Campaign sign information

We explain laws about the placement of campaign signs. You can also find out who to contact if you see an issue with a sign.

Placement of signs

Campaign signs need to follow local and state laws.

In the 2021 Municipal Election, Minneapolis ordinance states:

  • Campaign signs may be posted in any size and quantity from Aug. 1 until Nov. 12, 2021.
  • Signs cannot be posted on public right-of-ways. This includes boulevard trees and utility poles. 

See Minneapolis Ordinance 543.310

In state and federal election years, state law:

  • Overrules local law from 46 days before the primary until 10 days after the general election.
  • Allows campaign signs in any size and number.

See Minnesota Statute 211B.045

The City enforces these laws. The City also takes action about any sign that:

  • Endangers life safety
  • Obstructs visibility in a road
  • Obstructs traffic

Campaign sign laws by issue

IssueRelevant lawWho to contact
Content of a sign Minnesota Statute 211B Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings
Size, placement or height of placement of signs Minneapolis Ordinance 543.310 Contact 311 
Number of signs in a state general election year (from 46 days before the state primary until 10 days after the general election) Minnesota Statute 211B.045 Contact 311
Signs on city streets, right of ways, city boulevards, boulevard trees or utility poles Minneapolis Ordinance 543.310 Contact 311
Signs on state or federal right of ways Minnesota Statute 173.15 and
Minnesota Statute 160.27
Minnesota Department of Transportation
(call 651-234-7500 – ask for “Permits”)
Signs on corporate property Minnesota Statute 211B.15 Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings
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 (e.g., park, school, library or public housing)

Note: This law applies only to public property, not to private property.

Minnesota Statute 211B.11 Contact 311
Signs that include a candidate's name that are still displayed 10 days after an election Minneapolis Ordinance 543.310 and 
Minnesota Statute 211B.045
Contact 311

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