Minneapolis has an ordinance restricting the placement of lawn signs (Minneapolis Ordinance 543.380). In state and federal election years, this ordinance is overruled by MN Statute 211B.045 from 46 days before the primary until 10 days after the general election, and allows campaign signs to be posted in any size and number.
2017 is not a state and federal election year, therefore city ordinance applies, with its key points being:
In addition to state law and city ordinances, the city will take action regarding signs when necessary to:
|Topic||Regulated by||Contact for Complaint|
|Content of a sign||MN Statute 211B||MN Office of Administrative Hearings, 651-361-7837|
|Signs in CITY streets and/or right of ways, on city boulevards, on boulevard trees or utility poles||Minneapolis Ordinance 543.380||Minneapolis 311 or call 612-673-3000|
|Signs in STATE or FEDERAL street and/or right of ways||MN Statute 173.15 and MN Statute 160.27||Minnesota Department of Transportation, Metropolitan District Office, 651-234-7500 – ask for “Permits”|
|Signs on CORPORATE property||MN Statute 211B.15||MN Office of Administrative Hearings, 651-361-7837|
|Size, placement or height of placement of signs||Minneapolis Ordinance 543.380||Minneapolis 311 or call 612-673-3000|
|Quantity of signs in a state general election year beginning 46 days before the state primary until 10 days after the general election||MN Statute 211B.045||Minneapolis 311 or call 612-673-3000|
|On Election Day: |
- Signs on public property within 100 feet of a building that is a polling place
- On the public property of a building that is a polling place (park, school, library, public housing)
|MN Statute 211B.11|
Note: a Panel of the Office of Administrative Hearing ruled MS 211B.11 applies only to public property, and not to private property.
|Minneapolis 311 or call 612-673-3000|
|Signs up past 10 days of an election including the candidate’s name||Minneapolis Ordinance 543.380|
MN Statute 211B.045
Minneapolis 311 or call 612-673-3000
Contact Minneapolis 311 Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., weekends 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. for election and other city information. From outside city limits, dial 612-673-3000.