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City of Newton - Community Development

Posted on: May 14, 2021

Rules for Placing Yard Signs

Blue yard sign on green lawn.

Warmer weather brings more events such as garage sales, open houses, etc. Yard signs are a great way to share messages about these events. However, the City Code requires residents to follow these basic rules to ensure signs are legal and appropriately located.

  • Signs must be placed on private property, not within the right-of-way. The right-of-way is generally the area between the sidewalk and the curb.
  • Signs placed on a corner lot cannot block the sight triangle of the street intersection.
  • Property owners should remove event signs within 24 hours of the end of the respective event(s). One such sign is permitted per property and cannot exceed 6 square feet.

Public Right-of-Way

The property between the street and sidewalk is called the public right-of-way. This area may contain water, sewer, gas, and other utilities below the surface. It is vital to maintain easy access to these utilities and keep them clear of visual clutter, which can distract drivers or hinder those using sidewalks. Property owners are required to maintain that land, and it is essential to keep it free of signs and other obstacles.

Illegal Sign Removal

As time allows, City staff will remove signs from the public right-of-way if observed or if they are reported. Signs are removed without regard to content.

For questions about sign location, call the Newton Community Development Department at 641-792-6622.


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