signs on property within the M, C, and LI districts shall not exceed 32 square feet in size if single sided or 16 square feet per face in size if double sided, and 8 feet in height.
5. Existing sign cabinets, monument or pole signs on property within the M, C and LI districts may contain temporary real estate signs. The signs shall not exceed 16 square feet per face.
6. Real estate signs shall be located a minimum of 2 feet from the back of the adjacent sidewalk and outside of the right-of-way.
7. Real estate signs shall be removed from a property within three days of the sale of the property or the move in date for rental properties.
Littleton Sign Code
While there is no longer any distinction regarding the message on a sign whether it be political, religious, real estate, retail or other types, placing signs on public property is prohibited. This includes sidewalks, streets, medians, parks, and on utility poles and boxes. The placement of signs on city property has always been prohibited and enforced on a complaint basis.
Signs are allowed on private property, both commercial and residential, however the type, size and length of time they may be erected may be regulated to maintain consistency and public safety. The property owner’s permission should be obtained prior to placing the sign on the property.
Code enforcement specialists are available to answer questions by calling 303-795-3751.
Parker Sign Code
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or local entity other than the Town or other governmental agency to install, construct, affix or locate upon any public right-of-way, or any portion thereof, any sign, including any commercial sign that is handheld or affixed to any article of clothing or otherwise held by or attached to any person, except as permitted by this Chapter.
Residential Signs (fig. 3) All residential signs under 2 sq. ft. are exempt from the sign code Temporary Freestanding Maximum height: • 8 feet, 10 feet set back, 6 sqare feet maximum sign area per face • 5 feet if located within the Pikes Peak or Historic Districts Setback Location
Window Signs Size: • Window signs under 6 square feet do not require a permit. • Window signs shall not exceed the lesser of the following: ° 25% of the window area upon which signs are located ° 150 square feet of the aggregate window sign area
Sheridan Sign Code
Currently the city does not have a meeting planned to update the sign codes. The current sign code is as follows:
Real estate signs. Such signs are temporary signs identifying or advertising the sale, lease or rental of property and are subject to the following restrictions:
(1) They shall not exceed six square feet per face for single-household residential properties or 32 square feet per face for multi-household, commercial, and industrial properties;
(2) They shall be limited to wall, window or ground type placement;
(3) Ground signs shall not exceed ten feet in height above grade;
(4) There shall be only one sign for each separate use with a maximum of two signs on any lot;
(5) Corner or double frontage lots shall be permitted one sign on each street frontage, with a maximum of two signs;
(6) They shall be non-illuminated;
(7) No sign shall be placed closer than three feet to the property line, or within the vision triangle on corner lots; and
(8) They shall be removed within seven days after the date of closing or rental of the property for which the sign was placed.
(9) Each property being advertised for sale, lease, or rent shall be allowed to have two off-premise signs, each not exceeding four square feet in area. Off-premise signs shall be placed only with the consent of the property owner, and shall not be placed prior to noon on Friday and removed no later than noon on Monday.