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Posted on: October 9, 2017

For the Record: What are the rules for posting signs?

Sign Regulations

Oct. 9, 2017 — Signs can be helpful guideposts, visual clutter or a distraction to drivers, depending on where they are and what they look like. Hampton has a series of guides on what kinds of signs are and aren’t allowed.

The rules are different in residential neighborhoods than in commercial areas and vary based on the use of the property involved. Some commercial areas even have different sets of rules to maintain a consistent look. 

In neighborhoods, residents usually can display only temporary signs that are connected with an event, construction, sale or rent. During the political season — the 100 days leading up to an election — additional signs are allowed but with limits on size and height. 

For the record, no matter the season, individuals and businesses cannot place signs on city property or city right-of-way.

Call 311 or the Property Maintenance and Zoning Enforcement office to learn what is allowed for your property and whether a sign permit is required.

Read more at hampton.gov/ForTheRecord.

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