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Posted on: May 8, 2021

Waukee Rules for Placing Yard Signs

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Events such as garage sales, open houses, etc. are picking up. Yard signs are a great way to share messages about these events, however, the City encourages residents to follow these basic rules to ensure signs are legally placed in proper locations.

Per City Ordinance:

  1. Signs must be placed on private property, not within the right-of-way. The right-of-way is the area between the sidewalk and the curb. 
  2. Signs placed on a corner lot cannot block the vision triangle of the street.
  3. Event signs must be removed within 24 hours of the end of the respective event(s).

Public Right-of-Way 

The property between the street and sidewalk is called the public right-of-way and is technically City property. This area may contain water, sewer, gas and other utilities below the surface, so it is important to maintain easy access to these utilities and to keep them clear of visual clutter which can distract drivers or hinder those using sidewalks. Property owners are still required to maintain that land, and it is important 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. City staff will not remove signs from private property unless the sign is prohibited by another piece of the sign ordinance. When a sign is placed in the vision triangle, staff will contact the resident and grant a reasonable amount of time to move the sign to an appropriate location.

Read more about the City's sign ordinance. For questions about sign location, call the Waukee Development Services Department at 515-978-9533.

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