CAMPAIGN SIGN REGULATIONS
Specific City of Downey political sign regulations limit the time period signs may be posted, restrict the size and number of signs permitted on property, and provide the City with enforcement authority under certain circumstances.

Political campaign signs must adhere to the following regulations per Downey Municipal Code, Article IX-Land Use, Chapter 6 - Signs, Section 9612. Exempt Signs.

A sign permit shall not be required for exempt signs. Such signs shall be exempt from the sign regulations and design standards of this chapter except for regulations related to prohibited signs and locations provided in Section 9614. Exempt signs are permitted in all zones subject to the requirements of Table 9.6.1.

Signs

Max. Area in Square Feet (sf)

Maximum Number

Max. Height in Feet/Inches

Additional Standards

Political sign, residential

A maximum of 9 sf per sign; a total sign area of 36 sf per parcel

NR, provided that total area of signs does not exceed max. area of 36 sf per parcel

NR

Political signs shall maintain a minimum setback of five (5) feet from the front or street side property line and shall be subject to Section 4118 of the Downey Municipal Code

All such signs shall be removed by the tenant or owner of the property within ten (10) days of the election for which the sign was posted

All sign copy shall conform to the State Election Code

No sign shall be located so as to constitute a hazard to automobile, bicycle, or pedestrian traffic, or a safety hazard including but not limited to the obstruction of the location of fire hydrants; visibility of traffic signs or signals; vehicular, bicycle, or pedestrian directional signs; and the line of sight of intersections or sidewalks.

Nothing in this section shall authorize any sign poster or other person to trespass or otherwise violate any rights of the property owners or tenants of property on which signs are posted, including the property owner’s right to approve or disapprove locating the sign on their property.

Political sign, nonresidential

A maximum of 32 sf per sign; a total sign area of 96 sf per parcel

NR, provided that total area of signs does not exceed maximum area of 96 sf per parcel

NR

Political signs shall maintain a minimum setback of five (5) feet from the public right-of-way. In the case of buildings with no setbacks from the public right-of-way or a fenced vacant site, political signs shall be allowed to be affixed to the face of the building or fencing but in no case shall present an obstacle or block or impede access or pedestrian movement.

All such signs shall be removed by the tenant or owner of the property within ten (10) days of the election for which the sign was posted

All sign copy shall conform to the State Election Code

No sign shall be located so as to constitute a hazard to automobile, bicycle, or pedestrian traffic, or a safety hazard including but not limited to the obstruction of the location of fire hydrants; visibility of traffic signs or signals; vehicular, bicycle, or pedestrian directional signs; and the line of sight of intersections or sidewalks.

Nothing in this section shall authorize any sign poster or other person to trespass or otherwise violate any rights of the property owners or tenants of property on which signs are posted, including the property owner’s right to approve or disapprove locating the sign on their property.

 Downey Municipal Code Section 4118. SIGNS ON PUBLIC PROPERTY PROHIBITED

No person, except a public officer or employee in the performance of a public duty, shall paste, paint, print, nail, tack, erect, place, fasten, or otherwise affix any flag, pennant, sign, handbill, decorative material, structure used for advertising, or notice of any kind, or cause the same to be done, in or upon any public street or public property within the City, including any roadway, curb, parkway, sidewalk, driveway, approach, apron, lamp post, hydrant, electric light pole, power pole, telephone pole, appurtenance of any such pole, fixture of the fire alarm system, street sign, traffic signal or device, parking meter, parked vehicle, tree, shrub, tree stake or guard, or other similar facility installed within a street.

Any flag, pennant, sign, handbill, decorative material, structure used for advertising, or notice which is placed upon a public street or public property contrary to the provisions of this section hereby is declared to be a public nuisance, and the Director of Public Works or Chief of Police, and each of them, hereby is authorized to remove the same and shall cause the same to be removed, except for parked vehicles that meet the criteria defined in subsection (e) of this section.

(a) Any sign placed on or over public property or the public right-of-way in violation of the provisions of this section shall constitute a public nuisance and may be summarily removed by the City without notice to the owner. Said sign shall be retained by the City for a period of not less than three (3) working days. Thereafter, any unclaimed sign may be destroyed. Should someone wish to reclaim any confiscated signs, he or she must first pay the abatement costs as set forth in subsections (b) and (c) of this section.

(b) Placement of any sign on or over public property or a public right-of-way in breach of the provisions of this section shall constitute a violation of the Municipal Code subject to citation and an administrative fine which shall be set by resolution of the City Council.

(c) Whenever any person by reason of violation of this section causes damage, or destruction of public property, the violator shall also pay the City for the cost of cleaning, repairing, or replacement of such public property made necessary by such violation. The City may require the deposit of the reasonable estimate of such costs and payment of actual costs within thirty (30) days after the City has delivered an invoice for the same.

(d) Should the City be required to remove any illegal sign pursuant to this section, the person or entity responsible for such illegal posting shall be liable for the reasonable cost of abatement of such illegal signs. The abatement costs shall be determined by resolution of the City Council. The beneficiary of the advertising or notice shall be presumed to be the party responsible for such costs and shall be billed by the City.

(e) Excluded from the provisions of this section shall be parked vehicles on display for sale that conform to all of the following:

(1) The owner/seller of said vehicle(s) shall be held responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the street in complete compliance with the NPDES urban stormwater runoff regulations of Section 5700.

(2) The owner/seller of said vehicle(s) must not be affiliated with any licensed business that pertains to used or new car sales.

(3) The owner/seller shall have a period of twenty-four (24) hours to comply with the forgoing upon notification by the City, or must remove such signage from their vehicle(s) when parked upon any public roadway in the City in the future. Failure to act within said grace period and/or the display of the same vehicle(s) on a public street at a different location within the City, shall constitute a violation of Section 3178(c), and the vehicle(s) will be subject to immediate removal and storage.